ARI – Sam Bradford – 13/19, 157 yards, 2 TD, 2 INT, CHI – Jordan Howard – 24 carries, 61 yards, 1 TD, ARI – David Johnson – 12 carries, 31 yards. [187] Part of the NFL's Thanksgiving Day tradition, it was the 17th meeting between the two on the holiday; the Bears were 17–15–2 in total games played on Thanksgiving. [139] The Dolphins were also playing sans defensive end Cameron Wake; with Miller and Amukamara returning from their injuries, Lorin Cox described the game as having "the potential to go quite poorly for Miami. It was a good day for that group, with David Montgomery toting 13 times for 64 yards (4.9 average) and Cordarrelle Patterson adding four carries for 19 yards (4.8). In the 1950s, he was an opposing defense’s nightmare. [71] In conjunction with the signings, the Bears released Averill, Morgan, linebacker Howard Jones, and offensive lineman Cameron Lee. CHI – Cody Parkey 42-yard field goal, 4:25. [158] After a second Jets punt, the Bears scored the first touchdown as Trubisky threw a screen to Cohen before the blitz could overwhelm him, enabling Cohen to run for the 70-yard touchdown. [239] Early in the final period, Parkey's 34-yard field goal narrowed the margin to one point, which was followed by Trubisky throwing a 22-yard touchdown pass to Robinson on Chicago's next possession. Nevertheless, considering the importance of a win for the Vikings, Stankevitz predicted a Bears loss. [238] Parkey booted a 29-yard kick to end the first half with the 6–3 lead. I don’t expect to see a comparable player in my lifetime. He also threw for over 400 yards in all three games, becoming the first quarterback in NFL history to have such a streak. [160] Leno said, "We wanted to see what we could do after going down two games and we got a 'W'.
Gale Sayers was a triple-threat player who could change a game in the blink of an eye. He was a versatile, durable back who deserved more accolades than he received during his playing time. Amukamara stated after the game, "Because we've been in this situation so many times and we've come up big, it's almost expected of us.

[69], The Bears conducted ten offseason team activities (OTAs) on May 15–17, May 22–24, and May 29 – June 1. In 2006, Jones and the Bears made it as far as the Super Bowl, where they lost to Peyton Manning and the Colts on a rain-drenched Miami field. [150] The Bears reached as far as their 45-yard line with one second left, where Trubisky threw a Hail Mary pass; although Kevin White caught the pass, he was tackled one yard short of the end zone to seal the 38–31 defeat. LAR – Greg Zuerlein 50-yard field goal, 4:12. [148] For the Bears offense, scoring in the red zone was crucial, especially as the Patriots defense was allowing 68 percent of red zone drives to end in touchdowns. [67] After its conclusion, the Bears signed five tryout players: wide receiver Matt Fleming, offensive linemen Jeremi Hall and Matt McCants, and defensive backs John Franklin III and Tyrin Holloway. Stankevitz also wrote of the Chicago defense's success in preventing long drives, especially at home, while Trubisky could overcome turnovers provided he was consistent. At 6'2" and 225 pounds, Rick Casares had the size to play even in today’s NFL. Maxwell's odds to make the team weren't great even in a traditional training camp setting. In week four against the Buccaneers, Trevathan recorded two sacks, eight tackles, and a forced fumble to be named NFC Defensive Player of the Week,[117] while Trubisky's six-touchdown game earned him FedEx Air Player of the Week. In the second quarter, Crosby kicked a 41-yard field goal, which the Bears answered on Trubisky's 12-yard touchdown pass to Cohen, who beat safety Kentrell Brice to the end zone. In his pre-game strategy article for the week, Stankevitz wrote about recording key plays like takeaways and sacks to swing momentum in the Bears' favor. By: Brendan Sugrue. CHI – Cody Parkey 48-yard field goal, 2:48. Offensive lineman Bobby Massie stated, "There's a lot of things we did well. Will the Chargers be to blame for Tyrod Taylor’s strange injury? But Sayers was most dangerous as a return man. Though no one can say for sure how he got the nickname "Sweetness," it has often been attributed to his soft voice and laid-back disposition. Pierce's activation qualifies as good news for the former Oregon State Beaver who's been pegged as a strong contender to make the roster despite his status as an undrafted free agent. [200], On the second play of the game, Daniel's pass to Cohen was underthrown and intercepted by Alec Ogletree, who returned the pick eight yards for the touchdown. [36] Andrew DePaola joined the Oakland Raiders for 2018 and became the highest-paid long snapper in the league. Like when we had to go back on the field to win it, everyone was poised. [13], On February 27, the Bears formally announced their full staff, with every defensive coach returning to their posts for the 2018 season. The following is the second of eight position reviews of the Bears' 2018 season.