Chicago Bears Week 8 Game MVP: Tre McBride

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The Bears struggled all day in an ugly loss against the New Orleans Saints. Despite two starting wide receivers listed as inactive, one unexpected name came up big in the loss.

The Bears two-game winning streak was snapped on Sunday, as the Bears fell to the New Orleans Saints, 20-12.

The story of the game was the penalties, missed opportunities and poor officiating, as the Bears just couldn’t find a rhythm on either side of the field.

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Quarterback Mitchell Trubisky attempted 32 passes, a big jump from just 7 last week. Trubisky’s only touchdown pass to Zach Miller was reversed, as the rookie couldn’t find his way into the end zone. On that play, Zach Miller suffered a potentially career ending injury, dislocating his kneecap.

Unlike previous weeks, the post-game talk wasn’t about whether or not Dowell Loggains let Mitch Trubisky throw the ball.

Jordan Howard produced another 122 yards on the ground, but dropped a potential touchdown pass in the fourth quarter. Tarik Cohen was the only Bear to notch a touchdown, as Cohen found his way in for a crucial touchdown late in the fourth quarter.

The defense forced two fumbles but ultimately couldn’t corral the Saints running attack, surrendering 20 points just one week after allowing just 3.

Both Markus Wheaton and newly acquired wide receiver Dontrelle Inman were ruled inactive prior to the game, a big hit to an already-thin receiving core….

In comes Tre McBride.

McBride supplied the big plays that the Bears offense had been lacking, as he racked up 92 yards on just three catches.

The best of the three was a 45-Yard catch to set up a field goal on the Bears first drive. With McBride’s role likely expanded following today’s showing, we could (and should) see more hook ups like this between Trubisky and Tre.

With Inman and Wheaton likely returning next week, and Zach Miller’s season-ending injury, the play of the Bears wide receivers will play a big part in the outcome of the final half of the Bears season. McBride’s break-out is a great sign, and makes him the Bears Week 8 Game MVP.