Chicago Bears: Three MVPs in big win over Packers

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Chicago Bears, Tarik Cohen
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MVP #3: RB Tarik Cohen

Bears running back Tarik Cohen has been a human highlight reel all season. The speedy, pass-catching back is a favorite of coach Matt Nagy to use in creative ways on offense. On Sunday, Cohen made a couple big mistakes but also made impactful plays.

Cohen was on the receiving end of Trubisky’s first touchdown pass, although the back did most of the work on a fantastic short passing play. Trubisky checked down to Cohen with pressure coming, and the speedster did the rest.

Cohen cut to the outside while beautifully controlling his feet to stay inbounds, extending the ball over the pylon as he fell out of bounds.

Cohen’s day wasn’t perfect as he had that costly red zone fumble in the fourth quarter. He also forgot to cut upfield for a first down with the Bears facing a crucial third down play while up 21-14. The Bears came away with a field goal, but it felt like a big missed opportunity.

It ended up not mattering, and Cohen did a great job on the punt return that gave the Bears the chance to make it a two-score game. He returned the fourth quarter punt 44 yards, giving the Bears starting field position at the Packers’ 15-yard line.

While it wasn’t a perfect day for Cohen, he again showed just how talented he is in open space with the football in his hands.

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The Bears improve to 10-4 on the season and still have an outside chance to get a first-round bye in the playoffs. They’ll need one of the top NFC teams to stumble in the last two weeks of the season, but all that matters today is that the Bears are playoff bound. How sweet it is.