Tuesday, 12 December, 2017

Packers LB Clay Matthews calls Bears offense 'one dimensional'

O'HARA'S SCOUTING REPORT: Chicago Bears Packers LB Clay Matthews calls Bears offense 'one dimensional'
Nellie Chapman | 13 November, 2017, 18:25

So, yeah, an early happy new year, Bears fans. "And (defensive pass interference) was definitely one of them for this group". "There were some things maybe I could have done better on a couple". A third consecutive loss inside the division and fourth consecutive loss overall would have likely been lights out for the Packers post season hopes.

Green Bay put the Bears in 3rd and 9 or longer 10 times!

Injuries to top tailbacks Aaron Jones (knee) and Ty Montgomery (ribs) forced the Packers' hand, pressing Hundley - a quarterback whose first two National Football League starts relied heavily on short passes and checkdowns - into a more aggressive mindset. Defensively, the Bears are yielding 21.6 points and 315.3 total yards (204.8 in passing and 110.6 in rushing) per game. A 55-14 loss brings out a number of expletives that finish off that sentence, but the Packers did what was necessary. Markus Wheaton, who also was deemed healthy enough to play, didn't even see the field as the Bears relied on Joshua Bellamy and Dontrelle Inman.

And splat. Face-plant. Piddled down their pant legs. Offense is the issue, and it still is. "It's great when he's out there getting sacks, making our team better". Beathard, who was intercepted once, ran for an 11-yard score in the fourth quarter. He also failed to realize when he had to throw away a ball to avoid a sack because the offensive line continue to show an inability to read a blitz.

As with their season opener, the Badgers had four players in double figures, and Wisconsin (2-0) overpowered Yale (0-2) from the start. For a young quarterback, that is not an ideal ratio. And responsibility starts with Bears coach John Fox. Trubisky's learning curve should've been further along. Fox found a way to screw up. "I need to be better on third downs and be more efficient with the ball". He was ruled out of bounds as he reached to hit the pylon with the ball.

Instead there was a ill-advised challenge call on a near touchdown by Benny Cunningham in the second quarter.

Fox challenged the play, and the head official ruled that Cunningham fumbled the ball out of the back of the end zone, giving the ball back to the Packers. Touchback, not a touchdown. Fox's defense entered the game with eight turnovers in their last three games, and with the Packers not so sound on defense, it appeared this was the time for the Bears to make themselves a factor again. They looked lost in the last two minutes of the first half. If this continues, it gives the Packers a shot down the stretch. They allowed Hundley to average a solid 8.48 yards per attempt and failed to intercept him.

The Bears answered with Connor Barth's 45 yard boot with 2;15 left in the opening period.

But he will. Because that's what the Bears do. The only thing the Bears do.