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Thursday, September 29th, 2016

BEARS WEEK 4 REVIEW

5

Chargers? Fine. Cowboys? Ok. Lions? Shoot me now.

I could list the many excuses available to defend the Bears losing in Detroit on Sunday. But does it really matter? In the end they got smoked by the Lions, giving up an NFL record 34 points in the 4th quarter.

And while that was alarming to say the least, the main problem is still the running game. You can say that the line play is horrible and you’d be right. But even when there are big holes or small holes or any holes Cedric Benson doesn’t look like anything resembling a player who was picked 4th overall. He looks like an undrafted free agent.

The idea in having a back like Benson was that he would thwart first contact, punish defenses and wear them down, and help the Bears control the clock. The defense and special teams, if not the occasional long bomb from Grossman to Berrian, would take care of the rest. So how are we doing with that?

Benson isn’t punishing anyone but Bears fans. He has no swagger, looks as if he is suffering from mono or anemia and the cherry on top is his inability to hold on to the ball. Are you serious? This is what we get from him?

He caught five passes yesterday and I didn’t see him make any one defender miss.

There’s waaaaaay too much to sort through here. Pick on Griese if you wish but at least he moved the chains and kept the offense on the field. Yes the picks were disturbing, but I doubt he will repeat that next week.

The 14 penalties were disgusting. Berrian’s drops keep increasing. The pieces are in pieces. You might say the season is already over. I won’t go that far. But if they don’t win next week, I might have to agree.

  • PB

    That game was both boring and exciting. Sorry Bears fans, but your team is awful. Getting thumped by the Motor City Kittycats is bad. I’m the biggest Lion fan out there, and there is no way the Lions should have won. Period. Nonetheless, it’s nice to have the Bears in the cellar with the Vikes. I thought the Bears were a running team. 52 passing attempts for a QB that’s been on the bench for two years? Why? FIRE MILLEN MANG! DON’T KICK THE DAMM BALL TO HESTER MANG!

  • http://zonersports.com The Zoner

    52 attempts because they have one running play–right into the middle of the defense–and it doesn’t work. I was actually surprised that Martz ran the ball as much as he did early on.

    That game was boring and exciting and basically garbage.

  • http://www.meaninglis.com Lis

    Look at these stats…
    Time of possession 30:23 (out of 60)
    1st downs Bears 22 Det 19

    At first I was also pissed off at this stat…
    52 passing attempts 22 rushing attempts

    But the running game is not working. It’s a critical game. What’s Turner to do? He’s got to try to win and the only way to do that is go w/ what’s working.

    Next to fumbling the the BIGGEST problem we have is the O-line not creating holes for Benson. This not only is this a problem for the offense but the lack of a running game keeps our defense on the field too long. Which in turns leads to defensive break downs and even worse injuries.

    I see the whole team problem as fixable. We need to be able to run the ball effectively.

    Only reason why TJ was successful last year is because TJ is a cut back runner. So all the O-line had to do was bunch up all the defenders and TJ would cut back. Then Benson would come in the 2nd half and beat up a tired defense.

    Benson is not a cutback runner. He’s a north/south runner and needs holes created by the line.

    I’m not entirely letting Ron off the hook but I don’t fault his game calling. I lay more fault in him for his personal packages and not getting Hester and Olson more involved. Especially when we have 52 pass plays and only 1 pass goes to Hester & Olson.

  • dhaab

    The difference between good and bad in the NFL is razor thin. Sometimes teams aren’t nearly as good as they look the previous season or two because of many factors. Luck, age, desire, schedule, injuries, team chemistry…the list goes on and on.

  • Mike O’Donnell

    Ugggghhhh. I really hope the Cubs win.

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