Chicago Bears: 5 Thoughts on Week 4 victory over Detroit Lions

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3. Alec Ogletree is playing well in Trevathan’s absence

One of the underrated signings the Chicago Bears made in the offseason was when they acquired linebacker Alec Ogletree. He was supposed to add some depth to the inside linebackers unit. Instead, he’s become a big part of the defense.

Against the Lions, Ogletree led all players in tackles with 12. That’s a big job done, since the other inside linebacker, Roquan Smith, is a tackling machine.

One of Ogletree’s tackles was for a loss. Additionally, he deflected a pass in the end zone on fourth down that prevented the Lions from scoring.

The Bears put starter Danny Trevathan on the short-term injured reserve list. He had to miss at least three games and he is eligible to come back. In his absence, Ogletree has played well enough for the Bears to have patience with Trevathan’s return.

One of the concerns about Trevathan was how he’d handle a full season. He’s dealt with injuries over the past few seasons. Now, the Bears can take their time with his return and when he comes back they won’t have to worry about him breaking down late in the season. He’ll be fresh and with Ogletree playing well, the Bears defense has an incredible inside linebackers unit.