Observations from the Bears-Patriots Game

I decided to wait a few days before writing this to let the emotion of it all wear off. I mean, with a win, we could have all but sewn up the NFC North, with Green Bay traveling TO New England this weekend, possibly without Aaron Rodgers. Green Bay losing to the Lions, and us playing in adverse weather, against a predominantly passing offense AT HOME? It all seemed too perfect.

Then the game started.
Then it was over.

Now, after, flipping back and forth through the DVR recording of the game about 100 times,here are some things I noticed, other than the fact that we lost. BAD.

1) New England bullied us in the run game. A) Their Offensive lineman were controlling our defensive line, pushing them pretty much wherever they wanted all game long, and getting lineman to the second level to block Briggs and Urlacher alot more than in previous games. B) The Patriots seemed to exploit the area between the tackles, taking advantage of the wide splits our defensive line was taking. I know we are a Cover-2 team, and we will not change that to play ANYBODY; but I would have liked to have seen an adjustment to line up over where the Patriots were running the ball.
2) Our offensive line had a tough time versus Wilfork and Warren in the run game, and Webb struggled against Jermaine Cunningham in the passing game.
3) The play of our secondary was HORRID. TERRIBLE. The WRs for New England are not big; yet we could not jam them when we played up, nor could we tackle them when we played back. Chris Harris looked old and slow. I know he is a rookie, but Major Wright was constantly caught out of position. DJ Moore could not slow down Welker in the slot.
4) The last play of the second quarter was INEXCUSABLE. Safeties—your job with 5 seconds left in the half is to not get beat deep. Give up a 50-yard pass, just NO TOUCHDOWNS. And why the hell was Tillman playing normal depth on Branch anyway? Get 20-yards deep! After watching that play, my first thought was, “THIS is why Lovie Smith cannot be our coach next year.”
5) Maybe it is just me, but I thought FOR SURE our team would be the one that played well in the cold and on the bad turf. YET, it was OUR PLAYERS who were slipping, not tackling, dropping passes and potential interceptions, and fumbling the ball. It was like we were from Tampa, and had never played in freezing temperatures.
6) Did we get one call the entire game? I know you can’t put this one of the refs, but for a team that has been very fortunate all year in the penalty/turnover department, and it seemed like in this game, every call seemed to go against us.

All that being said, I like the way the team came out and still competed in the second half. And it was a non-conference game. and sometimes, these bad losses late in the season can be a good kick in the pants for the team going forward the rest of the way. I think we will know about 10 minutes into the Vikings game this Monday night what this team is made of.

6 responses

  1. johnnyharvard

    Well you’ll have to straighten him out than. You let them get away with this stuff now, and you’re screwed! LOL! Kinda stole that one from Family guy.

    December 15, 2010 at 3:40 pm

  2. johnnyharvard

    They may actually start a guy from the streets! Like I posted on Thorstens topic on facebook if this game isn’t a comfortable win theres something wrong. Than it brings some serious questions to the table and pretty much discredits anything they’ve done to this point.

    December 15, 2010 at 9:19 am

    • agreed on all counts. i will be posting some topics about this game here momentarily. sometimes the 2-month old makes it tough to spend much time on here LOL!

      December 15, 2010 at 2:40 pm

  3. Powerful Peter

    There is no way at least that the loss hurt us. Although I must admit we stunk. Green Bay cheeseheads went down to the Detroit misfits and Minnesota besides losing their stadium lost their shirt also. The only thing that was good is we didn’t lose 59-0 to the freakin Pats. IN Minnesota probably playing on a subfield perhaps outdoors we will be already weather broken and win easily. Lets say 27-14 Bears. nuff said.

    December 15, 2010 at 12:02 am

    • …yep…we will know more by the end of the week, but there is a distinct possibility that Favre OR Jackson can’t go. I think we would win ANYWAY, but if they are starting Joe Webb at QB, it might be a snoozer.

      December 15, 2010 at 9:01 am

  4. johnnyharvard

    Yeah to me its all about coaching in this one. The Bears made one mistake after another. Whether a blown block or coverage or not holding on to the ball with two hands the Bears lost it as much as the Pats won it. Against the Pats you can’t play stupid. They will beat you silly. They DO NOT make mistakes. This game is in the hopper. Time to move on and clinch the playoff spot next week which is what will happen I believe if Packers lose and Bears win.

    December 14, 2010 at 2:33 pm

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