For the Chicago Bears, it’s Christmas in November as the Carolina Panthers continue to be the gift that keeps on giving after they lost 16-13 on Thursday Night Football.
You’d think that shipping D.J. Moore, two first-round picks, and a second-round pick to the Chicago Bears just to select the wrong quarterback, 5’10” Bryce Young, was enough of a present.
Alas, the Panthers said, “Hold my beer.”
After Montez Sweat, Kyler Gordon, and the rest of the Chicago Bears’ defense annihilated the so-called ‘Stephen Curry of Football,’ the Bears currently hold the first overall pick, courtesy of Carolina.
Happy early Holidays, indeed.
These are the five biggest Chicago Bears takeaways from their Week 10 win against the Carolina Panthers.
1. Chicago Bears Nation, meet the newest Mon(tez)ster of the Midway.
It didn’t take Montez Sweat long to silence the irrational critics who didn’t believe that he was worth a second-round pick (Looking at you, Michael Lombardi!) or worth the money that the Chicago Bears paid him.
He didn’t record a sack, but Sweat made his presence known repeatedly throughout the night. He pressured Bryce Young early and often. He almost killed the little guy with a simple shove.
It’s important to remember that the rest of the Week 10 games need to be played when analyzing Bears statistics against the rest of the NFL, but after his 8 pressures against the Panthers, Sweat ranks 5th in the league with 45 total pressures.
Even after the rest of the week’s games are played, it’s hard to imagine that Sweat will fall down that list much, if at all.
When you consider it’s been three years (!) since a Bears player delivered that much pressure on the quarterback combined with this being Sweat’s second-ever game in a Chicago Bears uniform, it’s impossible not to feel very excited about his future with our franchise.
I am starting to feel pretty confident that the return of the Monsters of the Midway will feature Montez Sweat as a true cornerstone.