The Chicago Bears are 3-1, but they should be 1-3. Unfortunately, they choose to believe they really are 3-1. What am I talking about? The Bears lost to the New York Giants 17-3. They had two quarterbacks injured and gave up 10 sacks. Lovie Smith made two comments that come straight out of Grimm’s Fairytales: “We finished up the first quarter of the season 3-1,” and “It was a total team loss for us.” No Lovie, the loss came as the result of poor offensive line play and a shell-shocked quarterback who didn’t know when to get rid of the ball.
Larry Mayer has posted an article at the Chicago Bears’ website titled “Bears throttled by Giants sack attack in discouraging loss.”
Lovie Smith is doing what Lovie Smith does. He is choosing to view this loss as the abnormal rather than the normal. The Bears were beaten by Detroit. Just because the receiver made a bonehead play doesn’t mean the secondary was any less beaten. The Bears were beaten by Green Bay. Just because the final score was 20-17 doesn’t take away the fact that the Bears’ offensive drives were helped along by personal fouls and the Packers’ offense was hindered by penalties. Had the Green Bay Packers committed any less than a record 18 penalties, they would have won.
In this game, the Giants sacked the collective Bears’ quarterbacks 10 times, which is the most the Bears have had performed against them since 1982. And in this game it wasn’t the Giants as much as the Bears’ incompetence.
At first, the offensive line of the Bears just stunk up the field. However, after that, Cutler started holding the ball for some reason for oh, about an hour a play, and of course he would get taken down. It was just a matter of time before he would get hurt.
The Bears’ defense kept the Bears in it, and even later the Bears had a chance to comeback, but it wasn’t to be.
Where were the rollouts to get Cutler free that worked so well in previous weeks? Cutler wasn’t even throwing the ball away when he did run outside the pocket. He was just running out of bounds. That is considered a sack.
I have a theory. As the Sunday night announcers pointed out, Cutler has a terrible record in night games when he plays on the road. I just wonder if the reason for that is if he is a diabetic and it messes up his schedule and metabolism.
Unfortunately, it is more likely that, as we feared at the beginning of the season, the Bears aren’t really that good.
Chicago Bears’ Website, Larry Mayer, “Bears throttled by Giants sack attack in discouraging loss.”