Bears vs. Dolphins Sunday’s overtime loss was such a gut punch
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Stock up https://www.thebearsfanshop.com/Kyle-Long-Jersey , stock down: for so many reasons, but a big reason is because it felt so familiar.For the last four or five seasons we’ve watched this team make what we thought was progress, only to take a huge step back right when they had a chance to assert dominance.After a chance for a huge road win and a 4-1 record, now they return to Chicago and have to host a surging Patriots squad and try to avoid falling back to .500.All is not lost though. The Bears’ offense looks like its hitting its stride and Mitch Trubisky’s play from the Tampa Bay game didn’t take a steep drop off.Were there some bad throws? Absolutely. Should that be expected in the guy’s 17th start? Yes. But the good out-weighed the bad. He shook off a bad first half and dialed in to lead the offense to 28 second-half points, unfortunately, it was the one game where that wasn’t enough for the Bears defense.Stock upTarik Cohen, RB - I realize that his stock is high and that fans know what to expect from him Tom Waddle Color Rush Jersey , but he turned in a second straight game with over 100 scrimmage yards and a touchdown. He is out there making big plays and generally being a pain in defense’s rear ends. He still needs to improve his ability to take a cut and not lose yards and he also needs to improve his sideline discipline.Allen Robinson II, WR - Robinson has been quietly solid all season, despite stats that aren’t eye-popping. He turned in a touchdown for the second straight game and his highest yards since week two. I think Robinson is poised for a breakout game, especially with Taylor Gabriel balling out on the other side of the field. Robinson will get an 8-catch 100+ yard game soon. I feel it.Roquan Smith, ILB - Smith turned in six solo tackles and 13 combined. While his game lacked splash and impact plays, he was all over the field on a day where the Bears defense looked sluggish. He missed a couple tackles, but who on the defense didn’t miss any?Stock downEddie Jackson Sam Acho Jersey , S - Jackson had his worst game of the season Sunday. He was missing tackles and just overall looked like he was standing in concrete. Cody Parkey, K - Yes, it was the tail end of his range, but this is exactly what the Bears paid him $9 million guaranteed for. Of course they should have tried for extra yards but at the end of the day, the kicker has to execute. He was familiar with the stadium and the conditions.Leonard Floyd, OLB - I was unfairly hard on Floyd a couple of weeks ago. I have come around to thinking he was playing pretty well, especially against the run. However https://www.thebearsfanshop.com/Devin-Hester-Jersey , on Sunday he took a horrible unnecessary roughness penalty and he mustered just three tackles. That’s all overlooking his roughing the passer penalty, which was ticky-tack and a bad call.Who stood out to you? Who did you have anger for? Linebacker Khalil Mack missed the first two games of his career with an ankle injury before returning to action for the Bears against the Lions on Sunday afternoon.Mack’s return was a good one. He had two sacks to help the Bears to a 34-22 win over the Lions that moved them to 6-3 on the season.“I don’t like to sit and watch,” Mack said, via the Chicago Sun-Times. “I like to be out there with my guys. … Like I was telling [outside linebackers coach Brandon Staley], I’ve got to play catch-up. I got to get to the quarterback as many times as I can.”The Bears defense played well in wins over the Jets and Bills while Mack was on the sideline and the entire unit looked good while forcing three turnovers and sacking Matthew Stafford six times. They now have 30 sacks and 24 takeaways for the season and head into next Sunday night’s game against the Vikings with eyes on extending their lead in the NFC North.