The Seahawks came off their bye and into Soldier Field ready to play. The Bears on the other hand, fell asleep at the wheel. If the Bears had any momentum going into this game after winning on the road at Carolina without Jay Cutler, it is now all gone. Fortunately, the Bears are still own the NFC North and are tied for the best record in the NFC.
The Bears should have learned a few things over the past couple weeks.
The first lesson that should have been learned was that the Bears cannot
allow Cutler to drop back to pass 70% of the snaps.
offensive line is inexperienced and have failed to protect Cutler. The
last time Cutler played, he was sacked 9 times and suffered a concussion
that knocked out for a week. Today Cutler was sacked 6 times. Everyone is at fault here - Mike Martz for his predictable play calling, the offensive line for missing assignments, Cutler for not recognizing the blitzes and the running backs for not making the right reads.
Next, against the Panthers, the Bears ran the
ball because they had to. Sure, a good chunk of the running game's success
against the Panther came on Matt Forte's touchdown run but at least you
can somewhat keep opposing defenses off-balanced.
Against the Seahawks, the Bears called 39 pass plays compared to only 14
running plays. Two running plays were because Cutler had to scramble.
Everyone knows the Bears are going to pass first.
Coming into the game, the Seahawks were ranked 31st in the passing
defense but this doesn't mean the Bears should have dialed up 39
passing plays compared to only 12 running plays. This is totally inexcusable
because the Bears are simply not good enough to drop back to pass almost
every play. The Bears are not the 99 Rams and 07 Patriots. They need