Chicago Bears Week 11 Loser No. 3: Run Defense
While I did want to put the Bears running game on here, the run defense of the Chicago Bears was a lot worse. They got gashed by David Montgomery, especially in the fourth quarter on multiple drives. The Bears came into this game as the third-ranked unit against the run in the league, but they were not able to get any movement against the stout Lions offensive line.
Both Jahmyr Gibbs and Montgomery were able to find holes in the Bears' defense, specifically at the point of attack as they were able to get to the second level with ease on most of their runs. Montgomery had 12 carries for 76 yards and a touchdown while Gibbs had 8 carries for 36 yards and a touchdown. They averaged 6.3 and 4.5 yards per carry, respectively. The Lions were able to lean on their running game even on the last drive of the game because of how physically their offensive line was playing against the Bears' front.
They capped it off with back-to-back runs by Gibbs and Montgomery to score the go-ahead touchdown with less than thirty seconds remaining in the game. They were able to run the ball at will and they showed why they are one of the most dynamic offenses in the league. Even with an up-and-down game by Jared Goff, they were able to lean on their playmakers and their offensive line to control the line of scrimmage. The Bears were powerless to stop it.
A lot of things went wrong for the Chicago Bears in this game, but it was clear that their coaches let them down. Matt Eberflus and Luke Getsy are riding a thin line right now. At this point, there have been too many reasons not to move on from them, and this terrible loss to a division rival with the game in the palm of their hands might be the cherry on top.