Bears RB Khalil Herbert nominated for FedEx Ground Player of the Week

Bears RB Khalil Herbert is nominated for FedEx Ground Player of the Week following his dominant performance against the Texans.

Bears running back Khalil Herbert has been nominated for FedEx Ground Player of the Week following his dominant performance in Chicago’s 23-20 win over the Texans.

Herbert replaced an injured David Montgomery, who exited the game with an ankle injury in the first quarter, and he led a Bears rushing attack that gained 281 yards on the ground.

Herbert had a career day against Houston, where he carried the ball 20 times for 157 yards (7.9 yards per carry) and two touchdowns. It was made all the more impressive considering the Texans knew the Bears were going to run the football given their passing game woes.

Former Bears/current Falcons running back Cordarrelle Patterson and Browns running back Nick Chubb are also nominated.

You can vote for Herbert on Twitter or NFL.com.

Montgomery is officially considered day-to-day with an ankle injury, per head coach Matt Eberflus. If Montgomery can’t go next Sunday, it’ll be Herbert carrying the workload again against the Giants in Week 4.

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Bears’ top 10 defensive players in Week 3, per PFF

Here are the top 10 Bears defensive players and what their PFF grades were following their Week 3 win vs. Texans.

The Chicago Bears defeated the Houston Texans 23-20 on Sunday to advance to 2-1 on the season.

While Chicago’s Week 3 win wasn’t pretty — including a lack of a pass rush and struggles against the pass — there were some notable performances on defense.

Pro Football Focus handed out player grades for those who took a snap in the Bears’ Week 3 win. Here are the top 10 Bears defensive players (minimum 15 snaps) and what their grades were.

Bears’ top 10 offensive players in Week 3, per PFF

Here are the top 10 Bears offensive players and what their PFF grades were following their Week 3 win vs. Texans.

The Chicago Bears defeated the Houston Texans 23-20 on Sunday to advance to 2-1 on the season.

While Chicago’s Week 3 win wasn’t pretty — especially the passing offense with quarterback Justin Fields — there were some notable performances on offense.

Pro Football Focus handed out player grades for those who took a snap in the Bears’ Week 3 win. Here are the top 10 Bears offensive players (minimum 15 snaps) and what their grades were.

Bears PFF grades: Best and worst performers in Week 3 win

Here’s a look at how PFF graded the Bears offense and defense in their Week 3 win vs. Texans.

The Chicago Bears defeated the Houston Texans 23-20 to advance to 2-1 on the season, although it was far from a pretty win.

Pro Football Focus handed out player grades for those who took a snap in the Bears’ Week 3 win, and we broke them down by offense and defense, analyzing the three highest- and lowest-graded players on each side (minimum of 15 snaps), as well as some other notable performers.

There were a few surprises — and then some not surprises — in terms of the highest- and lowest-graded players, both on offense and defense. Here’s a look:

4 Downs: Making sense of the Bears’ narrow win vs. Texans

We’re breaking down the Bears’ win against the Texans and what it means looking ahead.

The Chicago Bears defeated the Houston Texans 23-20 on Sunday, improving to 2-1 ahead of a Week 4 matchup against the New York Giants.

The Bears needed a clutch Roquan Smith interception and a last-second field goal in order to best the winless Texans, but the important thing is they were able to pull it out despite an abysmal outing by quarterback Justin Fields.

There was plenty to be encouraged by and plenty to be discouraged about following the victory.

We’re breaking down the Bears’ win over the Texans and what it means looking ahead.

Bears report card: How we graded Chicago in their Week 3 win

Here’s a quick breakdown of what we saw during Sunday’s game and how we graded the Bears in their win against the Texans.

The Chicago Bears (2-1) escaped Soldier Field with a 23-20 victory over the Houston Texans (0-2-1) on Sunday, which featured some positives and negatives.

The Bears run game absolutely dominated with 281 yards on the ground, including 157 from Khalil Herbert, while Justin Fields and the passing offense continued to struggle against the 26th-ranked secondary in the NFL. Chicago’s defense bent but didn’t break, where they had two interceptions, including Roquan Smith’s pick, which led to Cairo Santos’ game-winning field goal.

Here’s a quick breakdown of what we saw during the game and how we graded the Bears in this win.

Bears RB Khalil Herbert dedicates Week 3 performance to David Montgomery

Bears RB Khalil Herbert had a career day with 157 yards vs. the Texans. Herbert dedicated his performance to an injured David Montgomery.

Bears running back Khalil Herbert carried the offense on his back in Sunday’s 23-20 victory over the Texans.

Herbert had a career day against Houston, where he carried the ball 20 times for 157 yards (7.9 yards per carry) and two touchdowns. It was made all the more impressive considering he replaced starter David Montgomery, who exited the game with a lower leg injury in the first quarter.

Herbert dedicated his impressive Week 3 performance to Montgomery.

“I told 32 that was for him today, that was for him today,” Herbert said, via NBC Sports Chicago. “I feel like we held him down and did him good today.”

While the offensive line has struggled in pass protection, they’ve been phenomenal in run blocking. Herbert heaped praise on his offensive line (and fullback Khari Blasingame) for setting him up for success.

“O-line did a great job of just opening up a massive hole,” Herbert said about the run. “(Khari Blasingame) did a great job of kicking out. Everybody did a great job blocking downfield. We were looking at the pictures on the sideline, you could’ve drove a bus through there. It was a really big hole, it’s my job to make the safety miss, and I was able to do that.”

Herbert’s opportunities have been limited this season, as the backup to Montgomery, but every time he gets on the field, he’s ready to make the most of it.

“I just try to make the most of my opportunities,” Herbert said. “I feel like when I take that mindset into the game, it helps me to make the most of it.”

Bears coach Matt Eberflus provided an encouraging update about Montgomery, saying that he’s “good” and considered “day-to-day” with a lower leg injury. If Montgomery misses time, Herbert is prepared to step up.

“Always ready,” Herbert said. “Always ready when my time’s called. Ready for any opportunity I get and try to make the most of it.”

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Bears HC Matt Eberflus explains why he didn’t use timeouts at end of half vs. Texans

Bears HC Matt Eberflus explained his decision not to utilize his timeouts at the end of the first half and admitted his shortcomings.

The Chicago Beas (2-1) were able to get back in the win column with a 23-20 victory over the Houston Texans (0-2-1), but it wasn’t without its concerns.

Quarterback Justin Fields was the focal point before, during and after the game. But there are also questions about first-time head coach Matt Eberflus’ time management.

At the end of the first half, the Bears defense forced a Texans punt, which gave Chicago an opportunity to march down the field and end the first half on a positive note.

With :46 left on the clock, Khalil Herbert picked up a first down on Chicago’s 28-yard line. Armed with all three timeouts, Eberflus elected to let the clock run down to :19 before running a final play, where Fields was sacked to end the half.

Eberflus explained his decision not to utilize his timeouts at the end of the first half — and he also admitted his shortcomings.

“Right there we were at 46 seconds and we want to bring that down on the minus field to 35 seconds because they have multiple time-outs,” Eberflus said. “If you get that first down and they bang time-outs and we punt the ball, then they have a rebuttal drive.

“But here is where we’ve got to be better because we were in 13 personnel going in 13 and 1 and we saw that they subbed. Once I saw them sub there, I should have called time out at 35 seconds and we would have been fine. I have to be better in that situation right there going from 13 personnel back to 11 once we got the first.”

Eberflus’ time management struggles aren’t encouraging, especially given his predecessor, Matt Nagy, was known for the same. But he’s still early into his head coaching career, and there’s time to fix things.

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Bears HC Matt Eberflus explains why he didn’t use timeouts at end of half vs. Texans

Bears HC Matt Eberflus explained his decision not to utilize his timeouts at the end of the first half and admitted his shortcomings.

The Chicago Beas (2-1) were able to get back in the win column with a 23-20 victory over the Houston Texans (0-2-1), but it wasn’t without its concerns.

Quarterback Justin Fields was the focal point before, during and after the game. But there are also questions about first-time head coach Matt Eberflus’ time management.

At the end of the first half, the Bears defense forced a Texans punt, which gave Chicago an opportunity to march down the field and end the first half on a positive note.

With :46 left on the clock, Khalil Herbert picked up a first down on Chicago’s 28-yard line. Armed with all three timeouts, Eberflus elected to let the clock run down to :19 before running a final play, where Fields was sacked to end the half.

Eberflus explained his decision not to utilize his timeouts at the end of the first half — and he also admitted his shortcomings.

“Right there we were at 46 seconds and we want to bring that down on the minus field to 35 seconds because they have multiple time-outs,” Eberflus said. “If you get that first down and they bang time-outs and we punt the ball, then they have a rebuttal drive.

“But here is where we’ve got to be better because we were in 13 personnel going in 13 and 1 and we saw that they subbed. Once I saw them sub there, I should have called time out at 35 seconds and we would have been fine. I have to be better in that situation right there going from 13 personnel back to 11 once we got the first.”

Eberflus’ time management struggles aren’t encouraging, especially given his predecessor, Matt Nagy, was known for the same. But he’s still early into his head coaching career, and there’s time to fix things.

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Best photos from the Bears’ Week 3 win vs. Texans

The Bears defeated the Texans in Week 3 thanks to an interception by Roquan Smith. Take a look at the action:

The Chicago Bears defeated the Houston Texans 23-20 to advance to 2-1 on the season. But while it was far from a pretty performance, it was a win.

The Bears had 281 rushing yards against the Texans, the most in a game for Chicago since 1984. But quarterback Justin Fields and the passing game continued to struggle. The Bears defense came away with two key interceptions, including Roquan Smith’s pick with about a minute left that led to Cairo Santos’ game-winning field goal.

Here’s a look at the best photos from Chicago’s Week 3 win against Houston: