Mitch Trubisky threw two touchdowns, the running game totaled over 170 yards and the defense shut down Sam Darnold in the Bears’ 24-10 win over the Jets on Sunday afternoon. The victory snaps a two-game losing streak and improves Chicago to 4-3 this season.
A favorable matchup at home against a rookie quarterback helped fix a lot of what ailed the Bears’ defense, even with Khalil Mack sidelined due to injury. The pass rush recorded just one sack on Darnold in the game, but limited him to completing just 13 of 28 passes for 143 yards and a touchdown.
Trubisky didn’t put up big passing numbers, either, but the running game delivered on all fronts. Jordan Howard, Tarik Cohen and Trubisky each recorded at least 40 yards on the ground as the Bears leaned on that part of their offense with Allen Robinson out. Cohen also took a screen pass 70 yards for a touchdown.
Relive the Bears’ Week 8 victory below.
Final score: Bears 24, Jets 10
Bears 24, Jets 10: Potential bad news for the Bears as Kyle Long needed help being carried off the field by trainers. He couldn’t put any weight on his right foot.
Bears 24, Jets 10: A dangerous moment there with Tarik Cohen touching the loose ball on a Jets punt, but he recovers in time to jump back on the ball.
Bears 24, Jets 10: Jordan Howard takes over to get the Bears back into the end zone. First came a 24-yard rumble up the middle for his longest run of the season, then he broke through on second-and-goal to complete an eight-play, 79-yard drive.
Bears 17, Jets 10: Anthony Miller gets clocked from behind on a catch over the middle but holds onto the ball. He’s shown very good hands Sunday.
Bears 17, Jets 10: The Jets complete a seven-play, 75-yard drive with a touchdown pass from Sam Darnold to tight end Chris Herndon. New York nearly doubled its total yardage for the game on that drive alone.
Bears 17, Jets 3: The Bears had forced the Jets off the field with a stop on third down, but Eddie Jackson made a stupid play with a late hit on the intended receiver to hand them a first down. Now the Jets are past midfield for the first time since their lone scoring drive.
Bears 17, Jets 3: Instead of going for it on fourth down, the Bears opt for a short field goal from Cody Parkey, who hits from 32 yards out.
Third quarter: Bears 14, Jets 3
Bears 14, Jets 3: The third quarter wraps up with the Bears driving into the red zone again with a lengthy drive. Another score here could put the game away given the way the Jets have looked on offense.
Bears 14, Jets 3: TOUCHDOWN! What a catch by Anthony Miller, who seemed to be totally covered but turned around just in time for a perfectly placed pass by Mitch Trubisky.
Bears 7, Jets 3: A dominant series for the Bears’ defense, which forced a three-and-out for the fifth time Sunday. The Bears also confirmed that Ben Braunecker will not return to the game.
Bears 7, Jets 3: Nothing doing on the Bears’ first drive after halftime as it stalls near midfield. The Bears have now punted four straight times since Tarik Cohen’s touchdown.
This is worth monitoring, as well:
#Bears TE Ben Braunecker is being evaluated for a concussion.— Patrick Finley (@patrickfinley) October 28, 2018
Halftime: Bears 7, Jets 3
Bears 7, Jets 3: A Kevin White sighting … but his 20-yard catch is wiped out by offsetting penalties.
Bears 7, Jets 3: Following another stop by the Bears’ defense, the Jets fire off a short punt to avoid putting the ball in Tarik Cohen’s hands. Mitch Trubisky and company will get the ball back at about their own 35-yard line to try to extend the lead.
Bears 7, Jets 3: The obligatory “deep dish vs. thin crust” discussion gives Tony Romo a chance to shout out Lou Malnati’s, although he (correctly) admits to prefer thin crust.
Bears 7, Jets 3: The Bears’ defense gets the stop but kicker Jason Myers hits from 42 yards to get the Jets on the scoreboard.
First quarter: Bears 7, Jets 0
Bears 7, Jets 0: Isaiah Crowell ran into a brick wall on third-and-1 on the Bears’ 47, but the Jets were able to convert on fourth down to keep their drive alive. Akiem Hicks was pumped after the initial stop:
And you thought you were 'd up for today's game... pic.twitter.com/JzUXsiYu6B— Chicago Bears (@ChicagoBears) October 28, 2018
Bears 7, Jets 0: It was just a matter of time, huh? A Jets blitz opened up the rest of the field for a Tarik Cohen screen and he took it 70 yards for the score.
Lots of records being broken there:
That 70-yard TD pass from Trubisky to Cohen was the longest play from scrimmage by the #Bears this season, the longest TD pass of Trubisky's career and ties for the longest reception by Cohen in his career.— Chicago Bears (@BearsPR) October 28, 2018
Bears 0, Jets 0: Cody Parkey misses wide right from 40 yards out, so the Bears get nothing out of an eight-play, 48-yard drive.
Bears 0, Jets 0: After the Jets opened with a three-and-out, the Bears’ running game has them pushing toward field goal territory already.
Bears 0, Jets 0: The Bears won the coin toss and kept with their usual strategy by deferring. The Jets will get possession to open the game.
Before the game
After reality set in the past two weeks, the Bears look to get back on track with a home matchup against the Jets on Sunday afternoon. They’ll have to do it without Khalil Mack and Allen Robinson, however, after both players were listed as inactive for Week 8 due to injuries.
Mack, who hurt his right ankle two weeks ago against the Dolphins, didn’t look like himself in a loss to the Patriots. The Bears kept him out of practice all week in hopes that his status would improve enough to play Sunday, but they’re keeping him out of the lineup rather than trot him out on a limited basis again.
Robinson will also be out due to a nagging groin injury that hampered him in practice the past two weeks, which could lead to greater roles for Anthony Miller and Taylor Gabriel.
Two players who will be watched closely Sunday are the young quarterbacks. Mitch Trubisky needs to rebound from a shaky performance with his arm against New England, while rookie Sam Darnold has had his ups and downs in his first year with the Jets. Nobody in the NFL has thrown more interceptions than Darnold entering this week, so the Bears defense has a chance to make some big plays even without Mack in the lineup.
Leonard Floyd will likely need to step up to make that happen. The 26-year-old hasn’t recorded a sack yet this season, and while he was limited early by a hand injury, the pressure is on to make an impact in the pass rush with Mack sidelined.
How to watch Bears vs. Jets
Time: 12 p.m. CT
Live stream: CBS All Access