Chicago Bears versus the Green Bay Packers Game Review


By Bryan Dietzler

The Chicago Bears, hoping to earn their second victory of the season over division rival Green Bay, headed to Lambeau Field hoping for a near miracle.

But remember, just last year on Thanksgiving, they had defeated the Packers in the last few moments of the game.  Would last year repeat itself Thursday night?

History was not going to repeat itself on this night as the Bears, who started out strong and kept the game close, eventually fell apart and went down to the Packers 26-10.  The game was filled with disappointment for the Bears, key injuries and it left them with many more questions than answers.

The game was relatively close for the first two and a half quarters as the Packers earned the first points of the game on a 32 yard Mason Crosby field goal in the first quarter.  The Bears would tie it up in the second quarter following a 39 yard Connor Barth field goal.

Green Bay would pull ahead by three as the quarter came to a close as Crosby booted a 40 yard field goal.  The score was 6-3 heading into halftime.

Chicago would go ahead for a short period thanks to a sack fumble by outside linebacker Leonard Floyd. Floyd sacked Packer quarterback Aaron Rodgers in the end zone and stripped the ball landing on it for a touchdown.  That put the Bears up 10-6.

Chicago’s lead wouldn’t last long, however, and soon Rodgers and the Packers offense were on fire.  Green Bay made it 13 to 10 following a five yard touchdown pass from Rodgers to Davante Adams.  This, coming in the third quarter.

Green Bay would put two more touchdowns on the board in the fourth quarter. Adams caught another pass from Rodgers, this one four yards.  Randall Cobb would snag a two yard Rodgers touchdown pass (the kick failed) to ice the game.  Final score 26-10.


The Bears started Brian Hoyer at quarterback for this game and he started out poorly.  His night, and quite possibly his season, was soon ended after he was hit and broke his arm.  There is no timetable on his return.  The Bears will most likely bring Cutler back from his injury (thumb) much sooner now or sign someone with more experience to start until he comes back.  Matt Barkley didn’t do a great job on Thursday night but he wasn’t really expected to.

Chicago’s rushing attack was anemic minus a few medium length runs that kept fans excited, at least for a little while.  Jordan Howard and Ka’Deem Carey got all of the work and Carey seemed to have the hot hand in this one but the Bears couldn’t seem to get much of anything going on the ground.  It appears that the coaching staff is ready to roll with the running game at the start, then moves away from it as the game goes on despite the fact they are in the lead or close.  Strange.

The Bear’s wide receivers had a poor game but that was due to the issues at quarterback.  With Hoyer out and Barkley throwing the ball, guys like Alshon Jeffery and Cameron Meredith didn’t see that much come their way. The team’s leading receiver, tight end, Zach Miller, didn’t see that much in the way of passes either.  It was a down game for this group.

The offensive line was without starter Josh Sitton so he didn’t get to seek his revenge against his former team.  No storyline there.  The line played poorly most of the time.  However, my favorite punching bag Bobby Massie had some good plays.  Aside from Cody Whitehair, he might have been the best one out there.  There was some injury trouble however as, on the same play that Hoyer was injured, Kyle Long went out with an arm injury.  He didn’t play the rest of the game.  It’s not known how long Sitton will be out yet and there isn’t much of an idea about what is going to happen with Long. Stay tuned here.

The defense had a great first two and a half quarters and then broke down like they have been lately.  They had Rodgers pegged and even though he was throwing the ball a lot, he wasn’t doing much damage.  You have to give them credit for holding the score down so low for so long.  Green Bay found the secret to breaking the Bears defense though, and soon the mini rout was on.  The defense can find itself for two plus quarters but seems to collapse in third to mid-fourth.

Chicago’s defensive line played well and got pressure at times but didn’t put enough pressure on the elusive Rodgers.  He burned the Bears on several occasions escaping potential sacks all game long.  Rodgers is a notoriously shifty quarterback who has the unusual ability to get around defenders and win.  The defensive line couldn’t do much against him Thursday night.


The best group on the team, the linebackers, had a pretty decent night.  The star of the game for this group, or any other group for that matter was Floyd.  He had two sacks including the one where he stripped Rodgers of the football and landed on it for a touchdown.  Floyd missed some time with an injury (the last couple of games) but was back and living up to the hype he was given when he was drafted.  The Bears may have found a real gem with him.  The rest of the guys, Willie Young, Danny Trevethan, Jerrell Freeman and Sam Acho did very well.  This is not the problem area on defense.

The secondary continued to struggle against the passing game and had a pretty tough go of it Thursday evening.  There were several defensive pass interference and holding calls.  Adrian Amos, one of the more solid players in the group, had a big interference call go against him.  Da’Vante Bausby had a pretty horrible game all together.  This group is really suffering despite the fact it has good depth.  Things just don’t seem to be going right for anyone in the secondary and this unit is only aiding this team in losing games.

Special teams were good enough to help keep the Bears in business early on.  An interesting fact, punter Pat O’Donnell is not having that strong of a season.  And it showed.  Kicker Connor Barth didn’t miss a kick which was nice.  Return teams were ok as were coverage teams.  There aren’t too many issues with this group.

The coaching staff was very consistent, once again, in not rushing the football as often as they should have in such a close game.  This time they needed to run the ball more their starting quarterback hurt but they didn’t.  There is not much explanation as to what is going on with offensive coordinator Dowell Loggins. He has called one good real game this year (the Lions game) and been mediocre in other games calling an offense that can move the ball but can’t score.  The defense is also suffering but there is a lack of execution and not a lack of coaching talent there.

Overall, the Bears had a pretty decent defensive effort for two and a half quarters but the offense couldn’t keep up.  Granted, a lot of the issues there were due to the fact that Hoyer went out of the game with a broken arm but the defense could have played better to help keep it close.  The running game would have been a good idea to push more after the injury to Hoyer.  That didn’t happen.  It was another myriad of issues for the Bears.

It has been a season full of problems.

The Chicago Bears will host the Minnesota Vikings next Monday at Soldier Field.  The Vikings are one of the NFL’s hottest teams and will be a tough opponent.  Can the Bears beat them?  We will find out next week when a full preview of the game will be posted.

Bears vs Packers NFL Week Seven Capsule



STREAKS   4 of past 5
COACHES VS. OPP. John Fox: 3-5 Mike McCarthy: 13-7
LAST WEEK L 17-16 vs. Jacksonville L 30-16 vs. Dallas
LAST GAME 11/26/15: Bears 17 at Packers 13. Chicago QB Jay Cutler passes for 200 yards & TD. Bears WR Alshon Jeffery has 7 receptions for 90 yards & RB Jeremy Langford rushes for TD.
REFEREE John Parry
BROADCAST CBS/NFLN/Twitter (8:25 PM ET): Jim Nantz, Phil Simms, Tracy Wolfson (Field reporter). Westwood One: Ian Eagle, Tony Boselli. SIRIUS: 88 (WW1), 83 (Chi), 81 (GB). XM: 88 (WW1), 226 (Chi), 225 (GB)


PASSING Brian Hoyer: 130-189-1396-6-0-100.8 Aaron Rodgers: 109-181-1170-10-4-88.4
RUSHING Jordan Howard (R): 66-330-5.0-1 Eddie Lacy: 71-360-5.1-0
RECEIVING Zach Miller (TE): 31-265-8.5-3 Randall Cobb: 28-293-10.5-1
OFFENSE 375.2 331.8
DEFENSE 341.2 339.0
SACKS Willie Young: 6 Nick Perry: 4.5
INTs Tracy Porter: 2 3 tied: 1
PUNTING Pat O’Donnell: 42.8 Jacob Schum: 40.8
KICKING Connor Barth: 35 (11/11 PAT; 8/11 FG) Mason Crosby: 42 (12/12 PAT; 10/10 FG)


BEARS: QB BRIAN HOYER has 300+ pass yards in all 4 starts with Chi…Rookie RB JORDAN HOWARD had 1st career rush TD last week. Has 100+ rush yards in 2 of past 3…WR ALSHON JEFFERY had 7 receptions for 90 yards in last meeting. Has TD catch in 3 of past 5 vs. NFC North. WR CAMERON MEREDITH had 11 receptions for 113 yards in Week 6. Aims for 3rd in row with 100+ rec. yards. TE ZACH MILLER had TD catch in last meeting…DE AKIEM HICKS has sack in 2 of past 3. LB JERRELL FREEMAN has 7+ tackles in 9 of past 11. Leads team with 53 tackles. LB WILLIE YOUNG had 2 sacks & FF in Week 6. Had sack in last meeting. CB HAROLD JONES-QUARTEY aims for 3rd in row with PD. CB TRACY PORTER had INT in last meeting. Had INT in Week 6. S ADRIAN AMOS had 9 tackles in last meeting. S CHRIS PROSINSKI had 6 tackles & FF in last meeting…PACKERS: QB AARON RODGERS is 12-4 as starter vs. Chi. Has 14 pass TDs with 1 INT for 127.0 rating in past 4 meetings…RB EDDIE LACY rushed for 105 yards & had TD catch in last meeting. Has 6 TDs (4 rush, 2 rec.) in 6 career games vs. Chi…WR DAVANTE ADAMS has TD catch in 2 of past 3 at home. WR RANDALL COBB had TD catch last week. Has 6 TDs in past 5 vs. Chi. WR TY MONTGOMERY had career-high 10 receptions & 98 rec. yards in Week 6. WR JORDY NELSON is averaging 140.3 yards per game in past 3 vs. Chi. & has 4 TDs. Has 12 rec. TDs in past 11 at home. TE RICHARD RODGERS has TD in 3 of past 4 vs. NFC North…LB CLAY MATTHEWS has 6+ tackles in 6 of past 7 vs. Chi. LB JULIUS PEPPERS had sack & FF last week. Has 2.5 sacks in past 3 vs. Chi. LB NICK PERRY has 4.5 sacks in past 5. CB QUINTEN ROLLINS had sack in last meeting. S MORGAN BURNETT led team with 10 tackles & INT in Week 6. Had FF in last meeting.

Chicago Bears Player Profile: Willie Young


By Bryan Dietzler

After signing a contract extension this past July, the Bears had hoped that the mostly consistent outside linebacker, Willie Young, would have a stellar season.  To start, Young’s 2016 campaign was a rough one.  He had only one sack in the Bears first four games.  He finally broke out against the Colts recording three sacks.  The Willie Young fans know and love so well was back “fishing” again on a regular basis.

Young is somewhat of a polarizing figure for Bears fans.  He has been one of their top performers since he arrived in Chicago and is a pretty interesting character.  But where does Young come from?  How did he get into the NFL?  How did he make it to Chicago?

The following is a look at the life and football career of Willie Young. There is a peek into where he can from, where he went to college, and where he played before he came to the Bears.  Some of his stats will be included as well.

Young was born on September 19th, 1985 in Rivera Beach, Florida.  Not much is known about his life before high school.  We do know that in high school, he played three sports.  He played football, where he was a defensive lineman, track and basketball.

He had some impressive statistics while he was in high school.  In his junior year, he racked up 60 tackles with 15 of those were for a loss.  He also collected nine sacks.  In his senior year at Riviera Beach, he had 65 tackles, 25 for a loss and 12 sacks.  Very impressive.

The high school football scouting service gave Young a rating of three out of five starts which isn’t that bad. Perhaps he was destined to have a solid college career.

Young ended up getting a scholarship to North Carolina State University.  He was redshirted in 2005 but played in all of the team’s games in 2006 (12 games).  He started five of those contests and his the highpoint of that season, for him, came when he returned an interception 34 yards for a touchdown.

During the 2007 season, Young played in every game starting eight.  In 2008, he started in all 12 games and had an impressive 12.5 tackles for loss, 26 quarterback hurries and 6.5 sacks.

The pre-NFL draft rankings were fairly favorable for Young.  He was ranked 18th out of the 182 defensive ends in the 2010 NFL Draft.  He had an excellent chance of first, getting drafted and second, getting drafted in a higher round.


When the dust settled from draft, Young had been selected in the seventh round at number 213.  He was headed to the Detroit Lions.

Young’s first season as a pro was very uneventful.  He spent most of the time inactive on game day and participated in just two games.  He got some additional action the next season, 2011, seeing time in 14 games.

One of the most memorable moments of Young’s career with the Lions came in 2013.  The Lions were playing the New England Patriots in a preseason game.  In the game, Young had an encounter with famed Patriot’s quarterback Tom Brady.  Young caused Brady to throw an errant pass.  When the play was over, Young proceeded to snatch Brady’s jersey and put his finger in Brady’s face through his facemask.

The play earned Young a 15 yard penalty.  He sat on the bench the rest of the game.

Young’s fortunes would turn in March of 2013 as he signed a three year contract with the Chicago Bears.  Young would earn nine million for the deal.  This was much better than the contract he came into the league with.

The Bears penciled Young in as a backup behind their starters, at that time, Jared Allen and Lamarr Houston.  Young did see some action early on in the 2014 campaign and earned his first sack in the Bears first game (against the Buffalo Bills).  Young racked up two more sacks the next week (against San Francisco) and got one more against the New York Jets.

The budding star went sackless the next week but still had an impact in the game (which was against the Green Bay Packers).  He blocked a kick.

Young’s sack streak started back up again the next week as he got Cam Newton to the turf once in a Bears loss.  Two more sacks were added to his season tally the following week against the Atlanta Falcons.  Young was turning into a bit of a superstar.

The rest of the season was hit and miss for Young.  He earned three more sacks, closing out the year with 10.  That was pretty good for someone who hadn’t seen much action during his first few seasons.  But change was coming for Young and the Bear’s defense.  Change that Young appeared to not care for.

The Bears changed coaching staffs the next season and brought in former San Francisco 49ers defensive coordinator Vic Fangio.  Fangio’s mantra was the 3-4 defense.  The introduction of the 3-4 defense meant that Young would have to move to outside linebacker.  This was a change that he appeared not to enjoy and stated that he didn’t want to be called a linebacker.  He was openly vocal about it.


In the 2015 season, Young played in a total of 15 games with eight starts.  All together he had six and a half sacks along with one interception.  That interception came in the Bears game against the Rams and the return he had on it is memorable. If you saw that game and saw Young return the pick, you would recall his rumbling down the sideline before getting belted out of bounds at the end it.  It was a “highlight” play from a dismal 2015 season for the Bears.

In July of this year, Young signed a two year contract extension.  This would allow him to continue on as a Bear and perhaps finish his career with them.

At the end of training camp, Young was named the starter at one of the outside linebacker positions.  This came after a strong training camp and preseason.

Fans seem to enjoy Young and his famous post-sack dance.  He likes to pretend like he is “fishing” following a sack.  He pretends to cast, pretends to hook the fish and then pretends to reel it in.  Very entertaining.

Young is a comical guy and fans seem to really like him.  He is a solid starter and appears to be getting better as this season progresses.  Hopefully he can continue to play well over the next few games and give the Bears defense a boost.  He’s definitely one of the players to watch.

Jaguars game update: Young had a pretty nice game against the Jaguars this past Sunday.  In the game he had two sacks and a forced fumble that saved the Bears, at least for the time being.  Another excellent game in a Bears uniform by Young.

Hoyer’s Big Day Doesn’t Matter; Bears Fall at Home to Jaguars 17-16

Jacksonville Jaguars v Chicago Bears

Blake Bortles threw for 271 yards and hit a slipping Arrelious Benn for a 51-yard touchdown in the closing minutes, lifting the Jaguars to a 17-16 victory over the Bears on Sunday.

The Jaguars (2-3) wiped out a 13-0 deficit in the fourth quarter in a matchup of last-place teams. And the go-ahead touchdown might have been helped by the oft-criticized turf at Soldier Field.

Benn slipped as he caught a slant and so did Tracy Porter as he tried to tag the receiver. That allowed Benn, who spent the past three seasons on injured reserve, to get up and run untouched for his first touchdown in five seasons.

That gave the Jaguars a one-point lead with 2:49 left and sent the Bears (1-5) to another loss after they dropped the previous game to Indianapolis on a late TD pass by Andrew Luck. Chicago came up short despite racking up 389 yards.

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Jaguars at Bears NFL Week Six Inactives

Jaguars: QB Brandon Allen, CB Josh Johnson, RB Corey Grant, TE Neal Sterling, WR Rashad Geene, DE Chris Smith, OL Bryce Harris

Bears: QB Jay Cutler, CB Deiondre Hall, RB Jeremy Langford, S DeAndre Houston-Carson, C Eric Kush, NT Eddie Goldman, OLB Leonard Floyd

Chicago Bears versus the Jacksonville Jaguars Game Preview


By Bryan Dietzler

Fresh off of a heartbreaking 29-23 loss to the Indianapolis Colts, the Chicago Bears will return to Soldier Field to take on the 1-3 Jacksonville Jaguars.  Jacksonville is coming off of a bye week.  The week prior to that, they took on the same opponent the Bears had last week, Indianapolis, playing in England.  There, they beat the Colts 30-27.

Jacksonville was supposed to have a breakout season this year but they haven’t been able to “get over the hump” and win.  This team, coming in playing the way they are, could be just what the doctor ordered for the Bears.

Chicago has been having some good success at the quarterback position with Brian Hoyer playing for the injured Jay Cutler.  They have gotten consistency, error free play and great effort which is something that has been lacking over the last few years at quarterback.  But with that, what they haven’t been getting is wins.

Right now, Hoyer has just one win in his time as a starter (with the Bears) but he has kept the team in games and nearly delivered another victory.  Like we learned against the Colts last Sunday, he just can’t seem to come up with that one big play to seal it.  That’s what he failed to do against the Colts.

We can talk about there being a quarterback controversy all day long.  When Cutler is finally able to return from his injury, it is likely he will not be the starter.  Hoyer will need to play consistently over the next few games to prove he can remain the starter.  Can he sty consistent against Jacksonville?

The Jaguars are allowing opponents to pass for an average of 245.5 yards per game.  That is considered to be middle of the road.  Chicago’s offense is putting up some decent numbers throwing the ball.  They are averaging 281.6 yards per game through the air so things could shake out in the Bears favor on Sunday.  If Hoyer can continue to play well the Bears should see some success.

Similar to last season, the Bear’s wide receiver corps is working with second and third string talent.  Granted, they do have Alshon Jeffery healthy and available but the rest of the group is not overloaded with immense talent.  If the Bears plan to win this game, or any game coming, they need to get Jeffery more involved in the offense.  Through five games so far, he has caught 22 passes for 394 yards and no touchdowns.  That is far below what he normally averages and well below what he is capable of.  He just isn’t getting the ball despite the Bears are throwing a lot of passes.

The formula for success in the passing game is to get the ball to Jeffery.  Hoyer has had time, his protection has been good but he needs to get the ball to his big playmaker.  The other receivers (Cameron Meredith, tight end Zach Miller and others) are well adept at catching the ball and can make plays but not like Jeffery can.  And there aren’t too many cornerbacks in the NFL, or on the Jaguars for that matter, that can cover Jeffery.

Chicago’s rushing attack has been solid over the past two games and rookie Jordan Howard is having a good start.  One thing that was observed last week was that the Bears shied away from their rushing attack as the game progressed last week.  This despite the fact the two teams were close for the entire game.  Chicago could have run the ball and been effective but they chose to throw it much more.  If the Bears want to win this game, they need to give Howard the ball early and often to control the ball and the clock.

The offensive line has progressively has gotten better over the course of the last couple of games except for Bobby Massie.  Massie has struggled greatly this season and should be looked at to be replaced sooner or later.  Sooner might be better.  Kyle Long is doing very well and doing it quietly.  The rest of the group is getting along well.  They are great run blockers, pretty stout pass blockers and have given this offense a good base from which to operate.


Chicago’s defense was a little bit porous against the Colts after being pretty solid against the Lions the previous week.  The Colts have a pretty good passing game and that ate away at the Bears defense till it broke and gave up a significant amount of yardage through the air.  This, despite the fact they were able to get good pass pressure on Luck.  Most of that pass pressure came from the linebackers.  To beat the Jaguars, the Bears are going to need to get pass pressure from both the line (as well as the linebackers).

The defensive line has gotten a little bit better at getting pressure and taking care of the run.  Right now, the Jaguars are averaging 75 yards on the ground per game.  This is not good (it ranks 30th in the NFL) but the Bear’s rushing defense isn’t the strongest.  Chicago is allowing an average of 118 yards per game so they haven’t been too stout against the run.  It all starts up front and the Bears should (and need) be able to shut things down up at the line this Sunday.

The Jaguars are gaining an average of 245.5 yards through the air per game.  That is good for 19th in the NFL so they are just under middle of the pack in that category.  The Bears have struggled keeping the opponents passing games in check this season so they need to get better.  They can’t allow the Jaguars to pass the ball all over the field Sunday because if they do, it will be another close game.  The Bears struggle to finish the close ones.

The true heart and soul of the Bear’s defense is their linebackers.  They have a solid group, when healthy, and these guys make a lot of plays.  Jerrell Freeman is the star and he should have his usual big game.  Danny Trevethan is back and will contribute.  Willie Young had a breakout (three sack) game against the Colts and can continue to play well against Jacksonville. If this unit plays solid, the defense will be solid.  It’s likely they will have their way with the Jaguars offense.

The secondary was quite suspect against the Colts and allowed a lot of yardage through the air.  The Bears are allowing teams to throw for an average of 227.6 yards per game.  This is a little less than what the Jaguars are getting via the pass.  If Chicago can get to quarterback Blake Bortels and apply pressure, forcing him to make mistakes, they could see a lot of success against Jacksonville.  Turnovers will also be key.  If they allow the Jaguars to throw the ball all over the field, like they did for Andrew Luck, they will lose.

The secondary has had some injury concerns (tarter Kyle Fuller is on injured reserve) and their depth, although good on paper, hasn’t been living up to it’s potential at times this season (especially last week).  If the guys can play better and the line and linebackers can get good pressure on the quarterback, Chicago’s defense should rise up and help the team win this game.  Jacksonville can be pressured and be forced into making mistakes.  Chicago’s defense needs to do that.


After last week’s kicking debacle, you would have thought that Chicago would have looked at other kickers.  But, they are sticking with Connor Barth, at least for now.  If he has a repeat of last week he could be gone next week.  The Bears, because they struggle to score points, need everyone to be able to contribute and be consistent. If they are missing three or six points a game thanks to the ineffectiveness of one player, that means they are probably losing games.  They can’t afford to have someone like that on the roster.

Other than Barth, the remainder of the Bear’s special teams are pretty solid.  Punting is great and coverage is pretty good. They need their star return specialist, Eddie Royal, to break another long one (like he did earlier this season).  Royal is a little banged up so it’s hard to tell what he will be able to do but he can be electric at times.

The coaching staff called a good game against the Lions two weeks ago but reverted back to the odd play calling that got them in trouble to start the season.  Then it happened again against Indianapolis.  They tend to forget the running game and go to the passing game hoping that will lead them to victory.  That was the Bear’s mantra last week and they can’t do it that way this week.  They need to balance it out, run the ball to start and control the ball and the clock.  If they can do that, they will win this game.

Just like last week, this week’s game puts two of the league’s worst teams together in a battle that will most likely be a slugfest.  You can expect this to be a close game but the Bears should end up being the better team.  You can also forget that the game is at Soldier Field.  Home field advantage hasn’t meant that much to the Bears over the past couple of seasons.

Prediction: Chicago 25 Jacksonville 17

Chicago Bears versus the Indianapolis Colts Game Thoughts

Aug 22, 2015; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck is sacked by Chicago Bears linebacker Pernell McPhee (92) at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Thomas J. Russo-USA TODAY Sports

By Bryan Dietzler

The Chicago Bears came into their game this Sunday against the Colts with high hopes of keeping the momentum gained from their win against the Lions going. They hoped that momentum would carry them forward to another victory.  The Colts had been in a downward spiral to start the season and needed a win against the Bears to keep hopes of having a winning season alive.

This was a game of two fairly evenly matched teams.  It was felt that the Colts had a little bit better advantage at quarterback being they have Andrew Luck as their signal caller and he’s been pretty good since entering the NFL.  The Bears were starting Brian Hoyer again and while he had done well in his previous starts, he was not the same caliber as the afore mentioned Luck.  The Bears had a slight disadvantage here but they felt they could overcome that with a strong running game and an opportunistic defense.

In the end the Bears played well but it wasn’t good enough as they couldn’t overcome the mistakes they made which included penalties and missed opportunities. The Bears ended up losing in the waning moments of the game, 29-23.  It was a hard fought contest, as predicted, with a lot of offense and somewhat ineffective defense on both sides.  Had the Bears been able to take advantage of perhaps just a couple opportunities or avoid one or two penalties, they would have won this game.  That is how close it was.

Chicago’s first drive of the game was a good one but they couldn’t punch it in the end zone.  Instead they settled for a Connor Barth field goal.  The Colts would follow it up with a nice drive of their own but that one stalled out and ended in a field goal also.  The Colts would end up adding a touchdown a little later on when they succeed in faking out the Bear’s defense scoring an easy touchdown.

The Bears put together a decent drive to follow up with the Colt’s touchdown but they struggled with a penalty (Kyle Long) and settled for a long field goal.  The Colts had a short drive on their next go round which ended with an Adam Vinatieri field goal.  Each team was trading scoring drives but early on the Colts had the advantage.

The Bears would finally score a touchdown on the next drive following a long run by rookie running back Jordan Howard. Chicago’s offense was able to put the ball in the end zone with a Hoyer to Cameron Meredith pass.  This, coming after it appeared Howard had scored on a short run before the play was called back due to a penalty.  That score tied the game up at 13 apiece.

The Colts put up three to close out the first half.  Both defenses were playing less than stellar football to start and it appeared that the team that could just get one key stop in the second half may win the game.

In the second half the two teams started off slowly and punted one time a piece.  The Bears had the Colts back to the wall on another drive but a penalty allowed Indianapolis to keep going.  Penalties were a real problem for the Bears in this game.  The defense did step up and kept the Colts to just a field goal on that possession.

Chicago got the ball back with the score 19-13 and drove down the field only to see their drive stall.  Barth got two chances to kick a field goal and bring the Bears to within three but on both chances (the second chance coming on a penalty by the Colts) he missed.  The Colts took over following the stop.

Indianapolis was stopped on their next possession and the Bears got a shot at edging closer or possibly taking the lead on the next drive.  They were able to get within three as Barth nailed a field goal to make it 19-16.

The Colts couldn’t do anything on their next drive so the Bears go the ball back after a monster punt by punter Pat McAfee.  Despite the poor field position, the Bears were able to take it all the way down the field capping off a near perfect drive with a 21 yard touchdown pass to Howard.  The Bears were up 23-19 at that point with about seven minutes in the fourth quarter.  It was the Bears longest drive in several seasons.

The Colts were able to move the ball down the field easily on their next drive and regain the lead 26-23.  With just under four minutes left, Chicago got the ball back and had the opportunity to retake the lead.  On that drive, Chicago receiver Cameron Meredith coughed up the football and the Colts recovered.  The Bears defense did stiffen though and held the Colts to just a field goal.  The score was now 29-23.

The Bears got the ball back with just over two minutes left and moved down the field quickly but in the end a penalty by Bobby Massie and a missed opportunity ended the game for the Bears.  Their chances of winning slipped away.

It appears as if Hoyer is going to remain the starter at least a little while longer.  He had a monster game throwing the ball and did a nice job of managing things even though he missed a few opportunities.  He did what he could do with second and third string wide receivers and got the ball out when it mattered.  Pencil him in as the starter until he has a break down and Cutler is back healthy.  For now he is playing very well and can’t be easily replaced.

When starting running back Jeremy Langford went out a couple games ago with an ankle injury, the coaching staff knew they could rely on rookie running back Jordan Howard and for the second straight game he delivered.  He had the longest run in years for the Bears and was breaking tackles all over the field.  Like situation with Hoyer and Cutler, the Bears may have found their starting running back for the rest of the season and Langford may be relegated to backup duty when he returns.

The wide receivers had a pretty decent game but did make a few mistakes (like the fumble by Meredith).  There were some missed opportunities and some routes that weren’t run correctly but overall this was a decent effort rather than a poor one.  The second and third string receivers, like they did last year when the chips were down, played well and gave the Bears a chance to move the ball and win the game through the air.  They will have to do it again week after week for the remainder of the season but they should be up to the task.

It is this writer’s opinion the worst player on the team right now is Bobby Massie.  Massie’s play has been inconsistent over the first few games.  On Sunday, he earned himself a penalty at a critical time and it cost the team dearly.  Massie has to be there because the Bears don’t have anyone else so he will remain in the lineup but hopefully they can upgrade the position this coming offseason. The line did a decent job overall but there were some careless penalties earned by this unit.  They need to clean their act up.

The defensive line got some good push up front and kept pressure on Luck (although the bulk of the sacks came from the linebackers).  You can see that starter Eddie Goldman is missed but the guys who are left have stepped in and done some good things in his absence.  This unit will be a lot better when Goldman gets back but for now, they are pretty stout and getting better with each game.

The best unit on the team, the linebackers, had a good game.  After a long wait, Willie Young got in the act with three sacks which was huge for him.  He’s finally starting to look like he’s worth the money the Bears paid him.  The rest of the group did struggle occasionally but the Colts killed the Bears in the passing game and not the running game.  Perhaps the group could have blitzed more to put pressure on Luck and keep him from having the success he had.

The secondary did give up some yardage through the air but that was expected.  The Colts offense is good, particularly in the passing game and it’s hard to contain Luck. But when the secondary needed a stop, they weren’t able to do it and they were a big part of why the Bears lost this game.  This team has a good secondary but they make some mistakes and don’t have the athletes to keep up with some of the faster wide receivers the have and will encounter.

Special teams were a rough spot again for the Bears in this game as Barth cost them critical points.  At one point Barth missed a field goal then, a penalty was called on the Colts giving him another chance.  Despite being five yards closer, he missed the second opportunity.  The Bears need to find someone else to kick the ball.  Punting was solid and coverage teams were pretty good.

The coaching staff called a good game against the Colts except they didn’t run the ball as often as they should have. It was also the execution that didn’t work out well for Chicago.  The offense is getting better (in terms of coaching and play calling) but the defensive play calling (while good) is lacking in execution.  The Bears need to firm some things up there.

Chicago will host the Jacksonville Jaguars next Sunday at Soldier Field.  The Jaguars are 1-3 so, like their game against the Colts, they will be facing another weaker team.  The Bears need to take advantage of these matchups.

A full preview of the Bears upcoming game against the Jaguars will be posted later this week.

Jaguars at Bears NFL Week Six Capsule



STREAKS   3 of past 4
COACHES VS. OPP. Gus Bradley: 0-0 John Fox: 2-1
LAST WEEK Bye (Wk. 4: W 30-27 vs. Indianapolis in London) L 29-23 at Indianapolis
LAST GAME 10/7/12: Chicago 41 at Jacksonville 3. Chicago WR Brandon Marshall has 12 receptions for 144 yards & TD. Bears CB Charles Tillman & LB Lance Briggs each record INT-TD.
LAST GAME AT SITE 12/7/08: Bears 23, Jaguars 10. Chicago QB Kyle Orton passes for 219 yards & 2 TDs. Bears RB Matt Forte has 106 scrimmage yards.
REFEREE Clete Blakeman
BROADCAST CBS (1:00 PM ET): Andrew Catalon, Steve Tasker, Steve Beuerlein (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 126 (Jax), 135 (Chi). XM: 381 (Jax), 232 (Chi).


PASSING Blake Bortles: 98-160-1050-7-6-79.4 Brian Hoyer: 100-140-1094-6-0-108.5 (3L)
RUSHING T.J. Yeldon: 48-155-3.2-1 Jordan Howard (R): 51-296-5.8-0
RECEIVING Allen Robinson: 21-238-11.3-3 Eddie Royal: 25-284-11.4-2
OFFENSE 320.8 372.4
DEFENSE 304.5 346.0
SACKS Yannick Ngakoue (R): 3 Willie Young: 4
INTs 3 tied: 1 3 tied: 1
PUNTING Brad Nortman: 48.4 Pat O’Donnell: 42.6
KICKING Jason Myers: 30 (9/9 PAT; 7/9 FG) Connor Barth: 25 (10/10 PAT; 5/8 FG)


JAGUARS: QB BLAKE BORTLES aims for 4th in row with 2+ TD passes. In past 2 on road vs. NFC, has completed 50 of 68 (73.5 pct.) for 671 yards with 8 TDs vs. 3 INTs for 125.3 rating…RB T.J. YELDON aims for 3rd in row vs. NFC with TD. Had 117 scrimmage yards (71 rush, 46 rec.) in Week 4. RB CHRIS IVORY had 96 scrimmage yards (52 rec., 44 rush) in only game vs. Chi. (9/22/14 with NYJ)…WR ALLEN ROBINSON has 3 rec. TDs in past 2 & has 15 rec. TDs in past 16. Since 2015, leads NFL with 17 rec. TDs. WR ALLEN HURNS had 42-yard TD catch in Week 4. In past 2 vs. NFC on road, has 13 catches for 223 yards (111.5 per game) & 3 TDs. Since 2013, TE JULIUS THOMAS has 30 rec. TDs, most by NFL TE…Rookie DE YANNICK NGAKOUE had INT, sack & FF in Week 4. Aims for 4th in row with sack & leads rookies with 3 sacks. LB PAUL POSLUSZNY aims for 3rd in row with sack or INT. Leads team with 35 tackles… BEARS: QB BRIAN HOYER aims for 4th in row with 300+ pass yards & 2+ TDs. Passed for 293 yards & 3 TDs for 119.3 rating in 10/18/15 meeting (with Hou.)…Rookie RB JORDAN HOWARD had 163 scrimmage yards (118 rush, 45 rec.) & TD catch last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 100+ rush yards…WR ALSHON JEFFERY had TD catch in last meeting. Has 100+ rec. yards in 2 of past 3 vs. AFC. WR CAMERON MEREDITH had career-high 9 receptions, 130 yards & TD last week. TE ZACH MILLER has 3 rec. TDs in past 3…Rookie DE JONATHAN BULLARD had 1st career sack last week. LB JERRELL FREEMAN ranks 2nd in NFC with 48 tackles. Aims for 4th in row with 7+ tackles. LB DANNY TREVATHAN had INT in only meeting (10/13/13 with Den). LB WILLIE YOUNG had 3 sacks in Week 5. Has 5 sacks in past 4 vs. AFC. S ADRIAN AMOS had FF in Week 5. S CHRIS PROSINSKI led team with 8 tackles last week.

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