The 2021 Season Opens up with the Two-Time defending Super Bowl Champion Chicago Bears going against their border rivals, the Green Bay Packers. Entering the 2021 Season, the Bears were on a 5 game winning streak vs the Packers (Last Loss: Week 1, 2018) and Thursday Night the Bears made it 6 straight, winning 59-20. This can be credited to their 2021 Rookie Class, who came out looking like veterans.
The MVP of the game was Rookie Cornerback AJ Lytton (Florida State). The 2nd Round Pick had what would be a career day for any defender in the NFL. Lytton finished with 3 Interceptions, one of which came in the Redzone during Green Bay’s attempt to close the gap. At only 5’11”, Lytton showed quickness in the Combine and was drafted to fill the void left by Prince Amukamara. The Bears Cornerback depth took a hit this off-seaons, but Lytton’s performance Thursday might restore any lost hope at the position. Add on 1 Tackle for Loss and you have yourself an early look at a possibly Defensive Rookie of the Yeard Candidate.
Offensively, Chicago was looking to fire out of the game through the arm of Mitchell Trubisky. Even though Trubisky finished with 37 TDs and 10 INTs and boasted the Highest QB Rating in the NFL last season, fans were frustrated when they found out their QB spent move of the off-season working on Spin Moves and Jump Training. In Week 1, Trubisky went back to what made him great last year, however he would struggle to put up big numbers. Luckily, Trubisky was gifted two receivers in the draft, both out of Louisiana State University. Ja’Marr Chase and Terrace Marshall Jr stood out on Offense and Special Teams. Chase, Chicago’s first pick in the draft (#32 Overall) would reel in 5 Catches for 43 Yards and 1 Touchdown. Chase displayed speed, good hands and looks to be a productive replacement for Allen Robinson. Terrace Marshall was used a few times during some Jet Sweep plays, but his big play came on a 93 yard Kick Return to open the 2nd Half. Marshall Jr found the open lane in the middle of the field, broke one tackle and was gone. At 6’4″, Marshall can be a deep threat and will be a fun kick returner to watch if he can continue playing the way he did Thursday.
Lastly, 7th Round Draft Pick Tevin Paul contributed with a sack early in the 4th Quarter. Paul was “Mr. Irrelevant” in the 2021 Class, but he’s done everything to be relevant for this Chicago Bears defense. Currently serving as back up to Bilal Nichols, Paul provides speed on the edge that could possibly be packaged with Floyd and Mack. Anytime you can get quality playing time from your 7th Round pick, you know you had a productive Draft.
What’s Next: Chicago (1-0) will go to Phoenix to faceKyler Murray the Arizona Cardinals (0-1) on Monday Night Football.