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The Chicago Bears had a 5-1 start to the 2020 season. In those five wins, they won by an average of four points. They haven’t won a single game by more than seven points. Those stats alone had many questioning the legitimacy of this team.
On Monday night, the Bears proved their naysayers right. The team dropped its second game of the season, this time to the Los Angeles Rams (5-2). But it was not just that Chicago lost. It was how they lost.
Bears head coach Matt Nagy summed it up nicely during his postgame press conference: It was “one of those [games] you never want to be a part of, but we were.”
A final score of 24-10 may not look that bad on paper, but the reality of the game revealed that the Bears were always just a paper tiger. They cannot hope for any long-term success with an offense that is that inept.
Starting quarterback Nick Foles completed 28 of his 40 pass attempts (70 percent) and threw for 261 yards. Unfortunately, he also tossed two interceptions and zero touchdowns and was sacked four times. The former Super Bowl MVP could’ve had two scores, but he overthrew one and tossed the other out of bounds.
Things are ugly in Chicago. The 5-2 record does not tell the whole story.
The passing game is getting no help from the rushing attack. The offensive line created no push, and the running backs created no opportunities for themselves. David Montgomery and Cordarrelle Patterson combined for just 49 rushing yards on 17 carries, good for only 2.9 yards per rush.
Play-calling didn’t help either. In fact, Brian Griese mentioned during the Monday Night Football broadcast that Foles expressed concerns about some of the calls himself:
Brian Griese just said that Nick Foles told the ESPN crew that sometimes Nagy sends in a play call and Foles already knows it won't work because he won't have enough time after the snap. That's something.
— Jason Lieser (@JasonLieser) October 27, 2020
If true, Foles’ statement is telling. The players know that Nagy’s schemes won’t work.
With the New Orleans Saints (4-2) and Tennessee Titans (5-1) coming up in the next two weeks, Coach Nagy and company better get things heading in the right direction. Otherwise, the Bears might find themselves in a 5-4 situation with three straight division opponents to follow.
With the loss on Monday night, the Green Bay Packers (5-1) have now taken control of the top spot in the NFC East.
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