The Chicago Bears and New England Patriots faced-off in what most likely was Tom Brady’s last game at Soldier Field. Despite being shorthanded, beating the Patriots would still be a tall task for the Bears.
Bill Belichick, perhaps the greatest coach of All-Time was going to have his team ready to play, and it showed early on.
The Patriots offense marched downfield on an impressive first drive that was highlighted by running the footballs and quick throws. It was similar to what the Green Bay Packers did against the Bears in the second half week one.
Brady got the ball out of his hand quickly. The result was a 7-0 lead after a Julian Edelman TD catch. From there, the Bears scored 17 straight points.
After a field goal by Cody Parkey, Nick Kwiatkowski caused a fumble on the kickoff return. The Bears offense would find the end zone on a Jordan Howard TD run. On the Patriots next offensive possession rookie RB Sony Michel fumbled. Again, the Bears were given the football in Bears’ territory.
Trubisky, who ran all over the Patriots’ defense Sunday, scored on a wild scramble. It was 17-7 Bears. That wouldn’t last long though. The Bears’ special teams let them down as dangerous kick returner Cordarrelle Patterson took one back all the way for TD.
It wouldn’t be the last time the Bears’ special teams unit would let them down. In the third quarter with the game tied at 24, the Patriots scored a TD on a blocked punt. When playing a team with a QB like Brady, 14 points cannot be given up on special teams.
Defensive coordinator Vic Fangio had an interesting gameplan Sunday. The Bears were in a base nickel defense most of the afternoon. Meaning that both Khalil Mack and Leonard Floyd were in coverage on a consistent basis.
Having your best pass rusher in coverage with a hurt ankle doesn’t sound like the best plan of attack to me. Floyd had issues all game against RB James White. Mack on a bad ankle wasn’t much better in coverage.
Brady was sacked just one time on Sunday. The result? He threw for 277 yards and three touchdowns.
As for Trubisky, his day was up and down. His ability to hang in the pocket and figure out when to run was encouraging. His inaccurate throws were not. That’s something people have criticized Trubisky for in his young career.
Those people were right, at least on Sunday. He completed just 26-50 passes. He also threw two interceptions. Two passes to Anthony Miller would have gone for TDs if the ball wasn’t inaccurately thrown.
On third down with the Patriots trying to put the game away, Adrian Amos tipped a ball to CB Kyle Fuller who came up with the interception. Trubisky had, by far, his best drive of the game finishing it off with a TD to TE Trey Burton, who had a monster game on Sunday.
It was a 38-31 game.
The defense needed to come up big. They did not, as James White ran all over the Bears’ defensive line. The Bears’ defense tricked us through the first four weeks it appears. Over the last two weeks, they allowed 55 points.
That’s not elite.
With 30 seconds on the clock, the Bears had a chance to tie the game. After the punt, the Bears had to go 80 yards with no timeouts…they nearly did it. WR Kevin White came up one yard short on a hail mary attempt.
The play may have gone for a TD if there wasn’t pressure in the face Trubisky, who made an incredible throw to even give the Bears a chance at tieing the game.
In the end, it was yet another disappointing loss for the Bears on Sunday. When you score touchdowns on special teams your team usually wins the game. On Sunday, the difference?
You guessed it, two special teams touchdowns.