Bears Coach Matt Nagy Discusses Win Over Lions, Parkey Mistakes, Upcoming Vikings Game

Josh Liss
November 12, 2018 - 8:04 am

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Mitchell Trubisky threw for 355 yards and three touchdowns, and the NFC North-leading Chicago Bears beat the Detroit Lions 34-22 to snap a 10-game losing streak against division opponents on Sunday.

The Bears (6-3) had dropped nine of 10 against Detroit (3-6) and were seeking their first victory over a division opponent since Oct. 31, 2016, against Minnesota.

Chicago jumped out to a 26-7 halftime lead with Trubisky and Allen Robinson leading the way. And the Bears surpassed their win total from last year with their third straight victory.

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Trubisky completed 23 of 30 passes against a short-handed secondary, with standout cornerback Darius Slay sidelined by a knee injury. Allen Robinson caught six passes for 133 yards and two TDs after missing two games with a groin injury. Rookie Anthony Miller added a career high 122 yards on five receptions, including a 45-yard TD and a 55-yard catch. Khalil Mack had two of Chicago's six sacks against Matthew Stafford — both in the second half after missing back-to-back games with an injured right ankle. Bryce Callahan had a sack and an interception.

About the only downer for the Bears was Cody Parkey missing two extra points and two field goals. Things were so bad for him that fans cheered sarcastically when he made an extra point late in the first half and let out a loud roar when the Bears went for a 2-point conversion after a touchdown by Robinson in the third.

But Parkey's misses didn't stop the Bears from opening a three-game stretch against division opponents on a winning note.

Detroit dropped its third in a row after back-to-back victories.

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

WBBM: How did you like the way your side performed, how are you going about spreading the credit for this win?

"Well it was great. Really in the first half, we came out and played well. We jumped out early, had a nice lead. Our quarterback, Mitchell, was really throwing the ball well and seeing the field really well. He was getting protection up front from the O-line and the wide receivers were getting open; and then defensively, we got some stops, so it stretched out there for the third and fourth quarter, but in the end, we got the win and it was a great division win," Nagy said.

WBBM: Taking in that 26-7 lead in front of your home fans, then holding on. You mentioned Trubisky, truly in command of a lot of this game. Is it fair to say this kind of step forward by Mitch should satisfy or quiet a portion of his critics? Or what is the right way to look at Mitch's performance?

"I think it was one of his best games of the season, as far as that goes. He is playing fast, he is playing well. He is growing in the system and he is growing as a leader and as a player. He's not and I'm not concerned one bit about any other noise that is out there. We just care about what we do and what we think. He came out and played well and that was need to see," Nagy said. 

WBBM: Another impressive display of pressure, coverage, and play making by your defense. What more can you say about what that side of the ball was able to do against Detroit?

"They were running around playing fast. We got some good sacks in there, had some turnovers, which was great. And then towards the end of the game, it was more of a prevent type of deal - those last couple drives..." Nagy said. 

WBBM: Does Cody Parkey go down to Solider Field for some practice this week? What's it going to take for him to get straightened out? How do you explain that off-target afternoon?

"He's more frustrated than anybody. Whatever we need to do, we will get it. We will do everything possible to get that thing right and to get that thing fixed. I know he will be on board with that as well," Nagy said. "It wasn't his day yesterday and he's got to get better, he's got to make those kicks. But like I said, he wants to make those more than anybody and we just need to figure out how to get him to that point. 

WBBM: First place showdown, Sunday night, Minnesota is coming. How does that sound at this juncture in the season?

"It sounds great," Nagy said. "It's a great opportunity for us to have a big division game at home Sunday night in front of our fans. It's going to be really important for us to get those fans going and to be loud and to help out with the noise and all that. That is a big part of the game and we are really looking forward to the excitement that they bring." 

The Bears take on the Minnesota Vikings at home on Sunday night at 7:20 for Week 11.

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