Even though a little part of me wants the Bears to lose (merely for draft-pick purposes), stuff there’s still a part of me that’s super happy to see adequate coaching and a few wins for Chicago. Head Coach, John Fox is doing the best he can during the Bears rebuilding phase and it shows. The Chicago Bears (2-3) beat Kansas City Chiefs (1-4) yesterday with nail-biting, exciting fourth quarter play.
The Bears already knew they would be without Wide Receivers Alshon Jeffery and Eddie Royal and three starting offensive linemen due to injuries going into the game. However, the Bears also faced the same issues during the game as Linebacker, Shea McClellin left with a knee injury.
However, the hardest injury to watch happened during the game for the opposing team. Kansas City’s star (and franchise) Running Back, Jamall Charles collapsed on the field during a third quarter play. Preliminary reports are saying it is a torn ACL and he’ll be out the season, which is a huge loss for the team. That injury could also be considered a turning point in the game for the Bears, as all the excitement and touchdowns came in the fourth quarter and the Chiefs remained scoreless the entire second half of the game.
Here’s what everyone will be talking about today:
The fourth quarter 67-yard touchdown drive by Quarterback Jay Cutler was one for the books. On the Bears final possession with less than 30 seconds on the clock, Cutler bobbled the snap, recovered and managed to toss a pass to Running Back Matt Forte for the game-winning touchdown. If you missed it, you can relive the moment via the NFL Twitter feed here. After that drive, the Chiefs tried to come back and win the game with a 66-yard field goal that was no good.
Offensive Player of the Game:
Cutty is still not my buddy… especially when he gets sacked, creates a fumble, which turns into a touchdown for the opposing team… all of which occurred in the first quarter. But that being said, he has stepped up the last two games and performed well in high-pressure situations late in the game (see above paragraph). Cutler was 26-of-45 for a total of 252 yards with two touchdowns and zero interceptions (thank you sweet baby Jesus).
Defensive Player of the Game:
If you haven’t noticed already, when I talk about defense each week, I mostly talk about Outside Linebacker, Pernell McPhee. If you don’t know him, get to know him and quick! He’s quickly becoming the face of the Bears defense. The notable play? In the third, Kansas City attempted a 27-yard field goal which was blocked by McPhee. This also helped turn the tide in the Bears favor during the second half of the game.
Fun fact: Bears Kicker Robbie Gould became the franchise’s all-time leading scorer yesterday (total of 1,118 points) with his third-quarter field goal.
The Chicago Bears take on the Detroit Lions in Detroit (0-5) next Sunday at 12 PM. Normally the Lions are a great opponent for Chicago (both teams being in the NFC North) but even Wide Receiver, “Megatron” Calvin Johnson can’t seem to help Detroit out lately. The struggle is real and it’s making hard for me to believe that the Lions will beat the Bears. Check back on the blog next week to recap key points and plays.