What we learned from the Chicago Bears loss to the Packers

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The defensive performance was not to standard

The Chicago Bears’ defense was not horrible, but they should have played a lot better. They gave up the big plays today that they have not given up the past few weeks. When they needed to make a stop in the fourth quarter, they failed.

I love the attitude that Pernell McPhee plays with, but he is so slow. He also broke containment by crashing towards the inside, which allowed Brett Hundley to escape the pocket for a first down. This eventually led to a touchdown reception by Davante Adams, which made it 23-13 in the 4th.

Speaking of that touchdown by Adams, the defender on the play was Kyle Fuller. I have been so happy for Fuller, because he has been playing so well. However, the game he played today was ugly.


He dropped an interception, gave up a touchdown and he gave up a deep pass to Adams late in the fourth quarter, which could have sealed it (Mason Crosby missed the field goal).

Fuller has played extremely well up to this point, so hopefully today was just a small bump in the road.

This defense clearly missed the presence of linebacker Danny Trevathan. Nick Kwiatkoski and Christian Jones were not bad, but they are not the pro bowl level caliber of Trevathan. He was certainly missed on this 37-yard touchdown run by Ty Montgomery. By the way, Jordy Nelson should have been called for a hold on safety Eddie Jackson.

All in all, it was not the defense’s best day. However, they were good against the New Orleans Saints last week, and were at an elite level against the Carolina Panthers and Baltimore Ravens.

This is too large of a sample size for us to give up on this defense. Let’s see how they look next week against the Detroit Lions.