Chicago Bears: 3 surprises coming out of Bengals game

(Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
(Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) /
3 of 4
Chicago Bears Kyle Fuller
(Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images) /

Fuller, Floyd Shine

Last years’ Bears defense was very good. In fact, they finished in the top ten in the entire league. However, there were a couple of things that were lacking and keeping them from becoming an elite defense.

Those two things were quarterback sacks/pressures and turnovers. Last night, the team’s defensive stars expected to stuff those statistical categories did just that. Let’s begin with Kyle Fuller who got the Bears’ first points of the night off an Andy Dalton pick-six. Granted the wide receiver fell down, but Fuller was in great position and secured the catch.

In addition, Dalton’s throw came out a little earlier than he would have liked, which surely contributed to the interception. Why did he throw it early? Glad you asked. It was because he had Leonard Floyd breathing down his neck after he split the tackle and tight end with ease to get pressure on the quarterback.

More. 3 players who need more preseason reps. light

Floyd didn’t record a sack, but he consistently got pressure on the quarterback while he was on the field.

Both of these developments are incredibly encouraging. If the defense can create more turnovers, especially points, it will help the offense out tremendously. Also, the Bears are leaning heavily on Floyd’s ability to get pressure since their options in that regard are limited.

Kylie Fitts came back down to earth last night a little, and Isaiah Irving and Roy Robertson-Harrison cannot be counted upon just yet. This puts a ton of pressure on Floyd, but he seemed up to the challenge last night, along with Fuller.