Raise your hand if you think Sunday’s Bears game was one of the worst ones you’ve watched in a long time.
Or maybe you were smarter than me and turned it off at halftime.
Overall, it was a team fail. I’m not really sure where to start other than to say the Bears never really got out of the starting gates for the entire game.
While gray clouds blanketed Chicago, quarterback Caleb Hanie had his own special black cloud with his less than 50 percent completion rate and a passer rater of 23.8. The green starter threw three picks (now a total of six in his last two games) and incurred seven sacks. The team’s offense was held to 181 yards, with the Bears having less than 100 yards from rushing and passing.
Running back Matt Forte went down in the first quarter from a hit to the knee. A prolonged silence could be heard as he lay on the field before leaving for the day. In fact, don’t look for his return in 2011 (there’s only four remaining games) as Forte’s Grade 2 MCL sprain may sideline him for two to six weeks.
Running back Marion Barber has been a great addition and complement to Forte, but he’s no No. 22.
And for the second year, Forte will dampen my end of season fantasy play.
There was hope for a Bears’ first half touchdown during the second quarter. With the Bears on the four-yard line, Barber went in for the touchdown but thanks to an illegal formation penalty, the touchdown was called back by officials. With their five yard-penalty, the team settled for their sole lead of the game with a 32-yard field goal by kicker Robbie Gould at the 9:44 mark.
Looking to pull ahead with a second field goal, Gould’s 51-yard field goal attempt had been pushed back compliments of a Bears delay of game penalty. Again, being so close yet so far, Chicago lost yards and forced a punt at the Chiefs 13-yard line.
In his third chance for a field goal during the third quarter, Gould’s 41-yard attempt was no good.
Kansas City got on the board before halftime with a touchdown thanks in part to Brian Urlacher. Chiefs quarterback Tyler Palko’s pass was batted down by Urlacher, into the hands of running back Dexter McClusker. This put Kansas ahead 7-3 at halftime.
The only score in the second half came in the third quarter from a 21-yard field goal by the Chief’s Ryan Succop.
While Chicago remained gloomy after the game, there was some sunshine for Bears fans. With Sunday’s Atlanta, Detroit and Dallas losses, the Bears remain in Wild Card hunt as a fifth seed.
Next week, the Bears will travel to Denver to play a hot Broncos team. Considering they almost lost to Minnesota, I have some hope; however, the Bears need to do some Tim Tebow-size praying for a win after Sunday’s loss.
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Written by Debbie Baratz