By Patrick Ryan
Da Bears got a chance to display their NFC team status for a national audience on Sunday night with a prime time match up against the Rams. That they did, the game was electrifying from the beginning to the end!
Chase Daniel filled in admirably for Matt Trubisky over the Thanksgiving holiday with a win over the Detroit Lions but struggled against the following week against the New York Giants.
After two weeks off, Trubisky took off running on the Bears first offensive play only to follow up with a bad overthrow into the hands of Marcus Peters. Ram’s offense couldn’t take advantage of the short field so they settled for a field goal by Greg Zuerlein. A big run by Tarik Cohen propelled the Bears into the red zone allowing Cody Parkey, who had four missed kicks that bounced off the uprights in the Lions game, a 39 yard kick to tie the game up. Interception: Roquan Smith becomes the eleventh Bears player to pick off a pass this season putting the Bears inside the Ram’s 5-yard line. Penalties send the Bears in the wrong direction but Cody Parkey saves the day with another field goal. The Rams go for a fake punt on fourth down with Johnny Hekker, LA on the offense, the Bears defense tries to hold them, but Greg Zuerlein hits from fifty yards to complete a 43-yard drive to tie the game 6-6 at half time.
Powered by Coach Matt Nagy’s words of wisdom “Were doing this together”, the Bears come roaring out into the second half with a sack of rookie Jared Geoff in the end zone for a safety, score 8-6. Now the Bears decide to try a trick play, dubbed 'Santa's Sleigh' by the defensive staff, the play action pass features Trubisky, six offensive lineman, and four defensive lineman. The play featured defensive ends Akiem Hicks, Roy Robertson-Harris, Bilal Nichols and Jonathan Bullard all out on the field at the same time. The group motioned to the right side of the field with Robertson-Harris remaining on the left side. Hicks then got into position next to Trubisky. The young quarterback faked the hand off to Hicks and found backup offensive tackle, Sowell, in the end zone, catching his first career pass for the touchdown.
Another Trubisky overthrow follows giving another interception to the Ram’s defense but Kyle Fuller takes the ball right back for the Bears. The Ram’s begin fourth quarter with a big third down to keep the drive alive, but Greg Zuerlein hits the uprights with a 40-yard field goal attempt. The Bears follow up with a crucial fourth down stop with a sack of Jared Goff. Cody Parkey misses a field goal with just three minutes under regulation. A fourth-down pass from Jared Goff is picked off by Bears cornerback, Prince Amukamara. The Bears defense, WOW, it’s been a long time since they conquered such a powerful opponent.
The Bears won their game but quarterback, Trubisky, had his worst professional game with a career-low passer rating of 33.3 on 16-of-30 passing for 110 yards with three interceptions and his only touchdown pass going to the Ram’s. Trubisky, “I’m pretty disappointed in myself, the way I played [but] it’s hard to be down when you get such a big win. I’ll get everything corrected. I’m going to go back to work this week, play a lot better. I’m just proud of the way the team had my back.”
With the Minnesota Viking’s loss to the Seattle Seahawks Monday night, the Chicago Bears can clinch the NFC North this weekend with a victory over their rival, the Green Bay Packers. In recent years, the Packers have dominated the Bears, winning 15 of the past 17 game match ups. This is a great opportunity for the Chicago Bears to win against their neighbors from the north. Motivation is high for the Bears, who not only want to secure a position in the playoffs for the first time since 2010 but they also want to send Green Bay “packing.” “It would mean a lot,” rookie receiver Anthony Miller said. “It’s something the city [Chicago] hasn’t seen for a while. We’re bringing the winning mentality back. The train’s not going to stop rolling.”
With the holidays upon us, Chicago fans want presents from Santa’s Sleigh or the Bears defense train, wrapped in blue and orange, in the form of a touch downs and wins. The Bears are the “A-Team”, their players stand out, have exceptional skills and have a specific purpose. They are be tightly woven together, working together. They are da best of the da best!