The Chicago Bears fell 24-21 to the Washington Redskins this afternoon at Soldier Field in Chicago.   John Fox and Adam Gase had another poorly managed, poorly called game for 3 quarters, turned it on in the fourth quarter but it was too little, too late.   Robbie Gould, who has missed his last 3 kicks, missed a 5o yard field goal attempt in the fourth quarter with 1:40 remaining that would have tied the game at 24.   With 3 games remaining, Gould is probably in the final stretch of his Bears career.  Gould has missed 6 kicks this year and with the exception of a few extra points the last few weeks, has contributed very little of the last month.   The 6 missed kicks are the most Gould has had since 2005.  Gould makes too much money and runs his mouth too much for this new administration to keep him around much longer.   It can be argued that Gould hasn’t been the same kicker for two years and a half years now.  He missed a field goal 3 years ago in the season finale versus the Vikings that would have sent the Bears to 11-5 in 2013.  He ended last year on injured reserve and this year is faltering when it matters most.

Jay Cutler was very good with the exception of a costly fumble in the second quarter.  Cutler finished 19 for 31 for 315 yards and two touchdowns.  He was efficient and gave his team a chance to win for the second consecutive week which is all you can ask.  Cutler was victim of some dropped passes by Bears running backs as well as having no other receivers other than Alshon Jeffrey get open.  Jeffrey finished with 6 catches for 107 yards and a touchdown.

The Bears defense played well enough to win but once again Chicago failed to put together a complete game on offense.  Kirk Cousins was 24-31 for 300 with one touchdown and one interception.  The Bears defense forced 3 sacks, Kyle Fuller has his 2nd interception of the year, but the Chicago defense could not contain Jordan Reed for Washington.   Reed finished 9 catches for 120 yards and 1 touchdown.

With this loss Chicago is officially eliminated from playoff contention, the best they can finish is 8-8.   The Redskins improve to 6-7 and won their first game all year on the road.  They remain in a tie for first place in the NFC East.    The Bears try to spoil the Minnesota Vikings playoff hopes next week in Minnesota.

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