The Bears had a pretty low bar to clear Sunday. They cleared it.

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The Bears had a pretty low bar to clear Sunday. They cleared it.

Postby linchao » Sat Dec 29, 2018 3:21 am

Their 41-9 win over the Bills was both anticlimactic and #asexpected , as they created four turnovers and scored two defensive touchdowns and cruised to the win which improves them to 5-3.Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky only threw for 135 yards and a touchdown (with one interception), but they didn’t need to do too much. Normally, when you gain 190 yards in a game you lose by many points.But not against the Bills.The Bills problem is simple, they can’t move the ball at all. They went nearly three games without a touchdown, an amazing 39-possession streak without one which was snapped by a Nathan Peterman run in the fourth quarter.Of course, he was only playing because off-the-street replacement Derek Anderson had a concussion, threw three more interceptions, including one returned for a touchdown.The picks weren’t solely his fault, with balls glancing off hands of receivers and straight to Bears twice. But he’s the sacrificial lamb, and will get all the criticism. The fact he now has three career touchdowns and 12 interceptions has something to do with it.With first-round quarterback of the future Josh Allen dealing with an elbow injury, a lack of blockers and pass targets and $56 million in dead money on the salary cap, the Bills (2-7) have to simply survive this season and start over. With high picks (they didn’t have to trade next year’s one to get Allen), they could turn things around quickly, and make their next playoff drought shorter than the 17 years that ended last season.It’s going to take a lot of work, but at least it’s a clean slate.The NFC North reacts to the Khalil Mack trade As soon as the news leaked on Saturday morning about the Chicago Bears making the blockbuster trade for Khalil Mack I knew I had to do a few things. First, I emailed the Windy City Gridiron team to make sure we were going to have the best all day coverage of this historic event. We did , and we nailed it. You can catch up on anything you may have missed in our Khalil Mack story-stream right here. Second, I had to get out of bed. Which for me was tough, because I am not a morning person. Not at all. Saturdays are my sleep-in days, but with my phone blowing up, and with a responsibility to the community, I put on some pants and crawled out of bed. Third, I checked social media to get the latest news about cutdown day, and to gauge the reaction of fans and media alike in regards to the Mack move.That’s when I realized I had to get the take of our fellow NFC North, SB Nation sites: Acme Packing Company, Pride of Detroit, and the Daily Norsemen.As much as I dislike the Bears’ three rival teams, I enjoy the coverage from our sister sites that cover them. Evan “Tex” Western (APC), Jeremy Reisman (PoD), and Christopher Gates (DN) all do a great job. Whenever I want to know something about the Packers, Lions or Vikings, that’s where I go. Here’s what they had to say when I asked them about the Mack trade. Evan “Tex” Western: The Packers were in on Mack -- that much is certain -- but it seems that they just didn’t have the best trade package in the Raiders’ eyes. Seeing him go to the Bears hurts Cheap Cody Whitehair Jersey , since Green Bay has long-term questions about their outside pass rush. But it’s hardly a knockout blow to their title hopes in 2018 or beyond. Ultimately, this seems like a big gamble for the Bears, and I still believe their hopes of contending in the immediate future still rest on how Mitchell Trubisky develops.Jeremy Reisman: A month or so ago, I proposed a trade for Mack that involved sending two first-round picks and Ziggy Ansah for the All-Pro defensive end. It was a near 50-50 split among the fanbase. I was torn, but ultimately said I would do it. So, I think the Bears made the right move and I hate them for it.Christopher Gates: Well, the Bears appear to have added what appears to be the final piece of a very good defense in Khalil Mack. They were lacking a big-time pass rusher, and they don’t come much more big-time than Mack. With the Vikings’ offensive line issues, this is definitely a troubling development for Minnesota. It also appears that this is going to put even more pressure on Trubisky to take the next step, because the Mack acquisition means that it won’t be the Chicago defense that holds this team back. Overall, this is good news for Bears fans and bad news for everyone in Minnesota, Detroit, and Green Bay.

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