When Ryan Poles was hired as the new general manager of the Chicago Bears in 2022, he promised Bears fans he would help the organization take back the top spot of the NFC North division and “never give it back.” It has been a tough start to that promise, but in his defense, he never specified when the transaction would take place.
After Sunday’s performance, we may be on our way there.
The Bears took over late to beat the Detroit Lions at home, their second straight victory – both in the division. It also marks three wins in their last four games. This marks their first back-to-back wins in the Poles/Matt Eberflus era. It’s still sloppy, and there’s still plenty to argue and be upset about, but this team just took down two playoff contenders consecutively and never gave up.
And, by golly, we’re in the hunt.
The Chicago Bearsears upset the Detroit Lions and somehow remain in the hunt for playoffs.
The Bears did the whole “start hot and then fall flat on our face” thing in the first half, scoring 10 points on the first two drives and doing nothing thereafter. But then it seemed as if Eberflus and offensive coordinator Luke Getsy remembered they traded for DJ Moore. He had two total touchdowns on the day, including this catch on a beautiful Justin Fields throw (on 4th and 13 no less).
We still saw a ton of Fields hanging onto the ball for too long and missing opportunities and we saw too much of the play-calling putting the offense in vulnerable situations. But we have all week to get mad about the little things.
The defense stepped up huge again to keep this team in the game. We may never know what happened to get this unit playing like they are now from how they started this year, but man oh man. They are balling out, especially late when it matters.
Again, we have all week to dissect the things that are still crippling this team. But it’s a victory Sunday evening. The Chicago Bears won themselves a football game today, and they didn’t hear a bell on their season.