Mahomes Update, Nagy-Payton Rematch, Not-Too-Dreary Injury Report, and Other Bears Bullets

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Mahomes Update, Nagy-Payton Rematch, Not-Too-Dreary Injury Report, and Other Bears Bullets

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Thanks to a friend, I was able to snag a ticket for Sunday’s Bears-Saints game. And yet, I haven’t even looked at the forecast to prepare myself for how I should dress. Let’s just say I like surprises.

  • ESPN’s Adam Schefter tweets the team is awaiting MRI results on Friday, with a league source checking in to share a best-case scenario of it being a three-week injury if there is no damage. But Schefter also tweeted the worst-case scenario being “downright dreary for the Chiefs, their fans and the league as a whole.” Ugh, that just makes my stomach churn. Mahomes is one of football’s most entertaining players and it would suck to lose him for an extended period of time due to an injury. It’s as simple as that. Get well soon, #15. The league needs you.
  • In relief of Mahomes, Matt Moore stepped in and completed 10 of 19 passes for 117 yards, 1 touchdown, no interceptions, and an 89.1 passer rating. Not bad. In fact, I would go as far as to describe it as respectable. That is exactly what you would expect from QB2 in a pinch. Because the Chiefs have upcoming games against the Packers and Vikings, we’ll keep an eye on how things are shaking out in Kansas City. But if Moore steps in and puts up bonkers, Mahomes-like numbers in place of the starter, then I’ll have a set of questions lined up regarding Mitch Trubisky’s present and future.
  • Let’s pivot to the Bears and listen to Coach Matt Nagy tell a story of how he squared off with Saints counterpart Sean Payton:

  • Nagy re-told a story of his offseason golfing exploits with Payton, who apparently is as competitive on the links as he is on the gridiron. Hopefully, Nagy taking a Par-3 victory over Payton is a sign of things to come on Sunday.
  • Also, I appreciate that Nagy and I spent the bye week doing similar things. Save for yours truly not having kids, I spent my extra free time cooking dinners, watching college football, and keeping notes on which players the Bears should draft if the opportunity presents itself in the future.
  • Roquan Smith hasn’t played like a star yet, but there are still high hopes for the Bears linebacker. Bleacher Report’s Kristopher Knox circles Smith as Chicago’s most promising young player. Smith opened eyes last year with a 121-tackle, 5-sack season in which he was named to the Pro Football Writers of America’s All-Rookie Team. This season, Smith has no sacks or quarterback hits, and just one tackle for loss. It has been disappointing to this point, but the best could still be yet to come with the bye week being in the rearview mirror.
  • If you are still waiting for that Leonard Floyd breakout season, just know that you are not alone. But JJ Stankevitz (NBC Sports Chicago) writes the Bears are still happy with what the fourth-year edge defender is still bringing to the table. Floyd doesn’t have the big sack/QB hit totals just yet, but Stankevitz notes Pro Football Focus has the Georgia product down for nine pressures and seven run stops, which shows he is making a positive impact despite it not showing up on the traditional stat sheet. It is possible that Floyd is just a slow starter, which is something that seems to be a trend in each of his first three seasons. Should he turn it around, this early-season slump will be written off as a blip. But still … Sunday would be a good time to start the turnaround of his season.
  • Thursday’s injury report continued to be encouraging:

  • Not only were Mitch Trubisky, Taylor Gabriel, and Bilal Nichols full participants for a second consecutive day, Joel Iyiegbuiwe was upgraded from limited to being a full participant. Iyiegbuniwe missed the Bears’ Week 5 loss against the Raiders with a hamstring injury and had been restricted in recent practices. And even though Iyiegbuniwe isn’t a starter, his role as a special teams contributor should not be overlooked. In any case, it’s good to see an injury report that isn’t loaded with limited participants and players who weren’t healthy enough to give it a go.
  • I’m going to need some time for this:

  • Speak on it, HHCD:

  • Good to see Eddy Piñeiro get acclimated to his kicking home:

  • I don’t understand why the Bears went away from that classic helmet look:

  • Michael: Shameless self-promotion here from the Cubs world … I interviewed Cubs outfielder Ian Happ on my podcast. Give it a listen:

Author: Luis Medina

Luis Medina is a Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at@lcm1986.