- Minnesota came out mixing it up and did a lot of damage with big plays on the Bears young defensive backs. Cre’Von LeBlanc gave up a big catch to Cordarrelle Patterson as he let him get too far behind him while training him – which seems to be a habit with him. Adrian Amos missed a tackle on Jerick McKinnon which allowed him to score the touchdown.
The sequence highlights one problem with the Bears. Yes, they’re playing lots of young players. But are they really any good? You wouldn’t know it by this series.
In any case, despite some better play from both of these guys in the second half, I have very serious doubts about the future of both with the Bears.
- I’m really tired of seeing missed tackles play after play from these guys. Something needs to be done about this.
- The Bears struggled to get pressure on Sam Bradford through a totally miserable Vikings offensive line. That exposed a young and evidently less talented than people think Bears defensive backfield. Very disappointing.
- The Vikings evidently decided that they could attack the Bears linebackers and safeties. Bradford fed the ball effectively to the running backs and the tight ends, especially Kyle Rudolph who it seems the Bears simply couldn’t cover.
- Dowell Loggains apparently decided to quiet critics by running the ball more. The first 3 plays and 10 of the first 12 plays were runs. They ran the ball 22 of 31 total plays in the first half and were very successful at over 6 yards per rush.It was really nice to watch Howard run today as he broke the Bears rookie rushing record. He broke tackles everywhere and ran with great vision.
- The Vikings evidently decided to let Xavier Rhoades cover Jeffery man-to-man. The Bears tried to take advantage but Barkley and Jeffery had trouble getting on the same page.
- Had a great time watching the pass from former college quarterback turned receiver Cam Meredith to current quarterback Matt Barkley. Some how I don’t see them risking that with Jay Cutler. In any case, it’s the kind of fun play you run to keep everyone interested in the end of a crappy season.
- The Bears frequently looked to me like they weren’t concentrating and offensively they just weren’t always on the same page. But there were a couple of plays where Vikings ran right past Bears blockers to disrupt plays in the backfield that were especially bothersome.One was a miss of Eric Kendricks, where he ran right past tight end Daniel Brown in the red zone to disrupt a play. Everson Giffen disrupted a Howard fourth down run that ultimately didn’t make it after running right by Charles Leno. This supposedly was a missed block by Cameron Meredith but in any case Griffen was barely touched.
These plays were either poorly designed, poorly executed or both. They were very costly and very annoying.
- Dick Stockton, David Diehl, and Kristina Pink were your announcers. I didn’t think they added anything special to the broadcast. But I won’t say that they injured it, either. Sometimes I guess you have to just be happy with that.
- Not a good day for Bears special teams. Marcus Sherels had a 36 yard punt return to the Chicago 42. Braylon Addison fumbled a punt late in the first half in Bears territory. That set up a Viking touchdown.Deonte Thompson did have a very nice 60 yard kick return with 9 seconds left in the first half. That set up a field goal.
- Drops weren’t a major issue.
- Six penalties for 49 yards isn’t a terrible game but it wasn’t good, given that the Vikings only had 2.Willie Young was off sides near the goal line early in the second quarter. The Bears held but it could have been pretty damaging.
The Bears sustained a long drive at the end of the first half for a touchdown despite a couple of holding calls on Bobby Massie and Josh Sitton. Part of me was disgusted and part of me was glad to see them over come the problems to score.
- Very disappointing to see Matt Barkley throw an interception at the goal line on only his second pass of the game. The pass was under thrown and behind Alshon Jeffery. He followed that with another one in the red zone on the first drive of the second half. Both were his fault and both took points off the board. Finally, he had a fumble in the fourth quarter that was returned for a touchdown.It was critical for Barkley to adjust after miserable showings the two previous games to demonstrate that he could protect the football. If there’s one thing John Fox won’t put up with, its turnovers from his quarterback. Barkley may not be back in any capacity next year. Frankly, I don’t think he should.
Jeremy Langford did his future no good by fumbling early in the second quarter in Bears territory. The Vikings turned it into a touchdown.
The Bears did (finally) get one back as Cre’Von LeBlanc did pick one off in the end zone.
- It isn’t very hard to figure this one out, boys and girls. You can’t turn the ball over like this and win football games.The Bears keep saying that effort isn’t a problem. Great. But does it matter if you can’t play smart?
Sorry. It’s not brilliant analysis. It’s just the truth.