Bears Fall in Minnesota: Rapid Fire Thoughts

| December 10th, 2012

I didn’t see it coming. I didn’t see this Bears team playing the kind of game they played Sunday in Minneapolis. Now the last three weeks of the season will be a painful exercise in scoreboard watching. There will be a lot of big picture writing this week but today we’ll focus on the game.

  • What is going on with dropping touchdowns? Seriously, when did this start? If the Bears simply catch their touchdowns they most likely win these last two games. Yesterday it was not only Jeffery and Hester dropping touchdowns that haunted the receiving corps. It was also Mashall dropping a key fourth down and Kellen Davis – ever so reliable – dropping a ball over the middle on a key drive. Its hard to criticize Mike Tice’s play calling when Brandon Marshall is the only fella catching the ball.
  • There may not have been a bigger play in the game than J’Marcus Webb’s holding call. Emotionally devastating to the drive and team.
  • Chris Conte will never tackle Adrian Peterson.
  • Kelvin Hayden did not make anyone forget Tim Jennings.
  • I don’t think I’ve ever seen a team so content not to throw the ball as Minnesota was Sunday. They had no interest.
  • Gabe Carimi may not be a guard if he’s asked to pull. Looked way to slow when whiffing outside.
  • One interception on Jeffery. One on Cutler. Cutler was a bit high on a lot of throws but he just received zero help.
  • The real shame of Kellen Davis is yesterday we saw how productive a tight end can be in this offense. They practically run 10 plays a game designed for the position.
  • Kyle Adams. Stay in bounds.
  • Has Eric Weems officially become the kickoff return man? Because if he has, that is idiotic. I don’t care if Devin Hester is struggling. He’s the return man.
  • James Brown is going to play before the season is out.
  • I wonder if it would have been different game if the Bears had a field goal kicker available.
  • Decent game from Matt Forte but yesterday you saw why I didn’t think Forte was worth elite money this summer. Elite money goes to the back on the other sideline.
  • Jason Campbell was excellent. That was a positive.

There’s more but I lack the passion to list them. This will be a bizarre Packers Week but one thing is certain: the Bears need Sunday’s game about as much as any regular season game in recent memory.