By Wanda Wiedman // @WandaW63
It was bound to happen. A backup quarterback with not enough playing time slotted to win two back-to-back games? That was wishful thinking. But there were many factors that resulted in a painful Chicago Bears loss to the New York Giants on the road.
First, let’s start with the positives.
– Running back Jordan Howard actually had more than 50 plus yards in this game. As a matter of fact, he rushed for 76 yards, one as long as 25 yards! Hey, this is huge because he hasn’t been a factor in the run game for a while.
– Head coach Matt Nagy loves to dig up old Bears plays. This time using defensive end Akiem Hicks for a goal-line Refrigerator-Perry type of play for a touchdown.
– With the losses of Green Bay, Minnesota, and Detroit, the Bears are still on top of the NFC North and still have a shot at the playoffs if they can win the remainder of the schedule. That would mean a win at Soldier Field next Sunday against the #1 seed team, the Los Angeles Rams.
The Bears rallied in the fourth quarter to tie the game but it was the mistakes that lead them to what is now considered the perfect picture of a trap game.
Let’s review the negatives and it starts under center.
– Backup quarterback Chase Daniel threw for 285 yards, one touchdown, 2 interceptions, a couple of fumbles and a passer rating of 76.3. Both of his intercepted passes ended up in the hands of defensive tackle Alec Ogletree, one of those for a pick-six. The rest of the day Daniels couldn’t get a rhythm going and the cries for Mitchell Trubisky filled the Twitter universe.
– The defensive was not only owned by Giant’s RB Saquon Barkley by leaps and bounds (including 146 rushing yards) but allowing a wide open Sterling Shepherd in the end zone for an Odell Beckham Jr touchdown pass is embarrassing.
– And let us not leave out the ridiculous early whistle by the refs that negated a Cohen TD that would have won the game. The fact that those kinds of mistakes cannot be challenged is a travesty to any team. There were also numerous missed holding calls, but it seems to be the standard for officiating games lately.
Hopefully, Trubisky will be ready to go in Sunday’s matchup against the Rams at home. There are some false narratives flying around Twitter that this would be a hard game for the Rams in the cold frigid weather at Soldier Field. The Rams played the Denver Broncos earlier in the year at Mile High Stadium in 30-degree weather, where RB Todd Gurley ran for a whopping 208 yards and two TDs.
At least the Bears are still on top of the division and the is hope on the horizon. Bear Down Chicago!
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