The Chicago Bears lost to the Buffalo Bills in Week 16, their eighth game in a row. Here is a list of the good, bad, and ugly from the game.
The losses continue to pile up for the Chicago Bears. They hosted the Buffalo Bills in a Week 16 matchup in the bitter cold. They ended up losing 35-13. It was their eighth loss in a row and their 11th in their last 12.
The Bears looked ineffective in the face of the weather. It did not affect the Bills too much, however. They were able to run and throw their way to an easy victory.
The Bears once again got out of the gate pretty well. Velus Jones, who has had trouble in the return game, had a nice 29-yard return that got the offense started at the 36. Justin Fields then led the unit 64 yards in 8 plays. The drive culminated in a Fields touchdown pass to Dante Pettis.
The Bears struggled to move the ball the rest of the way. Despite that, they had a 10-6 lead at halftime.
Then things completely fell apart. The Bills outscored the Bears 29-3 in the second half as they were able to run over Bears defenders and Josh Allen was able to complete passes almost at will.
Here are the takes from this game:
The Good — The defense causes turnovers
Yes, the defense took it on the chin. The Bears allowed 426 total yards to the Bills and 254 of them on the ground. The injuries to the unit started to take their toll. With a growing number of rookies and backups to backups playing, it was rough.
One thing that was impressive, however, was the turnovers. The Bears’ defense forced three turnovers.
It is a great thing to see the defense force turnovers again. Chicago now has six turnovers forced in their last two games. That comes after forcing just two in their previous five games. What makes it more impressive is that it came against two of the top offenses in the NFL.
While the result was the same, it is nice to see the defense swarm to the ball and force turnovers. This was the staple of the Indianapolis Colts’ defense under Matt Eberflus. While he is now a head coach, he wants the same type of defense. Doing it against two great offenses gives hope for when the defense gets better players and is healthy.
Ep 103: Tom Brady Retires, Sean Payton To Broncos, Super Bowl Primer
by Full Press Coverage on February 5, 2023 at 3:49 pm
The Bad — Third down conversions
One of the impressive aspects of the Chicago Bears this season was their third-down conversions. After struggling in that category for years, this year’s offense is in the top ten.
That changed against the Bills.
Chicago’s offense was just 2/12 on third downs for the game. What’s worse is that they went 0/6 in the second half. Because of the weather and the deficit, the Bears went for it on fourth down four times but converted just once.
This is what we’ve seen in past Chicago Bears offenses. They could not sustain drives and the defense had to spend too much time on the field. Hopefully, this was just a blip and the offense continues to succeed on third down.
The Ugly — Second-half play
That second half was one of the ugliest the Chicago Bears offense had this season. It seems that they just decided that they wanted to stay on the sideline and by the heater. While the Bills marched up and down the field (except when they turned the ball over) the Bears could barely get a first down.
The Bills completely locked Chicago down in the second half. The Bears had just 11 first downs for the game. In the second half, though, they had just four.
In the first half, the Bears had 121 total yards on offense nut had just 88 total yards in the second half.
Entering the game as the league’s best rushing team, many thought the weather would help the Bears. It did not, however. They had just 80 rushing yards for the game. It was horrible in the second half. The Bears rushed for just nine yards. Fields, who is in the top ten in rushing this season (and became only the third quarterback to rush for over 1,000 yards), was shut down. He had 11 yards on 7 carries.
The Bills have a fast defense and it showed. They did not overpursue and were able to get to Fields quickly. Fields was not able to break free.
David Montgomery was the Bears’ leading rusher with 62 yards. He had another nice game, adding 22 receiving yards. He has looked good in the past few games, likely showing good film for other teams. In the offseason he becomes a free agent so he may not return to Chicago next season.
Khalil Herbert, who missed four games while on injured reserve, returned. Maybe that was not a good idea. The Bills swarmed all over him and he just could not find any holes. He finished the game with just seven yards on six carries. Hopefully, things get better this week. They face the Detroit Lions at their indoor stadium. They won’t have to worry about wind, snow, or cold. Let’s see if they play better.
Ep 142: Former Washington Quarterback And Super Bowl Champion Doug Williams Joins The Showby Full Press Coverage on February 3, 2023 at 10:19 pm
Former Washington quarterback and Super Bowl champion Doug Williams joins […]
Ep 141: Andy Reid, Eagles, And Conference Championship Weekend w/ Joe Bannerby Full Press Coverage on January 27, 2023 at 5:36 pm
Clark and Ira are joined by former Eagles President Joe Banner to talk […]
Ep 136: Remembering The Longest Game Ever Played With Larry Littleby Full Press Coverage on December 24, 2022 at 1:09 am
On the 51-year anniversary of the longest game ever played (Chiefs vs. […]
Ep 135: Hall of Fame Semifinalist Jahri Evans Joins The Showby Full Press Coverage on December 16, 2022 at 3:51 pm
Former Saints guard and 2023 HOF Semifinalist Jahri Evans joins Clark and […]
Ep 134: Remember AFL/NFL Star John Hadl with Nick Canepaby Full Press Coverage on December 8, 2022 at 2:39 pm
Former Hall of Fame voter, Nick Canepa, joins Clark and Ira to discuss the […]
Ep 133: Hall Of Fame Semifinalist Henry Ellard Joins The Showby Full Press Coverage on November 30, 2022 at 4:28 pm
Former Rams and Redskins wide receiver, Henry Ellard, joins Clark and Ira […]
Ep 132: Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2023 Semifinalists w/ Rick Gosselinby Full Press Coverage on November 22, 2022 at 6:15 pm
Clark and Ira are joined by Pro Football Hall of Fame voter Rick Gosselin […]
Ep 131: 'Football Heaven' With PFHOF Senior Advisor Joe Horriganby Full Press Coverage on November 17, 2022 at 5:55 pm
Pro Football Hall of Fame Senior Advisor, Joe Horrigan, joins Clark and […]
Ep 130: Remembering John McVay With Hall of Famer Eddie DeBartolo Jr.by Full Press Coverage on November 13, 2022 at 1:42 am
Clark and Ira are joined by Hall of Fame owner Eddie DeBartolo Jr. to […]
(Episode 3.2) Offseason Talk with the "Command This!" Podcastby Full Press Coverage on February 1, 2023 at 3:04 am
George Carmi hosts Steve, Dev, and Phil as they discuss the Commanders […]
1/6 - Kyrie Irving Traded, Sean Payton To Broncos, Early Super Bowl Oddsby Full Press Coverage on February 6, 2023 at 3:04 pm
Ian and John discuss the Kyrie Irving trade, Sean Payton heading to […]
1/31 - Tom Brady and the 49ers, Aaron Rodgers Futureby Full Press Coverage on January 31, 2023 at 9:00 am
Ian and John discuss whether or not the 49ers loss in the NFC Championship […]
1/30 - Conference Championship Recap: Eagles, Chiefs Advanceby Full Press Coverage on January 30, 2023 at 10:35 am
Ian and John recap the Eagles and Chiefs victories on Conference […]
Boot 2 The Face Episode 210 "No Monè, No Monè, No Monè"by Boot 2 The Face on January 19, 2023 at 12:55 am
Rucker and EJ are back discussing Rucker going to Impacts Hard to Kill […]
1/6 - Damar Hamlin Update, Bills/Bengals, AFC Playoffs, Week 18 Picksby Full Press Coverage on January 6, 2023 at 3:11 pm
Winter Classic: Bruins Rally To Beat Penguins At Fenwayby Full Press Coverage on January 4, 2023 at 2:09 am
1/3 - Bills/Bengals Postponed; Bruins Topple Penguins In Winter Classicby Full Press Coverage on January 4, 2023 at 2:05 am
1/2 - Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers, Week 17, Bills/Bengalsby Full Press Coverage on January 3, 2023 at 3:22 am
12/30 - New Year's Eve, Luka Doncic, NBA Talk, Week 17 Preview and Picksby Full Press Coverage on January 1, 2023 at 2:29 am
Aaron Rodgers, Packers Win Third Straight; Playoffs In Sightby Full Press Coverage on December 27, 2022 at 7:36 pm