The perfect start to the Bears season ended on Sunday with a 40-32 loss to Reggie Bush and the Lions in what can only be described as a “wake-up call” type of game.
After three straight weeks of watching the Bears win, patient this game was painful to watch, order as the Lions’ Reggie Bush dominated the rush and Cutty finally cracked under pressure. By halftime, the Lions had 260 yards, 17 first downs and 30 points (including three TDs in a span of 3 minutes, 26 seconds in the 2nd quarter). I tried to remain positive, since the Bears have seemed to shine in the 4th quarter this season, but this time they could not gain enough momentum to defeat Detroit.
If you’re suffering from the Monday morning blues after a the end of a gorgeous weekend capped off by a Bears loss, cheer up, it’s still early in the season, but yesterday’s loss did teach us a thing or two about the 2013 Bears. The Bears fall to 3-1 after yesterday’s loss and now share the lead of the NFC North with the Lions.
The Cubs and Sox officially wrapped their forgetful seasons yesterday and the Hawks kick off their new season at home tomorrow, but there still is no bigger story this a.m. than what went down yesterday in the Motor City. Here’s what you need to know before heading into the office.
What You Need to Know:
- Move over Megatron, there’s a new man in the Motor City: The ever famous Kardashian ex and former Heisman trophy winner, Reggie Bush was the star of the show on Sunday. After sitting out last week due to a knee injury, the Lions new RB rushed for 139 yards with 18 carries and 1 TD initiating conversations all over Twitter of just why the Miami Dolphins would’ve ever let the crafty RB go. Bush proved to be just too much for the Bears D as he broke through the Bears line and out-shined every other player on the field. Our very own Matt Forte only had 95 yards on 14 carries. Overall, the Bears D just couldn’t compete with Bush’s quickness on the field and he was the key component in the Lions victory.
- The ‘old’ Cutty Rears His Head: After stringing together three impressive performances this season and throwing only one interception in the last three starts, we finally saw flashes of the old Cutler yesterday – the one that makes bad decisions under pressure and makes us pull our hair out. Cutler had 4 major errors that basically cost the Bears the game as his three interceptions and one fumble led to 17 Lions points. Cutler almost redeemed himself in the 4th quarter when he threw a pair of touchdown passes and 2-point conversions in the final 4 minutes to bring Chicago within eight points of the Lions. Unfortunately, it was not enough this time. Overall, Cutler went 27 of 47 and threw for 317 yards for 2 TDs and 3 INT.
- Oh, Henry!: The loss of Bears defensive tackle Henry Melton, who’s season ended last week with a torn ACL, was definitely felt yesterday as Reggie Bush easily ran down the middle of the field. On a positive note for the defense, Lions’ star WR, Calvin “Megatron” Johnson was held to only four receptions and 44 yards thanks to the Bears reliable secondary.
Your Take Away Piece:
“While some fans are down and out about this loss, I’m actually not one of them. We knew a loss was coming at some point this season and I think this helped bring a healthy dose of reality to the team (and fans); just a friendly reminder that offense has clearly improved this year but there’s still room for improvement. This loss also indicated that the Bears’ D simply isn’t what is was last season either. There’s still a lot of football to be played and I’m confident the Bears can get back to their winning ways.”