Once again, the Bears offense fails to capitalize on multiple red zone opportunities, settling for four Robbie Gould filed goals, before finally getting into the end-zone in the 3rd quarter of a 24-20 home loss to the Eagles.
On Sunday night, the Chicago offense continued its trend of being unable to convert productive drives into touchdowns. Despite a lackluster performance by Jay Cutler, Matt Forte, and company, the Bears were opportunistic on defense and proficient on special teams, creating a number of scoring chances against Philadelphia.
Charles Tillman continued his superb play, by forcing three fumbles, providing the Bears with additional possessions on offense. After going down 10-0, the Bears would manage just three Robbie Gould field goals, closing to gap to 10-9 at the break.
Gould would add a fourth FG in the third quarter, but the lead would not hold up very long, as the Bears D was burnt by a 48 yard Donovan McNabb to DeSean Jackson TD pass.
The absence of superstar RB Brian Westbrook didn’t seem to affect Philly all that much, as young LeSean McCoy rushed for 99 yards on 20 carries, including a game-clinching 10 yard TD run in the fourth quarter.
Jay Cutler’s sole TD pass came in the third quarter, as he hooked up with Kellen Davis on a 15 yard pass. At the end of the day, however, the Bears’ inability to run the ball effectively (Matt Forte struggled with a mere 34 yard on 14 carries), and costly penalties (7 for 64 yards), doomed Chicago.
Aside for Tillman’s stellar play, perhaps the only other bright spot for the Bears was the impressive running of rookie Kahill Bell, who ripped off a 72 yard burst in the second quarter. The run positioned Chicago at the Eagles 10 yard line, but the drive would later stall, resulting in a Gould FG.
The Bears have now dropped three straight, and find themselves a distant third in the NFC North. A fourth straight loss in Minnesota next week will almost certainly close the door on the 2009-10 season. Lovie Smith is clearly coaching each week for a shot a keeping his job. With two games against the ridiculous Vikings, and one apiece against both the Packers and Ravens, it’s looking as if this Bears team could end up with double-digits in the loss column.
I’d prefer not to ruin everyone’s Thanksgiving holiday by posting my prediction for next week’s game against the Vikings. Enjoy your turkey Bears fans.
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Written by Adam Becker