3. The Chicago Bears defense did a great job against the run
We will shy away from talking about how awful the secondary looked against Los Angeles, for the sake of focusing on the positives, here. The Bears’ run defense showed up on Sunday night — in a big way.
If you took the Rams’ last drive of the game out of it completely, the Bears held them to just 25 yards on the ground. That is what we call an elite run defense, folks.
On that final drive, Darrell Henderson had 49 yards alone. In total, the Rams rushed 23 times for 74 yards. The one aspect of this Bears defense that seems to be legit is against the run, that’s for sure.
This is something they can build on going forward, because if they can either trade for secondary help or figure out how to get Eddie Jackson back to form, this unit won’t be as bad as people thought they looked against the Rams.
Akiem Hicks was an absolute animal, and arguably the most valuable defensive player for the Bears on Sunday night. He was routinely double-teamed and continued to fight through them, each snap.
The most impressive part about the Bears shutting down the run? No Eddie Goldman.
Rookie Khyiris Tonga played well, but so did the entire line. The Bears did a wonderful job against Henderson and company, and can use this going forward.