It’s still hard to believe the Chicago Bears lost to the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday. The events that took place at Soldier Field were not pretty and the Bears should be embarrassed after blowing yet another game that should have been their third win of the year.
Leading 20-13 with under five minutes left in the fourth quarter, the Bears allowed 10 straight points as the Vikings picked up their first victory in Chicago since the 2007 season.
The Bears’ defense held their own for the most part against a Minnesota offense that featured Adrian Peterson all day. Peterson had 20 carries for 103 yards, but his long on the afternoon was only 12.
Teddy Bridgewater was not very good until late in the game. His lone touchdown on the day was to a wide-open Stefon Diggs to tie things up with 1:49 left.
To make matters worse running back Matt Forte suffered a knee injury late in third quarter that Fox Sports insider Jay Glazer called an MCL sprain after the game. That would mean a multi-week absence at the very least.
Enough recapping it could really make any Bears fan sick. This team is resilient we know that, but again the good teams find ways to win in the end and for the second consecutive game, John Fox’s group failed to do that.
–Alshon Jeffery continues to shine now that he’s fully healthy. He had a game-high 10 receptions for 116 yards and a touchdown as he served as Jay Cutler’s top target once again. His 21-yard touchdown grab late in the first half to the game at 10 was absolutely incredible. Cutler delivered the strike over two defenders. Jeffery now has 18 grabs for 263 yards and two touchdowns in his last two games.
-Speaking of Cutler he had his most complete game of the year with 22-of-33 passes completed for 221 yards, a passing touchdown and a physical rushing touchdown. Cutler kept the Bears in the ballgame throughout and played well against a solid Vikings front.
-Bears’ running backs Matt Forte and Jeremy Langford combined for 87 yards on 22 carries. Forte left with a knee injury early in the third quarter on a tough hit. Langford replaced him and added a team-high 46 rushing yards on 12 attempts. However, Langford’s drop on the team’s final drive of the game forced a punt and the rest was history.
-Outside linebacker Pernell McPhee continues to be the lone asset in the pass rush. He leads the defense in sacks, adding his fifth on Sunday. He had three tackles overall and a quarterback hit. McPhee needs help to be even more successful.
-Second-year linebacker Christian Jones finished tied with rookie safety Adrian Amos with five tackles.
-Special teamer and reserve wide receiver Marc Mariani hadn’t recorded a reception since 2011 with Tennessee. He made one heck of a 19-yard catch in this game on a beautiful Cutler strike in between two Viking defenders.
–Sherrick McManis played three snaps on defense in the fourth quarter and he was a liability once again. He gave up the game-tying touchdown from Diggs and with Bryce Callahan on the sideline, McManis did the Bears in. Up until that point, the Bears’ defense hadn’t allowed a touchdown and Callahan was performing well in the slot. He left with a concussion.
-The first half play calling was very lackadaisical from offensive coordinator Adam Gase. Until the Jeffery touchdown with under one minute left in the second quarter, Gase looked afraid to let Cutler loose. The wildcat package was once again useless and the quick hits were not working. Jeffery didn’t have a reception of 10 yards or more until that touchdown drive.
-Wide receiver Eddie Royal is getting nicked up each week. He suffered a knee injury in the first half and did not return. The slot man totaled three receptions for two yards and had a run on an end around for a loss of one. Marquess Wilson and Marc Mariani soaked up his snaps.
–Robbie Gould’s missed 51-yarder with under two minutes left in the third quarter may have come back to bite the Bears. I’m not saying Gould was a problem at all, but the special teams unit continues to struggle. The 65-yard Marcus Sherels punt return touchdown in the first quarter was ugly. Most of the cover team went to the wrong side. Josh Bellamy was held and no flag was thrown, but Jeff Rodgers’ unit has not been good overall.
The Detroit loss was on the coaches, this was one, on the other hand was on the players. The talent level is just no there and it’s certainly showing especially late in games.
The secondary is very weak and when the pass rush is not consistent offenses will keep taking advantage of that. You have to wonder why Alan Ball wasn’t on the field with Callahan injured. Ball was signed to a one-year, $3 million this off-season to replace Charles Tillman. Why is he on the bench then?
The Bears travel to San Diego to take on the Chargers (2-6) on Sunday Night Football. The Chargers have allowed 20 or more points in all eight games this season.