The Bears falter on the road against rival Detroit

The Bears falter on the road against rival Detroit
DETROIT, MI - DECEMBER 11: Josh Bellamy #11 of the Chicago Bears makes an attempt on the ball against Darius Slay #23 of the Detroit Lions late in the fourth quarter at Ford Field on December 11, 2016 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images)

Penalties and lack of capitalizing cost the Bears on Sunday afternoon in a 20-17 loss to the first place Detroit Lions.

Yeah, that’s right the Lions are in the lead in the NFC North at 9-4 despite some mediocre football in Week 14.

After stopping Detroit on its opening drive, the Bears’ offense went right down the field. Jordan Howard carried the ball for five yards to the Lions 10-yard line and then two straight penalties moved the Bears back. A false start and a delay of game pushed them away from a good touchdown situation.

Connor Barth drilled a 38-yarder and the Bears took a lead.

Two quick touchdowns in the second half gave the Bears another lead after they trailed 13-3 for a while. Cameron Meredith had a 31-yard receiving touchdown on a nice lead pass by Matthew Barkley. Then, in the fourth quarter, Cre’Von LeBlanc jumped a route and took an interception 24 yards to the house.

Detroit answered on the following drive with a rushing touchdown by Matthew Stafford after Mitch Unrein couldn’t come close to bringing Stafford down.

A couple of holding calls negated big catches from Meredith and Daniel Braverman downfield.

The penalties were glaring all day long especially on the Bears side. In the first half, both teams were slapped with infractions from Jeff Triplette’s crew. The final 30 minutes were one-sided with pass interference, holding and various calls against the Bears.

Losing is better off for the Bears in long run especially with the New York Jets winning. Behind Cleveland, San Francisco and Jacksonville in the draft order, the Bears are now fourth there.

With three games left, it is still about assessing the roster. The cornerbacks played well in Bryce Callahan (two pass breakups), LeBlanc (one interception, four pass breakups) and Demontre Hurst (one interception).

The Bears will play host to Green Bay who just smoked Seattle on Sunday.

Three main takeaways

-Barkley continues to play well. He completed 20-of-32 of 212 yards and a touchdown. He was sacked only once on the day and played poised football despite drops and ugly penalties.

-In the backfield, Howard had 110 total yards on 15 touches. The fifth round rookie needs 269 rushing yards to tie Matt Forte’s rookie rushing record set back in 2008.

-Leonard Floyd played well with three tackles (one tackle for a loss and a pass breakup). Meredith did as well with six receptions for 72 yards while catching his third touchdown this season.

Thoughts on the state of the Bears?

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  • Man those refs really screwed us kver. We can't get anything to go our way... stupid replacement refs...

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