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Instead Akiem Hicks Jerseys 2019 , they had a 41-9 blowout ahead of them.Chicago improved to 5-3 on the year on Sunday, tying their win total from last season with another eight games left in the year. It wasn’t a pretty game for them offensively, but they did enough to complement their defense’s shutting out of Buffalo’s offense.Here are my notes and takeaways from this week’s game.OffenseComing off of a week full of vitriol spewed by national pundits, Mitchell Trubisky didn’t exactly light it up on Sunday. Then again, he didn’t really have to in order for the Bears to win this game.He ended the day throwing 12-for-20 with 135 passing yards. Although he threw a wildly inaccurate interception, he continued his five-game streak with a touchdown through the air with a two-yard flat to Trey Burton. Despite Trubisky’s measly stats, he made a few plays that showed plenty of promise. Burton’s other reception on the day was on a deep cross on 3rd-and-15, during which Trubisky stood tall in a collapsing pocket to deliver the strike. Although his yardage totals - both through the air and on the ground: he only had one carry for eight yards - the Bears didn’t need to pass the ball very oftenAfter they scored 28 points in the second quarter. Only seven of Trubisky’s 20 passing attempts came in the second half.Much to the dismay of my fantasy team, Tarik Cohen was very ineffective. He only had seven touches all game and tallied just 13 yards. Buffalo’s defense did a good job of setting the edge and countering his speed on outside carries. Jordan Howard took a bulk of the carries, with 14 carries for 47 yards and two touchdowns. Although he hasn’t been his old self this year, he has served as a punishing back to wear down opposing defenses to make their spread offense more effective.With a boring passing attack comes a boring day for Chicago’s receivers. Only three receivers topped double digits: Anthony Miller, Taylor Gabriel and Burton. Miller finished up with career-high totals with five receptions for 49 yards. In the absence of Allen Robinson, Miller stood out the most, which is encouraging to see out of the second-round rookie.Charles Leno Jr. finished the game with three false start penalties, with two of them coming directly after each other. Bobby Massie also had a relatively poor game, and the Bears’ interior offensive line missed Kyle Long at the right guard spot, which was occupied by a rotation of Eric Kush and Bryan Witzmann. The unit hasn’t been terrible this year, but expect Chicago to target a right tackle and - potentially - depth at guard this offseason.DefenseGadzooks White Danny Trevathan Jerseys , guys. This was a good one.It wasn’t perfect, sure. The Bears finished with four sacks, but three of them came in the fourth quarter. They allowed their fair share of big plays, and they allowed the Bills’ first touchdown in 38 possessions. However, they also forced four turnovers, put Nathan Peterman under constant duress and scored two touchdowns, one off of a 65-yard fumble recovery by Eddie Jackson and the other off of a 19-yard interception by Leonard Floyd.Speaking of Floyd, he had arguably his best performance of the 2018 season. He finished up with three tackles, and he put constant pressure on Peterman. He didn’t attain that elusive first sack, but he proved that he can step up and do well in Khalil Mack’s absence.Roquan Smith started off slowly, whiffing on tackling LeSean McCoy in the first quarter. He finished up the game strongly, though, ending with 13 tackles and forcing the fumble that Jackson recovered. Danny Trevathan also did a great job manning the middle of the field, ending the game with 12 total tackles of his own.The Bears did a great job of pressuring Peterman, which resulted in a handful of erratic throws. Aaron Lynch, Adrian Amos, Roy Robertson-Harris and Isaiah Irving all finished up with a sack, with several others like Floyd putting pressure on Buffalo’s backup. The secondary did a good job of taking advantage of that most of the time. Kyle Fuller got his fourth interception of the year Danny Trevathan Jerseys 2019 , and he was instrumental in forcing two others. He has proven in recent weeks that he was worth his large extension over this past offseason.Three and out3. The Bears remained in first place in the NFC North after this week, which is encouraging to see halfway through the regular season. Even if they don’t finish atop the division to end the season, they project as one of the top candidates to claim a Wild Card spot. Assuming they defeat the New York Giants and San Francisco 49ers, they will need to go 3-3 in five divisional games and one matchup against the Los Angeles Rams. The Rams and Vikings will obviously be very tough games to win, but sweeping the Lions and defeating the Packers at home is a realistic possibility. Chicago has a favorable record heading into the tougher half of their schedule, but it could be a steep hill to climb.2. As of now, these are the following NFC teams that can be considered close to a playoff lock at this point.Los Angeles RamsNew Orleans SaintsMinnesota VikingsCarolina PanthersThese teams figure to be involved in the playoff hunt into December.Philadelphia EaglesChicago BearsWashington RedskinsGreen Bay PackersAtlanta FalconsSeattle SeahawksThe Bears and the Redskins currently share the best record among the latter group at 5-3. The Eagles and Falcons are particularly frightening as potential choices to catch fire late given their past successes, but Chicago could be just as dangerous of a threat with the returns of Mack and Robinson.1. The Bears return home next week to square off against the Lions, who are coming off of a two-game losing streak. Damon Harrison Sr. has been a very good addition to the middle of their defense, but Golden Tate was severely missed in their matchup on Sunday against the Vikings. They tried to rely on Theo Riddick as their yards-after-catch weapon, but he failed to fill the role very well. Oh, and another thing: Detroit’s offensive line, which has the reputation for being one of the better units in the league, allowed 10 sacks against the Vikings. Although one should not expect the Bears to do the same, having the likes of Mack, Akiem Hicks, Leonard Floyd chasing after Matthew Stafford makes a dominant performance possible. With Howard gone and the draft approaching, Robert S. turns to film to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of the Bears’ current runningback room"Being who you thought we were since 2005!Log In or Sign UpLog InSign UpFanpostsFanshotsSectionsBearsOddsAboutMastheadCommunity GuidelinesStubHubMoreAll 322 blogs on Horizontal - WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections Latest NewsThe Bears DenNotesXs and OsSuperfansBreaking News:The Bears' 2019 Draft class is complete!脳Xs and OsPollVideoFilm Study: Reviewing the Bears’ RunningbacksNew White Nick Kwiatkoski Jerseys ,234commentsWith Howard gone and the draft approaching, Robert S. turns to film to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of the Bears’ current runningback roomCDTShareTweetShareShareFilm Study: Reviewing the Bears’ RunningbacksMark Rebilas-USA TODAY SportsThere’s been a lot of talk about the Bears drafting a new starting RB, and for good reason — their 2018 starter is now an Eagle, they signed Mike Davis in free agency, and they’ve met with ~17 unique RB prospects in the pre-draft process.But what do the Bears currently have at RB? Why do they need a new one? Find out in this film study! Throughout this breakdown I’ll give insight into the strengths and weaknesses of the main 2019 Bears’ RBs, namely Cohen, Davis, and Patterson. As usual, if the videos don’t work on your platform simply look for the italicized portion of the paragraph — that should be a link to the video being referenced.We’ll start off with...Tarik CohenThe explosion Cohen displays is absolutely unreal. Watch him go from a standstill to 20 yards downfield here — suffice to say, that’s not common in the NFL. His ability to create something out of nothing keeps defenses constantly on alert.But any who’ve seen Cohen play know that he’s not just a runner, he’s a capable receiver too. Cohen’s ability to play both out of the backfield and off the line of scrimmage creates big plays like the one shown here — the defense simply doesn’t expect him to run a sideline go route, leaving a huge hole up the sidelines. Cohen makes them pay dearly.Cohen’s versatility allows Nagy to switch formations virtually at will, and it shows up in the offense. Take a look at this play — while it isn’t successful, the Bears flex from an I-Formation look to a shotgun set with Cohen out wide without missing a beat. Cohen gives Nagy tons of formation flexibility whenever he’s on the field.All of this said, I’d be remiss if I didn’t point out Cohen’s weakness as a power runner. Don’t get me wrong, he’s a feisty guy (as pictured above), but he doesn’t run inside the tackles often and likely won’t going forward. He’s a deadly weapon, but he’s not our 2019 feature back.Next Nick Kwiatkoski Jerseys 2019 , let’s review...Mike DavisAt ~220lbs, Davis is a natural fit between the tackles and plays with a surprising amount of burst for a man his size. He’s not one to go down to a bad tackle and lowers his shoulder effectively. Davis could run well in Nagy’s inside-zone scheme.But what separates Mike Davis from your run-of-the-mill downhill back are his surprisingly smooth hands -- check out how fluidly he catches the ball here, wasting no time between the catch itself and the run afterward. Also note his spin move — it’s one of his favorite tools in the open field.Unfortunately, Davis has occasional issues with open-field decision-making — this play shows him pass on a sure first down, instead choosing to break back into the middle of the field and lose yardage. I’d like to see him finish runs like these physically in the future.Davis also leaves a lot to be desired in pass protection — in the 3 games I charted, he gave up a sack, a pressure, and a QBH on only 5 blocking snaps. Davis’s talents as a runner & receiver make him great fits for Nagy’s offense, but his blocking may deny him the starting role.Last but not least, let’s discuss a dangerous player that I think was brought in to play a surprisingly heavy RB role...Cordarrelle PattersonPatterson is wickedly fast and hits the hole hard — check out how smoothly he navigates traffic here, picking 20 yards without breaking a sweat.Patterson’s bigger than you may realize — his 6’2”, 220lb frame gives him plenty of power, making him a tough man to bring down. Don’t be surprised if he ends up getting the ball in short-yardage situations throughout 2019.But the best part about Patterson’s game (and what I think makes him fit so well in this Bears offense) is that he, Davis, and Cohen can all catch the ball well out of the backfield. Patterson flashes each of his tools on this play — he catches the ball smoothly, jets by the linebacker, and runs over the first DB that reaches him. The dude’s a weapon.And, of course White Josh Bellamy Jerseys , he’s got plenty of experience as a receiver too — while his routes aren’t always perfect, his speed and size will make you pay if you leave him open deep. He’s very, very dangerous in the open field.Ultimately I expect Patterson to be used as an RB/KR — before 2018 he averaged ~10 carries/year, but the Pats gave him 42 and I thought he did well with them. The Bears have decent WR depth, so it won’t shock me if Patterson primarily supports the RB room, getting 50-70 carries throughout the season.ConclusionBased on the analysis above, the Bears seem to be missing a true “do-it-all” back. If our RBs are a cake, we have fantastic icing (Patterson, Cohen) but need more cake. I expect the Bears to focus on backs with inside vision and a quick first 10 yards that catch and block well. He should be able to handle ~150 carries. Mike Davis is solid, so it won’t shock me if he “starts” the first 2-4 games (remember, RBBC!) while we ease the rookie in. As for who that rookie is? You’ll have to ask draft gurus like EJ Snyder, Jacob Infante, or Aaron Leming. Trayveon Williams and Miles Sanders seem like solid fits to me, but I’m no expert.But what do you think about the Bears RBs? Like em? Think they could’ve been better? Let me know!
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