I am at a loss for words…
The Bears lost in a familiar way:
Shanked to the left.
I sat bent over in a chair in complete shock.
Kicker Eddie Pinero sounded shocked as well:
“I just tried to hit the ball the best I could and I tried to play the wind a little bit,” Piñeiro said of his 41-yard miss. “But it just didn’t work out… Obviously, it’s a bad feeling. I lost the game for the team. Put that one on me. I’m going to come back and bounce back.”
Eddie, it’s not just on you, there’s way more to it.
THE FIRST HALF
Aside from a pathetic first drive, the offense was (actually) able to move the ball. Quarterback Mitch Trubisky led the offense down field on multiple drives (He didn’t overthrow receivers on two deep passes!), spread the ball to multiple receivers and actually handed the ball off!
The red zone on the other hand…
The Bears had five drives in the red zone in the first half and scored only nine points. The team ran 12 “go-to-goal” plays averaging only 0.27 yards per play on 11 of those plays.
Former Bears players sounded off on this ineptitude post-game:
The team still entered half-time with a 9-7 lead (They were booed off of the field).
THE THIRD QUARTER
The Bears came out firing after half-time, putting together an 11 play, 75 yard touchdown drive taking up nearly 7 minutes. Finally the Bears committed to running the ball one week after only running the ball 7 times (which Matt Nagy called “Horse sh*t). At the end of the day, they ran the ball 38 times for a total of 162 yards.
Rookie running back David Montgomery finished the game with 27 carries for 135 yards and a touchdown. Montgomery finally broke out and what differentiated him was the way he ran the ball. . He took his time, showed him trademark quick feet and an explosive burst and bull-dozing defenders and staying up with quality contact balance. He even broke a huge 55 yard run:
(This is where Fantasy Owners sigh with relief.)
Chicago entered the fourth quarter with a 16-10 lead. The Chargers couldn’t make a first down and it looked like the Bears could pull away.
THE FOURTH QUARTER
The team never pulled away…
With about 13 minutes left in the 4th Quarter, Trubisky dropped back to pass and pathetically sailed the ball right into the hands of cornerback Casey Hayward. The Chargers proceeded to bail out Trubisky in the next drive with a dumb penalty and a missed field goal.
It only got worse for Trubisky from there. In his trademark way, he overthrew receiver Taylor Gabriel for a wide open touchdown pass. On the next play, he outdoes himself by DROPPING THE BALL due to pressure and the Chargers recovered the fumble. The Chargers took advantage of the turnover and went on to take a 17-16 lead.
The Bears were forced to punt with about 2 minutes left after sustaining a several minute drive which ended in a horrible 3rd down sack. The defense held its ground and forced their own punt with about 1:40 left in the game.
Mitch Trubisky stepped up to the moment making a few good throws and drove the Bears down into field goal range. The drive included an amazing 13 yard scramble with 40 seconds left to place the Bears in position to win.
After the scramble by Trubisky, Nagy had one timeout left and 40 seconds on the clock. Instead of allowing his offense to gain a few yards for a better kick, Coach Nagy controversially elected to go into “victory formation” and knelt down. Nagy justified the decision by saying this post game:
It sounds like he didn’t trust his offense or quarterback. (Hmm…)
I wish I could talk to Nagy post-game as I have some questions:
First of all, why did you only run the ball three times in the second half when the run game was finally going? Secondly, why did you put the ball in the hands of his struggling quarterback the entire fourth quarter? Finally, why couldn’t you scheme up a play within the 10 yard line for a touchdown in the first half? I could go on and on…
The Bears didn’t deserve to win. The season might as well be over:
WEEK 9 PREVIEW AND PREDICTION:
The Bears go to Philadelphia (4-4) next Sunday to play the Eagles. The Eagles dismantled the Buffalo Bills this week in Buffalo 31-13. With a win Philadelphia enters the bye at 5-4.
Could the Bears have revenge on their mind from last year? That’s a nice thought, but the reality is that the game was lost up front. Eagles offensive line dominated the Bears defensive line (With injured star tackle Akiem Hicks).
The Eagles offensive line opened up a ton of holes for their running game against a very tough Bills defense. As a team, the Eagles finished with 41 carries for 218 yards (5.3 average) and three touchdowns. Former Bear Jordan Howard had 96 of those yards on 23 carries.
I expect Howard to run all over the Bears in his revenge game.
The Bears record will fall to 3-5 and the season will be over. (And maybe I’ll jump on the Minnesota Vikings bandwagon…)
34-19 Eagles win.
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