Pompei: Observations From Bears-Bills

November 05, 2018 - 8:58 am

(670 The Score) The Bears took care of business Sunday against a Bills team that was down, as they should have. But there’s more to it. What shouldn’t be neglected is the Bears were missing Khalil Mack, Allen Robinson and Kyle Long -- who are supposed to be their best defensive player, their best receiver and their best offensive lineman. And the Bears dominated.  

My observations:

1. The Bears are getting more good breaks than they’ve had in years, which shouldn’t be surprising, because good teams create good breaks.

2. The Bears were fortunate to be playing the Bills, because 14 penalties for 129 yards can get you beat against an opportunistic, efficient opponent.

3. The numbers weren’t pretty and there were some regrettable throws, but Mitchell Trubisky was clutch on third downs.  

4. The interesting part about Trubisky of late is he’s been making some of the more difficult throws look easy and some of the gimme throws look hard.

5. There have been many, many Nathan Petermans who have played for the Bears in years past.

6. Is it crazy to think Anthony Miller could be the best wide receiver on the roster?

7. If I were Matt Nagy, I would have used Jordan Howard more Sunday. 

8. The Eddie Jackson-to-the-Pro Bowl campaign should start now.

9. As well as the Kyle Fuller-to-the-Pro Bowl campaign.

10. Leonard Floyd now has as many interceptions as Sherrick McManis, but the backup cornerback has more sacks.

11. It would be a more tangible sign of progress for Floyd to have sacks rather than interceptions.

12. From my seat in the sports bar, it looked like Aaron Lynch played way better than his stat line showed.

13. The only surprise about Kevin White being inactive is it took until the eighth game to happen. Seven players have more catches than White, and he doesn’t have much value to special teams, either.

14. I’d have no problem with Khalil Mack sitting next Sunday. It's better to have a healthy Mack in a few weeks than a compromised Mack for the rest of the season.

15. With three games against NFC North opponents next and then a final month that includes two more NFC North games and a test against the team with the best record in the NFC, the season starts now for the Bears.

Dan Pompei has been covering the NFL since 1985 and is a regular contributor to 670 The Score and a host on 670’s Bears pregame show. He also writes for Bleacher Report and The Athletic. You can follow him on Twitter @Dan Pompei.