In Convincing Fashion, Bears Take Care Of Business In Buffalo

November 04, 2018 - 5:34 pm
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ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (670 The Score) -- The reputation of football fans in these parts is legendary, growing each game day one smashed table at a time. Hours before a game outside New Era Field, the phenomenon known as Bills Mafia thrives off beverages, mud and even fire, all with reckless abandon.

The Bears knew well what they were getting into Sunday, facing a bruised Bills team and playing before a raucous crowd, but they arrived with the understanding that they could ultimately make this stadium go silent.

Sure enough, the seating bowl had all but cleared in the end of a thorough 41-9 trouncing by the Bears over the Bills

"That's a great team win for us," coach Matt Nagy said.

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All that the Bears enjoyed Sunday -- four takeaways, two defensive touchdowns, a clobbering of a bad team -- started early last week with the words of Nagy trickling down the team's chain of command. He told the captains who reinforced a message their teammates: Let's go out and be dominant.

Veteran outside linebacker Aaron Lynch, who has played on a great defense before in San Francisco, appreciated the way his teammates were flying to the football in practice and had their sights set on takeaways. The offense zoned in on efficiency and sustaining drives. The result was a 28-point second quarter for the Bears that had the Bills hopeless by halftime.

"Everybody was locked in," Lynch said. "Everyone was keying in on one thing, and that was go kick some butt."

The Bears improved to 5-3 and remained atop the NFC North division. They beat a bad Bills team, which fell to 2-7 and featured a third-string quarterback in Nathan Peterman who has now thrown as many career touchdowns passes as pick-sixes. But these are the kind of games that good team handle without trouble. 

Leading 28-0 at halftime, a Bears executive reminded that they have been on the other side of these games before. Now, it's the Bears taking advantage and pummeling a poor opponent. 

There were contributions all around for the Bears. Jordan Howard rushed for two touchdowns, and Mitchell Trubisky threw for a score late in the game. Eddie Jackson forced a fumble in the second quarter and returned it 65 yards for the score. Leonard Floyd broke through with a pick-six a drive later as part of a strong individual performance amid a team effort. Kyle Fuller got his hands on two passes that led to turnovers before picking off one of his own.

"It was a great performance by us," said rookie linebacker Roquan Smith, who led the team with 13 tackles.

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The two team locker rooms in 45-year-old New Era Field are directly across from each other -- a rarity in NFL stadiums -- and separated by approximately 30 feet. The Bears had their postgame dance party in full form after the game, the music blasting away while the Bills licked their wounds across the hallway.

Next for the first-place Bears are three division games in the span of 12 days -- the Lions and Vikings at Soldier Field and then a Thanksgiving trip to Detroit. Those are crucial games, but they didn't mean the Bears could look past the Bills.

The Bears had envisioned just this for their trip to Buffalo, taking care of business on the field and sending the Bills fans back to the parking lot early.

"They came ready to play," Nagy said. "And that was great in so many ways."

Chris Emma covers the Bears, Chicago’s sports scene and more for 670TheScore.com. Follow him on Twitter @CEmma670.​