By: Peter Babb
The saying, “the best defense is a good offense,” is not the case for the Chicago Bears. The grit and grind of the Chicago Bears led them in a dominant week five performance on Sunday.
This performance led the Bears to another win, 20-9 against the Las Vegas Raiders. The Bears are now 3-2 on the year. The Raiders (3-2) have now lost their second straight game.
The Bears’ offense had a dominant run game through four quarters. With running back’s Damien Williams and Khalil Herbert rushing for a combined 139 yards. In place for the injured David Montgomery. Williams rushed for 64 yards and a touchdown, while Herbert had 75 yards.
Bears quarterback Justin Fields threw his first career touchdown pass to tight end Jesper Horsted in the second quarter. Fields went 12/20 on the day for 111 yards. Bears kicker Cairo Santos went perfect on the day. Making both of his field goal opportunities and extra points.
The defense led the way for the Bears as they kept a prolific Raiders offense at bay. Raiders quarterback Derek Carr was held to 206 yards through the air. The run game for the Raiders was also halted. Raiders running back Josh Jacobs only had 48 yards on 15 attempts and the only Raiders touchdown late in the fourth quarter.
Bears’ defensive end Khalil Mack proved to be dominant against his former team. Having eight tackles and a sack on the day. Bears’ head coach Mat Nagy acknowledged Mack’s performance after the game. “This was going to be a fight, and he knew that,” Nagy said.
“We talked about it all week long: It was going to be a fistfight in the back alley,” Nagy said in his postgame press conference. Nagy acknowledged and praised his team for the all-around performance on Sunday.
The Bears’ have a tough test next week as they host the rival Green Bay Packers (4-1). The Packers won their game in overtime 25-22 over the Cincinnati Bengals.
The game between the Bears and Packers will be at noon on October 17. If the Bears win, they will be tied for the NFC with the Packers. As they enter the most difficult part of their schedule this year.