by Bryan Dietzler
The Chicago Bears, favored by many to beat the Denver Broncos, in Denver on Sunday afternoon managed to squeeze out a 16-14 win and make the prognosticators look good. The game wasn’t pretty and, once again, the Bears had to do it with defense while their offense continued to struggle. But a win is a win, and this first win of the season got the monkey off their back.
Now, can they build upon this first win and win even more games?
The scoring started off in the first quarter as Denver took the lead 3-0 thanks to a 43-yard field goal by kicker Brandon McManus. This would pretty much set the tone of the game in terms of scoring as things started out slow.
Chicago would get the next score, in the first quarter, following a 14-play 59-yard drive when kicker Eddie Pinero hit a 40-yard field goal to tie it up.
The Bears would later take a 6-3 lead thanks to a 52-yard Pinero field goal that capped off a ten-play 56-yard drive.
The half would end with the Bears up 6-3.
The Bears would take an even larger lead in the third quarter as rookie running back David Montgomery barely broke the goal line from one yard out. The touchdown was upheld and the Bears took a 13-6 lead. That play capped off a nine-play 79-yard drive.
Chicago appeared to be in control at that point.
After a nine-play 56-yard drive, the Broncos gained a little on the Bears thanks to a McManus field goal of 32 yards. The score was 13-6 at that point.
Denver was heading towards the endzone to score when their drive was suddenly stopped thanks to an interception by cornerback Kyle Fuller. The Bears got the ball back but couldn’t do much with it, were forced to punt and give the ball back to the Broncos.
Denver drove down the field capping off a 12-play 62-yard drive. A strange series of events took place after the touchdown. The Broncos wanted to go for two but they were hit with a delay of game penalty. After that, they decided to go for one and their kicker missed the kick. However, cornerback Buster Skrine, who was having a great game up to that point, lined up offsides and the Broncos decided to go for two.
They got the two-point conversion and led by one point. Things seemed hopeless for the Bears but they had some time left to do something. Quarterback Mitchell Trubisky managed to get the team in field goal position. The kick would be a 53-yarder and Pinero would have to make it for the Bears to win.
He made it! Bears fans everywhere let their emotions flow as the Bears won their first game of the year.
Player of the Game on Offense
I think that the player of the game has to be Trubisky. Why he didn’t do a lot to win the game, he did do enough not to lose it. He didn’t make any mistakes and didn’t turn the ball over. His taking of the timeout at the end of the game was a great thing.
Trubisky’s awareness is sound, his intangibles are solid but his overall ability to be an effective quarterback is in question. It’s his third year in the league. It’s time to see some positive dividends.
Player of the Game Defense
Kahlil Mack had a sack but what he did that’s most important in this game is cause several holding calls which gave the Broncos poorer field position. It shows what kind of pass rusher Mack is when opposing players are doing everything that they can to keep him from reaching the quarterback. This includes holding him to the point he can’t make the play.
Mack is a force and a real game-changer. This was evident on Sunday.
Play of the Game
The play of the game is a no-brainer. Pinero’s 53-yarder with one second left on the clock was the biggest and best play of the game. It might be the biggest of the season but it’s too early to tell.
But there is one thing we do know; the Bears have found themselves a kicker.
The Bears will travel to Washington to take on the Redskins on Monday night football.
We will have a full preview of that game coming up in the next few days.