By Ryan Bukowiecki (@ryanbski)
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Much like in baseball, where you’re often forced to push through bad performances soon after they happen, the Chicago Bears utilized the NFL’s version of a back-to-back to make a statement to impartial observers and get themselves back into their fans’ good graces.
Defeating the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 20-19 in a Thursday Night Football thriller broadcast to the nation makes a bigger impact than losing at Noon the prior Sunday to Indianapolis in regional coverage. Particularly that’s the case because it featured an arguable domination over the quarterback G.O.A.T, Tom Brady, who came into the game with a 5-0 record against Chicago.
There were no lack of highlights for both sides Thursday night, but the Bears and pass rusher Khalil Mack stood out among all top performers. And the best part now is that after another inconsistent effort, the Bears are 4-1 and in the middle of a 10 day lay-off before their next game.
An opportunity presents itself here to fix some issues and perhaps solve some problems on offense. Another positive aspect to the scheduling quirk is the confidence boost that the pass rush and entire team must be feeling, its something they have time to ride out, playing the opposite role of the short time for embarrassment following the bad Colts loss.
Winning hides a lot of flaws and buys teams time to fix their issues — here, in depth, are three more important takeaway from Thursday night’s thrilling win.
Ryan Bukowiecki covers the Chicago Bears and professional football for WARR