Is it me or does it feel like the Chicago Bears have some sort of curse on them that kicks in during the second half of the season? I mean it’s almost like they’re the Chicago Cubs of the National Football League.
This defense has struggled more against the run than they have within the last 10 years. They’ve allowed teams to run the ball down their throats over and over. Today the St. Louis Rams picked up a combined 230 plus rushing yards against this Chicago Bears defense who looks like they’re just about ready to collapse and not move for the rest of the season.
But when it’s all said and done, you can’t just blame one side, you have to give props to the other. As a fan of this Chicago Bears squad, I just want to say how great this offense looked. They put up 38 points last week against the Tennessee Titans and continued to light up the scoreboard against this weak defense. There’s just no way this Bears team can win the division with yet again, another lopsided team.
Things got off to a fast start as Chicago chose to defer to start off the game. St. Louis knew how much this team struggled against the run, so they used their fastest player on the offensive side of the ball, Tavon Austin. Austin picked up a 65 yard touchdown run that put them on the board first. On Chicago’s next possession, literally a minute or two later, Matt Forte fumbled which led to a Zac Stacy touchdown run.
Since then, Chicago wasn’t able to stop St. Louis and their attack. They fell 21-7 early on and ever since then the Rams never gave up the lead. Their defensive front put so much pressure on that young Chicago Bears offensive line which resulted in rushed plays. Another issue that has been killing this Chicago Bears squad are those penalties.
Today against the Rams they were flagged 10 times for a total of 84 yards compared to St. Louis’s six penalties for 39 yards. That’s something this team needs to eliminate if they have any hopes of pulling away with this division.
The Rams were close to having three 100 yard rushers on this team. Austin had his one rush of that game that picked up the 65 yards and the first points of the game, Zac Stacy had 12 carries for 87 yards and Benny Cunningham had 13 carries for 103 yards.
Clemens finished the game with 167 yards passing and one touchdown.
Chicago got things going late in the game but it was too late. Bushod was dominated by Quinn on the edge which resulted in him knocking the ball out of McCown’s hands, scooping it up and running it in for a touchdown when it looked as if Chicago had a little something going.
McCown finished the game with over 350 passing yards, two touchdowns and one interception. He found wide receiver Brandon Marshall for Marshall’s ninth touchdown of the year and Martellus Bennett.
Marshall finished the game with 10 receptions for 117 yards and one touchdown.
Martellus Bennett had four receptions for 62 yards and one touchdown.
With the Chicago Bears falling to 6-5 on the year, they fall into yet again another first place tie with the Detroit Lions who also lost. They’ll travel onto Minnesota to take on the Vikings who just tied the Green Bay Packers. Jay Cutler will more than likely start that game.
The St. Louis Rams who are playing great football go to 5-6 on the year. They travel to San Francisco to take on the 49ers.