CHICAGO, Illinois. – This was a career-high day in a game that also saw the Chicago Bears regain their stride in the revenue department. The Bears beat the Cincinnati Bengals 20-17 with excellent defensive effort, and they did so aggressively. that of Chicago defense came to life against Joe terrier and the Bengals, accumulating three interceptions, one forced fumble, four sacks, six tackles for a loss and nine quarterback hits in the victory.
Eddie Jackson – in what was clearly a bounce game – started the turnover party when he forced a Higgins T-shirt escaped that was recovered by Tashaun Gipson. It was the first in a series of four straight turnovers for the Bears. A pick-six by linebacker Roquan smith on an excellent play on the ball came on the next defensive streak, and that ended up making the difference in the game.
“I I saw it flowed, about four guys one way, ”Smith said after the game of his first career pick of six. “So if anything comes back, I would go back. And I saw the guy come out of my device, receiver or whatever, but I didn’t think he was going to throw it. He did however, and (I) chose him and the rest was history. “
This It was the first time in a long time that the Bears LB had brought one home. “The the last time I scored a touchdown was in high school. I didn’t score any in college, ”Smith added.
Jaylon Johnson was next in the turnover line, scoring his first career interception when he passed Higgins on a Burrow pass in the very next series. “Only read my keys. I mean, Burrow was staring at him almost all the time. Trusting my instincts, trusting my training, my abilities, that was about it, ”Johnson said of his very first pick.
The The Bears’ defensive line then kicked in, when the linebacker Alec Ogletree jumped in Burrow’s face as he tried for a pass. Ogletree knocked the ball back into the air and it fell into the hands of defensive lineman Angelo Blackson. Four takeaways in a row rarely arrive for a team, but it couldn’t have come at a better time for the Bears, who struggled mightily on “D” in their Week 1 loss to the Los Rams. Angeles. Chicago didn’t have any turnover in that game, and the defense combined for one sack. It was a big difference in week 2.
“Last the week was last week. I can’t really talk about it. This week, yes, we had a lot of energy. Guys were flying everywhere, “veteran pass thrower Robert quinn, who added a sack, two tackles for the loss and a quarterback hit in the win, said after the game.
So far this season, Quinn has come to life in the passing rush, which is a good sign for this defense moving forward. Another good sign? Jackson’s rebound play after a Week 1 disaster that saw All-Pro safety miss several key tackles. Against the Bengals, he looked like he was back in his days as a ball peddler, and the Bears are hoping that continues.
“I thought one of the things we challenged our guys this week was being able to swarm – run and fly and swarm, ”the head coach Matt nagy said after the victory. “And I felt it there. It was awesome. The sideline was going crazy and it felt good.”
It’s okay feel even better if the Bears can create takeout consistently. No one expects four turnovers in a row – let alone four per game – but if that same energy continues and the players continue to swarm the ball, that defense could turn out to be far more important than we initially thought.