Jonathan Daniel / Getty Images If you were not convinced of Chicago Bears, the real deal was when they moved…
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If you were not convinced of Chicago Bears, the real deal was when they moved to 3-1
with a 48-10 victory over Tampa Bay Buccaneers or when they completed their second three-game winning stretch of 2018 regular season with a two-week week 10 victory over the desperate Detroit Lions, Sunday night’s statement victory over Minnesota Vikings should do the trick.
The expected question of the new look Bears would be wise to consider how close to 7-3 Chicago is to 10-0. This team has lost three matches with one point and 11 points in total.
The first loss came when Aaron Rodgers and Green Bay Packers made a miraculous comeback to earn a single point victory at the Lambeau Field. The second came when the Miami Dolphins made a fourth quarter comeback to beat Chicago in overtime in South Florida. The third came when New England Patriots needed two special teams touchdowns to edge Bears 38-31 on Soldier Field.
There were plenty of self-inflicted wounds in these games and a more experienced team could have won all three. But it’s so scary about these bears.
They are only more experienced, more combat-tested, more resilient.
Early Season Bears may not have kept under the circumstances that occurred on Sunday night against the Vikings. But it was the second-year quarterback Mitchell Trubisky ahead of a 3rd and 8 on his own 27-yard line just minutes after the defending NFC northernmasters dropped the chiclads lead to a point late in the fourth quarter and threw a 17-yard dart to Allen Robinson II for a crucial first down on the game icing device.
Trubisky, who bested the ball 10 times for 43 yards and ranked first among quarterbacks in that discipline, followed it up with a five-yard stretch that punished for a late hit and led to a field goal that would give his team an insurmountable leadership.
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The sometimes suspicious 24-year-old killed a couple of interceptions on Sunday night, but Bears head coach Matt Nagy trusted his quarterback on the crucial run and it was rewarding.
It was a sign that this team believes in itself and trusts its talent.
It was too when the bear sent kicker Cody Parkey out there for the match match game after the end of the drive. There was talk that they might have been better at walking 4 and 4 on the Minnesota 30-yard line, but Parkey got a shot to extend Chicago’s lead to two points with a 48-meter attempt.
He also came through and completed a 3-of-3-night seven days after he had been unfaithful four times in the victory over Detroit.
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Put everything together, and you have a potentially galvanizing performance for a young squad who now leads the Nordic region with 1.5 games and has the main contact band across the division’s only other over-500 team. Bears has won back-to-back division play for the first time in six years, and they have now surpassed their 16-point opponents in three matches this season.
The vikings will still be shot, especially since they meet the home at week 17, but they are only 4-4-1 returning to week 2. Minnesota crime has not taken off as expected with Kirk Cousins Under center and Dalvin Cook back, and the Vikings face a tough schedule down the stretch (marked by back-to-back road games in New England and Seattle in December).
In view of major deficits in mid-November, Packers or Lions do not look as if they are driving in them. And there is a strong chance the rest of the division spends much of the remainder of the year that strikes each other, starting with a week 12 matchup between Minnesota and Green Bay.
There is a chance that it’s still raw Trubisky, which often goes from hero to zero to hero on game-by-game basis, will eventually make a mistake that Bears can not recover, especially when Marginal for errors is less than December or January. It is possible that these bears are not ready to run.
But at this time you have to consider Chicago as a favorite to win NFC North and a real challenger. You do not need to group the bears with 9-1 New Orleans Saints or 9-1 Los Angeles Rams, but with the Vikings, Carolina Panthers and Washington Redskins losing on Sunday, the only team in the NFC other than New Orleans and LA with fewer than four losses .
They may just be the best candidate to destroy a Rams Saints NFC Championship game that often felt inevitable, especially considering that they face only two matches against opponents who currently hold winning records.
Apart from their lack of experience (which becomes less worried every week) it is difficult to find a big problem with this team.
Nagy has started a long-standing crime with a new, imaginative approach. His roll-out-heavy offense fits Trubisky’s strengths and puts North Carolina’s product into favorable positions, especially third down (where the bears were 50 percent against Minnesota, giving them a big edge in possession).
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Bears staff really play for every Trubisky strength. It is NFL coaching in the best way 2018. Always move. So smart and fun to watch.
Despite some bad decisions, Trubisky entered Sunday as the league’s eleven largest match, and he continues to make a huge difference with his legs. It helps him have a strong return duo in Jordan Howard and tail pass-catcher Tarik Cohen, four top goals in Robinson, Taylor Gabriel, Anthony Miller and Trey Burton, and an offensive line that continues to mark thanks to the amazing game of Charles Leno Jr. ., Bobby Massie and Cody Whitehair.
And then there is a defense that held the vikings to only three points in the first three quarters of Sunday’s game. Even after giving up lumps and scoring points against Minnesota, this unit has now handed over 22 or fewer points in four consecutive wins and has generated 10 takeaways in its last three outings.
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Akiem Hicks and Khalil Mack were instrumental in the bear 25-20 wins against the weekends in week 11.
Hicks (8) and Mack (7) are combined for 15 disturbances, most of any defensive duo in Week 11.
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With defensive linemen Khalil Mack and Akiem Hicks both put together All-Pro-caliber seasons, Chicago’s defense went into week 11 ranked No. 1 in the Football Outsiders’ DVOA (Defense Adjusted Value Over Average), and another dominant achievement against Vikes should help.
Hicks had five tackles for loss (per Pro Football Focus), Mack had a bag and a forced fumble, playmaking security Eddie Jackson had a big fourth quarter pick-six (Chicago’s league-best 18th recital of the season) and Highly rated third-year pass-rusher Leonard Floyd scored several strokes in the 25-20 win.
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The #Bears has a legitimate shot at a division title, year coach, year leader, year defensive player and a handful of Pro Bowlers.
Maybe you were not ready to crown the bears after they hit a battle in Green Bay, broke Bucs, hung up with the patriots and hammered the lions. Your arguments would probably have been that they would still win a signature victory over a worthy opponent.
The changed Sunday night, and now it’s time for all of us to admit the talented, balanced and energetic Bears are founded to capture his first division title since 2010.
Brad Gagnon has covered ] NFL for Bleacher Report since 2012.