Against the Bills and Lions, the Bears seemed to play at an imposing-their-will physical level that marked Fangio’s defenses with the 49ers.
Since being a fourth-round draft pick the same year Robert Griffin III was taken in the first round, Cousins has played with something to prove.
The Bears need this one, because they know they’ll have a tough time beating the Lions on all-time short rest — just 85 hours between kickoffs.
The pressure will be on Parkey when the Bears play the Vikes in a prime-time NFC North game Sunday. But Chris Tabor is confident Parkey can handle it.
Vic Fangio said the Bears’ run defense is the best way to quantify Goldman’s contribution. The Bears are second in the NFL in rushing yards allowed.
The trick now is to stay ahead of the defenses as opponents learn more and more about Nagy, his weapons, his tendencies and his play-calling.
In the first three weeks of the season, he was 25th in the NFL in passer rating (77.8). In the last seven weeks, he’s fifth (114.8). Is that progress?
With five touchdowns against the Lions, the Bears have scored 29 offensive touchdowns this season — exceeding their 16-game total of 26 last season.
This was just one game — against a Lions defense that came in ranked 30th in passer rating. But the impressive performances are starting to add up.
The second half will prove if he’s developing the mental toughness that puts contenders over the top and sustained success.
The only players on the injury report are tight end Dion Sims (concussion), who is out; and defensive lineman Bilal Nichols (knee) who is questionable
Fuller, a first-round draft pick (14th overall) by Phil Emery in 2014, has four interceptions this season — tied for the most in the NFL.
With upgraded weapons, Matt Nagy has provided the offensive boost the Bears were looking for — particularly with an aggressive mindset.