Bears Latest Failure Leaves Fans Pondering; What’s Next

CHICAGO, IL - NOVEMBER 12: Head coach John Fox of the Chicago Bears exchanges words with line judge Bart Longson
CHICAGO, IL - NOVEMBER 12: Head coach John Fox of the Chicago Bears exchanges words with line judge Bart Longson /

The Bears latest failure leaves fans pondering; what’s next? Mistakes prove costly, as Chicago falls to 3-6.

Fresh off a bye week, players, fans and even the media expected to see a Chicago Bears’ victory over the injury-depleted Green Bay Packers.  What they got instead, was a listless effort from the offense to open the game, a poor showing by the defense, especially in the 4th quarter, and another loss.

Aaron Rodgers was injured weeks ago, and the Packers have struggled ever since.  Coming into the game with Chicago, their record since Rodgers went down was 0-3.  Early in Sunday’s game the Packers lost their top running back. Aaron Jones left the game with a knee injury after just 3 carries, yet the Packers filled the void with Ty Montgomery and a host of others to rack up 160 yards on the ground.  Even after Montgomery left the game with an injury , the Packers ground game was still able to make plays and chew up the game clock.

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Packers QB Brett Hundley took advantage of the defense’s poor showing with key throws in the 4th quarter to seal the victory.  The most costly was a 19-yard TD toss to Davante Adams midway through the 4th quarter right after the Bears had scored to cut the Green Bay lead to only 3 points.

Clinging to a 23-16 lead nearing the two-minute warning, Hundley lofted a perfect throw to Adams. The play covered 43 yards and for all intents and purposes sealed the victory.  A last-minute drive fell short and Green Bay escaped with a 23-16 victory.

The Bears struggles against the beat up rushing game for Green Bay was baffling.  The defense missed the presence of ILB Danny Trevathan, who was held of the lineup with a calf injury.

Offense shows Improvement but game plan lacking

Offensively, Bears fans were left scratching their heads with a game plan that was far too basic.  The run, run pass proved ineffective the entire game.  The Packers sold out defensively to stop the run and held the Bears ground game to only 55 yards.

One bright spot was the play of Bears wide receivers. 13 of Mitch Trubisky’s completions were to the WR’s, with newcomer leading the way with 6 receptions on 8 targets, good for 88 yards.  If the Bears hope to be more dynamic, the must pass on early downs.  The TD pass in the 4th quarter to Josh Bellamy is a perfect example. The first down pass found Bellamy wide open for an easy TD.

The biggest question has become why has Tarik Cohen disappeared from the offense.  He was on the field for just 13 of Chicago’s 60 offensive plays; One carry for 1 yard, 2 targets and just one reception for 10 yards.

Next game;  Sunday vs Detroit at Soldier Field.  Plenty of great seats for Sunday’s game can be found here.