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The Bad Side of 7-3

Posted By Smiley On Nov 22 2012 @ 3:42 am In Chicago Bears | No Comments

Colin Kaepernick had a coming out party on Monday Night, but it came at the expense of the Chicago Bears. Jason Campbell’s 2012 coming out party did not bode well at all. In a game where Campbell played every offensive snap of the game, he did not perform as good as many people thought he would.

Offense

The offense was just as bad Monday Night as it was on Sunday last week, and there were 4 less turnovers in this game. The running game only supplied 85 yards on 28 total carries against a good defense, yes, but a defense that has allowed teams to rush for over 100 on other occasions. Those teams were the Giants and Vikings, who both beat the 49ers, and for a team who proclaimed they would “get off the bus running” that doesn’t bode well. Jason Campbell threw for only 107 yards on 22 attempts and 14 completions. His longest completion was only for 18 yards and that doesn’t bode well for a team that wanted to maintain explosiveness in their playcalling/execution. Jason Campbell only showed how uncomfortable he was in the pocket and his unfamiliarity with the recievers. There were a number of overthrown balls and not many going Brandon Marshall’s way (2 receptions 21 yards 1 TD). The 49ers continued the Bears streak of turnovers with 2 interceptions. It was, in my opinion, the worse offensive performance of the year.

Defense

Colin Kaepernick gashed the defense on several different occasions on Monday Night Football. The defense allowed 355 total yards as the second year quarterback threw for 243 yards and 2 TDs. The top rushing team in the league eclipsed the century mark in yards with 123 and a touchdown. The ball was spread around with 9 different people on offense touching the ball at least once (none of the 9 had less than 5 totals yards). The sliver that one could call bright spot came from 2 sacks both being split. Lance Briggs and Nick Roach had .5 of a sack and so did Corey Wootton and Israel Idonije.

Special Teams

The Bears could not manage to get in good enough field goal range for Robbie Gould and Adam Podlesh ended the game on a high note after being in a punting funk for a good portion of the season. The 49ers lived up to having one of the better special teams units in the league as they contained Devin Hester and his cold streak.

Reflections for the week

It is imperative that the Bears at least try to kick-start the offense if they want to compete with the 5 other teams that will occupy a playoff spot and the other 6 in the AFC conference. the Bears are 0-2 so far in the tougher half of their schedule and still have 6 games left. The Defense has maintained great success for 10 straight games but will need the offense in the last stretch of the regular season. As it stands, the Chicago does not boast a top 5 football team and especially not a Super Bowl bound team. Super Bowl caliber, yes, but Super Bowl bound ? Far from it.

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