Work remains, but Bears arrow pointing up

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It wasn’t pretty or convincing, but the Chicago Bears 24-17 victory over the Seattle Seahawks Monday night at Soldier Field did make a statement.

For the first time since 2013, Chicago won a home opener, combining a fast start and a closing finish to hold off a feisty and injury-ravaged Seahawks unit. Bears squads of recent years likely would have faded after two first-half interceptions and an uneven offensive performance.

But bolstered by an aggressive defensive front seven and opportunistic secondary, the Bears made enough plays, the kind of game-changing plays like Prince Amukamara’s pick six that effectively ended the contest.

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While the Chicago attack unit appears poised to take over contests, the Bears offense under Mitch Trubisky remains a work in progress. Trubisky’s growth comes in bits-and-pieces, and there is enough good to want to invest in h

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is future development. His 10-yard touchdown pass to rookie WR Anthony Miller was a thing of beauty, but the underthrown ball to Allen Robinson that was intercepted in the first quarter was a very poor decision.

Trubisky’s mobility is a plus along with comfort with making throws on the run, but he must harness a tendency to take over too soon when the pocket breaks down.

As the season moves along, Bears head coach Matt Nagy’s chief responsibility will be to manage expectations for both Trubisky and the club.  With good health, Chicago appears to have the talent to play meaningful games well into December, and perhaps, beyond.

Paw Prints: Amukamara presented his game ball to Nagy for his first regular season coaching win….RB Tarik Cohen left the game with an ankle injury but seemed fine after the game according to Nagy…Robinson led Bears receivers with 10 catches for 83 yards….Rookie first-round LB Roquan Smith played in 59 of 66 defensive snaps and racked up a team-high 8 tackles.

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