Chicago Bears: It is time to start calling this team the “Bad News Bears”
By Nathan Burns
Thankfully there are two sides to the game
The Bear’s defense has been absolutely dominant. Week in and week out, the defense comes to play. They may give up a couple of huge plays, but the Bears are one of the most elite defenses in the NFL. They proved that again this week against the Titans.
The Chicago Bears held the NFL’s leading rusher, Derek Henry, to only 68 rushing yards. Henry ran the ball 21 times, for an average of 3.2 yards a carry. Before this game, Henry was averaging just over 110 yards per game. The Bears took care of the Alabama alum.
Ryan Tannehill didn’t have a great game either. Tannehill has been throwing for about 260 yards a game, and the Bears held him to only 158. 90 of those 158 yards, came from only 3 plays.
The Bears locked up Derek Henry and Ryan Tannehill for the most part, but still ended up losing.
Regardless of how good the Bears defense is, the offense is holding them back. With the Bears only averaging 20.1 points a game, their defense continues to get overshadowed. If I’m being honest, the offense doesn’t belong in the same locker room as the defense. There is a night and day difference between the two and the defense being good does not stop them from looking like the “Bad News Bears.”
The Bears face the Vikings on Monday night football. Despite the Vikings starting out 1-5, they seemed to have turned things around. They now stand at 3-5 after beating both the Packers and Lions. The Bears, on the other hand, have lost their last three games. After starting 5-1, the Bears are now 5-4. The Bears could easily be 3-6 right now if the Lions and Falcons didn’t choke earlier in the year.
The season is halfway over and the Bears look nowhere near like a playoff team. With only seven games remaining, will the Bears turn things around?