After facing a 17-point lead entering the second half of the game, the Chicago Bears were determined to implement the same strategy they did against the Cincinnati Bengals to begin the season.
On the second series of the the second half for the Bears, quarterback Jay Cutler–who had two interceptions in the first half –connected with wide receiver Alshon Jeffery on a 44-yard pass that put the Bears’ on the Lions’ 12-yard line. That pass set up a Robbie Gould field goal that brought the Bears to within two touchdowns of the Lions.
Cutler, however, threw his third interception of the game on the Bears’ next offensive series. As a result of the interception, the Lions’ offense on the legs of Reggie Bush drove the ball into the red zone. However, Matt Stafford threw his first interception of the game to Bears’ safety Major Wright.
The Bears failed to respond to the Lions’ turnover as Cutler recorded his fourth turnover of the game in the form of a fumble that was returned for a touchdown by Lions’ defensive tackle Nick Fairley.
A field goal by the Lions and a pair of touchdowns by Alshon Jeffery and Earl Bennett for the Bears is what led the final score to being 40-32. Though, the game was not as close as the score may have indicated.
For as good as Cutler was in the team’s first three games this season, that was how bad the Bears’ quarterback was against the Lions on Sunday. Granted, the Bears offensive line struggled in containing the Lions’ defensive line, but all four turnovers that the Bears made in this game was on the Bears’ quarterback.
On all three of the interceptions, Cutler either overthrew his receiver or forced the ball into double coverage. It was shades of the Cutler that struggled under the Bears’ previous regime. The Bears’ quarterback often held the ball too long in the pocket and then was forced to make bad throws when being pressured by the Lions’ defensive line. The same could be said on the fumble when Cutler held the ball too long before being sacked by Ndamukong Suh and losing the football.
The Bears had their opportunities in this game but failed to convert. Whether it was the four turnovers by Cutler or an inability to convert on third downs, the the success that the Bears had in the first three games of the season collapsed into failure on Sunday against the Lions.
On defense, the Bears were not any better. The Bears allowed Reggie Bush to have his way on offense. For the first time in his career, Bush ran for over 100 yards in one half of play. Ironically, the Bears’ managed to contain the Lions’ passing game as Lions’ quarterback was held for under 300 passing yards for only the second time this season.
There is one thing that should be taken away from this game for the Bears. This week will be the first week that the Bears are going to be facing adversity. This will be the week to watch Marc Trestman and how he responds to the Bears’ loss against the Lions. It doesn’t get easier for the Bears, though, as the team is facing the New Orleans Saints next Sunday. The Saints are undefeated entering their game against the Miami Dolphins on Monday.