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Week 2 Game Recap: Chicago Bears 16, Denver Broncos 14
What you need to know
The Bears struggled to a last-second field goal to beat the Broncos in a defensive affair. Mitchell Trubisky
struggled mightily in the passing game and was unable to elevate any pass catchers to meaningful fantasy games. David Montgomery
took the lead in the backfield after working in a timeshare last week with Mike Davis
Denver's offense started off sluggishly, with the o-line plagued by costly penalties, but the entire offensive unit picked it up as Flacco manufactured a scoring drive late in the 4th quarter to take the lead. Denver's halfbacks Lindsay and Freeman split duties with similar stat lines in the rushing and passing game. Flacco extended the final drive with two 4th-down conversions to Courtland Sutton
before finding Emmanuel Sanders
on a corner route for the tying touchdown, and again on the go-ahead 2 point conversion. Chicago won the game on a miraculous 53-yard field goal after time appeared to have run out on the final play.
|QB Mitchell Trubisky, 61 offensive snaps, Pass: 16 - 27 - 120 - 0 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 1 - 8 - 0|
struggled for the second consecutive week in a win against the Denver Broncos. The Bears kept Trubisky’s throws close to the vest, with Trubisky’s downfield targets only coming out of necessity in a comeback attempt. Fortunately for Trubisky, he was able to step up and make a couple throws to win the game on the final drive, including a ball across the middle to an inexplicably wide-open Allen Robinson
to set the Bears up for a game-winning field goal. Trubisky otherwise struggled, missing open throws and looking skittish in the pocket. Trubisky’s pocket awareness was lacking as he looked indecisive and struggled with accuracy under pressure. The Bears have a championship-caliber defense, but Trubisky needs to play better than 4.4 yards per attempt for the Bears to play at a high level and to support the fantasy prospects of Allen Robinson
|RB David Montgomery, 27 offensive snaps, Rush: 18 - 62 - 1, Rec: 1 - 6 - 0 (3 targets)|
drew the start against the Broncos after playing in a full-blown committee with Mike Davis
last week. Montgomery took over the backfield this week and had 18 carries to only 3 for Davis. Montgomery played swift laterally but continually spent time juking while pursuing defenders tackled him from behind. He got goal-line opportunities, punching in a touchdown on his threw point-blank attempt of the series. Montgomery drew three targets and caught one, while Tarik Cohen
had five targets working more in wide receiver alignment. The lack of a passing game is allowing defenses to cram the line of scrimmage and bottle up Montgomery’s carries, and without a top gear, Montgomery is unable to break off big gains to make defenses pay. Montgomery travels to Washington in week three.
|RB Tarik Cohen, 23 offensive snaps, Rush: 4 - 18 - 0, Rec: 2 - 7 - 0 (5 targets)|
played more of a traditional running back role than in week one, carrying the ball four times, but clearly a secondary option in the running game behind David Montgomery
. Cohen caught two of his five targets, both of them on screen plays. Cohen looked explosive on the first but tried to cut all the way back across the field on his second and took a massive loss. He did get free down the field for a target that was broken up by a defender who made an excellent play. With the Chicago offense limited by Mitchell Trubisky
, Cohen should remain a screen and short passing game target against Washington.
|RB Mike Davis, 15 offensive snaps, Rush: 3 - 1 - 0|
worked in the second drive of the game behind David Montgomery
after leading the backfield last week. Davis played minimally in the game and only had three carries to Montgomery’s 18. His fantasy status cannot be trusted heading into week three.
had a disappointing game against the Denver Broncos after a strong week one. Robinsons was limited to short area catches and one well-defended back shoulder fade target early in the game before making a strong catch across the middle to set the Bears up in field goal position. Robinson is capped by the limited Mitchell Trubisky
, so his fantasy prospects will be tough to project week to week. He faces Washington next week.
|TE Adam Shaheen, 21 offensive snaps, Rec: 3 - 24 - 0 (3 targets)|
was the leading tight end against the Denver Broncos in week two, but his targets were largely short-area flat patterns. He is off the fantasy radar in week three.
|TE Trey Burton, 26 offensive snaps, Rec: 2 - 5 - 0 (3 targets)|
returned after missing week one with an injury. He drew an end-zone target that was not catchable from Mitchell Trubisky
. His two catches were in the flat on dump offs. He will look to improve next week against Washington.
|QB Joe Flacco, 82 offensive snaps, Pass: 35 - 50 - 292 - 1 TD / 1 INT|
Flacco and the offense both got of to a slow start in the first half, but picked it up after halftime with the Broncos trailing. Flacco was particularly effective with Emmanuel Sanders
, who he targeted a team-high 13 times. Flacco was nearly intercepted in the 2nd quarter on a deep slant that was undercut by Bears safety Eddie Jackson. Flacco's longest completion was a 24 yard gain to Noah Fant
in the 3rd quarter. With Denver down by 7 points late in the 4th, Flacco overthrew a short pass to Sanders in the end zone that was intercepted by Will Fuller
. Flacco bounced back with a clutch game-tying drive however, as Denver got the ball back with just a few minutes left in the 4th. Down by 7 points with the offense at midfield, he found Courtland Sutton
up the seam to convert 4th and 10. Flacco and Sutton converted 4th down AGAIN later in the same drive with a slant route on 4th and 3. Flacco capped the drive with a game-tying touchdown to Emmanuel Sanders
on a perfectly placed ball in the back right corner of the end zone. Flacco and the offense took the lead with a 2-point conversion to Emmanuel Sanders
on a short out route. Sadly their efforts were in vain as a last second Chicago field goal gave the Bears the win.
|RB Phillip Lindsay, 39 offensive snaps, Rush: 13 - 36 - 0, Rec: 4 - 30 - 0 (7 targets)|
Lindsay split backfield duties with Freeman, who actually outgained him on the ground and in the passing game this week. Lindsay and the rest of the offense struggled to break any big plays. He had his longest run of the day called back for a holding penalty in the 2nd quarter. Lindsay converted 3rd down with a nice gain on an out route that he turned up the sideline in the 1st quarter. His most impressive play of the day was a 19 yard catch-and-run on a checkdown pass from Flacco that converted 3rd and 15 in the 2nd quarter. Lindsay got smacked hard behind the line of scrimmage by Leonard Floyd on a swing route out of the backfield in the 3rd. Lindsay got a carry from the Chicago 4 yard line late in the 4th, but didn't have room to do anything with it. Flacco hit Lindsay on a swing route to convert 4th and 2 in the 4th quarter. Lindsay had a slight edge in carries(13) over Freeman, but both had 7 targets in the passing game and Freeman was more efficient with his touches. It looks like this backfield timeshare isn't changing any time soon.
|RB Royce Freeman, 43 offensive snaps, Rush: 11 - 54 - 0, Rec: 5 - 48 - 0 (7 targets)|
Freeman looked to the sharper of the two backs this week as he racked up more yards on the ground and through the air than Lindsay with a couple fewer carries. Freeman got some extended work in the passing game, drawing a career-high 7 targets. His first was a checkdown pass from Flacco early in the 1st. He split out wide left as a receiver and caught a curl route that he turned into a ten yard gain in the 2nd quarter. Freeman's longest play of the day was a 19 yard gain on a swing route during Denver's last offensive drive. Freeman didn't do anything flashy on the ground, picking up a couple of runs of 10+ yards in the 2nd and 4th quarter and finishing his day with a solid 4.9 ypc average.
Sanders dominated targets with 13, ahead of Sutton, Lindsay, and Freeman who all drew 7 looks from Flacco. He got right to work hauling in a slant route from the right slot on the first offensive play of the game. Sanders shifted over to the left slot and caught a similar looking pass two plays later. Sanders made an amazing catch between four defenders on a 3rd quarter out route. He narrowly missed a touchdown when he was tackled at the two yard line late in the 4th on a shallow drag route. He was the intended target on Flacco's late 4th quarter interception, but the fault lies with the QB who just overthrew the ball. Sanders tied the game up with a breath-taking, toe-tapping catch over tough coverage from CB Fuller on a corner route in the back of the end zone. Sanders also caught the ensuing 2-point conversion with a short out route.
Sutton started slow, but was clutch at the end of the ballgame. He didn't get on the board until the 4th quarter, when he lined up wide right and pulled in a deep comeback route for a first down. Sutton made a diving grab on a deep post route in the 4th quarter that picked up 16(his longest of the day) and set Denver up in the Chicago end zone. Sutton took a big hit on a deep seam route late in the 4th, but seemed fine after. He converted 4th and 10 with a seam route to extend the Bronco's tying drive with just over two minutes left, then converted 4th and 3 later in the drive with a slant route from Flacco, setting up the game tying touchdown to Sanders.
Hamilton worked as the third receiver behind Sanders and Sutton, pulling in a couple of short completions in the second half of the game. He was targeted in the end zone by Flacco on a deep crossing route in the 3rd quarter.
|TE Jeff Heuerman, 38 offensive snaps, Rec: 4 - 21 - 0 (5 targets)|
Heuerman saw plenty of snaps in two TE sets with Fant. He drew five targets but wasn't able to get much going with his receptions. He had a short gain up the right seam in the 1st quarter, and then followed up with another short out route a couple of plays later. Heuerman got smacked hard on an out route that came up just short on 3rd and 5 later in the 1st. He collected one more short curl route early in the 3rd quarter.
|TE Noah Fant, 54 offensive snaps, Rec: 4 - 33 - 0 (4 targets)|
Fant didn't have any receptions until the 3rd quarter, when he reeled in a short out route in the 3rd quarter than converted 3rd and 4. He got wide open on a deep out route in the 3rd quarter that picked up 24 yards, Denver's longest play of the day. Fant managed to pull in a "dying duck" for a short gain from Flacco as the quarterback was tackled while throwing in the 4th quarter.
Preseason star Fumagalli got some limited work behind starting tight ends Fant and Heuerman. He caught a crossing route for a 7 yard gain in the 3rd quarter, his only target of the day.