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Bears coach Matt Nagy thinks he has a ‘special’ group

Matt Nagy

The Chicago Bears grabbed their fifth straight win after moving past the Detroit Lions 23-16 on Thanksgiving, which has put them in a more firm position atop of the NFC North standings.

The Bears were able to accomplish that with second-year quarterback Mitchell Trubisky out of the lineup due to a shoulder injury, which forced career backup Chase Daniel into a starting role. It took a collective performance on both sides of the ball to earn the victory, and Bears head coach Matt Nagy believes he has a special group of players in Chicago, according to Chris Emma of 670 The Score.

“I’m starting to learn as a head coach what this team is, who we are,” Nagy said. “And it’s special.”

It was a strong all-around outing for a Bears team that made big plays on both sides of the ball in Detroit. Daniel put up a solid performance by completing 27-of-37 passes for 230 yards along with two touchdown passes. With the running game largely a non-factor with just 38 rushing yards on 14 attempts, running back Tarik Cohen played a major part in the passing game with seven receptions for 47 receiving yards and a touchdown.

There were also some key plays from the defense that included recording a pair of picks of quarterback Matthew Stafford. One was returned for a touchdown by defensive back Eddie Jackson to give the Bears their lead in the fourth quarter.

Chicago is now in position to make a strong run toward the postseason with a comfortable lead in the NFC North in hand. The Bears have some tough matchups ahead against the Los Angeles Rams, Green Bay Packers, and Minnesota Vikings, which could be quite telling of the type of year that lies ahead for the franchise with.