The Game That Defined the Season
In a 24-20 loss to Detroit at home, this game had everything the Bears season was about.
First, losing at home. Second, losing by less than a touchdown. Third, really only a couple plays away from winning the game.
We also watched the offensive line struggle like they did for a lot of the season. The middle linebackers did not step up to the level we have been waiting for. Plus; Alshon Jeffery, Eddie Royal, Marquess Wilson, Martellus Bennett, and Zach Miller did not play today. Thus, leaving Jay Cutler short of playmakers to get the ball to.
The End Result
Without any of the receivers or tight ends I mentioned before, Marc Mariani was the leading receiver hauling in six receptions for 80 yards. Josh Bellamy also caught his second touchdown pass of the season.
Naturally, Jay Cutler made the most of who he had by his side. Jay was 17 of 23 for 245 yards for two touchdowns, and for the first time all season he had a multi-interception game throwing 3 picks. Cutler was also sacked four times.
On defense, John Timu led the team in tackles like he had the previous two weeks with eight total tackles. The defensive front as a whole was pretty quiet without Eddie Goldman. The Bears had four sacks in this game coming from multiple guys. Christian Jones, Lamarr Houston, Greg Scruggs, and Bryce Callahan all tallied a sack on Matt Stafford on the afternoon.
In possibly his final game as a Chicago Bear, Matt rushed for 76 yards on 17 attempts. He also caught three passes for 34 yards and one of those went for a 23-yard touchdown pass, givingForte 110 total yards on the day. Not a bad send-off game.
Matt Forte got a majority of the workload and possibly fought through an injury or illness as he was doubtful for most of the week coming into this game. I believe that the Bears did everything in their power to give Forte a solid final game if that is what today ends up being.