The Chicago Bears came into this weekend with a little bit of hope. They were 0-3 but they were playing another 0-3 team so they had a chance to win. They felt even better considering the fact that the Denver Broncos gave up 70 the week prior.
They got out to a really good start. A 28-7 lead is usually good enough for an NFL team to hold off the opposition and win. That was not the case in this game. Plenty of mistakes made by the quarterback, defense, and coaching staff in the second half led to the 31-28 victory for the Broncos.
First, we’ll start with the quarterback. He played well in the first half. His entire game numbers look well too as he went 28/35 with 334 yards with four touchdowns and one interception. Unfortunately, stats don’t always tell the whole story.
Fields fumbled later in the game and the Broncos picked it up and tied the game. Later, down three, Fields threw a game-losing interception to sour what was an otherwise good game. This loss was not all on him but he doesn’t elevate his squad when they need him the most.
The Chicago Bears lost this game that they absolutely should have won.
The defense was Swiss cheese in the second half of the ballgame and that played a big role in the loss as well. They couldn’t stop Russell Wilson and the Broncos offense for anything. It was pretty sad to watch as the game wound down.
Once again, the coaching staff was also horrific. A lot of this loss can fall on the shoulders of head coach Matt Eberflus. Late in the game tied at 28, he decided to go for a fourth down conversion when the team was in field goal range.
Instead of looking to regain the lead, the Bears turned it over on downs. Of course, the Broncos marched down the field and kicked a game-winning field goal of their own. That came before the Fields interception that sealed the match.
This was as bad of a loss in the history of the Bears. It is tied for the biggest blown lead in franchise history which is saying something about a team this old. They have now lost 14 straight games and they lost them all by giving up 25 points or more (an NFL record).
It has been almost a full calendar year since they have won a football game. It would be shocking to see them not make changes after a loss like this. It is truly a shame that they lost this game but it is not at all surprising. The fallout from this game should be large.