The Chicago Bears’ defense was terrible on Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers.
The Awful: The Defense
I think only Joe Montana in the 1988 NFC Championship Game quarterbacked a better game in a 49ers’ uniform at Soldier Field than Garoppolo. The Bears’ defense made him look like a Hall of Famer.
The pass rush was non-existent, giving Garoppolo all day to pick apart the secondary. Granted, it was without Khalil Mack but Robert Quinn and Akiem Hicks both returned. There were no takeaways. Cornerback Kindle Vildor allowed Samuel to go wherever he wanted to on the field.
The run defense was pretty bad. They got pushed around all game. The go-ahead score was like watching the entire defensive line getting pushed into the fifth row.
The 49ers’ time of possession was only 22:49 and they ran 54 plays. However, they gained 467 yards and averaged 11.5 yards through the air to go with 5.6 yards on the ground.
Circling back to Vildor, he made Samuel look like Jerry Rice and Terrell Owens, two legendary Bear killers, out there.
The Bears’ defense struggled to tackle all game. The only bright sport was Deandre Houston-Carson. He came in for an injured Eddie Jackson and had six tackles and one pass break-up. Houston-Carson also showed some wheels and determination as he raced down Samuel to stop him from taking that 83-yard gain to the house.
The defense has given up 92 points during this current three-game losing streak. On a day where the Bears offense did enough to win, it was the defense that was the reason for this loss.