The Chicago Bears had chances to stick around with the Philadelphia Eagles and failed to seize the moment
The Philadelphia Eagles are a terrific football team. There is no doubt about it. They have impressive talent on each side of the ball and a 10-1 record reflects that. However, they were not good enough on Sunday to beat the Chicago Bears in the embarrassing fashion of 31-3.
The Bears completely no-showed this game and came in completely unprepared. Their first offensive drive, a drive they had a week to script, resulted in a three and out. On their second drive, Mitchell Trubisky threw an interception, that was later fumbled and recovered by Tre McBride. New life for the Bears.
They turned that second chance on a rookie mistake into yet another three and out. Right after the three and out, LeGarrette Blount fumbled down the field, with a Sam Acho recovery. The great, potentially Super Bowl-bound Eagles have now given the Bears two chances at life in this football game. A chance to turn the tables early on.
The very next play was a ten-yard penalty for an illegal block in the back. That led to a fourth and four, and a missed field goal from newly signed kicker Cairo Santos. From there, the game was over. The Eagles turned the ball over more, and they had more penalties in the game. It didn’t matter because the Bears were never prepared to take advantage of these chances. The Eagles gave them their chances, they threw up all over themselves, and then the Eagles put them to sleep.
This wasn’t a talent issue. This is a coaching issue. There was a moment in this game where John Fox opted to punt on third down. Fox realized it was third down and had to call a timeout. Of course, all that did was result in a missed
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third down chance and a punt.
There is a lack of belief in the coaching. There is a lack of results, and logical decisions being made by the coaching staff. The Bears can hang with any team in the NFL. John Fox will not allow it, though. Until then, we can expect these same results for the rest of the season.