Wow. Just wow.
The Bears were completely outclassed by the Lions on Saturday Afternoon Football (doesn’t have the same ring to it as Sunday Night Football), losing by a final score of 20-10. While the score wouldn’t lead you to think so, the game was not close. At all.
This was perhaps the most undisciplined the Bears have been in a long time, the Bears were called for penalty after penalty, racking up 13 penalties for 97 yards. If there is any game which should see the end of the John Fox era, it was this one. The Lions are a team which constantly plays down to their competition, but the Bears were absolutely embarrassed by Detroit.
A 4th-quarter, garbage time touchdown pass from Trubisky to Benny Cunningham saw the Bears bring the game to within 10 points, but it wasn’t nearly enough.
Mitch Trubisky struggled in this game, throwing three interceptions, two to Darius Slay and one to Quandre Diggs. That Diggs interception was huge because it occurred at the three-yard line with sufficient time remaining for a possible comeback.
The Lions scores came off of two touchdown receptions, one each by TJ Jones and Eric Ebron. Two field goals from the greatest kicker in football got the Lions to the 20-point threshold.
Player of the Game:
No one. No one deserves this award. If someone was named the player of the game, that would mean that said player would have an at least acceptable performance. No one did, at all.
However, I will give a quick shoutout to Bears head athletic trainer Nate Breske, who had a very busy game today. The entire offensive line seemingly went down today, on top of Joshua Bellamy and Pernell McPhee. It will be interesting to see going forward what they plan to do with those guys, and whether it’s even worth it for them to play another game.
Play of the Game:
Once again, this award goes to a play involving Eddie Jackson. At the very end of the first half, with the Bears seemingly headed into the half scoreless, they stripped the ball from Theo Riddick to set up a Mike Nugent field goal.
Sam Acho stripped the ball from Riddick, and Jackson had the heads up play to grab the ball, leading to the Bears first points of the game. This play, on top of the touchdown, was the only notable moments of this game.
Cleveland Browns (0-13) @ Chicago Bears (4-10)
Sunday, December 24