Chicago Bears Early Reaction Expecting Loss to Patriots
Oct 26, 2014; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) screams prior to the game against the Chicago Bears at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports
I am supposed to write a Rapid Reaction post after each Chicago Bears game to give you my keen insight to what occurred in the last 60 minutes of football. I’m saving myself and you the aggravation this afternoon and calling it a Bears loss. The Chicago Bears trail the New England Patriots 38-7 at halftime at Gillette Stadium. It’s the most points the Bears have allowed by halftime in team history. The Patriots are 63-0 at Gillette when leading at halftime, so connect the dots people.
The Bears will play another half of football, but I urge anyone reading this post, to turn your TV and computer off and go outside. It’s a beautiful fall day in Chicago . Play with your kids. Go rake some leaves. Take a bike ride. Clean your garage. Save yourself the frustration.
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The Bears are about to head to their bye 3-5 and on the way to another missed postseason. Can you reach any other conclusions? Thanks to a second half collapse by the Atlanta Falcons, the Bears trail the Detroit Lions by 3 games at the halfway point of the season. Do you think the Bears can really make up three games to catch the Lions? Can we continue to count on Detriots to go all Lions and collapse? Can we count on the Packers to lose more than a handful of games the rest of the way? Is a Wild Card berth even a remote possibility?
The Bears looked completely unprepared in all phases of the game. Again. Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski carved the Bears defense up. Oh wait, just as I’m writing this they hooked up for another score, Gronk’s third TD and Brady’s 5th of the day. Now the Patriots lead 45-7, but it might as well be 100-0 because the Bears offense is utterly useless.
Jay Cutler went 7/13 for 66 yards and a TD pass. Of course, it wouldn’t be a half of football without at least a couple of turnovers. Cutler had a fumble that gave the Patriots their 5th TD of the first half. He tossed a meaningless interception in the closing seconds of the half in a desperation heave towards Brandon Marshall, who was held without a catch in the first half.
Oct 26, 2014; Foxborough, MA, USA; Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte (22) is tackled by New England Patriots outside linebacker Jamie Collins (91) and strong safety Patrick Chung (23) during the first half at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports
The only bright spots for the Bears in the first half were a nice TD pass to Matt Forte and a nice defensive stand around the goal line early on when it was still only 7-0. When the Bears D stopped the Patriots on 4th and goal, a false start gave the Patriots new life and a chance for a field goal. It was that kind of day for the Bears. Even Patriots mistakes resulted in positive plays.
I’ve never given up on the Chicago Bears. Any fan who wants to call me out ought to see how many hours a week I spend on this team, at the expense of time with my wife and kids. At the expense of my own personal time during lunch breaks at my day job. At the expense of a social life. I am as die hard as die hard gets. But I’m also a realist. I’m also willing to criticize my team and not just blindly kiss their asses. This group is a train wreck and Marc Trestman is the conductor. Mel Tucker in the engineer. Joe DeCamillis is shoveling coal somewhere. The Bears might bounce back and win a few games as the schedule eases in the second half. Heck, they might even win a home game. But when you consider the preseason hype and the expectations, this season will be another failure. I’m pissed and you should be too. If last week was unacceptatble, what do you consider this week? It’s a goddam crime.