“We’re trying to wake the city up, bring the city back to loving the Chicago Bears.”
Leonard Floyd, you guys are definitely doing that.
The Chicago Bears defeated the Carolina Panthers 17-3 on Sunday at Soldier Field. Multiple milestones were accomplished. Rookie safety Eddie Jackson became the first player in NFL history with multiple defensive touchdowns of at least 75 yards in a single game. Also, it is the first time in the John Fox era that the Bears reached three wins before the month of November. While one accomplishment deserves more praise than the other, the Bears are changing the culture and could be turning this season around.
The Bears defense has come alive these past two weeks. They have grown as a unit, and the main thing, have produced takeaways, something the Bears have struggled to do in recent years.
In these last two games, the Bears have produced 5 turnovers. The Bears had all of 11 takeaways last season.
The culture is changing in Chicago. In a crucial year of the rebuild effort, your team has to start making big strides, along with stacking wins. We have not seen this dominate of a defense in a two game stretch in some time. And it starts up front.
The Bears were getting to Cam Newton today with ease. The Bears totaled 5 sacks and 11 QB hits on the former MVP QB. It starts up front on the offensive and defensive line in every football game, and the Bears dominated the Panthers line on Sunday.
Leonard Floyd, Akiem Hicks, and Pernell McPhee each totaled a sack Sunday afternoon. Hicks leads the team with 6.0 sacks and Floyd, McPhee are not too far behind with 4 sacks each on the season. The Bears definitely have the personal to get home to the QB and if they continue to execute, these numbers are going to go up pretty fast.
The Bears linebacker group took a major hit when Jerrell Freeman tore his pectoral muscle in week two in Tampa. Yet, the Bears have help up with the leadership of Danny Trevathan and the solid play by Christian Jones. Jones lead the team in tackles with 11 vs. Carolina and Trevathan had a sack and two passes defended. Nick Kwiatkowski, who has been out since week 2, was active but did not see a major role on Sunday.
Even with losing Freeman, the linebackers have held their own. The Bears are top 15 in the NFL in allowed rushing yards per game. It is obvious the Bears want Trevathan and Kwiatkoski out there every game, but they had to adapt. Both Jones and John Timu filled in adequately. This phase of the defense will only get better when Kwiatkoski returns to full strength hopefully next week.
Lastly, the Bears secondary has been the big story during the Bears two game win streak. 3 interceptions, 2 going for six. Pretty impressive. And an underrated stat, 11 passes defended.
It has been the re-emergence of Kyle Fuller and the coming out party from Eddie Jackson that has put this unit in the spotlight. After missing all of last season, Fuller has been a shutdown cornerback so far this season. Jackson, who broke his leg one year ago on Sunday, had two defensive touchdowns continuing his success from the Ravens game. If these two continue to be play-makers along and others like Adrian Amos and Prince Amukamara continue to play well, this could become one of the most underrated secondary’s in the NFL.
While you may be thinking, Thomas it is just two games! Well, I am here to tell you otherwise. The Bears only forced three turnovers in their first five games, in the last two games they have forced five. The Bears defense has not allowed a touchdown in two straight games, something that is extremely hard to do.
The culture is changing. The team was given a spark when rookie Mitch Trubisky was named the starting quarterback and had a fairly impressive debut vs. Minnesota. Another spark came when Amos had his first career INT, taking it 90 yards for a touchdown. And this week, Jackson stole the show at Soldier Field, rallying the team around his two touchdowns.
In conclusion, yes, the Monsters along the lakefront are back.