Week Ten: What We Learned about the Chicago Bears...We Aren't Thankful for Them.

Chris MurphyAnalyst INovember 23, 2009

CHICAGO - NOVEMBER 22: Greg Olsen #82 of the Chicago Bears walks off the field with teammates at the end of the Bears' last offensive series against the Philadelphia Eagles at Soldier Field on November 22, 2009 in Chicago, Illinois. The Eagles defeated the Bears 24-20. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Just like the Chicago Bears, I press on with my mistake rather than fixing it and continue to headline my articles a week behind due to forgetting the bye week many moons ago.  I stick with the motto of the Chicago Bears: "If it's broke, don't fix it, sign it to an extension."

So please refrain from commenting on the headline.  Or you could be like Tab Bamford and be the only one to comment on the headline weeks after I said it would be an ongoing joke only to then whine your way to the top of B/R to get the comments removed when I bring up the fact you posted your article on the blog of the idiotic, but extremely tan, Comcast Sports Net/WGN Radio babbler Dave Kaplan for his immaculate approval. 

But I know you won't do that because you, loyal reader, know if the headline is the biggest problem you have with an article, there is no problem. 

Clearly B/R gives special treatment to Taylor University football players.  I hope one day to have the time and ego to post my dated blogger accomplishments in my profile like Tab. 

One can only dream.

But back to business.  In a huge shocker, the Bears lost with the final offensive play being a Jay Cutler interception...again.

All the Bears essentially have to do now to make the playoffs is beat the Vikings twice, Ravens, Rams, Packers, and Lions.



The Bears offense combines two negatives, an awful offensive line and a quarterback who forces the ball, and nothing positive comes of it.  Add in receivers who can't run routes or catch any difficult pass with a now self-conscious quarterback and you have an equation that equals L.  

Cutler completed 24 of 43 passes for 171 yards.  That's 7.1 yards per completion with his longest being to Earl Bennett for 23 yards.  Three times Cutler overthrew receptions which would have led to touchdowns. 

Cutler was clearly playing timidly, not keeping his feet and continuing to stare down receivers, which essentially led to his only interception, sealing the loss.  Only once did Cutler seem to get into a groove which led to a 15-yard touchdown pass to Kellen Davis, the Bears first touchdown in six quarters.

I'm running out of excuses for Jay Cutler.  He seems to be a different quarterback every game, but this latest version of Cutler was hard to watch.  He was like a frightened child.

The offensive line was awful as usual forcing Cutler immediately out of the pocket and producing no running game while adding the occasional penalty to round things out.  Between Cutler, Matt Forte, and Kahlil Bell, the Bears rushed for 126 yards on 20 carries, but 72 of them came on one play, which I'm sure will lead to genius Bears fans calling for Bell to start over Forte.

Forte had 34 yards rushing on 14 carries.  Runs up the middle physically do not work for the Bears as their line apparently blocks with invisible boulders attached to their legs.  

Robbie Gould, who scored 13 of the Bears 20 points, and Brad Maynard are the MVPs of the Bears offense.  


Defenses Can't Live and Die By the Turnover

Yes, forcing three fumbles and an interception is good, but giving up 377 total yards will not get things done.  Surviving on turnovers alone will not work.

A new week means a new career day for another running back as LeSean McCoy had his highest rushing total of his career finishing the day with 99 yards.

DeSean Jackson had his second-highest receiving day of the season finishing with 107 yards.

Once again, the Bears defense was unable to stop the main points of an offense and allowed the other parts of the offense to do their usual production.  "Keeping a team in the game" does not mean giving up 24 points, 14 of which coming via huge breakdowns by Hunter Hillenmeyer and Al Afalava.  

The Bears defensive line came out with one-and-a-half sacks.  An improvement from their normal sack total of one.


The Positive

The end of the season is six weeks away.

These articles will get shorter due to the fact I probably will stop watching Bears games.

There are new episodes of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia and The League this Thursday. (After Further Review: Nevermind, I was just informed there are not new episodes this week thanks to stupid Thanksgiving.  I'm sure we can find a way to blame the Bears for this one.)