Chicago Bears: 5 Major takeaways from Thanksgiving win over Lions

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Anthony Miller had a breakout game

Allen Robinson has been the top receiver for the Chicago Bears this season. He had another good game against the Lions, making eight catches for 86 yards and a touchdown. This time, though, he had some help.

With Taylor Gabriel out because of a concussion, the Bears went to Anthony Miller as much as they did to Robinson. Miller caught nine passes for 140 yards (a team-high for yards this season). He was especially big on the game-winning drive in the fourth quarter. Even though David Montgomery caught the key touchdown, it was Miller who got them to that point. He caught three passes for 83 yards on the drive.

Miller has been up and down this season. He only had four catches for 28 yards in his first four games. He picked it up his next three games, catching 12 passes for 183 yards. He then disappeared for the next two games, making just one catch for seven yards.

He’s now at his hottest, making 21 catches for 271 yards. Interestingly, he still has no touchdowns this season after leading all rookies in touchdown catches with seven last season.

It’s good to see someone other than Robinson step up for the Bears offense. Teams cannot just key on him when someone else is playing well. This gives Trubisky another target to go to in addition to Robinson and Tarik Cohen, who is second on the team in targets and receptions (74 and 54, respectively).

Hopefully, Miller stays hot and continues to help this offense. When there are more contributors this offense looks like the offense Nagy wants to run.