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Bears Offense Missed Too Many Opportunities Against Giants

The Chicago Bears offense had plenty of chances to hurt the New York Giants' defense...they just came up short.

Sunday’s game was entertaining, but ultimately a game the Chicago Bears would like to have back. The good news is they hold a 1.5 game lead over the Minnesota Vikings in the NFC North with four games remaining in the 2018 season.

Over the last three weeks, the offense has had their fair share of issues. Sunday afternoon against the Giants was no different. The Bears’ offense struggled to find a rhythm. The excuse could be that backup Chase Daniel was once against the starter with Mitch Trubisky sitting out the second game in a row with a shoulder injury.

By now, it should be obvious that Trubisky is the best QB on the team. Daniel seems to be an “ok” backup, but the Bears can’t expect much from him. Clearly, the best he will be was what he was on Thanksgiving against the Lions.

On Sunday, he didn’t have his best game. He was inaccurate and sloppy throughout the day and it may have cost the Bears a win. That’s the risk you take when starting your backup QB, however.

Here, I will talk about the good and bad I saw from the Bears’ offense when reaching Sunday’s game.

Bad Start 

The Bears first two drives on offense were ugly. On the second play of the game, Chase Daniel threw a pick six. On the Bears very next series they were forced to punt. That’s about as tough a start the Bears’ offense have had to start a game all year.

After watching it again, the pick Daniel threw wasn’t entirely his fault. He did have Tarick Cohen wide open in the flat. LB Alec Ogletree just made a great play and was unblocked. Still, you cannot spot bad teams seven points on the second play of the game and expect to win.

The Bears failed to score points on their first three drives against the Giants. With Trubisky at QB, the Bears started fast more times than not. That is something backup QB Chase Daniel has not been able to replicate since becoming the starter.

Daniel is lucky a few more of his passes weren’t intercepted early on. He was sloppy. Sure, the conditions may have had something to do with it, but his passes seemed to be heavy at times. On film, it seemed like the ball was consistently nose-diving in a downward direction.

The bottom line is the Bears can’t afford to spot teams points early in games. They also need to get off to a better start to avoid being in a hole early on.

Rushing Attack 

It’s no secret that the Bears haven’t been able to run the ball effectively in 2018. However, Sunday was the first game of the season in which they had consistent success running the ball…in the first half at least.

No one should be surprised by Jordan Howard‘s first-half performance. The Bears were starting their backup QB, on the road in sloppy conditions. Of course, head coach and play caller Matt Nagy was going to run the ball.

Heading into the third quarter, Howard had 68 rushing yards on 13 carries. After that, he carried the ball just three more times for a total of eight yards. While game flow did contribute to the Bears’ decision to stop running the ball, it may have been a mistake considering the success they were having in the first half.

If the Bears weren’t down 10 points, they would have most likely continued to run the ball. It was still encouraging to see them have success on the ground. They will need the running game at some point if they want to be a serious playoff contender.

Missed Opportunities 

There were plenty of open players against the Giants’ defense Sunday, Chase Daniel just missed them at times. On his second interception of the afternoon, Daniel had Cohen wide open for an easy touchdown when he underthrew the ball, which resulted in his second INT of the first half.

Look at how open Cohen was on this play.

If Daniel makes an accurate throw, that’s an easy touchdown. Instead, Daniel threw a low pass that was picked off as you can see in red. This was a missed opportunity by the Bears, which unfortunately became a theme on the day.

Here is another play where Daniel had two open options but ended up taking a sack.

Daniel had Gabriel wide open in the flat. He also had Allen Robinson open on an “out route.” Daniel held onto to the ball far too long. The result? A sack at a bad time, which happened far too many times in Sunday’s loss.

Other Notes 

Taylor Gabriel had a rough game Sunday. He dropped a few passes, including a touchdown. He also fumbled when the Bears were trying to come back down seven points. Expect him to bounce back against the Rams Sunday night.

-In case you didn’t know, Tarik Cohen really can do it all. He had 12 catches for 156 yards. Oh yeah, he also threw the game-tying touchdown pass as time expired. He’s a special, special player.

-The Bears were awful converting third downs against the Giants (2-15), but they were great on fourth down (4-5). If you need any more proof that Sunday’s game was a wild one look no further.

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Nick is a recent graduate of Northern Illinois University and passionate about everything Chicago sports (except the Cubs). He has run his own website, been featured on Bleacher Report, and tried to sell his soul on eBay (which he hasn’t gotten back). He hopes to one day see his beloved Bears win the Super Bowl and is still trying to figure out why Jay Cutler gets so much hate.

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