Another Bears game went down to the wire and John Fox and Adam Gase have no one to blame but themselves for the 23-20 loss to the Minnesota Vikings at Soldier Field. Despite losing Matt Forte and Eddie Royal to knee injuries, both did not return, horrible and predictable play calling doomed the Bears in this one and left the Vikings with too many chances. Every first down the Bears seemingly ran the ball up the middle or executed some sort of wide receiver screen for little to no gain. This caused the Bears to routinely be behind in the down and distance and the game slipped away.
Jay Cutler went 22 of 33 for 211 yards and one touchdown. Cutler also ran for another. After Cutler ran for a 4 yard touchdown with 4:55 left in the fourth quarter to take a 20-13 Chicago lead, the Bears promptly let the Vikings march down the field and score on a 40 yard Teddy Bridgewater pass to Stefon Diggs tying the game at 20. The Bears promptly went 3 and out thanks to a drop on 3rd down by Bears backup running back Jeremy Langford. After getting the ball after a Bears punt, Teddy Bridgewater launched a 35 yard prayer up in the air that was caught by Vikings WR Charles Johnson for a 35 yard gain putting the Vikings in position for the game winning field goal. Blair Walsh trotted on the field two plays later and kicked the game-winning 36 yard field goal.
The Bears defense actually played pretty good, only allowing 16 points. Bridgewater was largely pedestrian going 17 for 30 for 187 with one touchdown and one interception. Adrian Peterson had 102 yards on 20 carries but was largely held in check as his longest run was only 12 yards. The other 7 points scored on the Bears were allowed by the Bears pitiful special teams as they allowed a 65 yard Marcus Sherels punt return for a touchdown in the second quarter. Sherels went basically untouched and no one was even close to making the tackle on the punt. It was the third kick return allowed for a touchdown this year. Besides the kicking brilliance by Robbie Gould, the Bears special teams have been awful and you have to wonder if special teams coordinator Jeff Rodgers will survive over the next couple of weeks as the Bears are now 2-5 from losing from bad and predictable play calling, bad execution and horrible special teams play. Where is Dave Toub when you need him?
The Bears go on the road for Monday night football next week vs the 2-6 San Diego Chargers.