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3 Good, 3 Bad – Week 8 review

After Sunday’s loss in New Orleans the Bears head into the bye at 3-5. It seems a good time to take a breath and review another week full of controversy.

The Good

  • Despite being inactive, the Bears addressed a vital need this week by drafting Dontelle Inman. He has a lot of attributes the Bears are lacking in this position, experience, good hands and knows how to get in the end zone.

 

  • Tarik Cohen is exciting. He has been criminally underused lately and when he is being used it is just running into brick walls. His stats look poor. 4 rushes for 2 yards. He hasn’t been getting the volume but the human joystick showed he is exciting and the Bears have a pair of very good backs with his return for 46 yards. He did also get in the end-zone with a Payton-esque leap. He is a promising and exciting player. I just hope Dowell Loggins can improve his awful play-calling and get him more involved in the offense.

 

  • It is not ground-breaking but Jordan Howard is a stud. He rushed for over a 100 yards and he has truly extinguished any doubts he would be a one-season wonder. Just imagine what he would be able to do if the Bears had a more balance team and the opposition didn’t just stack the box against him. He is an elite back and we are lucky to be able to watch him for years to come.

The Bad

  • Not for the first time, the Bears have suffered poor officiating and this was no different on Sunday. The Bears had a legitimate touchdown overruled. The Catch rule seriously needs reviewing, it is the most confusing in all of sports and leads to unprecedented levels of confusion and anger. Austin Seferian-Jenkins had a legitimate touchdown overruled to the bewilderment of many against the Patriots and this time it was out Tight End that suffered in more ways than one. It should have been a touchdown which could have changed the course of the game. During the play Zach Miller landed awkwardly and badly dislocated his knee and also had arterial damage. Thankfully the surgery seems to have been successful and I wish Zach all the best in his recovery as it was reported he was at danger of losing his leg if the surgery was not successful.

 

  • Connor Barth. In a game of tight margins, you can’t afford to have a kicker missing as much as Barth. He is now 2 for 5 on field goals between 40 and 49 yards. He is also 1 for 2 on field goals over 50 yards. If the Bears are looking to continue to improve the franchise a more reliable kicker is an absolute necessity.

 

  • As you may have heard linebacker Jerrell Freeman has been suspended for 10 games for violating the NFL policy on performance enhancing substances. It is clear from the statement made by the player he has been struggling with memory loss which is simply frightening for a 31 year old. I would sincerely hope that both the Bears and the NFL reach out and provide the player the support needed and continue to look into the issues regarding head injuries and memory problems which seems to be becoming more prevalent.
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