These three Chicago Bears laid duds vs the Cardinals in Week 13

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The Chicago Bears fell to the Arizona Cardinals 33-22 after a sloppy performance in front of the home crowd. The weather conditions did not help their cause, but there are no excuses for the lack of execution on both sides of the ball and overall lackluster effort.

Chicago Bears Week 13 Dud No. 1: Andy Dalton

Andy Dalton came back down to earth a bit after two games in which some Bears fans started wondering if they were wrong about the quarterback situation the whole time. He finished with 229 yards passing on 26/41 with a touchdown and a whopping four interceptions. Anytime the quarterback has that many turnovers it will usually result in a loss for that team.

The Chicago Bears beat themselves early on which contributed to a quick 14-0 deficit after an opening drive interception on an overthrow from Dalton and then a bad drop by Cole Kmet which resulted in another pick on the very next drive. Not all of Dalton’s four picks were his fault today, but he just looked like a different quarterback than we have seen over the last two weeks.

The accuracy was not there, and he did not seem comfortable driving the ball deep. On 41 pass attempts, you would think he would have close to 300 yards, if not more. The 229 yards show how this game went for Dalton and company.

Credit goes to Arizona’s defense, which demonstrated its versatility and athleticism. The combination of Budda Baker, Isaiah Simmons, Jordan Hicks, and Byron Murphy showed out and controlled the game for the most part. They were able to capitalize on the Bears’ mistakes and tipped balls. They stuck to their game plan, and it worked. They forced the Bears to run the ball and take checkdowns.

Andy Dalton is a smart player with many years under his belt. Unfortunately, today he was beaten by a defense that knew how to highlight his weaknesses, along with the rest of the offense. It showed that he is not the quarterback that is going to get this Bears team over the hump, and in my opinion, it was smart to develop Fields this year rather than have Dalton as a game manager.