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After a strong start, it was back to the same old same old in Lambeau for the Chicago Bears, where they have not won a game since 2015. The offense could only muster 2 decent drives following a great opening drive, while the defense struggled to stop the run when they needed to most, and special teams routinely gave the Bears bad starting field position. Let’s take a look at this week’s stock watch from a rough loss.
Up:
RB David Montgomery: Montgomery had one of the best games of his career. He carried the ball 15 times for 122 yards, and forced at least 8 missed tackles according to PFF. He was the engine behind the Bears offense for most of the game, and should have gotten the ball at the 1 yard line.

RG Teven Jenkins: Jenkins was rotated out again with Lucas Patrick. Hopefully, even if Patrick can’t take Mustipher’s spot next week, we don’t see that anymore. Jenkins was much better than Patrick, and the Bears best drives came when Jenkins was on the field mauling people and sending them to the sidelines. He is the Bears best OLineman; put him at RG and leave him there.

EDGE Robert Quinn: Quinn continues to get consistent pressure on opposing QBs. This game he was able to get a sack on Rodgers on a 3rd down. Quinn continuing to perform helps the Bears defense be better in the present, while keeping his value high as trade rumors fly, with Albert Breer being the latest to say he would think Quinn is the first veteran traded this season.

EDGE Trevis Gipson: After a quiet first game, Gipson was all over Aaron Rodgers on Sunday, sacking him twice. He did that on Elgton Jenkins both times as well, and generally kept Rodgers contained except for a few plays. Gipson still looks like a long-term piece on this Bears defense, he just needs to improve his run defense to play more.

CB Jaylon Johnson: Johnson was not targeted all game. While that may say more about the other CBs on the roster, Johnson definitely held his own and was not beaten all game. As he has not given up a catch so far this season, he is really morphing into a top-tier cornerback.

WR Equanimous St. Brown: For being a minimum signing, St. Brown is getting open and blocking pretty darn well. Obviously we’re not expecting much from the Bears WRs, but so far St. Brown is doing the most of all of them.

Down:
QB Justin Fields: It’s too soon to give up on Fields, but Sunday was rough. On top of only throwing the ball 11 times, Fields took an ill-advised sack (only ⅓ were his fault) and while he had a couple of drops, he wasn’t hitting the top of his drop and being decisive and hitting receivers who were NFL open. Eventually, Fields will need to let it rip to receivers who aren’t quite OSU level open. I’m sure he will soon, but Sunday was not that day. At least he used his legs to escape a few times.

WRs and TEs: Darnell Mooney had 1 catch. Cole Kmet had 0 catches. Bears pass catchers are not getting open enough, and have multiple drops. If this keeps up, this is even worse than everyone feared going into the season. A trade would become necessary.

OTs Larry Borom/Braxton Jones: Jones and Borom were pretty underwhelming Sunday. They got beat plenty of times forcing the pocket to collapse on Fields. They’re both young so growing pains are expected, but Sunday was a step back after a strong week 1.

C Sam Mustipher: Mustipher got manhandled by Kenny Clark all game. If the Bears offense is to reach its full potential, they need Lucas Patrick in for Mustipher ASAP.

ILB Roquan Smith: If Roquan Smith wants to be the top-paid LB in the NFL, he has to do better against teams like Green Bay. He couldn’t make any run stops before the RB gained 5 yards, and even gave up a big 3rd down reception to Randall Cobb out of the backfield. Smith’s weakness in the new Bears defensive scheme was exposed by Green Bay’s East-West running game, and Smith will need to be better equipped to stop that in the rematch.

CB Kyler Gordon: Gordon is still a good prospect. But he was abused all game. He had a nice PBU in the end zone as a boundary corner early on, but was picked on from the slot all game by Rodgers, and even gave up the late deep shot to Sammy Watkins from the boundary. With the way the offense is looking, one would wonder why the Bears doubled up on defense (Jaquan Brisker has looked great) instead of grabbing a guy like George Pickens.

OC Luke Getsy: Getsy was too inconsistent after the first drive. Too few Montgomery runs in the first half after the first drive and too many situations where the Bears were in 3rd and long. He went back to the running game which was great in the second half, then called the shotgun QB power at the goal line, losing all goodwill. Some plays were open and Fields didn’t pull the trigger or the tackles got beat too fast, but Getsy needs to do better coaching up this unit. Two easier games upcoming should let him get into a rhythm.

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