Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Reasons For Optimism From Chicago Bears Tough Packers Loss


The Chicago Bears had their wake-up call game on Sunday night. It’s just unfortunate it once again had to be the Green Bay Packers giving it to them. Justin Fields threw 11 passes and looked lost at times. His future remains a mystery with this team. Kyler Gordon had a brutal evening in coverage, and the run defense was MIA against that loaded Packers backfield. Life was once again made easy for Aaron Rodgers, and he took care of the rest.

More than anything, it was painfully apparent the Bears don’t have the talent to hang with Green Bay. They haven’t for years. It will take time before that can change. GM Ryan Poles wasn’t going to close the gap in one off-season. That said, not everything about the game itself was terrible. There were some silver linings to come out of it.

Better weeks should be ahead for this team. They aren’t contenders yet, but these revelations offer hope that they’ll be in more games than people think.

The Chicago Bears have a few reasons for optimism.

Teven Jenkins continues to look legit.

The offensive line, in general, isn’t good. There are too many weak spots right now. However, Jenkins has found a home at right guard. He wasn’t merely competent in Green Bay. There were flashes of outright dominance, especially on the ground. It wasn’t a coincidence that some of David Montgomery and Khalil Herbert’s best runs last night were to the right side of the offensive line. His pass protection also wasn’t bad either. He faced a tough assignment in Kenny Clark and held his own for the most part when asked. One can only hope the Bears can leave him in rather than constantly rotating with Lucas Patrick sooner than later.

The pass rush is fine.

Trevin Gipson had himself a game with two sacks. Robert Quinn had another. Through two weeks, the trio of Gipson, Quinn, and Dominique Robinson have 4.5 sacks with several more pressures. Armon Watts and Justin Jones have also sometimes contributed some nice push up the middle. It looks like the pass rush won’t be an ongoing concern like many feared. Losing Khalil Mack and Akiem Hicks was tough for the Chicago Bears defense. Many felt a step back was inevitable. So far, it looks like things should be fine, provided those three stay healthy.

Matt Eberflus again made strong second half adjustments.

Things started well for the Bears but got away from them in the second quarter. They could’ve easily let things snowball from there. Instead, Eberlus once again showed an ability to keep his team mentally in the game and made some nice adjustments at halftime. Green Bay only scored three points in the 3rd and 4th quarters, and the offense moved the ball much better. They should’ve scored at least 10 points if not for that questionable ruling on Fields’ goal-line run. It wasn’t a great night for the staff, but it served as a reminder that Eberflus is more competent than his predecessor.


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Sep 19, 2022 9:08 pm

Run Defense and Fields lost the game. Not too surprising since the Fudgepackers have more talent.

Sep 19, 2022 3:46 pm

I believe it’s time for the coaches to get more speed on the field on offense. Hopefully, Velus and Smith-Marsette are ready to go wthis week. Big bodied Harry should return in a couple weeks, and this thing can get more potent.

Sep 19, 2022 3:16 pm

, as a Packer fan, that’s what I’m hoping for. Let Fields throw more. Every play. Open it up. The Packers secondary would love to see that.

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Sep 19, 2022 2:49 pm

I just want to see improvement game to game and will try to withhold judgment until the end of season. We have a completely new coaching staff, coordinators who’ve never been coordinators, I think, as well as a first time head coach. Hopefully they’ll improve as the season goes on as well as the players.

Sep 19, 2022 1:39 pm

Coaching staff need to let Fields throw more passes tbh like round 20 to 30 pass attempts per game for him to develop… no way in hell he will develop with just 11 passes per game IMPOSSIBLE

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