In the Bears 33-7 blowout victory against the Bengals in Paul Brown Stadium, the offense had its best game of the season.
Rookie quarterback Mitch Trubisky connected with eight different targets and completed 25 of 32 passing attempts for 271 yards and had a passing touchdown to tight end Adam Shaheen. Trubisky also ran for a four-yard touchdown in the third quarter to cap off a nine-play, 76-yard drive.
Last week, the Bears (4-9) were held to 62 yards rushing against a 49ers team that struggled to stop the run. But against the Bengals (5-8), the rushing attack rebounded with 232 total yards on 38 attempts. Jordan Howard led the way for the Bears with 147 yards on 23 carries.
Howard also eclipsed 1,000 yards on the season, which made him the first running back in Bears’ history to run for 1,000 yards in his first two seasons.
The Bears’ receiving core was also effective against a Bengals’ secondary that was missing some key defenders with safety Shawn Williams and cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick out with injuries. This allowed wide receiver Kendall Wright to have his best game of the season. Wright caught 10 passes for 107 yards, which was the first time a Bears’ receiver has eclipsed 100 yards receiving all season.
On defense, the unit shutdown the Bengals offense and they did that by limiting Bengals’ wide receiver A.J. Green to five catches for 64 yards. The Bears’ defense also forced two turnovers, an interception and a forced fumble.
Next up, the Bears will head to Detroit to face the Lions (7-6) and look to win their first division game of the season.