5 Takeaways from Bears victory over the Steelers

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Sep 24, 2017; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bears running back Tarik Cohen (29) runs for 36 yards during the overtime period and is chased by Pittsburgh Steelers outside linebacker Bud Dupree (48) at Soldier Field. Chicago won 23-17 in OT. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 24, 2017; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bears running back Tarik Cohen (29) runs for 36 yards during the overtime period and is chased by Pittsburgh Steelers outside linebacker Bud Dupree (48) at Soldier Field. Chicago won 23-17 in OT. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

The Steelers traveled to Soldier Field to take on the Bears and got completely outplayed but still managed to take the game to overtime. The Bears ended up winning 23-17. There were a lot of positives to take away from this game but there were also some negatives:

Something special brewing in the backfield:

The Bears may have found something with Jordan Howard and Tarik Cohen, as the two combined for 266 yards on 44 touches and two touchdowns. Howard and Cohen were essentially the Bears whole offense on Sunday and made up for the struggling Mike Glennon. Going forward these two backs will make a premier NFL backfield.

The Mike Glennon experiment needs to end:

If it hasn’t already been clear that Mike Glennon needs to be benched, Sunday was more evidence. John Fox has no confidence in him and that was proven when on third and 31 he called a run rather than putting it in the hands of Glennon. He had only 101 yards passing and just a little over four yards per attempt. If Mitch Trubisky started, maybe the game doesn’t even need overtime and the Bears put it away much earlier. Hopefully next week is the week where Fox puts the ball in the hands of the future of the franchise.

The game was not as close as the score indicated:

Yes, the game went into overtime but the game should’ve never gotten there in the first place. At the end of the first half, the Bears were stripped on a touchdown and missed a field goal earlier in the half. They should’ve had the game put away early in the fourth quarter, but give Pittsburgh credit for staying in the game.

The defense stepped up:

The Bears defense also looked much better than what the score looked like,n as they held elite halfback Le’veon Bell to just 61 yards rushing on 15 carries. Chicago also kept Ben Roethlisberger at an average game with 261 yards passing with a mediocre 56 percent completion percentage. They also got pressure on Roethlisberger nearly every play and sacked him three times; this clearly beat him up and slowed him down towards the end of the game. But perhaps the most impressive stat from Sunday has to be that the defense only allowed one scoring drive over 16 yards. This means that if Chicago gave up points, it was on a mistake from the offense rather than the defense.

The Bears might actually be decent:

Coming into the season, there wasn’t a lot of expectations for Chicago. But through three weeks they have been competitive with the defending NFC champions and beat Pittsburgh. However, they did get blown out of the stadium at the hands of Tampa Bay, but that is what comes with a very young team. If the Bears play the rest of the season like they started, it wouldn’t be a surprise to many if they win seven or more games.