By Wanda Wiedman // @WandaW63
Chicago 24 – Green Bay 17
It was a sold-out crowd at Soldier Field as Bears fans flooded the stadium to cheer on their Chicago Bears. The Monsters of the Midway become the real Avengers as they overthrow quarterback Aaron Rodgers and company with a 24-17 win over the Green Bay Packers.
All week going into this game, analysts and radio hosts overplayed the fact that Rodgers “owned” the Bears since 2010. It was deafening and discouraging to Bears fans.
But the Bears came through and it started with the young quarterback, Mitchell Trubisky.
When asked how the team has handled adversity, he said, “When we go through adversity, we battle together.”, and that they did. Trubisky completed 20 of 28 passes, threw for 235 yards, 2 touchdowns, and a fumble, with NO interceptions! He was on point, made sure to stay with his progressions and made plays when needed. His laser throw to tight end Trey Burton on his last touchdown was thrown with conviction according to head coach Matt Nagy.
Every player was active. The run play was spread between running backs Jordan Howard, Tarik Cohen, and a touch of Taquan Mizzell. When it came to the receiving core, Trubisky spread the ball to Allen Robinson, Taylor Gabriel, Josh Bellamy, Trey Burton, and Adam Shaheen.
However, let’s not forget the huge impact of the Bears monster defense.
The Bears linebacker core had another high tackle day, starting with rookie Roquan Smith, who had another 10 tackle day. Then followed by Leonard Floyd, Khalil Mack and rookie safety Eddie Jackson with six tackles each. Mack had 2.5 sacks on Rodgers including a sack with his back. Yep, you read that right.
— The Checkdown (@thecheckdown) December 16, 2018
Not only did the Bears put a stop on the Green Bay Packers reign of terror at Soldier Field, but the Bears defense put an end to Rodgers consecutive non-interception tally courtesy of Jackson. Coach Nagy described the team mentality like this, “We can’t be satisfied and content. We want more.” I think Chicago Bears fans will have to agree.
The Bears needed to beat the Packers to clinch the NFC North division and it was good that they did since the Minnesota Vikings and Washington Redskins both won their prospective games.
Bears are now 10-4, a record they have not held since 2010. Nagy joins Papa George Halas for the most games won by a new head coach.
Next up, the Bears head to Levi Stadium for a road game against the San Francisco 49ers. If the Bears can win the next two games they will finish with a 12-4 record. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. It’s one game at a time and I’m ok with that.
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