Welcome to another season of Chicago Bears football. Football is back, sort of. Unfortunately tonight’s game at Soldier Field in Chicago was the equivalent of getting kicked in the testicles with a steel-toed boot. The Bears were crushed by the defending champion Denver Broncos 22-0. John Fox’s team didn’t even look like they belonged on the same field as the Broncos except late in the second half when Denver put in Paxton Lynch. He was sacked 2 of his first 3 plays and the Bears were able to contain the score when he entered the game.
This game was full of bad penalties, sloppy offense, horrible 3rd down defense and once again faulty special teams. Someone please tell me how Jeff Rodgers still has a job?. His special teams unit gave up a blocked punt for a touchdown and Marc Mariani returned a punt about 25 yards that was called back due to a penalty. The Bears also lost Ka’Deem Carey to a concussion and Cornelius Washington (who was very active) but he was injured twice during the game. No word on the how bad either injury is.
The Bears offensive line gave up 7 sacks, 5 in the first half when most of the starters were still in. Denver scored on their first possession despite Mark Sanchez attempting a left-handed pass on the 1st play of the game. They drove the field and Sanchez connected with Demaryius Thomas for a 32 yard touchdown pass. Jay Cutler was 3 of 4 for 18 yards and was sacked twice. A couple things were evident from this game.
- Zach Miller did not play due to his concussion and behind him the Bears do not have an NFL tightend on the roster. With White and Jeffrey drawing a lot of coverage, the middle of the field looks like it will be open a lot, I just do not know if they can exploit it.
- Leonard Floyd looks like he is being used wrong. The Bears were rushing him nearly every play he was in. While he maybe fast and quick, he was often pushed out of the way easily on certain plays because he is only 230 lbs. The Bears should be using him more like Jamie Collins than Aldon Smith.
- Is Matt Forte’s replacement even on this roster? Bears running backs rushed 17 times for 48 yards. Truly a horrid performance.
The Bears better get their act together as they travel to Foxboro next Thursday in a game against the New England Patriots where Tom Brady is expected to start. Luckily this was a game Allen Iverson likes to call ”practice” and we watched it so you did not have to. See ya next week.
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