The bleeding has stopped as the Chicago Bears beat the Houston Texans on Sunday.
That dreadful 6-game losing streak is finally over. Chicago Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky tossed three touchdowns in the first half against the Houston Texans, en route to a Bears victory by a score of 36-7.
The first half saw the Bears put up 30 points on Houston, which is a number we haven’t seen them score in a half since 2018 when they demolished the Jameis Winston led Bucs. The action got started by an 80-yard touchdown run from running back David Montgomery. From there on out, the Bears were rolling.
We have to give credit where credit is due, and that starts at the quarterback position. Trubisky looked very good, particularly in that first half. He ended the game going 24-for-33 for 267 yards and a trio of touchdown passes.
Trubisky targeted Allen Robinson 13 times in this one, which is always smart — getting the ball to your best player as many times as you possibly can. Robinson came away with nine catches for 123 yards and a score.
Meanwhile, the defense showed up big time. We haven’t seen a performance like this in a long time. Chicago’s defense came up with six sacks on Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson while also forcing and recovering two fumbles.
We saw Khalil Mack come up with a sack and fumble recovery, as he looked a bit rejuvenated compared to previous weeks.
The Bears defense only allowed 263 total yards while dominating the Texans’ offense overall. This performance, from every aspect, looked a lot like the 2018 Bears. It certainly looked reminiscent of that particular beat down of Tampa Bay two seasons ago.
By no means are the Bears “fixed,” as they played one of the NFL’s worst defenses in the Texans. If the Bears were to right the ship in this game, they did exactly what they should have. From here on out, it’s about building momentum if they are to try and claw their way into the playoffs.
Now, is that something fans necessarily want to see? I suppose most fans are just focused on the fact that Chicago scored points on Sunday — let’s take it a step at a time. Without jumping to conclusions, enjoying this victory and remembering just how good this team looked back in 2018 is enough.
Looking ahead, they still have games against the Jacksonville Jaguars (very winnable) and two divisional matchups with the Vikings and Packers. The Bears have two choices: Either they buckle down and prove they can pull a 180, or they end the season stuck where many fans are used to being, and that’s with a middle-of-the-pack draft selection.