In a season in which the Bears' cup certainly runneth over, their 23-16 victory Thursday over the Detroit Lions felt a lot like a glass half-empty win.
As you may recall, the Bears elected to let both players try and go against New England after suffering ankle and groin injuries, respectively, in Miami, and both were ineffective vs. the Pats, appeared to struggle more as the game went on and then both were sidelined for the next two weeks. Trubisky had arguably one of the best games of his young career against the Lions on November 11, when he completed 23 of 30 pass attempts for 355 yards, three touchdowns, zero interceptions and one rushing touchdown. Chicago safety Eddie Jackson scored on a pick-six after intercepting Stafford's first pass of the drive, regaining the lead for Chicago.
"It was just a good read", Jackson said.
The plan for the offseason will start to shape up the closer we get, but for now, it seems clear to me that this team has a long ways to go and needs some serious improvements in the offseason. "I know that. And for us, but we got to make sure in these situations that we're doing the right thing".
"I think it's just influenced by what you see on tape when you see them play". He barely played for New Orleans, Kansas City, Philadelphia and Chicago, but gained respect from coaches and players for his preparation.
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Stafford wanted to release the ball quickly Thursday, and he was sacked only twice in the rematch, but the Lions looked limited on offense.
"At this point in the career it's really, truly not about the money, it's about opportunities", said Daniel of his first start since December 28, 2014. "So for him to be able to come out here and do what he did, protect the football and be a leader when he needed to be a leader, I thought he did a great job".
"We were ready for a bullfight and that's what we got", Daniel said.