The Chicago Bears did not go down without a fight.
It seemed as though the Bears were going to be embarrassed out of Ford Field Sunday down 34-16 in the third quarter, but they battled back to within eight points. They could not muster a miracle,however, as they lost 40-32.
Cutler’s struggles lead Chicago Bears to first loss of season
Jay Cutler seemed to be in a daze for the entirety of the game, as he threw three interceptions and threw 47 times for 27 completions. He was also stripped of the ball, which was recovered by the Lions and returned for a touchdown. Although Cutler threw for more than 300 yards, this was one of his worst games. He missed wide open looks, and just made poor decisions. The Bears needed this victory, for the simple reason that it was a divisional matchup and could have gave the team momentum heading back home to face the Saints. Maybe some home cooking is what the Bears need, because this was certainly an all-around disappointment.
The receivers for the Bears did not help Cutler one bit, as they dropped passes left and right when they normally would be caught. However, Alshon Jeffery had 107 yards on five catches and Earl Bennett had 90 yards on eight to lead the receivers for the Bears. Jeffery’s 14-yard touchdown came late in the fourth quarter to kick-start the comeback effort, and a play later he caught the 2-point conversion to bring the Bears closer.
Matt Forte ran for 95 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries. His lone touchdown came in the first quarter, and later he broke free for a 53-yard gain. Forte looked energized and was one of the Bears’ only offensive threats. Lions running back Reggie Bush consistently gashed the Bears for yards, and he rushed for 139 of the Lions’ 159 yards on the ground along with a touchdown on 18 touches. Joique Bell accounted for 12 yards on seven touches, but the biggest factor to the Lions’ offensive success was Bush as the receivers did little to nothing.
Calvin Johson, aka Megatron, was held in check Sunday, as the leading receivers for the Lions were tight end Brandon Pettigrew and receiver Kris Durham, who recovered the Bears’ onside kick to seal the victory. Johnson was covered well by Charles Tillman and the Bears did a good job of keying on him. If only they could have done better with Bush, this game would have been a different story. Johnson had 44 yards and a touchdown on 4 touches, and Durham had 58 yards on three catches. Pettigrew had 54 on seven catches, giving the Lions 228 yards in the air. The Bears had 286 yards in the air, so it is very surprising to see a team who out gained the winning team perform so poorly as a unit.
The Bears went 1-13 in third down completions, and this was the biggest thing that hurt the team Sunday. It was a horrible game all around for the Bears, and it does not help that the Saints are coming to town next weekend.
Let’s hope they got all of the bad out of their system, because they can not afford a repeat performance.