It is a helpless feeling when that blinking black cursor sits on a blank page and all you can do is stare at it while hoping something transfers from your brain to your fingertips. And while I’ll come short of saying the Bears broke my brain, I doubt yesterday’s performance helped matters.
- Good morning:
— Adam Hoge (@AdamHoge) October 28, 2019
- The Bears were an awful home team under John Fox, but turned it around under Matt Nagy last year, losing only once during the regular season at Soldier Field. But because the regression stick is knocking over everyone and everything within Chicago’s city limits, it’s only fitting that the Bears’ home record is taking a hit, too. During this most recent run of futility, three of the Bears’ four home losses this year have been by one score, while the other was a blowout. A scenario like this would usually push me to ask which feels worse between the blowouts and the close games, but the answer is they all suck equally.
- That game didn’t need to end the way it did. And while the kicker should make a 41-yard field goal on what was a pretty decent day by October’s standards in Chicago, it should have never come down to a field goal. The Bears ran more plays (77-42), gained more yards (388-231), owned the time of possession edge (38:00-22:00), and committed fewer penalties (8-5). So what was the difference? Red-zone scoring offense. The Bears scored one touchdown in five trips. We’ll dig in deeper later, but I’m still not over the madness that was Chicago’s red-zone offense. In the end, the Chargers scored two touchdowns in their four red zone trips while the Bears scored just one in five trips. The Bears lost by one point when they should have won by many more than that.
- The Bears also lost the turnover battle 2-1 because Mitch Trubisky threw a bad ball that turned into a bad interception. He also fumbled one play after missing a wide-open Taylor Gabriel who had beaten aging linebacker Thomas Davis for what would have been a touchdown.
- Why yes, that *IS* the same Thomas Davis who said Trubisky “kind of has that Aaron Rodgers effect” while as a member of the Carolina Panthers in 2017. BLERGH.
- Chargers Head Coach Anthony Lynn once had that thought, too:
Chargers coach Anthony Lynn was impressed by Mitchell Trubisky scouting for the draft: "He made throws. He had a quick release. He reminded me sometimes of Aaron Rodgers. The way he moved around. If he ever got in a bind, he could create. I just thought he had the total package."
— Chris Emma (@CEmma670) October 23, 2019
- Siiiiiigh. What happened to THAT guy?
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- Had the Bears squeezed out a win yesterday, this probably would have been our lead:
— NFL (@NFL) October 27, 2019
— The Checkdown (@thecheckdown) October 27, 2019
- One week after the Bears were a team openly searching for an identity, Kyle Fuller’s interception of Philip Rivers served as a reminder of what the team was supposed to be. A defense-first squad with swag that sets up an offense that should generate touchdowns with short fields. And more important than that, they were a resilient team that played with swagger and confidence. I miss those guys a lot.
- The other highlight for me was this:
- The Bears could’ve done better for their alumni, but I love that the 2000’s Bears got their due. For many fans of a certain age, that era of players provided a first taste of winning football. Those guys deserved to see a better game on Sunday.
- Of all the players in the video above, I’m happiest for Thomas Jones. The talented Bears back didn’t get an invite to the Bears 100 celebration last summer and never really got a chance to say goodbye when he was jettisoned to the Jets in a 2007 trade. Jones, who ran for 3,493 yards and 22 touchdowns in 45 games over three seasons with the team, deserved all of the love and then some.
- More from Jones:
Much love to the #Bears organization for inviting me to be a part of this alumni weekend in Chicago at Soldier Field. Haven't been to a NFL game since my last game which was Jan 1st 2012. Can't wait to reunite with my teammates from 04 to 06. My brothers for life. #BearDown https://t.co/96yyMRRhNb
— Thomas Q. Jones (@thomasqjones) October 24, 2019
When I was traded to the Jets from the Bears after Super Bowl 41 I never had a chance to say goodbye to my teammates, the fans or the city of Chicago. Thank you @readjack & @robertkschmitz for helping me do that with this highlight video. Bear Down! https://t.co/kr5hBUwGcI
— Thomas Q. Jones (@thomasqjones) October 18, 2019
- At least other teams were having fun out there on Sunday:
— Isaac (@WorldofIsaac) October 27, 2019
Shanahan with the WR trap. McVay runs this play a lot with Woods. pic.twitter.com/rfTiuYANP2
— Ted Nguyen (@FB_FilmAnalysis) October 27, 2019
Here’s another look at the @AaronRodgers12 pass to @jswaggdaddy in the corner of the end zone from last night’s #GBvsKC game. @RobDemovsky | #GoPackGo @gregcosell | @MattBowen41 pic.twitter.com/aOaFIPsZlF
— NFL Matchup on ESPN (@NFLMatchup) October 28, 2019
- Here’s a stat line that is going to annoy you: 24/36, 267 yards, 2 TD, 0 INT, 107.1 rating. That is what Matt Moore put up against the Packers on Sunday Night Football. And even though the Chiefs fell short and lost 31-24, Moore looked like a competent quarterback in Andy Reid’s system who could get the ball to playmakers without mucking it up for everyone else. Moore is a veteran NFL backup who hasn’t been a team’s primary starter since 2011, when he started 12 games for the Dolphins. And did I mention this is just his first year in Reid’s system? If not, I’m glad I did.
- Remember when the Bears signed Marvin Hall in the offseason to be a back-of-the-depth chart receiver and special teams ace? Well, they did. And he didn’t make Chicago’s 53-man roster, so naturally, he’s doing nice things for the Lions:
Marvin Hall has now played in 4 games for the Lions. He's caught a pass of at least 47 yards in all of them, including this gorgeous 49-yarder for a TD: https://t.co/hwYNzEb3Gv pic.twitter.com/OSzMoi2B6o
— kyle meinke (@kmeinke) October 27, 2019
- This is now two consecutive years in which the Lions have picked up a piece from the Bears’ scrap heap and the player turned out to be useful. Last year, that player was Cre’von LeBlanc (who ultimately tortured the Bears in the Sunday wild-card game last January).