Have the Chicago Bears peaked?
After starting the 2010 NFL season a surprising 3-0, the Chicago Bears have now lost two of their last three games. On Sunday, the Chicago Bears lost to the Seattle Seahawks 23-20 at home in Chicago. The Seahawks had not won a road game all season long and came away with the victory.
The Seattle Seahawks took a page out of the New York Giants defensive playbook and blitzed, blitzed and blitzed some more. How Jay Cutler survived the afternoon is beyond my comprehension. Cutler was sacked 6 times and the Seahwaks defense had 9 more quarterback hits. The Bears defense could not return the favor and came away from the game without a sack or creating even one turnover.
Cutler has now been sacked 23 times in five games. This is a very disturbing trend. While Cutler has cut down on the turnovers this season, he is on pace to be sacked 61 times this season. It has been reported that the concussion that Cutler suffered against the New York Giants was his fifth during his career. For the Bears to have any chance of success moving forward, Cutler is going to have to remain upright.
This woeful offensive line play should have been addressed in the off-season but the Bears did nothing. If Cutler is lost for any extended period of time, the Bears chances of reaching the playoffs go right out the window. The other two quarterbacks on the Chicago roster are Caleb Hanie who has attempted 14 passes in his career and 78 year old Todd Collins who made one start this season in place of Cutler. Collins started the Bears game against the Carolina Panthers and completed almost as many passes to Carolina players as he did to Bears players. Collins finished the game with four interceptions and six completions. That’s ripping it up.
This week, the Washington Redskins come to Chicago for a visit. This week while watching game film, you know Redskins LB Brian Orapko will be licking his chops. And you have to wonder if the Chicago Bears might have already peaked for the season.