If there was ever a game to get issues sorted out for the Bears, it was this week at home against one of the worst teams in football. The New York Giants were in town with struggling rookie quarterback Daniel Jones leading the way. This should have been an easy win for the Bears. It was anything but that, however.
The Giants came into this matchup with the Bears as the 30th ranked defense. They were giving up 28.9 points per game. That is north of four touchdowns allowed every single week. The Bears offense should have been able to get the ball moving. Again, such was not the case.
Mitchell Trubisky was intercepted twice. His second came when the Bears up two scores, and the throw was nowhere near any of the Bears receivers. Earlier in the game, Ben Braunecker dropped what would have been a touchdown. Trubisky threw his first interception of the day a few plays after that. Trubisky finished the day with a QB rating of 69 (nice).
The offense had zero rhythm. David Montgomery rushed the ball 13 times for 22 yards. It is difficult to be that unproductive. Charles Leno and Bobby Massie struggled again. Cody Whitehair committed a hands-to-the-face penalty that eliminated a long completion to Allen Robinson. It was abysmal.
The defense showed up again. What else is new? Khalil Mack forced a fumble. Ha Ha Clinton-Dix was all over the field, as he led the team in tackles. Nick Kwiatkoski held things down just fine, as he filled in nicely for Danny Trevathan again.
It was yet another head-shaking day for head coach Matt Nagy. Only the Bears could force a fumble inside the five, recover the ball, score a touchdown on offense, and still walk off the field in embarrassing fashion.
After Trubisky ran in for a touchdown from two yards out, Nagy decided to go for two. That part made sense. The game was 19-7. A two-point conversion would put the Bears up 14. What happened after the decision ended up taking the air out of Soldier Field when it should have been a huge momentum booster.
An Allen Robinson offensive pass interference penalty wiped away a successful conversion. Nagy argued it, but there was surely ground to throw the flag there. The Bears head coach continued to argue and was too busy doing that to get the right amount of players on the field. An illegal substitution penalty moved the Bears back even further.
This set up a 48-yard extra-point attempt. 48 yards. That’s not an ideal situation for a struggling rookie kicker. Eddy Pineiro missed the attempt, and as quickly as the Soldier Field crowd gained life, it was quickly sucked away. That is incompetence from an NFL head coach. These things can not happen.
This team has no rhythm. Things never seem to flow nicely for 60 minutes for the Chicago Bears. Hell, they can’t even get things to go right for a complete quarter. Every “one step forward” moment is immediately followed by a flag and ten steps backward.
And then there’s the problem of the supposed “offensive genius” not being able to ever convert on third and one. With a chance to ice the game, the Bears faced third and one late in the fourth quarter. Nagy called a David Montgomery rush up the middle. The play took far too long to get moving, and the Giants pushed the Bears offensive line back to tackle Montgomery behind the line of scrimmage.
The Chicago offense is now 6 for 15 on third and one this season. For those of you who enjoy math, that is a 40% conversion rate. That is inexcusable. Good teams convert in those situations almost always. Read the game in front of you. Take what the defense gives you. Do something. The Bears simply continue to beat themselves in such circumstances.
There were struggles on special teams again as well. Eddy Pineiro began the game with a kickoff out of bounds. Not an ideal start for a guy who has lost the confidence of his head coach. Punter Pat O’Donnell also had a 13-yard punt.
There were some bright spots, but they weren’t new ones. Allen Robinson had a big day. Stop us if you’ve heard that one before. The big receiver hauled in six passes for 131 yards and a touchdown.
Cordarrelle Patterson had a big day on special teams. Again, stop us if you’ve heard that one before. His big day was capped off by this play on special teams.
Sure, the Bears won today. Matt Nagy will spin this game as a positive. Wins are great, but this was the same old story for the Bears. The only difference today was the team on the opposite side of the ball was somehow worse than them. Had the Giants converted their two missed field goals, the Bears might be 4-7 heading into their Thanksgiving matchup with the Lions this Thursday.
Truth be told, the Bears are simply not a good football team at this point. There is plenty of blame to go around. The quarterback makes too many mistakes. The head coach is out-thinking himself. The general manager has missed far too many times in the first round of the draft. All of these factors contribute to this team falling on their faces this season. All of that was exemplified in an ugly win at Soldier Field Sunday afternoon.
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