The loss in Atlanta only adds to the Bears’ trend of dropping close contests. Interestingly, six of their eight losses were by one point.
- Week 4 Giants: Lost by 8
- Week 5 Vikings: lost by 7
- Week 6 against the leaders: down by 5
- Week 9 vs. Dolphins: Lost by 3
- Week 10 against the Lions: lost by 1
- Week 11 Falcons: lost by 3
Yes, the Bears family was clearly lacking in the talent department, and training wasn’t exceptional. Despite these factors, they still had a chance of winning or drawing six matches.
Hypothetically speaking, let’s say they flip the score of three of those games. Instead of being 3-8, they could be 6-5 right now. Good teams find ways to win games like this, but the Bears aren’t a very talented or good team right now.
Here are the key takeaways from another huge loss in Week 11.
Tankathon: Improved draft mode
After last week, the Bears were scheduled to pick sixth overall in the 2023 NFL Draft. However, after losing to the Falcons and a few other teams that won their games, the Bears stepped up to the plate.
As it stands, the Tankathon has the Bears’ third overall selection now.
This puts the Bears in line for EDGE Will Anderson Jr. draft pick. or D.L. Jalen Carter. They can also re-trade a desperate QB and put together a few more picks.
Speaking of quarterbacks, Justin Fields had a tough run on Sunday. Statistically, it was a good day. He finished the game 14/21 for 153 yards (7.3 yd/Att) with 1 touchdown, 1 interception, and a QB rating of 84.0. In addition, he again led the team in rushing. Fields carried the ball 18 times for 85 yards (4.7 avg) and had one touchdown.
The disturbing part of this contest was the number of times the Falcons’ defense caught him in the fields and sacked him. Atlanta’s pass defense entered the competition to rank last in the NFL. However, the Falcons ransacked the fields four times.
Given how bad the Falcons were, the Fields production level was a bit surprising. However, it wasn’t the best day for the offense as a whole, and the sophomore quarterback was once again the only bright spot. But he gets hit on the field in the process and he’s finally catching up.
The fields are disturbed at this point in the season. He was dealing with cramps late in Sunday’s game and was seen several times being stretched. Ultimately, he suffered a left (non-throwing) shoulder injury on the final drive. The injury was so great that he had to be removed from the field after the match.
Cracks finally appear in the shield. Protect the QB1 at all costs!
What an awful performance from a play caller. This guy stinks of Luke Gitsi. Yes, I’ll probably be flattered since the Bears still score 24 points.
The Falcons adapted to what the Bears were trying to do in the second half and the Jetsie never responded. His call to play late in the game was odd, as the plan included QB plays (the first seemed determined) when Fields had shoulder spasms.
But it wasn’t just a problem in the final minutes. The Bears left plenty of points off the board and Getsy’s scheming didn’t help. Again, he wasn’t “bad” throughout the game, but he wasn’t great either.
To his credit: Designing the play on landing Darnell Mooney in the first quarter was a sweet thing.
Chasing Claypool… Where are you?
It’s time to address the elephant in the room. Chase Claypool was essentially non-existent in his three weeks as Bear. Sure, the first week is understandable. Showing up in the middle of the week and then playing on Sunday isn’t easy.
But last week and this week? The bears have some ‘spleenin’ to do.
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- Ninth week: 6 targets, 2 catches, 13 yards (6.5 yd/Rec)
- Tenth week: 2 targets, 1 catch, 8 yards (8.0 yards/scoring)
- Week 11: 3 targets, 2 catches, 11 yards (5.5 yd/Rec)
This is definitely not the level of production the Bears want to see after giving up the second round draft pick to acquire Claypool. The worst part is that he wasn’t the Ravens’ second-round pick that Chicago got in the Roquan Smith trade.
Instead, it was the Bears’ organic second-round pick, who is currently ranked 35th overall at the moment — basically a late first-round pick.
Let’s not even talk about it. It was horrible. Well, I guess we’ll talk about it in a little bit.
The Bears did not sack Marcus Mariota in this contest. Chicago frequently missed tackles, took bad stalking angles, and committed penalties. Good grief punishments. He extended the drive and gave the Falcons a first down that the Bears could not stand.
The front four are not good. So, defensive coordinator Alan Williams is doing something uncharacteristic of Matt Eberflus’ defense. Send blitz… often. And on a few occasions, he sent home.
Unfortunately, the Hawks picked up on those lightning strikes and made the Bears’ secondary vulnerable. It was painful to watch.
The only bright spot on defense was Jack Sanborn. The undrafted rookie has filled in well since Roquan Smith’s departure. Sanborn has made his presence known over the past few games, and Sunday continued that trend.
The former Wisconsin Badger would fly and make big tackles at critical points. He was second in tackles behind Jaquan Brisker. Overall, he recorded nine tackles (eight solo) and one QB hit.
How and why it went without industry has been a mystery. Ryan Pauls moving quickly to bring the Lake Zurich native home was a commendably smart move.
Old friend Cordrell Patterson returned the kickoff 103 yards for a touchdown. La Beers fans shouldn’t be surprised after seeing his comeback prowess live in Chicago for a few years.
Elsewhere on special teams, Cairo Santos attempted a 56-yard field goal that came a short yard out. The past two weeks have been difficult for him.
In general, this stage of the game does not look pretty for the bears at the moment. Hopefully better days will come.
It’s hard to fully dissect this Chicago Bears team right now. The offense looks fine, but the defense is a mess. Discipline has also been an issue with repeated bad penalties since week two.
The Bears have been in almost every game, often with the ball in their hands with a chance to win. However, they still fall short. Yes, a lot of fans think that using a tank to improve your draft position is the right way to go. However, winning some of these matches would also be beneficial for such a young team. You can’t just teach her. You have to live it and learn from it. So far, they haven’t.
Now, Justin Fields is tense and an easier part of the schedule is over. Down the stretch, many difficult tests await. You’ll be hard pressed to find wins even with Fields being the main signal caller.
If Fields misses time and Trevor Siemian takes the offense? The Bears could well lose and finish 3-14.
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The Chicago Bears will head to East Rutherford, New Jersey for the second time this season. This time, they will face the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium. The Week 12 competition takes place on Sunday, November 27 at 12pm CST on FOX.
The Bears will be looking to bounce back from their fourth straight loss and snap a month-long losing streak. Hopefully, Justin Fields will lead them against a very tough Jets defense. Likewise, Luke Getsy and the rest of Attack are looking to get back on track. Chicago’s defense may be a lost cause at this point. Perhaps the unit could take advantage of the Jets’ current uncertainty at the quarterback position.
As for the Jets, they suffered a heartbreaking loss to the New England Patriots in Week 11. And while they’re trying to bounce back, the Bears might be the perfect opponent. New York crime has some game makers. Zack Wilson, if he plays, is flanked by James Robinson, Michael Carter, Garrett Wilson, and Elijah Moore.
The Jets’ defense isn’t too shabby either. CJ Mosley, Quinnen Williams, DJ Reed and Quincy Williams anchor the unit. It will be difficult for the Bears to skate next week.
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