Kyle Long’s angry look above explains everything you need to know from the Bears’ rough 38-17 blowout loss in Minnesota on Sunday.
Two offensive touchdowns on the day and a field goal is all the Bears managed against a Vikings defense that played without three of its top players (safety Harrison Smith, linebacker Anthony Barr, defensive tackle Linval Joseph).
Kept under 300 yards on the day along with two costly turnovers (a fumble and an interception), the Bears clearly lacked poise on both sides of the ball in a game against a Vikings group that could make a strong push in the postseason.
Here are some notes from the latest Bears loss.
-Rookie inside linebacker John Timu got the start next to Shea McClellin despite not playing at all on defense this season. He finished with a team-high nine tackles along with a tackle for a loss as the Bears’ defense held the Vikings running backs to a 3.6 yard average on the ground. Timu has two more weeks to prove he belongs and I have a hunch he will. Timu is a gifted tackler.
-Outside linebacker, well call him a defensive end Willie Young continues to shine as a pass rusher as he led the charge with a sack, a quarterback hit and two tackles for a loss on the day. Young now has 5.5 sacks in his last five games and is proving he can still play no matter what his position is on this defense.
–Matt Forte added 107 yards and a touchdown in the loss as he carried the ball just eight times for 47 yards and caught six passes for a team-high 57 yards. With each impressive play made, Forte’s value increases and that might price him out of the Bears’ range this off-season.
-In his third start in the place of injured Martellus Bennett, Zach Miller recorded six catches and 57 yards as he continues to progress as the top option over the middle. He’ll be re-signed this off-season without a doubt, but who knows what his role will be next season.
–Chris Prosinski struggled in coverage on Vikings change of pace back Jerick McKinnon as McKinnon burned him on two big third downs on the way to four grabs for 74 yards and a score. Prosinski is nothing more than a special teamer. The Bears need a stud next to rookie Adrian Amos to excel back there.
–Lamarr Houston, Will Sutton and Jarvis Jenkins may have combined for 11 tackles with Houston leading the trio with five, but they each had costly offsides infractions as Houston had two. The penalties have to stop, they are killing this team.
–Kyle Long allowed two sacks on the day including a strip sack fumble on Jay Cutler from defensive end Brian Robison. Long has been frustrated as of late with his play and he knows he has to be better. A possible move to left tackle in 2016 could be in the works.
Three straight losses stink at any point of the season, but the Bears are not only playing with little confidence, they are also banged up. This group has some talent to build around and 2016 should be an improvement throughout for John Fox’s unit.
The Bears will travel to Tampa Bay for their final road matchup on the year before hosting Detroit in Week 17.
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