Four downs: Bears aren’t pretty, but grind out a win

Four observations following the Chicago Bears methodical 24-10 victory over the New York Jets Sunday afternoon at windy Soldier Field.

  1. 1. In an up-and-down day, Bears QB Mitch Trubisky made the plays when it counted most.  A key third-down scramble for a first down triggered a go-ahead score.  Trubisky’s laser to WR Anthony Miller was a perfectly placed ball from someone often knocked for his accuracy. After a lackluster first half when he finished 5-13, Trubisky looked more comfortable and poised in the second half, allowing the Bears to escape the upset-minded Jets.
  2. CB/nickel back Bryce Callahan is an underrated piece in the Chicago defensive alignment.  The Bears played nickel more than 70% of the game, meaning Callahan was on the field frequently.  Despite his size (5’9″), he’s an effective blitzer and earned the Bears only sack of the contest against Jets rookie QB Sam Darnold.  Callahan is feisty as well in coverage, displaying good hands and quick instincts.  He broke up a pair of passes with last-minute tips and isn’t afraid to body up bigger receivers.

Bears seek to end slide against visiting Jets

Facing a pivotal stretch in the season, the Chicago Bears host the New York Jets Sunday at blustery Soldier Field.

Losers of two straight hard-fought contests, the 3-3 Bears can’t afford to drop another game in a closely-contested NFC playoff race.

It won’t be easy against a 3-4 undermanned Jets team that has been ravaged with injuries.  Rookie QB Sam Darnold is predictably streaky but dangerous if given time in the pocket.  Even with a depleted roster, New York has hung tough midway through the season.

The Jets possess an aggressive defense led by DT Leonard Williams and active back seven play in LB’s Avery Williamson and Darron Lee plus hard-hitting S Jamal Adams. READ MORE

After further review: Bears gaffes costly in Patriots loss

Five thoughts a day after the Chicago Bears prove their not quite ready to challenge the NFL ‘s upper echelon with a 38-31 loss to New England.

1. Special teams breakdown….Special teams coach Chris Tabor will take the heat this week following a pair of momentum changing plays that resulted in New England touchdowns.

On Cordarrelle  Patterson’s 95-yard kickoff return, Bears players were effectively wiped out at the first contact, allowing Patterson a free passage. Poor execution coupled with a relatively young and inexperienced backend roster hurt Chicago. READ MORE