By Wanda Wiedman // @WandaW63
Packers 10 – Bears 3
The Chicago Bears and the Green Bay Packers kicked off the 2019 NFL season at Soldier Field with the hype that was electrifying from a city celebrating 100 years in the NFL. Bears fans were excited to see the current kings of the NFC North take the field.
Experts and sportswriters were convinced that with the absence of Vic Fangio from the Bears defense, that they would regress. But that was not the case as the defense sacked quarterback Aaron Rodgers 5 times. Not one sack came from linebacker Khalil Mack but two of them exploded from LB Leonard Floyd. The defense wasn’t completely perfect, as some open space was left for Rodgers to manipulate. As a result, he put up the only touchdown of the game.
But the downfall came from the Bears offensive line and the performance of QB Mitchell Trubisky. The offensive line poorly displayed their blocking skills and had unnecessary penalties that negated several opportunities in the red zone. Two of those penalties affected key progress down the field. Center James Daniels had difficulty with his blocking assignments, missing several key blocks and allowing pressure on Trubisky.
Despite Trubisky looking out of sorts, scared and nervous, he did throw a couple of beauties down the field to wide receivers Allen Robinson and Taylor Gabriel. But with that came too many thrown passes to tightly covered receivers; causing him to miss several opportunities to connect downfield. Call it prime time nerves if you want, but it just looked like Trubisky abandoned his progressions and check-downs resulting in poor choices.
But he doesn’t get all the blame as his play makers failed to make separation on several occasions. Head coach Matt Nagy continues to call the plays and seemed to have leaned more on the pass plays then the run plays. A head-scratching concept since the Bears had drafted a three-down running back in David Montgomery.
However, in an interview with Packer’s defensive back Tramon Williams had this to say about Trubisky:
Tramon Williams brings the ?. pic.twitter.com/bTtcxRwNgP
— theScore (@theScore) September 6, 2019
Apparently that info was shared by former Bears safety Adrian Amos. Sure enough, Trubisky sealed the Bears loss with an interception in the end zone by none other than Amos.
But the greatest irony was that the only points Chicago could muster up was from a 38-yard field goal by kicker Eddy Pineiro. It may seem that Pineiro escaped the Parkey curse, but he did sail a punt that went out of bounds, incurring a penalty and putting the Packers on the 40-yard line.
It was hard not to get emotional about this loss. The expectations were high and to see them crumble the way they did was heartbreaking. Even Nagy agrees, “Every fan that showed up today should be upset.” But even with the loss, the Bears were in the same position last season and finished with a 12-4 record.
It won’t be easy when they go on the road in a head-to-head battle with the Denver Broncos. Fangio knows their offense inside and out, including how to attack Trubisky and it’s hard to win a game at Mile High Stadium.
So with that being said, let’s hope the Bears can dust themselves off and turn it around. Trubisky had a bad night, but let’s pump the brakes on scouting for a new QB just yet. There are 15 more games to win and if they want it bad enough they’ll turn it around.
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