Chicago Bears: My Post Game Analysis
Chicago Bears: My Post Game Analysis
The Chicago Bears defeated the Carolina Panthers 23-22 on Robbie Gould game winning field goal as time expired.
It was yet another ugly performance by the Bears offense, and it starts with the coaches. Where it looked like Mike Tice and Jeremy Bates where going to center the offensive attack around Matt Forte and Michael Bush, the Bears went away from the ground attack after few short gains by Forte and got pass friendly.
The passing attack spent most of the first half on the negative side as far as yardage is concern. Most of the sacks were on Jay Cutler and the wide receivers. Cutler was held on to the ball too long which gave the Panther’s D-Line additional time to fight off their blocks and get to the quarterback. The WR’s were not getting separation from the Panthers DB’s, which lead to Cutler holding the football longer.
It was a bad performance by the offense, but not all was bad. Cutler bounced back when the team needed him, connecting with Kellen Davis on a 12-yard touchdown to make it a five point game with seven minutes to go. The offense overall needs to step it up if they want to have a real shot at not only reaching the super bowl, but winning it this year.
The defense played well despite being on the field for long periods of the time. The defense got pressure on Cam Newton, and made plays on the ball. They also did a great job holding the Panthers to field goals (with the exception of the fumble recovery TD) when they were in the red zone.
Offensive Game Ball
Even though he played a big part in the Bears being in a big hole heading into the fourth quarter, Jay Cutler on the other hand is one of the main reasons they were able to come from behind and get the win against the Panthers. It was a terrible first half for Cutler starting the game off being sacked six times and throwing an interception.
However in the fourth quarter, Cutler finished it going 12/14 for 106 yards, one TD, and setting Robbie Gould up for the game winning field goal.
The performance told us nothing that Bears fans already knew, and that’s you can win with and because of Cutler.
Defensive Game Ball
Tim Jennings and Punter Adam Podlesh (although special teams) share the defensive game ball. Podlesh did a great job putting the Panthers offense at their 20-yard line for most of the game. Jennings didn’t particularly cover WR Steve Smith very well throughout the game, but he did come away with a performance that possibly made him a lock to make his first Pro Bowl.
Jennings came away from the game with two interceptions, with one them being returned for a TD that put them up before the Panthers march down the field and converted a field goal. Jennings is having a monster year for the Bears; one that fans couldn’t imagine before the season start.
Overall Analysis on the game
It was an ugly win, but the Bears will take it nevertheless. The defense gets much of the credit for the victory as it has been for the past few weeks for this team. What you can take from this game is that the Bears have enough talent to beat struggling teams like the Panthers with their C- game. When the Bears face tougher opponents on the schedule however, they will need to have a better all-around effort on offense.
The Bears are 6-1; first place atop of the NFC North division. They will need the offense step it up a notch for them to stay in that position.
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