Number One: Chase Daniel played the game of his life
Heading into the game, Chase Daniel had made just two starts and had thrown just one touchdown.
After his performance on Thursday, Daniel tripled his career touchdown total and added a career-defining win to his résumé.
Daniel threw for 230 yards and two touchdowns. Daniel also took care of the ball, having a turnover-free game.
While the Lions defense might not be the most menacing group, Daniel’s performance was unbelievable, considering the circumstances.
Just his third career start, on short notice, and on National Television. Trubisky is the franchise quarterback, and Thursday didn’t change that, but Daniel put together an unforgettable game.
Furthermore, Daniel thrived in a Bears offense that seemingly wasn’t modified much from when Trubisky is under center. The run game remained off to the side, while the Bears let Daniel expand the field, taking more shots down the field as the game went on.
The win improves the Bears record to an NFC North-leading 8-3. The Bears clinch a .500 record for the first time since 2013, and Matt Nagy is in the driver’s seat for a playoff berth, and a winning record in his first season at the helm as the Bears head coach.
For Daniel, the life of a backup quarterback just keeps getting better. Daniel has reportedly earned close to $30-million in his career, and now has Thursday’s performance under his belt.
Thanks to Chase, we’ll all have a good taste in our mouths at the dinner table. Chase Daniel, we’re sure as hell thankful for you this Thanksgiving.