Studs and duds from Bears’ 41-17 win against Jaguars – Chicago Bears Wire

The Chicago Bears took care of business against the Jacksonville Jaguars, taking them down 41-17, officially moving them into the seventh seed in the NFC playoff picture and clinching the first overall pick for the Jaguars.

Things got off to a rocky start, however. After the Bears took a 10-3 lead, the Jaguars responded with a touchdown drive to tie the game at 10-10. Things appeared to get worse when Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky threw an interception in the redzone late in the second quarter.

An interception by Jaguars quarterback Mike Glennon on the Jaguars ensuing possession did allow the Bears to take a 13-10 lead after a successful field goal by kicker Cairo Santos, but the Bears were not playing at a high level. That changed in the second half, though.

Chicago scored 21 points in the third quarter and left the Jaguars in the dust. The Bears outscored them 28-7 in the second half, easily getting the victory. At 8-7, the Bears are over .500 for the first time since early November.

Many players contributed to the win and some could have had better days. Here are the studs and duds from the Bears’ win over Jacksonville.

STUD: WR Allen Robinson

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Wide receiver Allen Robinson faced his former team for the first time on Sunday and made sure to put on a show for everyone in attendance. Robinson led the Bears with 10 catches for 103 yards on the day, giving him 100 receptions on the year for the first time in his career.

Robinson torched the Jaguars secondary on slants and curls, consistently keeping drives alive with clutch catches all day. He was easily quarterback Mitchell Trubisky’s top target and delivered yet another impressive outing. The only downside? He didn’t snag a touchdown to complete the revenge game.

DUD: CB Kindle Vildor

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Things were less than ideal throughout the first half of this game as Jaguars quarterback Mike Glennon, who played for the Bears in 2017, was having a solid performance. His best throw of the game came on a deep touchdown to Jaguars wide receiver D.J. Chark, who went over rookie cornerback Kindle Vildor to make the catch.

Vildor, filling in for fellow rookie cornerback Jaylon Johnson, did have six total tackles, but no passes defended. Fortunately, the Bears were able to put this one out of reach early in the second half.

STUD: LB Roquan Smith

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How would Bears linebacker Roquan Smith respond after missing out on the Pro Bowl? With one of the best games of his career, of course.

Smith continued his impressive season with eight solo tackles on the day, two passes defended, and two interceptions that led to 10 total points for the Bears. He was all over the field and made sure everyone knew he was deserving of Pro Bowl honors.

With Smith’s eight tackles, he now has a career-high 95 solo tackles on the year. His two interceptions are also a career high as well.

DUD: QB Mitchell Trubisky (1st half)

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For the first 30 minutes of the game, quarterback Mitchell Trubisky looked very uneven. Following his opening drive touchdown to tight end Jimmy Graham, the fourth-year passer struggled at times with some missed throws, including one of the worst interceptions of his career. Late in the second quarter when the Bears were in the redzone, Trubisky scrambled in the pocket and heaved a pass in the direction of Allen Robinson, only to have half the Jaguars defense waiting for him for the pick.

Trubisky left a few plays on the field and wasn’t playing up to expectations against a bad defense. But then the second half came…

STUD: QB Mitchell Trubisky (2nd half)

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Trubisky and the Bears opened up the second half with a statement drive, as the quarterback drove down the field and called his own number to extend the Bears lead. Trubisky ran the ball in for a score and didn’t look back the rest of the way.

After a touchdown run from running back David Montgomery, Trubisky found tight end Jimmy Graham wide open for another score as the Bears piled on the Jaguars. A rough start turned into a solid performance for Trubisky, who finished completed 24 of 35 passes for 261 yards, two touchdowns and one interception, plus a rushing score.

STUD: TE Jimmy Graham

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Tight end Jimmy Graham had arguably his best game as a Chicago Bear on Sunday as the veteran snagged two touchdowns on the day and had a season-high 69 receiving yards on the day.

Graham scored a touchdown in each half on Sunday, his first coming on the Bears first drive of the game. He caught a dart from Trubisky in the middle of the endzone to give the Bears their first lead of the day. In the second half, he beat his defender on a wheel route to get his second score and put the Jaguars away for good. Graham now has eight touchdowns on the season, his most since 2017 when he caught 10 with the Seattle Seahawks.

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