It was another disappointing loss full of missed opportunities for the Bears on Sunday in Minneapolis. In their final game of the season in the soon to be demolished Metrodome, viagra the Bears lost to the NFC bottom-dwelling Vikings in a bizarre OT thriller that was more or less a snooze-fest until the 4th quarter.
A series of unfortunate plays and missed opportunities will haunt the team and it’s fans as this loss signals a season that could slowing be coming to a crumbling end. In a game full of head-scratching moments, it was Robbie Gould’s uncharacteristic miss, a 47-yard field goal that would have given the Bears the win.
Bear nation is shaking their heads tonight wondering what our team would be like if we had a healthy defense line-up like last year’s mixed with the amazing offense from this year. They are also questioning the remainder of the season and playoff hopes with only four games remaining in the regular season.
It was a crazy football weekend and there is guaranteed to be lots of chatter around the Bears latest loss (along with the crazy end to the Alabama-Auburn game) and while I’d like to forget them both – here’s what you need to know to jump in on the conversations tomorrow in the office.
What You Need to Know:
- Let’s Start With the Bright Side: Bears receiver Alshon Jeffery had a career game with 12 catches for a franchise-record 249 yards and two huge TDs – most notable his sick 46-yard TD catch over Vikings cornerback Chris Cook. Jeffery also broke his own single-game team record for receiving yards. Bears quarterback Josh McCown, was 23 of 36 for 355 yards and had two touchdowns. The offense has immensely improved and is reliable with or without Jay Cutler, so it is unfortunate that our defense could not step-up more today.
- Goulden Boy Falls Short: Unfortunately, reliable Robbie Gould missed two major kicks that cost the Bears. One of them was a 66 yarder with 2 seconds left in the 4th (I was having flashbacks and panic attacks reliving the Alabama-Auburn game during this kick) and the second was the controversial call made by Coach Trestman to send Gould out for the 47-heard FG attempt on 2nd down with 4 minutes left in OT. ??? The first miss was completely understandable, however the second was all around strange coming from one of the most accurate kickers in the league. Robbie and his wife welcomed their first child less than 24 hours before kick-off, at 1:00 a.m. on Sunday. Perhaps it was lack of sleep or concentration, but you can’t blame Gould’s misses as the sole reason the Bears lost the game. There were enough flubs to go around.
- Same Old Problems for the Bears Defense: While there were glimpses of kick-ass play defensively (i.e.: Julius Peppers two sacks in the 1st half and Jon Bostic’s crazy good tackle in the 4th), the Bears D simply wasn’t enough to stop Adrian Peterson who rushed for 211 yards. Throw in some costly penalties (taunting = 15 yards), and the Bears simply didn’t have enough to get past a motivated team with nothing to lose.
My Take Away Piece:
“Are our playoff hopes lost? Are the Bears the Cubs of football? Will Jay be back on Monday? Why was Kyle Long wearing a cast on his ankle after the game? So many questions, so few answers. The season isn’t over yet, but with the Bears now down two games to the Lions with the Lions owning the tie-breaker, things aren’t looking so good. My hope is that the defense finds some new momentum (and gets back our boy Peanut) to finish the regular season out stronger… I’d like to see Jay Cutlercome back and play like he never missed the last couple games.
In general, I really only foresee a playoff run if we secure a W with every regular season game left… And even then, it might not be enough. The eternal optimist is also being realistic because we do have a tough remainder of the season, including another match-up with our arch nemesis, Green Bay Packers – who are hoping for a healthy Aaron Rodgers by that time.
Next Monday, Chicago will take on “America’s team”, the Dallas Cowboys on primetime Monday Night Football via the lakefront in Chicago. This will be a special night, as the Chicago Bears will retire Coach Ditka’s number prior to the game. Hopefully they will make DA COACH proud with a victory against the tied for 1st place NFC East (7-5) Dallas Cowboys. It might be rough, but Dallas has a weak defense just like Chicago and Romo can be inconsistent. Let’s hope for a healthy Cutler and a solid D to squeak out a victory in attempt to salvage anything that is left of this season.