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3 and out: Breaking down the Bears’ 48-10 win over the Buccaneers

September 30, 2018

Breaking down the Bears’ 48-10 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday in Chicago.

THREE MOMENTS THAT MATTERED

1. Mitch Trubisky became the first quarterback to throw five touchdown passes in a half since Aaron Rodgers in 2016 (against the Bears) with Taylor Gabriel’s 3-yard score. All five TDs were to different targets.

2. Trubisky deep to Gabriel. It’s the play Trubisky had failed to execute through three weeks. Not only did Trubisky finally connect with the speedster for a big play, Trubisky racked up chunk plays all afternoon.

3. Khalil Mack continued to be a one-man wrecking crew. He again came up with a strip sack against Ryan Fitzpatrick, his fourth in four games. In the second half, his pressure on Jameis Winston allowed Danny Trevathan to come away with an easy interception. The Bears are 3-1, and Mack is a huge reason for that record.

THREE THINGS THAT WORKED

1. Trubisky’s accuracy. The Bucs’ porous secondary provided the perfect matchup, but all that matters is that Trubisky carved up a team that a second-overall pick should. We wanted to see real progress from Trubisky, and he certainly came to play.

2. Executing the offense. This is what Matt Nagy’s offense should look like. A shovel pass to Gabriel for a touchdown, faking a wide receiver screen to set up an inside screen to Tarik Cohen, getting Trey Burton matched up against linebackers. It all worked, and not surprisingly, it added up to one of the Bears’ best offensive performances in team history.

3. Getting pressure. Mack and Akiem Hicks made life miserable on the Bucs’ right side, but they were far from alone. Aaron Lynch, Roy Robertson-Harris and Bilal Nichols were all impressive.

THREE THINGS THAT DIDN’T

1. Hicks’ ejection. It was honestly hard to tell what exactly happened, but Hicks was ejected after pushing an official late in the first half. Hicks likely will face a large fine and possibly a suspension.

2. Trubisky’s missed throws. To be clear, I’m just nitpicking when you consider the game Trubisky put together. Still, he threw a woefully bad ball on a simple out route to Javon Wims and later threw high on what should have been an easy first down to Gabriel. Trubisky was great Sunday, and these misses show he can get even better.

3. Not staying aggressive to end the first half. Sure, the Bears had already built a huge lead, but Nagy missed an opportunity to get some practice in his two-minute offense.

WHAT’S NEXT?

The Bears enter their bye week with a 3-1 record. They will have two weeks to prepare for a trip to Miami to face Adam Gase and the Dolphins, who just lost 38-7 to the Patriots.

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