Bears trainer Matt Nagy has discovered lots to criticize about his crew this season, even if Chicago assists in keeping profitable.
On Sunday, Nagy went out of his method to give credit score the place it was once due.
“Howdy, our protection performed lighting fixtures out these days,” Nagy mentioned. “They performed superior in opposition to a excellent offense.”
Nick Foles threw for one landing and ran for any other, Chicago’s protection compelled 3 turnovers and sacked Teddy Bridgewater 4 instances and the Bears hung on to overcome the Carolina Panthers 23-16 on Sunday.
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As soon as once more, the Bears’ 27th-ranked offense was once simply excellent sufficient to win.
Foles completed with 198 yards passing and a landing and David Bernard Law Montgomery added 58 yards at the flooring because the Bears (Five-1) opened the season Three-Zero at the street for the primary time since 2006, after they reached the Tremendous Bowl.
It wasn’t lovely, needless to say, however Chicago progressed to 2-1 with Foles because the starter. The 2018 Tremendous Bowl MVP additionally rallied the Bears previous the Falcons when Nagy benched Mitchell Trubisky in Week Three.
“Would you quite lose lovely or win unpleasant? I feel that we’d quite win unpleasant,” Foles mentioned. “We need to fortify. We need to recover. We need to have rhythm. However in the long run within the NFL it’s about profitable video games. It doesn’t topic the way you do it. It simply issues that you simply get it executed. In the event you submit 50 issues and also you lose a sport, the ones 50 issues don’t imply anything else.”
Added Nagy: “The great factor is that we’re Five-1 and after we do get this factor clicking (on offense), it’s going to be numerous a laugh.”
Receiver Allen Robinson mentioned the offense is trending in the appropriate path.
“We haven’t had that breakout, explosive sport however I feel this is proper across the nook,” mentioned Robinson, who had 5 catches for 53 yards.
Within the intervening time, the Bears’ protection has been particular.
Chicago restricted Carolina to 303 yards and the Panthers had been Three of 13 on 3rd down conversions. Bridgewater was once held to a season-low 216 yards passing and was once intercepted two times. He was once compelled to scramble out of the pocket 8 instances whilst looking to keep away from drive.
“Teddy was once beneath duress the entire sport,” Panthers trainer Matt Rhule mentioned.
Nonetheless, the Panthers (Three-Three) had two possibilities to tie the sport within the ultimate 2 mins.
On a fourth-and-2 from the Bears 36, D.J. Moore couldn’t haul in a one-handed catch on a move that was once fairly overthrown. Carolina’s protection got here up with a prevent, however protection DeAndre Houston-Carson intercepted Bridgewater on Carolina’s subsequent ownership to seal the win.
“Nice soccer groups capitalize in the ones two scenarios and we didn’t do this these days,” Bridgewater mentioned.
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The Panthers’ struggles began from the outlet kickoff, the place they had been flagged for an unlawful block.
Mike Davis then misplaced a backyard at the first lift, Bridgewater was once sacked on the Carolina 1 after which intercepted by means of Tashaun Gipson on 3rd down. That arrange a Nine-yard landing move from Foles to rookie tight finish Cole Kmet to offer the Bears a 7-Zero lead.
“We were given knocked off direction from the outlet kickoff and it was once like we by no means were given again on target,” Bridgewater mentioned. “This sport can humble you. It’s excellent for us and we will be able to be informed from it.”
Kmet’s first NFL landing was once additional particular as a result of his mom was once some of the Five,240 enthusiasts in attendance, with spectators restricted by means of the COVID-19 pandemic.
He knew she was once on her method to see his sister, who is attending college in Florida, and he landed her a price ticket — no longer realizing needless to say if she would make it. However she flew to Charlotte on Sunday morning.
“I noticed her up there,” mentioned Kmet, who had one catch for 12 yards getting into the sport. “She was once waving like a mad lady up there in pregame. I discovered her and gave her just a little wave. She was once pumped up.”
With the Bears suffering to generate offense, Nagy grew to become to an up-tempo manner past due within the first part.
“We needed to alternate one thing up,” Nagy mentioned. “It was once first and 10 after which 2nd and 11 — and one thing wasn’t running. So we mentioned let’s check it out and it labored.”
NFC SOUTH SUCCESS
The Bears progressed to Three-Zero in opposition to the NFC South this season with wins in opposition to the Falcons, Bucs and Panthers. They search for the sweep on Nov. 1 after they host the Saints.
Ten Bears gamers and 5 Panthers knelt for the taking part in of the nationwide anthem whilst a number of others held up their fists in protest of racial injustice.
Bears: No accidents reported.
Panthers: Performed with out extensive receiver Curtis Samuel, who was once indexed as questionable with a knee damage. … Protection Juston Burris was once carted off the sphere past due within the 3rd quarter with a rib damage and didn’t go back.
Bears: Go back and forth to stand the Rams on Monday, Oct. 26.
Panthers: Talk over with the Saints subsequent Sunday.