So, it wasn’t all that pretty. In fact, at times the Bears' visit to Denver Sunday was downright ugly.
But at least in the end Bears fans everywhere got a big kick — I guess we could say a huge kick — out of their team’s 16-14 last-second victory over the Broncos and former defensive coordinator Vic Fangio.
How good was Bears rookie placekicker Eddy Pineiro Sunday? Even though they say nobody can be, he was actually perfect, nailing 42-, 52- and 53-yard field goals — with the last coming with no time left on the clock. He also converted his only extra point attempt and boomed all four of his kickoffs out of the back of the end zone.
But there was so much more that happened in Denver — some of it good, some uncertain and honestly a lot that is still concerning and disappointing.
For the second week in a row, the Bears were unable to muster 275 yards of offense, an extremely meager total by NFL standards. Mitch Trubisky threw for just 120 yards on 16-of-27, a 4.4-yard average, and it wasn’t because the Broncos didn’t have to worry about defending the run.
True to his word, Matt Nagy unleashed his ground game, actually rushing more than he passed with 29 rushes for 153 yards, a 5.3 average, but that’s a bit misleading, as 46 of those yards came on one Cordarrelle Patterson burst around left end.
Without it, the Bears averaged just 3.8 yards a pop.
It was also very promising that David Montgomery almost certainly cemented a new role as the featured back, with 18 of those carries for a respectable 62 yards and the Bears lone touchdown on an all-effort, yard-and-a-half dive.
Trubisky was clearly better than he was in Week 1 at home vs. the Packers but not much better, still struggling to find open receivers down the field and also missing several when he did.
In the first half, Trubisky did an excellent job of scrambling out of pressure to his right and did a great job of finding Tarik Cohen a step and a half behind a defender about 25 yards downfield, before underthrowing him and turning six into an incompletion.
But then with the game on the line at fourth-and-15 and just nine seconds remaining, he was flawless avoiding pressure in the pocket, patiently reading the field and then throwing a strike to Allen Robinson and getting the clock stopped with one second left for Pineiro’s game-winning bomb.
In fairness to the still-young quarterback, more often than not none of his weapons other than Robinson were able to get open and be available, and the offensive line was also better than Week 1 but not perfect.
For the second week in a row, Charles Leno had back-to-back holding and hands-to-the-face calls that were drive killers and it took the Bears five cracks on the ground for 4.99 yards from the 4.99 yard line to get their only touchdown.
All frustrating to be sure, but it is worth noting that 3-4 weeks from now all we may remember, or at least all we may still be talking about will be Pineiro’s game-winner and that he and Trubisky did what they had to with the game on the line.
What may be instructive here is a quick look at how this rocky start — to say the least — to the season compares to last year through two weeks, and interestingly enough it continues to be almost a carbon copy.
One year ago, after blowing a 20-point lead at Green Bay, the Bears came home and put up just 271 yards of offense — two yards less than Sunday — in a 24-17 win over the Seahawks dominated by the Bears defense, as was Sunday.
Yes, there is a ton of work to do and as yet this Bears team has not resembled the club we expected coming out of training camp.
But as long as they continue to follow a near-identical path to the one that turned out so well a season ago, it feels like patience is still the more warranted approach than despair at this point in the season.