Even though the Bears came home with a victory to stop their two game skid, there are still a lot of issues with the offense.
The Bears established the run and stuck with it the entire game as Mike Martz dialed up 31 rushing plays. Matt Forte rushed for 205 yards, second most in team history and a career high. The team rushed for 224 yards total. Marion Barber also pitched in with a touchdown run. The offense relied on Forte again as he made up for most of the Bears total yardage. This offense revolves around Forte but playmakers will have to emerge to take the burden off him.
Only 17 passing plays were called and when Jay Cutler dropped back to pass, he was inconsistent and the wide receivers again didn't do him any favors either. Cutler was only 9-17 for 102 yards and was sacked once for a nine yard loss. The offense was 3-10 on third downs and held the ball for only a little over than 26 minutes.
The offfense's inconsistencies are glaring as they were again inefficient on third down. The lack of execution and imagination kept stalling drives, forcing the Bears' the defense to be on the field too often.
Against the Panthers, the offense controlled the ball for only 26:31. Against the Packers, the Bears only had the ball for 22:31 and against the Saints, only 23:46. In the season opener against the Falcons, the Bears won the time of possession by controlling the ball for 33:19.
If the offense cannot sustain drives and control the clock, the defense will get worn out and continue to get slashed. If the defense continues to stay on the field, they will show their age quickly and get worn out faster as the season progresses.
The Bears will have to control the clock against the Lions this Monday night to have any chance. The offense will have to take the pressure of the defense as they have already been on the field too long this season.This criticism can be pointed towards the defense too as they are not doing their part in pressuring the quarterback enough but more on that in a later post.
Martz has been criticized by dialing up pass plays and ignoring the run and Sunday was a complete opposite. The league is a passing league and the Bears will have to be more efficient with their passing game while they keep defenses off-balanced with the run.