Bears Coach Matt Nagy Talks Big Win Over Bills, Upcoming Division Games

Josh Liss
November 05, 2018 - 8:01 am

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Jordan Howard scored two touchdowns and the Chicago Bears' defense had two others in a 41-9 win over the Bills in what proved to be another comedy of errors for Buffalo and its anemic offense Sunday.

Eddie Jackson scored on a 65-yard fumble return and Leonard Floyd returned a tipped pass 19 yards for another score some 3 1/2 minutes apart in the second quarter. Howard, set up by Tarik Cohen's 38-yard punt return, then scored on an 18-yard scamper to cap a run in which the Bears scored four touchdowns over a span of 12 minutes, 20 seconds in the second quarter.

The Bears won their second in a row and improved to 5-3 to match their best start to a season through eight games since 2013. Chicago also matched its win total from last year.

Chicago's defense forced four takeaways and limited Buffalo to 264 yards offense despite missing star linebacker Khalil Mack, who missed his second straight game with an injury to his right ankle.

The Bills continued their bumbling ways in dropping to 2-7. It's Buffalo's worst start since winning one of its first nine games in 2010.

WBBM Newsradio’s Josh Liss talked with Bears coach Matt Nagy following the big win over the Bills.

WBBM: How do you like the way your side was able to pile on and pull away in Buffalo?

"It was important. I love the way the guys came out right from the start and defensively flying around, just making plays offensively in the first half, had some big third down conversions and special teams with are punts just flipping the field position. That's not an easy place to play at and we came out from the start and played well and finished strong," Nagy said.

WBBM: You are missing an injured Khalil Mack, resting that ankle, the D still picks up four sacs, four turnovers, two touchdowns, you hold the mistake-prone Bills and Nathan Peterman to just 264 total yards, so defensively what else stands out? Who deserves credit for that defensive performance?

"There is not just one person. It is everybody," Nagy said. "Just getting through watching all the tape for the second time, you just see guys flying around, linebackers making plays, defensive linemen getting into the quarterback's face and putting their hands up, then DBs tipping balls and other DBs flying around and catching - you can just see they were ready to come out and play fast yesterday and it showed up. And then to have two touchdowns in the second quarter was huge."

WBBM: Twenty-eight points second quarter overall blows open a scoreless game. You are the first team since the 1960's to score 41 points or more with just 190 total yards or less. What's the right way to judge the offense's performance against the Bills?

"Well you know, like you said, the score in the second half kind of dictated how we played. It was a little choppy in the third and forth quarter. There wasn't much rhythm, but in the first half - we got ourselves into a little bit of a hole with some longer third downs, and then Mitch made some great throws on three third and long conversions and everyone needs to remember that is a really good defense that we played yesterday. They are top 5 defense, and I thought our guys came and we did what we were supposed to do. We got points when we needed to and just overall the great team wins," Nagy said.

WBBM: Do you feel like you were held back by those 14 penalties much? Still 41-9 still speaks for itself. How are you judging those 14 penalties for 149 yards?

"That's a lot of penalties and we will need to be better there," Nagy said. "We will show the guys were we went wrong and how we can fix it, but the one thing I like is when we made the penalties, for the most part, it was all because of high effort and guys playing aggressive, fast and physical, so sometimes - there was one drive we gave them three first downs on on three penalties, but that's football and we have to learn from it and definitely not have 14 anymore."

WBBM: You have a key stretch coming up. Three division games in 12 days, how are we looking at it?

"Well just like that, but we are not looking at three, we are looking at one," Nagy said. "We have a big one here with Detroit at home. It's nice to come back here to Soldier Field and any division opponent is always going to be a great challenge, so we are looking forward to it. We know that we have to have another great week at practice and focus in on this game."

The Bears take on the Detroit Lions at home on Sunday at noon for Week 10.

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