Found November 12, 2012 on
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Chicago Bears tight end Kellen Davis (87) drops a pass in the second quarter at Soldier Field in Chicago on Sunday, November 11, 2012. (Chris Sweda/ Chicago Tribune)
The Bears’ offense flat out stunk on Sunday night. The Texans’ offense played the way the Bears typically do to win 13-6.
RB Matt Forte was completely shut down adding just 39 yards on 16 carries. His longest run was eight yards and he tripped on the poor field conditions on that play.
He had a big drop on a nice pass from backup QB Jason Campbell late in the fourth quarter.
The Bears tried to established the run, but really couldn’t. Michael Bush added some nice runs in the game.
His first run came on a fourth-and-one in the first quarter which he picked up, but then fumbled the ball away. The Bears turned the ball over four times compared to the Texans who had two turnovers.
Bush later broke off a 20 yard run in the fourth quarter, but the Bears went away from the run despite the success with him in the backfield.
TE Kellen Davis dropped four of five passes thrown his way. He fumbled his only catch of the night away and ran a bad route that turned into a Jay Cutler interception.
Davis has been given way too many opportunities since Greg Olsen was traded away to Carolina. He hasn’t been the tight end the Bears envisioned he would be.
It’s time to give the younger guys some chances. Kyle Adams specifically. I think he has tons of talent. The former Purdue product has three catches for 31 yards in limited time this season. Adams should get some more playing time moving forward.
WR Brandon Marshall added eight catches for 107 yards, but dropped some catchable balls including a sure touchdown catch in the first half.
The Bears’ offense clearly missed rookie WR Alshon Jeffery. Here’s to hoping his fractured right hand is 100% come next Monday night.
Overall it was a sloppy game by the Bears. As bad as the offense played it was really the first time all season that the offensive line put together a solid performance. The line couldn’t open many lanes for Forte on the night, but Cutler had plenty of time in the pocket so did Jason Campbell.
Campbell came in the second half and completed 11 of 19 passes for 94 yards. Offensive coordinator didn’t really let Campbell throw deep in this one, which really hurt the offense down the stretch.
Campbell doesn’t get many reps with the first-team offense in practice, so it wasn’t a shocker to see signs of rust from him. He completed a nice pass to Brandon Marshall in double coverage. Also he delivered nice balls to Forte and Davis, but they failed to haul them in.
Campbell’s lack of awareness sort of scared me though. He often checked down to either Matt Forte or Matt Spaeth even if they were covered. He needs to be smarter moving forward if Cutler is indeed still out due to his concussion symptoms.
The Bears are expected to bring back veteran QB Josh McCown, which could just be an emergency option at this point.
Lets get one thing straight the Bears’ defense didn’t lose this game. They did pretty much everything right. Arian Foster had 102 yards on 29 carries. They shut down Andre Johnson in the second half and Matt Schaub threw for just 95 yards on the night.
“Their defense outplayed our defense,” Urlacher said via Chicagobears.com. “I don’t like it when that happens, but they did it [Sunday night], man.”
You can say Houston is the better team and they’re elite, but the Bears are right there with them. With a couple of plays here and there the Bears had that game.
I’m not taking anything away from the Texans, but besides Arian Foster outperforming Matt Forte it was an even game. The Bears just played sloppier and that ultimately cost them the game.
Upon Further Review:
Some calls on Sunday night were pretty questionable.
First off the Brandon Marshall-Jonathan Joseph matchup got out of hand. Joseph was constantly complaining about Marshall pushing off. Marshall was pushing off a bit, but Joseph was pulling on Marshall’s jersey and grabbing his arm throughout the night. The referees should have warned both players if not flagged one of them for pass interference.
The play where Jay Cutler got jacked up by Texans LB Tim Dobbins, a penalty on Cutler occurred. Dobbins was flagged for roughing the passer, while Cutler was flagged for passing the ball across the line of scrimmage. Cutler completed a pass to Devin Hester on the play for what looked to be a 40-yard gain. The Hester catch which would have set the Bears up with a first-and-goal. It sure looked like Cutler was behind the line of scrimmage, but nonetheless the penalties offset and the Bears once again punted the ball away.
Tim Jennings reeled in his second interception of the game and it looked like he had an interception return for a touchdown from it. He ran into teammate Lance Briggs and proceeded to take it the rest of the way for a score, but the referees whistled the play dead when he ran into Briggs to the ground. Bears coach Lovie Smith challenged the play, but the call was confirmed despite the replay not really showing a Texans player touching Jennings.
You can’t blame the officiating for this loss, but the game was sloppy and a big reason for that was the referees.
The Bears travel to San Francisco to play the 49ers. QB Alex Smith suffered a concussion in the first quarter against St. Louis on Sunday afternoon. So, with Cutler and Smith both dealing with concussions it could be a matchup of Jason Campbell versus Colin Kaepernick.
The Bears have to win this game to establish themselves in the NFC. Plus, Green Bay and Minnesota sit just a game back of the division lead.
Jake Perper is the owner and head writer for Bearsbacker.com. Follow him on Twitter, @Bearsbacker and on Facebook for up to the minute news about the Bears.
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