The Chicago Bears lost their fifth straight game to the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday afternoon. Once again, it was a disheartening loss as it came down to the wire with a score of 16-13. The Chicago Bears held a late lead only to see it slip away in the waning moments of the game. Now, it’s time to forget about the playoffs. The moment has come where the organization, the coaches, the players, and the fans are on “Fire Nagy” watch. The currently losing streak marks Head Coach Matt Nagy’s third consecutive year with such a stretch of failures.
- 2019: 4 game losing streak
- 2020: 6 game losing streak
- 2021: 5 game losing streak (active)
After nearly upsetting the Pittsburgh Steelers two weeks ago on Monday Night Football, the Bears had two weeks to prepare. However, it seems the time given due to the bye week was not enough against the Baltimore Ravens. Any and all momentum, offensively, from the Steelers game, vanished in an instant on Sunday. As a result, Matt Nagy’s post-bye Week record fell to 0-4.
As for the game itself, it was an embarrassment. The Bears lost a very winnable game in the only way they know how to. The Chicago Bears way and the Matt Nagy way. Nevertheless, here are the main takeaways from an extremely frustrating loss to the Ravens.
The 22-year old didn’t fare very well against the Ravens. He had a few flashes but the overall body of work was lackluster. However, to no fault of his own. It’s important to keep in mind he’s a rookie quarterback working with a dunce HC and a suboptimal offensive structure. Nonetheless, Justin Fields posted the following stat line:
- Completions: 4
- Attempts: 11
- Completion %: 36.3
- Yards: 79
- Yds/Att: 7.2
- Touchdowns: 0
- Interceptions: 0
- Sacks: 2
- Sack Yards: 1
- Quarterback Rating: 62.3
Not all the struggles fall on Fields. The offensive game plan and execution weren’t very good. There was tons of sloppiness all around. Which include multiple drops and other instances of miscommunication on route running assignments. To make matters worse, early in the third quarter Justin Fields exited the game after suffering a rib injury. Then, after visiting the blue medical tent he went into the locker room. Ultimately, he was ruled out for the remainder game.
Instantly, Andy Dalton checks into the game and provides a spark to the offense. It only took two plays to march the offense eighty-three yards for a touchdown. Which includes a 60-yard screen pass that Darnell Mooney took to the house.
In addition, Dalton provided the Soldier Field crowd some late heroics…albeit it didn’t last long. After a false start on 4th and 6 by Jason Peters, Dalton changed the play at the line of scrimmage. Thus, resulting in this prayer on 4th and 11 with just under two minutes left in the game. Which gave the Chicago Bears a lead, momentarily.
As a whole, Dalton posted the following stats: 11-23 (47.8%), 201 yards (8.7 yds/att), 2 TD, 0 INT. Which was good for QB Rating of 107.3. This is quite impressive for a guy coming in cold off the bench in relief of the starting QB.
Offense: First Half
The first half of football was awfully bad. This is what the drive-by-drive chart looked like
- First Drive: Missed Field Goal (10 plays, 64 yards)
- Second Drive: Punt (3 plays, 3 yards)
- Third Drive: Fumble (5 plays, 44 yards)
- Fourth Drive: Punt (5 plays, 15 yards)
- Fifth Drive: End of Half (1 play, 5 yards)
As a result, the Bears netted 24 plays for 131 yards. Which averages out to 5.5 yards per play. On top of all of that, the Bears had zero points to show for it.
Offense: Second Half
In the second half of the game, the Bears picked up the scoring a little bit. As well as, gained a significant portion of their yards
- Sixth Drive: Punt (6 plays, 26 yards)
- Seventh Drive: Touchdown (2 plays, 83 yards)
- Eighth Drive: Punt (5 plays, 16 yards)
- Ninth Drive: Turnover on Downs (4 plays, 9 yards)
- Tenth Drive: Punt (3 plays, 3 yards)
- Eleventh Drive: Touchdown (10 plays, 75 yards)
- Twelfth Drive: End of game (4 plays, 5 yards)
As a result, the Bears ran 34 plays for 217 yards. Which was good for an average of 6.4 yards per play. They also scored all thirteen of their points in the second half.
Overall, the Chicago Bears had twelve drives for a total of 57 plays. They racked up 353 yards of offense and averaged 6.1 yards per play. Of which, 261 yards came through the passing game.
- Yards: 261
- Attempts: 34
- Sacks: 3
- Yards/Attempt: 7.1
Likewise, the remaining 92 yards came from the running game.
- Yards: 92
- Rushes: 20
- Yards/Rush: 4.6
Additionally, the Bears logged only one turnover on offense when Justin Fields fumbled in the early stages of the game. Although, the troubling aspect of the offense was the lack of more commitment to the running attack. As a result, the Bears lost the battle of time of possession 38:50 to 21:10. Thus being on the field nearly eighteen minutes less than the opponent is not a recipe for success.
Third and Fourth Downs
The efficiency on third down continues to be a problem for the Chicago Bears. Against the Ravens, they successfully picked up only two of eleven 3rd down attempts. A success rate of 18.18% is unacceptable.
On the other hand, the Bears converted two of their three fourth-down attempts. Which is a 66.7% success rate. Overall, combined they were 4-for-14 on third and fourth downs.
After their 12 penalty game, against the Steelers, the Bears cleaned up their act. Well, sort of. During the game, the refs threw the yellow handkerchief six for 58 yards on the Bears.
Heading into this game, the Chicago Bears defense was without Khalil Mack, Danny Trevathan, Eddie Jackson, and Akiem Hicks. Given those circumstances, they did pretty well. However, they’ve developed of crumbling late in games when it matters most. Once again, and for the second straight game, the defense couldn’t hold a lead.
As a unit, they did a pretty good job holding the Ravens offense in check. Mind you, the Ravens were without Lamar Jackson and Marquise Brown. Overall, Sean Desai’s guys allowed 299 yards on 76 plays. Which was good for 3.9 yards per play. The Bears secondary allowed 176 of those yards. Although, the run defense has been shaky the last few games and was once more. They allowed 123 yards on the ground. It’s hard to ask a defense to do much more than limit the damage. Which they did by stifling the Ravens offense to only 16 points. As well as recording six sacks on the afternoon.
However, they did allow the Ravens to pick up seven of their sixteen 3rd downs. Which was 43.75% of their attempts. Although, they did limit the Ravens to 1 of 3 in the red zone. Aside from the lapses in coverage, the Bears allowed backup QB Tyler Huntley to pick them apart. The second-string QB had himself a nice day. Huntley posted the following stats:
- 26-36 (72.2%)
- 219 yards (6.1 yds/att)
- 0 TD
- 1 INT
- 76.0 QB Rating
Of course, the lone INT was a thing of beauty. Nicely done, Tashaun Gipson.
While Khalil Mack is out it’ll be incumbent on Robert Quinn to step up. So far, he has done just that. The Ravens game was next level though. Quinn logged 5 tackles, 4 of them solo, and 3 for a loss. This doesn’t include his 3.5 sacks. Which happens to be a career-high.
As well as forcing a fumble. He recorded a majority of the Bears’ six sacks. In fact, Quinn now leads the team in sacks (10). Take a bow, sir.
- 17 tackles
- 12 solo
- 2 tackles for a loss
Of course, he did majority of the work before halftime.
Nevertheless, Roquan will be back in 2022 under the 5th year option at $9.735M. However, it’s a shame that the Bears haven’t extended him yet.
The Matt Nagy era is over. At least, it will be in seven short weeks. It’s inevitable. There are no signs that show he should or will be back. That goes double for his coaching staff. In the Matt Nagy era, the Bears are 0-4 following a Bye Week. Now, Nagy’s record is 31-27 overall in the regular season and 0-2 in the playoffs. In fact, after his 12-4 season in 2018, the Bears have gone 19-23. The offense hasn’t improved and the Bears have gone through five QBs.
In general, Matt Nagy has been a mediocre head coach and a dreadful offensive mind. The Ravens game may have been one of this worst as a head caoch. Never mind the offensive scheme, game-plan, and play-calling. Just strictly as HC was woeful. There were too many bizarre decisions or lack thereof. His team remains undisciplined and they refuse to put the most valuable asset in a position to succeed. In case that is not bad enough, they had two weeks to prepare for this game. Yet, the team comes out and performs like that. This coach and his staff have been utter and colossal failures since the one offseason in 2018.
Hopefully, the McCaskey’s (Virginia and George) and their glorified accountant (Ted Phillips) are listening…because the fans made their feelings known.
When the reporters report what’s going on at the game, it’s bad.
Hopefully, the same ones reporting it and covering the team ask or have asked Nagy about it. Anyways, the Nagy era is pretty much over.
These final seven weeks are just about going through the motions, hopefully. Actually, it would be hard to believe anything can save the HC at this point. Unless the ownership is that dunce and thinks otherwise.
Nuggets and Tidbits
The ship is sinking. All because the Captain doesn’t know how to pilot the damn thing. Furthermore, his co-Captain is just clueless as he is. The Bears are 3-7 and the season is a wash. They can’t keep losing winnable games because there are some actual difficult opponents coming up. Of course, this season doesn’t mean anything in the overall picture which is Justin Fields. However, Fields left the game with a rib injury and is likely to miss the next game. His development and the development of the other young, core players are of the essence. But, they can’t leave Nagy and company in charge of that.
A depleted Bears team lost to an equally depleted Ravens team. However, the preparation lacked and it showed. The game plan stunk, the play-calling stunk and the execution stunk. It was all around a sloppy stink fest.
What’s On Tap Next for the Chicago Bears?
Well, for the 3-7 Chicago Bears it’s a Thanksgiving matinee on Thursday, November 25th over at Ford Field in Detroit. As they take on the 0-9-1 Detroit Lions at 11:30 am CT on FOX. Hopefully, for the rest of us, it’s a Thanksgiving meal and some quality time with family and/or friends. The Lions are coming off a 13-10 loss to the Cleveland Browns. Both the Bears and Lions have a plethora of issues including injuries. However, the Lions are a scrappy team and are led by D’Andre Swift and T.J Hockenson.
Despite Jared Goff missing action this week, it is unclear if he will play the Bears on Thursday. Otherwise, it’s looking like the Bears will get another backup in Tim Boyle. The Bears certainly do not want to be the Lions’ first win of the year. The pressure will be on and hopefully having a few key players back will help.
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