Chicago Bears: 3 Observations from Week 12 win vs. Giants

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1. Robinson and Mack did their job for offense and defense

If I were to give the game ball to someone, I’d split it among Allen Robinson and Khalil Mack. Robinson finished the game with six catches for 131 yards and a touchdown. There were a couple of other catches that were wiped out (including the one for 60 yards) because of penalties or he could’ve gone for 200 receiving yards.

Robinson is now on pace for 1,111 receiving yards despite Trubisky’s struggles. It’s amazing to see what he’s done in his career having to take throws from Blake Bortles and Trubisky. In 2015 he had 1,400 receiving yards. He had 754 yards last season coming off a serious injury the previous season. He is healthy now and it shows. With this performance, he now has 764 yards, surpassing last season’s total.

Robinson is displaying all the on the field skills the Bears expected when they signed him to a big three-year contract. Now they need to get an extension done. He’s become Trubisky’s favorite target by far. He had the second-most receptions in the game (Tarik Cohen had 7 catches) and the most targets (10). When the Bears needed a big play from Robinson he delivered.

Over the past few weeks, Mack has been criticized for not playing up to his standards. Of course, that is difficult when Leonard Floyd is doing nothing on his other side (he had just one tackle) and has his real protector, Akiem Hicks, out for another couple of weeks.

Mack broke through, however, and came up big. He got a strip-sack and forced Giants quarterback Daniel Jones to fumble. Nick Williams recovered the fumble at the Giants’ 7-yard and ran it to the 3-yard line. That set up the game-winning touchdown.

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Hopefully, this is a stepping stone for Mack. The Bears have a Thanksgiving matchup against the Lions and maybe he could get going before Hicks returns. Once that happens, we could be seeing Mack wreaking havoc again.