2. Chicago Bears quarterback Andy Dalton got the ball out quick, timely
There is a whole lot to say about Andy Dalton after this game. I’ll get the easy, obvious thing out of the way here: the Bears would have been better off with Justin Fields starting this game.
There we go. Now that it has been said, let’s give the veteran some credit.
Dalton actually got the ball out pretty quickly all night long, proving he wasn’t just going to stand there and let the Rams’ pass rush push him around. He did exactly what the Bears needed him to do in that regard, and allowed his playmakers to gain yards after the catch as well.
Dalton didn’t throw more than 15 yards in the air except for once on Sunday night, but that was also part of Nagy’s game plan. Call it what you will, but Dalton executed. The Rams were also giving the Bears everything underneath, so it’s understandable that Dalton would continue with quick, short passes.
He finished with just 5.4 yards per attempt, which is atrocious. People will kill him in the comments for that, but again, that’s on Nagy, too.
Overall, Dalton wasn’t the reason the Bears lost this game. Nagy’s play-calling was the main culprit on offense, while the pass defense of the Bears had a rough night.