But in an eventual 30-27 overtime loss to the Giants on Sunday, he made a bet that proved costly in the end.
It looked like a rough day was developing when Taquan Mizzell bobbled the opening kickoff and could only get his own 15-yard line on the return. Against the Lions, Daniel passed for 230 yards and two touchdowns while completing 73 per cent of his passes.
The last Bears defensive player with an offensive touchdown was Brian Urlacher on December 23, 2001 when he caught a 27-yard touchdown pass from Brad Maynard on a fake field goal, according to ESPN Stats & Info. Trubisky is also averaging 7.1 yards per carry.
The Bears defense will make Eli Manning anxious for retirement by dominating so much that wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. will start complaining by halftime.
The former first-round pick is in the prime of his career and the Bears' defense is reaping the benefits.
Nagy put the 332-pound Hicks in the backfield on a fourth-and-goal at the New York Giants one-yard line late in the second quarter on Sunday. The Bears erased a 10-point deficit with less than 90 seconds remaining, with Daniel Brown recovering an onside kick and Tarik Cohen throwing a game-tying touchdown to Anthony Miller as time expired.
Nevertheless, Bears backers were rewarded with a 23-16 victory.