At least the bears haven’t packed it yet

Between plowing through a short week and maneuvering through countless distractions, one of the major concerns in this game was whether the Bears players had what it takes to bring the heat into game day.

Despite their sculpted physique and intimidating presence, players are people. And it would be normal if guys didn’t take their A-game to a central standard time kick-off at 11:30am. But that didn’t happen with the Bears today. In fact, we see some things we wouldn’t expect otherwise.

⇒ For starters, a good, smart and successful Matt Nagy challenge after this splash game:

So, another Robert Quinn Sack, the Bears came away with a turnover thanks to Trevis Gipson being Johnny-on-the-spot in making a big game. That was fun.

⇒ Sean Desai’s much-maligned defense has been a mixed bag thus far. Artie Burns got the start instead of Kindle Vildor at cornerback, then was immediately fired by the indisputable tandem of Jared Goff and Josh Reynolds on the Lions opening stage. That Detroit didn’t take that lead, expanded and drove off with this game is testament to the healthy bodies that remain in this group. If those guys aren’t playing for pride, they should be playing to market good tape for their next employer (if not the Bears).

On the other hand, it’s also a nod to how bad the Lions are as a team. They stink. And their offensive ineptitude (2.4 yards per rush and 4.4 yards per game) was on full display.

⇒ Vintage Andy Dalton:

⇒ Also vintage Andy Dalton:

⇒ The Injury Bug Doesn’t Reduce Thanksgiving:

The big name to keep an eye on is Roquan Smith, whose hamstring injury has his status for a second-half return to the air. We will monitor the situation during the afternoon.

UPDATE — Roquan Smith won’t go back to this:

There’s not much more to say here, other than that both teams still have a second half to play. Late game collapses are something both teams are way too familiar with this season. So plan your nap for the third quarter and be ready for the fourth.

Leave a Comment