Bears lock down Vikings for 16-6 victory

Bears lock down Vikings for 16-6 victory

In the face of adversity, the Bears picked up their biggest win of the 2019 season to date on Sunday. Mitchell Trubisky suffered a shoulder injury six plays into their matchup against the Vikings, forcing backup Chase Daniel into action. With the likes of Akiem Hicks, Roquan Smith, Taylor Gabriel and Kyle Long already out…

In the face of adversity, the Bears picked up their biggest win of the 2019 season to date on Sunday. Mitchell Trubisky suffered a shoulder injury six plays into their matchup against the Vikings, forcing backup Chase Daniel into action. With the likes of Akiem Hicks, Roquan Smith, Taylor Gabriel and Kyle Long already out due to injury, losing their starting quarterback figured to be the last thing the Bears could afford. Nevertheless, their defense didn’t miss a beat and their offense gelled nicely with Daniel under center, resulting in a 16-6 victory for Chicago at Soldier Field. With the win, the Bears improve to 3-1 on the season and sit atop the NFC North with the Packers, to whom they suffered their only loss. Here are some of the takeaways from this week’s action. Offense Though the severity of Trubisky’s injury is unknown after this writing, the Bears could be in good hands with Daniel for the time being if this week was any indication. Like his teammate last week in Washington, Daniel was not asked to do too much, but what he was asked to do he executed well. The veteran finished 22-for-30 with 195 yards, a touchdown and no interceptions. Though Daniel only threw five passes that traveled 10 yards past the line of scrimmage, four of them were completed, including a 37-yard dart to Javon Wims. Daniel looked comfortable in the offense, natural in his progressions and able to look past his first read. He lacks the athleticism and arm strength that Trubisky has, but the backup was more intelligent and poised. Daniel worked with Bears coach Matt Nagy for three seasons with the Chiefs before signing with Chicago, and that experience was apparent on Sunday. He won’t torch defenses with his skillset, but with the win over a difficult divisional opponent, he has shown that he can play well enough to help the Bears win if called upon. Allen Robinson led the team with seven receptions for 77 yards, and his dominance was on display in spades in the first half. His physicality, athleticism and body control helped him torch the Vikings early on, and he served as a specialist on vertical and out-breaking routes throughout the day. With 24 receptions and 280 yards through the first four games of the year, Robinson is on pace to top 1,000 yards and has been a clear No. 1 target in the Bears’ offense. With Taylor Gabriel out, the Bears had to rely on their other receivers to step up, and one player who especially did so was Javon Wims. The 2018 seventh-round pick totaled four catches for 56 yards, including the aforementioned 37-yard catch. He burned Trae Waynes with a hesitation and used his speed to blow past him on the vertical route. Outside of Wims and Robinson, no other Bears target had more than 20 yards on the day. Trey Burton, Anthony Miller, Tarik Cohen and Adam Shaheen each caught two passes, but none of
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