For those new to the site, when a player or coach doesn’t really show up during a Bear’s game, they get put on the Milk Carton. As most of you know, people’s pictures used to be put at the back of milk cartons when they went missing. So the Milk Carton for the Bears is more about who went missing or played terribly during the game. Here are the nominees
I am infuriated. I probably speak for all Bears fans when I say that. If the Bears cash in like they should have on the first and goal from the one, it would have been 14-7. If DJ Williams doesn’t make a late hit, it’s 14-10 Bears. Instead, that score was inverted. So missed opportunities happen in football, but that wasn’t the end of it. The Bears score a touchdown to take the lead 17-14 then try an onside kick, which I thought was a tremendous call. They don’t recover and that’s a loss of a possible touchdown. So let’s say the Bears do cash in there. Green Bay probably takes it down and scores making it 24-21 Bears at halftime. Or let’s say Chicago doesn’t get the onside kick but still gets the Bennett play that should have been a touchdown. The bottom-line is, the Bears should have been up at halftime.
Sep 28, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) throws a pass during the first quarter against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports
After holding Green Bay to a field goal, Cutler changes a play and throws a moronic interception despite the fact that the run game has been so successful. Take away that idiocy and the Bears are up 31-24 and who knows what happens. The Bears potentially find away to win, in my non-self-destruction-based alternate universe.
My head is swimming with what-ifs and might-have-beens. I predicted Green Bay to win this game because the Bears always find a way to beat themselves in Packer games. Chicago should have won this game but yet again, they found a way to blow it. That is why the milk carton is going to a heft majority of the Bears. Cutler for his stupid plays, Marshall for his minimal impact (didn’t do much after the touchdown) and the entire defense. The pressure was not there. The tackling in the open field was weak. The Packers never established a rushing attack because Rodgers was hitting wide open receivers in the middle of the field play after play. Honestly, a lot of people win the Milk Carton, but the biggest disappointment of the game was the pass rush. No pressure on an average quarterback makes him great. No pressure on Aaron Rodgers makes him a god. That game brought back memories of last year’s defense. It was an embarrassment.
We can’t dwell on it. Carolina is coming up and they have a tough defense. The Bears can’t miss as many opportunities next week as they did today. They can’t self destruct. They have to play smart football.