Chicago Bears 26-0 Loss at Seahawks: A Fan’s Non-Expert Take


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Wow, for the third week in a row, our beloved Chicago Bears looked like they had a chance of winning going into the half.  There’s one problem with that. No matter how much your defense is improved, you still need to score points.  I was happy that our big free agent signing Pernell McPhee finally decided to show up. He’s been talking about it for a while now.  Some great stops by our defense on third down.

On the offensive side of the ball, run game was consistent, all though failed to produce any decent chunks of yards to get us into the end zone, or even within field goal range for our reliable kicker Robbie Gould.  I was surprised at the game management by Jimmy Clausen. He did better than was expected. I do believe that as the game went on, we were too conservative.  There was a time with about 13 minutes left when we failed to convert on third down. I really think we should have gone for it.

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It’s all Jay Cutler‘s fault that we lost this one.  If he wouldn’t have got himself hurt, he could start, and we could have actually gone in and beat the Seahawks at Century Link Field. Not easy for any team to do.  Regardless, I do think that the Seahawks have taken a step back and may not even make the playoffs.  That doesn’t negate that we are an improved team defensively from last year.  I also like the way our offense is headed with our players when they are healthy.  It doesn’t mean I’m not mad.

One of my favorite things to do is watch our Chicago Bears play football. It has been that way for about 30 years, much more in the last 11 with NFL Sunday Ticket.  Part of the joy, is a push for the playoffs.  Without that, it almost seems like a moot point. I don’t know how fans of perennial losing teams keep pumped about the game.

I cannot help thinking about draft positioning for 2016.  I don’t like that I can’t help thinking about draft positioning for 2016.  It doesn’t feel like being a real fan. I want to cheer for my team to win, not to lose.  For the same reason I don’t short sell shares of stock, I am a long shareholder.  Hoping for demise of anything you are invested in is contrary to human nature.  It is not the way of the force…………….

On a more positive note, can Jay Cutler come back from injury and win us some games?  Yes.  Can our defense show up in a hostile environment with some sacks or some critical stops to keep the offense off the field?  Yes.  Looking ahead at our schedule, I think I’ll continue to believe that we can win 9-10 games.   No, I’m not smoking anything.  I’m recognizing 6 quarters of really good football against three playoff teams of last season.  I’m also acknowledging the Chicago Bears progress from last year that gets overshadowed in my mind by the depression I feel after a loss.

Hang in there fans, I believe we are headed in the right direction, it’s just a bumpy road.

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