Which Chicago Bears were duds vs the Lions in Week 17?

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The Chicago Bears defense had plenty of duds to speak of vs the Lions

The Chicago Bears’ defense did not fare much better than the offense did. The Lions were able to get pretty much whatever they wanted all game in both the run and the pass. Jared Goff looked like an elite quarterback the way he was dissecting the secondary of the Bears today. It was just way too easy for him to hit the open man.

Just as the story has been all season, the Bears have no pass rush and thus the corners are asked to cover for an absurdly long amount of time. A lot of time there is good coverage, but it just breaks down after about five or six seconds. You cannot ask a group of such young defensive backs to play this way.

This losing season is going a long way to ensure the Bears have a shot at an elite prospect in the draft, and this performance reminded fans that the pick needs to be a defensive player. The Bears desperately need a dynamic pass rusher, so hopefully, they draft at that position and spend some money in free agency.

Deandre Houston-Carson had a really poor game against the Lions. He was beaten in coverage and missed assignments on numerous occasions and did not show a lot of effort on one of D’Andre Swift’s big runs. He was almost jogging and let Swift keep running for another fifteen to twenty yards. Carson has stepped up without Eddie Jackson, but he is a veteran and could do better than what he showed against the Lions.

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When the Bears are dominated at the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball it leads to a loss most of the time. This game was more than that though. This game saw the life and soul of the Bears just get taken from them. The Lions were the better team, and it was a humbling loss that will sting for a little bit.