The Chicago Bears had a few different players step up and play well for them.
Kmet had his most productive game of the season. He had six receptions for 87 yards with a long gain going for 25 yards. He continues to develop chemistry with Fields and has been one of the bright spots during this losing streak.
He has 18 catches for 203 yards during this stretch. It would be nice to see Kmet find the endzone but he continues to get better over the last four games.
Montgomery returned after missing four games with a knee injury. He picked up right where he left off rushing 63 yards on 13 carries with a long of 21 yards. He ended up with 80 yards from scrimmage.
He ran the Wildcat a few times and it led to a Mooney touchdown. He probably could have ended up with more yards but the Chicago Bears had to go more pass-heavy once they were down by 13 to try to catch up.
Mooney only touched the ball four times but he made them count with two touchdowns. He did have a big play that led to 20 yards gained. He also overthrew him on a deep ball attempt that if Mooney come up with, could have led to a scoring drive.
Smith was running all over the field as a man possessed. He had 12 tackles with two going for a loss and had a sack. He was used a few times to blitz Big Ben and made his presence felt.
He helped limit the Steelers’ run game to just 105 yards and 3.3 yards per carry. He continues to show that he is General Manager Ryan Pace’s best draft pick so far.
Every team needs a player like DeAndre Houston-Carson. Thankfully the Chicago Bears have him on their roster. DHC is just a hard worker. He learned a long time ago that he could extend his career by playing well on special teams.
He has accepted he is not good enough to be a starter but when called upon, he will make plays. He did just that on Monday Night Football. He was thrust into starting duty due to Eddie Jackson missing the game with an injury.
He was pretty stout in coverage as he only got burned once for a big play. Houston-Carson scooped up a Ray-Ray McCloud punt-return fumble for a score that pulled Chicago within three. Houston-Carson may not be a starter but he is proving a valuable depth and special teams player.
Robert Quinn and Eddie Goldman
Robert Quinn continues his comeback tour from that awful 2020 campaign. He added to his sack total with a wrap-up of Roethlisberger. Quinn now has 6.5 sacks on the season. He also added a QB hit and a tackle for a loss. He continues to show a high motor that never stops.
Quinn had some glaring mental errors with lining up not once but twice in the neutral zone. These led to infractions in the fourth quarter that allowed free plays for the Steelers to convert first downs. It was not exactly his most attentive game.
Goldman had his best game of the season. He took advantage of lining up against a rookie center. He was getting penetration on run plays and was part of the run defense limiting the Steelers’ ground game.
He missed some tackles that could have limited some Steelers’ gains. Overall, it was nice to see Goldman have a decent game after struggling badly this season.