It was not a good day for the defense.
Sanborn was about the only bright spot on defense. The unit continues to struggle now that Smith and Robert Quinn–traded to the Philadelphia Eagles–are no longer on the roster.
Cornerback Jaylon Johnson played hurt and it showed. He struggled most of the game and allowed Tom Kennedy to burn him for a 44-yard gain on Detroit’s fateful game-winning drive in the fourth quarter.
The secondary was already short-handed with Kindle Vildor not playing because of an injury. The Bears sent out two undrafted rookie free agents and the unit got gashed for 323 yards.
Goff looked outstanding, completing 19 of 26 passes for 236 yards. Amon-Ra St. Brown could not be stopped as he caught 10 passes for 119 yards.
The pass rush is non-existent unless a blitz is called. The Chicago Bears are lacking talent on defense. That is still no excuse for not being able to stop a team from scoring 14 fourth-quarter points.
The defense has allowed 94 points to be scored on them over the last three games.
General manager Ryan Poles needs to upgrade the front seven in the offseason if the Bears hope to turn things around in 2023. Otherwise, get used to seeing more of the offense scoring points and the defense allowing leads to slip away.