Chicago Bears Week 18 Loser No. 3: Secondary
It is hard to put three whole position groups on this list. Unfortunately, it was just such an all-around bad performance that multiple players from these groups are losers this week. With Jaylon Johnson out due to a shoulder injury, this was a week for the rest of the secondary to show that they are ready and able to be successful without him. The secondary fell apart, except for Tyrique Stevenson who continues to make plays. Terell Smith had a rough game, Eddie Jackson got exposed, and Jaquan Brisker continued to show inconsistencies. Even Kyler Gordon had a quiet game, only registering two solo tackles.
It was not the type of effort that we had gotten accustomed to recently, and the Packers having a young and inexperienced receiving core added insult to injury. Jaylon Johnson has been a huge piece in holding this defense together. His experience and skill elevate his teammates in the secondary, and with the way this game turned out, he has more leverage in contract negotiations.
It just did not look like the same defense we had grown accustomed to recently. Soft coverage and sloppy technique were visible all day. For a team that has limited opposing offenses in terms of pass defense recently, they allowed Jordan Love to go 27/32 passing and throw two touchdowns.
It was way to easy for the Packers in a game where they clearly wanted it more. The Chicago Bears had a chance to finally beat the Green Bay Packers in what would have been a statement game for them. They could have knocked their biggest rivals out from getting into the playoffs. Instead, they gave one of the worst efforts of the season and fans are left with a sour taste in their mouths going into the offseason.