Heartbreaking does not describe the feeling of every Chicago Bears fan after the devastating loss to the Philadelphia Eagles at Soldier Field. A one point differential. One point. That has been the staple all season, getting close and squeaking out a win.
This was the wild card game against a team the Bears helped get in to the playoffs by beating the Minnesota Vikings in Week 17. But it was a game the Bears should have won and it should not have rested on the leg of a kicker who had been inconsistent all season.
I could sit here and go over the details of what happened that led to a last-second field goal. Quarterback Mitchell Trubisky struggled in the first half. He did not give up the ball but his throws were not there. Workhorse running back Jordan Howard was shamefully unused as he had only 10 touches for 35 yards. RB Tarik Cohen was less, at zero rushes. ZERO!
It was 31 years ago that a strange eerie fog rolled into Soldier Field in a critical NFC divisional playoff game between the Chicago Bears and the Philadelphia Eagles. It was a beautiful brisk day in Chicago and clear skies. But there was a cloud of uncertainty between the two teams.
Eagles head Coach Buddy Ryan was going head-to-head against his former team, a team he had built a fierce defense with that dominated in 1985, resulting in a Super Bowl title.
In 1988, the Eagles had the worst pass defense in the league. This year the Eagles rank 30th in passing defense, while the Bears rank seventh. Back then head coach Mike Ditka said that “if we don’t beat ourselves we can win this game”. I would say that same statement would apply today for the Bears going into the playoffs this Sunday. But for the 88’ Eagles, that was the case as they could not score a touchdown due to penalties, including some that negated two touchdowns in the first half.
Christmas is literally around the corner and the Chicago Bears already stuffed their stocking with an NFC North division title.
Intertwined with that title came a win against the Green Bay Packers at Soldier Field (which was long overdue), the trade of linebacker Khalil Mack from the Oakland Raiders and five players in the Pro Bowl, Khalil Mack, safety Eddie Jackson, defensive end Akiem Hicks, cornerback Kyle Fuller, and running back Tarik Cohen.
But I’m sure Santa Claus isn’t going to stop there, right? The Bears were really good this year!
It was a sold-out crowd at Soldier Field as Bears fans flooded the stadium to cheer on their Chicago Bears. The Monsters of the Midway become the real Avengers as they overthrow quarterback Aaron Rodgers and company with a 24-17 win over the Green Bay Packers.
All week going into this game, analysts and radio hosts overplayed the fact that Rodgers “owned” the Bears since 2010. It was deafening and discouraging to Bears fans.
But the Bears came through and it started with the young quarterback, Mitchell Trubisky.
The Chicago Bears have won five straight games after their loss to New England. They won three division games within a span of 11 days. No one can question their hunger to win.
Even with starting quarterback Mitchell Trubisky unable to play on Thanksgiving due to a shoulder sprain, his sideline presences and leadership were evident on every pass and every tackle. The entire team put their confidence on backup QB, veteran Chase Daniel to carry the team and with the help of the defense, it was a done deal.
Going into Sunday’s matchup, the Bears will have to take it on the road one more time to MetLife Stadium as they battle the Giants on their home turf. The Giants are coming off a close game against the Philadelphia Eagles, only to lose by a field goal. The Bears were able to enjoy the holidays and enjoy a few days of rest. But now it’s back to the grind and a win mindset for the hungry Monsters of the Midway.
If you haven’t noticed there is a new vibe to the Chicago Bears. It started the moment head coach Matt Nagy entered Halas Hall with an attitude to #BeObsessed.
His goal was to ingrain into the hearts and minds of each player to stop playing mediocre football, which was something they became used to during the Marc Trestman and John Fox eras. But it had to start with the players believing that they could.
So Nagy and general manager Ryan Pace chose to bring in key players to prime their pump and motivate change. The additions of offensive and defensive weapons such as wide receivers Allen Robinson, Taylor Gabriel, tight end Trey Burton, and linebacker Khalil Mack have already paid in dividends. But it is more than just on the field. The desire to win and play as one unit has shown in every play.
Nothing is a gimme in the NFL, even if a backup quarterback has been slated to start under center. And the Buffalo Bills should be no exception.
That seems to be the case with Sunday’s matchup between the Buffalo Bills (1-7) and the Chicago Bears (4-3). The Bills have just come off a loss on Monday Night against the New England Patriots. The Bills defense was able to hold the run and passing game to just kicking points in the first three quarters.
It was only in the 4th quarter that the Patriots offense was able to anything. Running back James White sealed the deal with a touchdown while the Bills shut quarterback Tom Brady down through the air.
The 3-1 Chicago Bears are now refreshed coming off an early bye week. It was not ideally the best situation having already built a winning momentum. But the NFL gods deemed it so and now they hit the road with fresh legs against the 3-2 Miami Dolphins.
The Dolphins have just come off a terrible beatdown by the Cincinnati Bengals and continue to pile up injuries in the process. Especially with a banged up offensive line, quarterback Ryan Tannehill may be in deep trouble against a fierce Chicago defense.
As a Bears fan, I expect there to be at least 3 sacks and 2 fumbles in this game, not to mention an interception or two. But then again, that could also happen to Bears QB Mitchell Trubisky if the protection isn’t there.
For weeks it was said that quarterback Mitchell Trubisky could not throw for long passes. It was also said that he would not rise to the occasion until Week 10.
Well to the surprise of every single football analyst, amateur podcasters and fans alike, the young QB took command of the Bears offense and proved that he can throw the rock.
The Chicago Bears offense hit the ground running on their first play and never looked back. Trubisky made it loud and clear that he could throw by drilling one down 48 yards to tight end Trey Burton for a touchdown.
The expectations for the outcome of Sunday’s game against the Arizona Cardinals were supposed to be low. If you were expecting a blowout, then your expectations were a bit too high. The Bears defeated the Cardinals 16-14 thanks to the defense.
The Bears defense was a little slow at first, including a couple of botched plays in coverage from linebacker Danny Trevathan. Those two ended up in touchdowns. But with some motivation, the Bears defense came alive and held quarterback Sam Bradford to 0 points for the rest of the game.
However, Bears QB Mitchell Trubisky struggled throughout the day, especially when he would drop his eyes the moment the Cardinals would pass rush. He failed to connect on the deep balls but did just enough to lead his team to victory.