The outlook of the Bears season got a little uglier on Sunday when the Saints easily marched into Soldier Field and handed the Bears their second consecutive loss of the season.
Drew Brees and the Saints kept their stellar start to the season alive moving to 5-0 while the Bears move to 3-2, rx something that is tough to swallow after their 3-0 start to the season.
After the Bears’ error-ridden loss last week to the Lions, I thought today’s game would be a good test to gauge the team’s ability to rebound. Instead, the Bears spent the entire first half of the game trying to figure out the best way to attack their opponent and by the time they identified the Saints weaknesses, it was too late to recover from their earlier errors.
The first three series of offensive play for the Bears were brutal, enabling the Saints to build a 13-0 lead. In the first half the Saints had possession for much longer than the Bears – building a momentum that the Bears couldn’t gain back.
Even though the Bears dropped to 3-2, they remain in a first-place tie with the Detroit Lions, who lost 22-9 at Green Bay on Sunday. Chicago can breathe a small sigh of relief for now, but Sunday’s loss sent a new series of questions heading into a short week before Thursday night’s matchup versus the horrible Giants.
Here’s what you need to know before heading into the office this morning to talk what went wrong with the Bears with the best of them.
What You Need to Know:
- Drew Brees = the Bees Knees: Saints quarterback Drew Brees completed 29 of 35 passes for 288 yards and two touchdowns for a passer rating of 120.0. While I never, ever like to see the Bears lose, I was sure glad Brees was my Fantasy QB today. The Bears pass rush was non existent for the first half letting Brees do what he does best. Purdue’s most prized alumni connected early and often with TE Jimmy Graham; Graham (who we notably listed in last week’s Saint’s enemy) caught 10 passes for 135 yards. Graham is a player to watch this season, he’s already had four consecutive games with over 100 yards each – not a common or easy feat for a TE.
- All Eyes on Alshon: Bears #2 wide receiver Alshon Jeffery had a big game today with 10 passes for 218 yards and one touchdown. The Saints defense limited big plays from the ever popular WR Brandon Marshall who was held to only four catches for 30 yards and one TD that came in the last few minutes of the game when Jeffery’s 58-yard catch set up Cutler for a 2-yard flip to Marshall for his only TD of the game.
- Pressure Cookers: As expected, the Saint’s D tormented the Bears inconsistent offense on all fronts. The Bears running game was paltry, RB Matt Forte had a measly 12 carries for 55 yards. Forte’s biggest highlight came at the end of the game when he ran in a 2-point conversion to trim the Saint’s lead with only two minutes remaining. The rookie-heavy Bears offensive line simply couldn’t keep up allowing three sacks on Cutler. Each blitz on Cutler sent him into a bit of a frenzy (with some strange incomplete passes). Cuter finished the game going 24 for 33, for 358 yards and 0 INT, and ironically had more yards than Brees, but with little help from the O-line and the majority of the receiving corps, it meant zilch.
- Bears D – Not What it Used to Be: While the Bears defense is still strong, there was nothing spectacular to mention regarding today’s game. In fact, there were no forced fumbles – which is something that almost happens every time a team plays against Chicago.
Your Take Away Piece:
“The Bears need to show up and play every single quarter like it is the fourth quarter to ensure victories. Although their back-to-back losses have come from very good teams, the Bears have a lot of work on both sides of the ball in order to compete all four quarters and avoid falling into holes early in the game as they have done the last three games.”