What we learned from the Chicago Bears loss to the Lions

(Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
(Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) /
1 of 3

Let’s see what we learned from the Chicago Bears 27-24 loss to the Detroit Lions. It was a thrilling game that came down to one team having a good kicker, while the other does not.

The Chicago Bears lost another divisional game. Something that has been a staple of the John Fox era. This one was a 27-24 loss to the Detroit Lions, which came down to the very end.

The game started off on a high note for the Chicago Bears. They received the opening kickoff and had a 13 play, 70-yard drive, which ended in a 23-yard field goal by Connor Barth. Then, they went up 10-0 on a one-yard Mitch Trubisky touchdown pass to tight end Adam Shaheen.

In the second quarter, Trubisky mishandled a snap from center Cody Whitehair, and Lions’ cornerback DJ Hayden was able to pick it up and run it 27 yards for a touchdown. Chicago Bears’ running back Jordan Howard ran in a touchdown from 12 yards out, which made it 17-7.

However, Lions’ quarterback was able to throw a 28-yard touchdown to wide receiver Marvin Jones. Then, Stafford threw a two-yard touchdown to running back Ameer Abdullah, which gave the Lions a 21-17 lead at halftime.

No scoring happened in the third quarter, but Lions’ kicker Matt Prater made a 27-yard field goal to extend their lead to 24-17. The Chicago Bears responded with a 15-yard touchdown run by running back Tarik Cohen. With 1:35 left, Prater kicked a 52-yard field goal to put the Lions up 27-24.

Barth missed the potential game-tying 46-yard field goal. And it wasn’t even close to the uprights. There is absolutely no reason why he should be on the team next Sunday. It’s time to either sign Cairo Santos or another available kicker.