After both the Green Bay Packers and Minnesota Vikings lost on Sunday, the Chicago Bears had a chance to move into first in the NFC North. For the first time in a while, the Bears were expected to win a football game with ease.
That didn’t happen on Sunday.
It was a bad performance by Mitch Trubisky and his head coach, Matt Nagy. From play calling, to decision making, Nagy seemed to get too cute at times. For Trubisky, his inability read the defense, pick up blitzes and throw an accurate deep ball was evident from the start on Sunday afternoon.
Yet, the Bears came away with a 16-14 win. To be honest, Sunday’s victory felt more like a loss. But wins in the NFL are tough to come by…so the Bears will take the win and for the time being, first place in the NFC North.
In the first half alone, Trubisky turned the ball over twice. He fumbled, had a pass tipped and intercepted. Like last week, the second year QB out of North Carolina was also inaccurate downfield. It’s also hard for one not to question the game plan that consisted of repeatedly attacking All-Pro CB Patrick Peterson.
The Bears did that far too often in the first half. KYP – know your personnel.
Vic Fangio’s defense giving up touchdowns on the Cardinals’ first two possessions didn’t help the lackluster start by the offense.
Bad QB play would be a theme in the game for both teams. Sam Bradford threw interceptions on back-to-back drives to open the second half for the Cardinals. It was Eddie Jackson and Sherrick McManis making big plays for their team.
Mack actually saved the game for the Bears.
He stripped QB Sam Bradford in the fourth quarter to give the Bears the ball back. It was the defense’s third takeaway of the second half. With his play through the first three weeks, it’s hard not to consider Mack as an early defensive player of the year candidate.
Nagy and the offense again made a questionable decision. On 4th and 1…in field goal range, the Bears lined up to go for it. Instead, they ended up taking a timeout, then kicking a go-ahead field goal. This was the second time the Bears wasted a timeout they could have needed later in the game.
Speaking of questionable decisions, the Cardinals decided that the right time to bring in rookie QB Josh Rosen was with the game on the line with four minutes left in the fourth quarter. Talk about a tough debut.
The Prince Amukamara injury seemed to hurt the Bears. Kevin Toliver was caught playing off the receiver a few times, as the Cardinals were attacking the rookie out of LSU as most competent NFL coaches would. Expect the Bears to bring in a veteran CB this week. Especially, if Amukamara is out for any period of time.
Rosen, like any rookie QB, had a tough time against the Bears defense, even with the injuries. He threw a pick to CB Bryce Callahan on fourth down that sealed a victory for the Bears. In four second have possessions, the Cardinals turned the ball over all four times.
It was ugly, very ugly, but the Bears escaped Arizona with a win. Things need to get better though. Mainly with Trubisky’s development. Against a Cardinals defense that was torched by the Redskins and Rams, the Bears offense put up 16 points.
That is simply not good enough. It can’t get any worse next week, right?
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