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WARNING: There is no political talk ahead. Following this note is simply the dissection of a good game played in Chicago and a look at some individual performances. After all, it is a game so let’s have some good old fashioned football talk.

 

Week three is in the books and boy that was almost as ugly as week two. When Marcus Cooper fumbled at the goal line it looked like the Pittsburgh Steelers were surely about to turn around what had been a poor game thus far and storm back for the win in the second half. And yet these Chicago Bears found the resolve and determination to secure an overtime win.

A few quick notes before we get into the meat of things:
Mike Glennon had another uninspiring performance
The offensive line took another hit with Hroniss Grasu leaving the game
Jordan Howard looked like himself again after two sub-par weeks to start the season
The wide receiver corps is in worse shape than we thought

Alright with that taken care of let’s get to it.

Player of the Week: Jordan Howard, RB

It took a couple weeks but Jordan Howard finally looks like the runner we saw last year. The second-year back had 138 yards on the ground and picked up another 26 through the air. After averaging less than 3 yards per carry through two games Howard rumbled in week three, averaging six yards per carry while also having 11 more carries and one more catch than electric rookie Tarik Cohen. Sunday’s game against the Steelers showed us what John Fox plans to do when Howard is playing at full throttle, with Howard getting the majority of the work with Cohen working in to throw another haymaker at the opposing defense. This is not to take away from Cohen though, as the rookie ran well and had a good game too, but Sunday’s contest showed us that when he’s right Jordan Howard is still the leader of this rushing attack. Thursday’s matchup against the Packers in Green Bay should be a good matchup for both backs, as the Packers defense is allowing 113 yards per game on the ground, one of the bottommost units in the league.

Honorable Mention: The Defense. The Bears defense was good again in week three. They harassed Ben Roethlisberger all day and forced two fumbles. The defense, especially the line, has been rock solid all year and held Le’Veon Bell to just 61 yards while not allowing him to catch a single pass.

Needs Improvement: The Secondary….Again

It’s tough to put the same unit or player in the “needs improvement” category in back-to-back weeks but this is necessary. As stated last week, singular players did well in week three, specifically Kyle Fuller and Bryce Callahan. But also stated last week is that the unit as a whole needs to improve and that hasn’t changed. The Bears failed to record an interception once again. Further complicating matters is that starting safety Quintin Demps suffered a broken arm Sunday, which will bring Adrian Amos back into a prominent role and force Eddie Jackson to step up even more. Getting Prince Amukamara back helps the corners, but Kyle Fuller isn’t about to slide to safety. With Aaron Rodgers up next the Bears’ secondary needs to gel together quickly in order to keep the team in the game.

Mike Glennon Analysis of the Week:

Glennon continues to look barely passable for the Bears. The quarterback was 15/22 for a measly 101 yards, a touchdown, and another ugly interception. Even though the Bears won, it was on the back of Jordan Howard, Tarik Cohen, and the defense. Glennon had one completion to a wide receiver on Sunday. Yes, you read that correctly, one completion. Running backs Howard, Cohen, and Benny Cunningham accounted for 12 of Glennon’s 15 completions. Zach Miller, Adam Shaheen, and Deonte Thompson each had one. Glennon is doing nothing to quiet the calls for rookie Mitch Trubisky. After losing a close game to the Falcons, a blowout to his former team the Bucaneers, and a win he had almost nothing to do with against the Steelers Glennon continues to alienate fans. If he fails to perform against the rival Packers in week four, the calls for Trubisky will become shouts, and at that point it would be hard to blame anyone for doing so.

All in all…

It was a good win, don’t take this the wrong way. With Howard seemingly back on track and the defense continuing to show up every week it’s hard to find a lot to complain about. It’s just that one problem at what happens to be the most important position. Glennon continues to fail at rising above, and seems to be regressing rather than getting better. After three weeks even those most entrenched in the belief that Trubisky needs to sit and learn must be starting to doubt that notion. One completion to the wide receivers is unacceptable, and if the team continues to rely on the defense and the rushing attack both units will be run into the ground by week 10. The contest in Lambeu will be a huge test for Glennon and if he fails again then John Fox needs to start thinking about a change.

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