Under the lights, the Kansas City Chiefs had no problem in defeating the Chicago Bears. Patrick Mahomes and the passing game was efficient once again. Defensively, Kansas City shut down Chicago to make it a long night for Matt Nagy‘s unit. The players continue to preach about getting better every day and they are definitely rolling right now. With that said, it’s time to look back on this contest with our Chiefs versus Bears game recap.
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The Chiefs offense started off hot against the Bears. All three of their first half possessions resulted in points. The first drive felt like a long one. In any situation or down and distance, nothing was too difficult for the Chiefs offense. A Khalil Mack sack forced them into a 3rd and 18 situation. A simple 19 yard curl route by Tyreek Hill was enough to result in an open completion from Mahomes. The quarterback ran for the first score of the game.
Elsewhere, the Chiefs found plenty of running room on the ground against the Bears. Damien Williams returned to the lineup with a force. He moved well north and south, as well as, east to west. The health and burst he displayed made for one of his best looking performances of the season.
The offense tailed off a little as the game went on. But overall, Mahomes was dominant and laser focused, completing 23 of 33 pass attempts. Also, the offense does not always have to perform at 2018 levels with the way the defense is playing.
Tyrann Mathieu has brought so much to this Kansas City defense. The instincts, leadership, and as he calls it, “championship swagger” have lifted everyone up on this side of the ball. Once again, he was making his mark all over the field. He was able to pressure the quarterback. Additionally, he read a Bears screen pass attempt really well to hold David Montgomery to a minimal gain.
Mathieu’s game all over the yard, blends in well with the Chiefs defensive front. Frank Clark‘s bend and Chris Jones‘ strength forces opponents to account for many different situations. Mitch Trubisky faced inordinate amounts of constant pressure. For as little of snaps as he played, Terrell Suggs appeared to be making an impact or getting to the ball on seemingly every play. Plenty of negative plays led to a miserable night for the Chicago offense. Trubisky averaged just 4.6 yards per attempt. The dreadful performance took away from decent results that Montgomery and Allen Robinson were able to come up with.
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Reid > Nagy
Very rarely in the NFL, do mentors get outcoached by formers mentees in the first meeting against each other. The game plan was smart and aggressive by Andy Reid. The Chiefs never let their intensity waiver against the Bears, on either side of the ball. This intensity, mixed with aggressive play calling, has been there for about a month now.
On the other hand, Nagy was put in different spots. Due in large part to penalties and negative plays, the Bears had little choices for which to work with offensively. For example on a 4th and 23 pass attempt, Trubisky dumped off to his check down man just three yards down the field. Penalties by the Chiefs helped extend some drives for the Bears. Nonetheless, Chicago was only able to manage a measly three points.
Fringe No More
It was good to see certain Chiefs players make an impact on Sunday night. With Mo Claiborne and Rashad Fenton being out with an injury, it allowed for Alex Brown and Armani Watts to receive opportunities in this late season game. Meanwhile, Stefen Wisniewski did just fine filling at guard for Andrew Wylie. In all honestly, Wisniewski may be the best option at one of the two guard spots going forward. The good news for Kansas City? They are relatively healthy after 16 weeks of football. They have come a long way in that regard compared to the beginning part of the season.
Besides having good health, the depth players are proving they can be impactful. We saw Blake Bell come through against Chicago. He has the ability to be an underrated option in the offense. The running backs also have different levels of pace for defenses to have to worry about.
The Chiefs will return home for the regular season finale. They will meet the Los Angeles Chargers. Could this be Philip Rivers last game in the NFL? Or at the very least, in a Chargers uniform? Los Angeles will want to play spoiler, as Kansas City looks to continue to roll entering the playoffs.
That will wrap up our Chiefs versus Bears game recap. Be on the lookout for more Chiefs content during this Christmas week. For more great sports and NFL content, stay tuned to Full Press Coverage.
– Braden Holecek is the Kansas City Chiefs managing editor for Full Press Coverage. He covers the NFL. Like and follow on Follow @ebearcat9//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js Follow @FPC_Chiefs//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js and Facebook.