Chicago Bears 2014 Year in Review

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Oct 5, 2014; Charlotte, NC, USA; Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (1) celebrates with running back Chris Ogbonnaya (26) after a touchdown during the third quarter against the Chicago Bears at Bank of America Stadium. The Panthers defeated the Bears 31-24. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

October 5, 2014

The Bears blew a 21-7 lead to the Carolina Panthers to fall 31-24 and move their record to 2-3.  The loss exemplified the Bears season – bad offense, bad defense and bad special teams.

October 12, 2014

Oct 12, 2014; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (2) is sacked by Chicago Bears defensive end Willie Young (97) during the second half at the Georgia Dome. The Bears defeated the Falcons 27-13. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Perhaps the highlight of the Bears season.  The Bears cruised past the Atlanta Falcons 27-13 in their best all-around game of the season.  Cutler and the offense clicked and the defense, behind reserve linebackers, was solid.  At the time, it seemed like an impressive win, but it turns out, the Falcons were almost as bad as the Bears.

You know what I find interesting?  The teams the Bears beat to this point in the season – the Niners, Jets and Falcons – are all looking for new head coaches.  Coincidence?  I think not!

October 19, 2014

This is where the season started to run off the rails.  The Bears dropped their third straight at home in a 27-14 loss to the Miami Dolphins.  As it turns out, the Dolphins were slightly better than we expected, but Brandon Marshall found the loss to be unacceptable.  Marshall and kicker Robbie Gould had to be separated in the locker room as the first signs of a team implosion were clear to the media assembled outside the locker room.

October 26, 2014

It was the first time in the season that I wrote my post-game reaction post before the end of the game as the Patriots blew the doors off the Bears, surging to an insurmountable 38-7 halftime lead behind 3 TD’s in less than two minutes at the end of the first half.  There weren’t many good grades to hand out following the 51-23 loss to the Patriots.  At least the Bears had the BYE week to regroup before heading to Green Bay to face the Packers in Week 9.