It seems that the 2013 Chicago Bears are doomed, not completely however.
The redzone play calling was horrendous, the run defense was pathetic and the boneheaded penalties certainly didn't help on Sunday.
The Rams simply beat up the Bears, who disappointed plenty after such an amazing comeback win over Baltimore the previous week.
By the numbers:
Rams backfield - 258 rushing yards including an average of 8.9 yards per rush.
Bears penalties - 10 flags for 84 yards.
Goal-line duties - seven carries, negative five yards for Michael Bush.
Linebacker contributions - 14 tackles, one sack combined for Khaseem Greene (6), Jon Bostic (5) and James Anderson (3).
The Bears' defense has so many glaring problems it is ridiculous. We all knew with all the key injuries and rookies plugged into the scheme it wasn't going to be easy.
But they can't stop anyone.
Honestly how bad is Chris Conte?
The young safety made a terrible read on a Tavon Austin touchdown and was consistently in wrong spots which hurt him and his team all afternoon.
I think it's time to give Anthony Walters or Craig Steltz a shot at least they can tackle running backs, right?
Even when Rams starting running back Zac Stacy left with an injury, undrafted rookie Benny Cunningham gashed the Bears for huge gains.
Corey Wootton was invisible today. Landon Cohen, Christian Tupou, Tracey Robertson simply aren't good enough to help ease the losses of Henry Melton, Nate Collins and most recently Stephen Paea.
The linebacker play continues to be bad. Anderson is slow and Bostic is still learning, which is proving costly. Rams tight end Jared Cook made things look easy against Bostic and Co.
The defense has its problems, but so does the offense. The redzone play calling is really unacceptable. Bears head coach Marc Trestman was stubborn and unimaginative in St. Louis.
How many times can you hand it to an underachieving Bush, who quite frankly hasn't done anything this year?
How they decided to give Bush the ball on a key fourth-and-goal trailing 24-14 in the third quarter is beyond me.
The penalties hurt the Bears for the second straight week. They hurt themselves often on numerous drives as the officiating crew lost control of the game plenty as well. But in the end it was the Bears' mistakes that cost them.
The talent on offense is there for the Bears. That is quite obvious.
The offensive line is very talented, Brandon Marshall, Alshon Jeffery, Martellus Bennett and even Earl Bennett have all the talent in the world to carry this team all season long.
Matt Forte (117 total yards) lost a fumble early which proved costly, but he is a perfect fit in this offense because of his decision making and ability to make cuts in the open field.
Josh McCown (102.4 QB rating) played as good as you could in such a loud environment at the Edward Jones Dome.
At 6-5, the Bears are tied atop the NFC North with the Lions, who fell to a bad Bucs team on Sunday. The Packers tied the Vikings falling to 5-5-1 on the season.
The season isn't over yet for the Bears, but if they get manhandled like that again it will not only hurt their playoff chances, but it will hurt their confidence in the process.
Trestman and Co. has to find a way to keep this team motivated as they head into Minnesota next week.
Defensive tackles Stephen Paea and Jeremiah Ratliff and linebacker Lance Briggs would be a big boost to this struggling defense if they could return next week.
The good thing about the NFL is that it is a week-by-week league. The Bears may look terrible now, but they still have so much left.
Don't expect them to lay down for anybody in the near future even if their knocked out of the playoff race.
Plenty has to be done to fix these problems.
The defense is in trouble until it finds some fresh bodies, but the offense can improve especially in the redzone specifically inside the five-yard line.
Those improvements could lead to some more wins in the near future for the Bears. If they can be made.
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