The Chicago Bears’ woes continued as they misplaced 24-17 to the Tennessee Titans on Sunday. Their playoff aspirations proceed to fade away, as a 3rd straight loss doesn’t assist issues in anyway. What was as soon as a promising begin at 5-1 has develop into a nightmare. The staff’s report now stands at 5-4.
It’s starting to sound like a damaged report, however the Bears had been on the fallacious aspect of one more ugly recreation. It’s the identical tune and dance with these guys. From begin to end, the Bears had been a disjointed staff. Wash, rinse, repeat.
There wasn’t a lot to remove from this recreation contemplating it was largely dangerous because of the standard points. Nevertheless, listed here are the primary observations from a disastrous efficiency in Nashville.
How far more can one ask for? The protection deserves main props. They stifled the high-powered Titans offense, holding them to 17 factors and 228 complete yards on 55 performs for a median of 4.1 yards per play. The Titans recorded simply 11 complete first downs as nicely.
These yards and first downs distributed like so:
- Go Offense: seven first downs, 136 yards on 21 makes an attempt
- Run Offense: 4 first downs, 92 yards on 31 makes an attempt
For the afternoon, Tennessee’s offense was confined to a sturdy 40% third-down conversion fee after going six for 15 general.
The most important accomplishment of the sport for the Bears’ protection was their containment of Derrick Henry. The usually harmful again carried the ball 21 occasions for simply 68 yards (3.2 avg).
Titans’ QB Ryan Tannehill didn’t fare a lot better. His ultimate stat line learn: 10/21, 158 yards, 2 TD, 0 INT, 104.9 QB Score. Moreover, the Bears’ protection collected three sacks that amounted to 22 yards misplaced.
Not a single soul ought to blame the Bears’ struggles on the protection.
Matt Nagy’s time in Chicago appears to be operating its course, at the very least from an goal efficiency analysis standpoint. The offensive guru is in manner over his head. Nagy appears to be clueless as a schemer, recreation planner, and play-caller. He has zero really feel for the sport and the changes he makes are few and much between.
Consequently, Nagy is the Achilles heel for the Bears. His stubbornness and ego are getting in the best way of the place the Bears might be headed. The protection is doing their job however the offense retains taking pictures themselves within the foot. These issues on offense aren’t a latest growth, as they’ve continued ever since he was employed.
The summation of Nagy the play-caller…
The offense was putrid, as they might solely muster up 17 factors. Oddly sufficient, the Bears’ offense did outperform the Titans’ offense. Nevertheless, simply trying on the complete numbers will be fairly deceptive. The stat sheet gained’t present that almost all of these yards and factors got here in rubbish time.
The Bears completed with 375 yards on 75 performs for a median of 5 yards per play. The passing assault logged 319 yards whereas the operating recreation may solely contribute 56 yards. They even managed 22 first downs (17 passing and 5 speeding), which was double what the Titans had.
Nevertheless, turnovers and penalties had been backbreakers. The Bears coughed up the ball twice, one among which was returned for a landing.
There was a sequence early on within the recreation the place the Bears value themselves an opportunity at factors because of a number of terrible penalties.
Third Down Struggles
Moreover, the Bears struggled mightily on third downs. At one level, they had been zero for 9 on third-down conversions. They completed with simply two conversions on 15 makes an attempt.
That is particularly regarding contemplating the very fact the Titans beforehand had been permitting their opponents to transform on a excessive share of third-down conditions.
Third Quarter Ineptitude
The Bears have struggled to attain or do a lot of something within the third quarter all season.
Did they rating within the third quarter towards the Titans? Nope.
The particular groups got here by way of when the offense couldn’t. Pat O’Donnell flipped discipline place and gave the protection a little bit of assist.
Humorous (or unhappy) sufficient, the most important play and run of the day was a direct snap on a punt that OLB Barkevious Mingo carried for 11 yards and first down.
Evidently, the Bears punt A LOT. Not simply in 2020 however over the past 50 years.
Usually how Patterson is used and when he’s used is a matter. Nonetheless, at present was an exception. The Bears used Patterson splendidly on this recreation all issues thought of. The RB/WR recorded 40 all-purpose yards — 27 yards on 4 receptions and 13 yards on three rushes.
It was a very good day for Mr. Patterson.
The Bears’ third-year linebacker continued his spectacular play. Smith completed with 11 tackles (9 solo, two tackles for loss), one sack, and one QB hit towards the Titans.
The Bears’ offensive line has been decimated by accidents, little doubt, however even when wholesome they’re uninspiring as a unit. Right here’s how they lined up at present:
- LT: Charles Leno
- LG: Arlington Hambright
- C: Alex Bars
- RG: Germain Ifedi
- RT: Rashaad Coward
This was a dumpster hearth of a recreation and one everybody must rinse it from their recollections as quickly as doable. The Bears’ protection held up their finish of the discount and the offense didn’t, per standard. This staff doesn’t instill confidence in anybody going ahead. The offense is an absolute mess and with Nagy calling the performs it’ll be arduous to fathom any spark or turnaround coming quickly. Watching this recreation was painful as pulling enamel. Yikes.
One step ahead (Saints recreation), two steps again (Titans recreation).
What’s On Faucet Subsequent?
The Chicago Bears take Minnesota Vikings at Soldier Subject in a Week 10 matchup. These two groups will sq. off in primetime on Monday, November sixteenth at 7:15 PM CDT. The sport can be televised on ESPN. The Bears will head into that divisional matchup on a three-game skid. In the meantime, the Vikings are driving a two-game successful streak after taking down the Packers and Lions in consecutive weeks. These components ought to make for an fascinating NFC North battle.
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