Chicago Bears: 3 things we learned from win over Chiefs

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Fangio the wizard

The expectations were low going into the game for the Bears. In fact, for those that keep track, the Bears were approximately two-point favorites before they announced they were sitting the starters. Once the announcement was made, they moved to five-point underdogs.

Needless to say, neither Vegas nor the fans had much faith in the Bears’ second unit. As it turns out, they should have — particularly in the defense. The Chiefs’ offense was one of the league’s most prolific last season.

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Although they lost Alex Smith, he is replaced by media darling Patrick Mahomes. Not to mention they return the league’s leading rusher in Kareem Hunt, Travis Kelce, Tyreek Hill, and added Sammy Watkins. In other words, they have some talent.

But don’t tell that to the Bears’ second unit who locked down the Chiefs first unit. Aided by a couple of blown plays by the defense, the Chiefs scored a touchdown on their opening drive. However, they managed only a field goal the rest of the way against the backups.

In fact, Fangio’s defense forced three consecutive three and outs in the second quarter. Then, just as they did to open the game, the Chiefs marched down the field to start the second half. However, Fangio’s defense tightened up and stopped the Chiefs on 4th and 2 from the Bears’ five-yard line.

For a defense that has been maligned for its lack of pass-rushing options, in certainly manage to get considerable pressure on Mahomes throughout the game. That is a testament to the wizardry that is Fangio’s ability to scheme, coach and develop his players. It’ll be exciting to see what he does with a healthy Leonard Floyd and squad in week one.