We’re live blogging the Chicago Bears vs. the Green Bay Packers.
Hello, football folks! It’s Justin Kaufmann and I’m ready to provide hot takes on today’s Bears/Packers game. My first hot take? Rain is awful.
I guess a good start for the Bears, but we aren’t going to win this game with stalled drives.
I don’t think I’ve ever seen that before – a punt fielded in the end zone.
Test Test… DL here. Let’s see what Vic Fangio’s got in store for Brett Hundley
This is going to be a tough game for Bears fans. Coming off the bye against a banged up Pack, you would think we would have the advantage. But these kind of games rarely go well for the John Fox-led Bears.
Can’t fall behind to the Packers and let them control the line of scrimmage with the ground game. Need Hundley to air it out. Aaron Jones comes off the field limping. Could be big loss for Packers.
Finally a stop on 3rd down
Kyle Fuller misses that interception. Too many of those this year. That missed opportunity leads to 3 points for the Packers. 3-0 with 7:20 to go in 1st quarter. Not a good start for the Bears D.
Aaron Jones takes a cart ride, may see Pack keep going to the air
Adam Shaheen with a huge 1st down reception. Could be a breakout game for him. 2 catches already.
Nice to see you, Adam Shaheen
The Bears with the false start. But interesting, they were throwing again on 1st down. They have had success doing that with Trubisky, but they have also been super predictable running the ball on 1st down.
Two false starts. So Bears now with 3 penalties halfway through the 1st quarter. So much for the bye week.
Bears O Line: “Hey Mitch, here’s a 1st and 20. Good luck buddy!”
Bears offense, regardless of situation, seems to always find themselves at 3rd and 4.
Trubisky handles the pressure, stays in pocket and delivers the third down strike. That’s a positive for the rookie QB. He got drilled too.
This team just can’t help themselves
Holding on Bellamy. 3rd penalty on this drive. Jeesh.
Bears once again stall in Packer territory. This is becoming the hallmark of this offense. Drive the middle of the field, make mistakes when close. Settle for long field goal. 3-3 with 2:15 to go.
Barth good from 45. Not a typo. Tied at 3
Interesting. Wonder if Bears will change it up?
Christian Jones is handling the defensive signals on the field. A little surprised by that. He’s better when he doesn’t have to worry about that IMO. There was some pre-snap confusion on that drive.
— Adam Hoge (@AdamHoge) November 12, 2017
I really hate the constant “Bears have had sooo many quarterbacks” talk on the broadcast. Cutler was the Bears starting QB for the last 7 or so years. I get it, he got hurt a lot but the Bears had consistency there. It’s just annoying to keep calling out the Bears history at that position.
Bears defense with a huge stop. Sam Acho with a great play, Bullard and Amos clean it up. Packers are going for it?
The Packers fake going for it, then punt. Dumb.
..and burn a time out in the process
That’s a bogus PI call. The refs are doing what they can to keep the Packers relevant.
Weak PI call for sure
Kwiatkowski on Hundley earlier this week: “Zone read [plays], for one…If you’re not
disciplined, he could cause problems for your defense. Gap-wise you have
to know your assignment”.
We have now seen 2 (maybe 3) busted plays by the Bears defense. 37-yard off tackle run for backup Green Bay running back. Pack lead 10-3.
So far, the Bears have made several mental errors on both sides of the ball. Undisciplined team in week 10, coming off the Bye week.
Jordan Howard with a big run up the middle. Bears once again in Packer territory.
Dontrelle Inman checks in, finds space, big completion.
Dontrelle Inman with a huge 3rd down catch to the Packer 21. Blown coverage by the Packers.
Great screen pass to Cunningham. Should be a TD!
Bennie turns on the jets, nice run after a catch underneath
The Bears will not get the TD there, but 1st and goal at the 1-yard line. Jordan Howard time.
WHAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!! That’s an awful, awful call. The NFL is getting ridiculous. They say Cunningham lost control of the ball and then the ball hit the pylon so it’s a touchback, Packers ball. So from reviewing it to see if he got a TD, instead the Packers get the ball at the 20. That’s a serious game-changer and will be talked about ad naseum on all post-game shows, including national broadcasts. Terrible for the NFL.
Corner blitz by LeBlanc to sack Hundley. 3rd and long. Bears defense trying to steal momentum back.
Back to that call – if the challenge was to see if he went out of bounds, then if he did before the ball hit the pylon, wouldn’t it be a dead ball? He’s out of bounds. Did the refs say that he stayed in bounds even though the replay clearly showed his toe out of bounds? I’m still confused.
Bears force the punt.
Back to that call – if the runner is out of bounds, isn’t it a dead ball? Did the refs actually say that he was in bounds, even though it was clear his toe was out? I’m still confused.
Looked like he was out to me, but someone looked at that upstairs and decided that it was worth the challenge, which…OK
Bears offense looks like they haven’t recovered from that call. 2 sacks and a 2 yard loss. Not good.
Ha, awesome – ref coughs, crowd goes wild.
Bears punt after Trubisky gets sacked twice on that sequence. Not the response you’re looking for
The Bears have had a half to forget. Only down a TD, but nothing has gone right. It’s hard to watch this team continue to beat themselves. If they end up losing this game, it’s just another one that we will say we should have won. #Atlanta #Minnesota #NewOrleans
It’s week 10 and the Bears have yet to see any positive impact from Tarik Cohen in the return game. Devin Hester, he is not.
Bears at the 35 with 2 TO’s and 1:37 on the clock
The Bears are back in Packer territory with :51 seconds left in half. Can they get points before the half?
Another target for Josh Bellamy, who was well covered
Was Bellamy hurt the last few weeks? I don’t understand how he has become the target today. So many receivers are available, yet Bellamy is getting the targets. Nice catch by Inman.
Bears have mismanaged the clock on this drive. 15 seconds left, Bears looking at long FG if they don’t get closer.
False start at the worst possible time. 6th one this half (2 more of them were declined).
Need about 10 yards here.
Barth connects on a 44 yarder to end the half. Packers lead 10-6.
Halftime. Packers 10, Bears 6 although it sure doesn’t feel like a 4 point game.
Here’s my first half assessment. The Bears are a team with a great defense, but make way too many mental mistakes. You just don’t see those kind of mental errors (letting Montgomery run untouched for 40 yards) every day in the NFL. And on the offensive side of the ball? Rookie QB. He hasn’t learned how to score touchdowns. So second half? Bears season on the line.
And what Adam said:
1. Very questionable personnel decisions. Alignment problems. Defensive confusion. Inexcuseable challenge. Terrible clock management. No other way to put it: That was an awfully coached half of football. And out of a bye week.
— Adam Hoge (@AdamHoge) November 12, 2017
Kind of unbelievable that the Bears committed 10 penalties in the first half. That’s just bad. And one of those penalties hurts right now. Bears kick off from their own 20 because of penalty at end of half. Packers take advantage and start in Bears territory after return.
Ty Montgomery is out with a rib issue. So Packers on 3rd string running back for second half. No matter. The Packers still running the ball with authority.
Bears are getting beat by wildcat, fullback swing passes and other high school play calls. But they finally force a 4th down. Easy 24 yard FG for Crosby. Packers 13-6.
Trubisky sacked on 3rd down. Bears punt. Not a great start to the 2nd half for the Bears. Packers drive for a field goal, Bears go 3 and out.
4th sack of the day for Trubisky- pressure got to him. Learning curve, but still frustrating
Not to keep harping on that call, but my thought exactly…
Chicago challenged thinking it was a TD in #GBvsCHI.
Tough to tell if the left foot was out before the ball was loose out of bounds. Thought it was too close to change.
— Dean Blandino (@DeanBlandino) November 12, 2017
Early in the game, I talked about the Bears need to get out in front so they could force Hundley to throw the ball. They haven’t done that. Now, the Packers are going to take the ball out of his hands and play conservatively.
We all want Trubisky to be good. We will let the mistakes happen. But right now, he’s no better than any of the QBs last year. He can make the plays, but he’s missing too many. My hot take? Bears are not better with him on the field. At least not yet.
Bears bring the blitz, force the punt! Nice sack for Leonard Floyd.
Bears offense needs to step up and tie this game on this drive.
Yep big drive and they open it up like that. Not MT 10’s day. Make a decision! They bit on the play action!
Followed by a Bellamy drop. Clown shoes: personnel, execution, everything
Why is Josh Bellamy on the field. Bears go 3 and out. Punt. Ridiculously bad.
It’s one thing to be a receiver who can’t catch. But it’s another to keep going back to him game after game. After he dropped the TD around this time last year against the Titans, he should have been dismissed. But Bears coaches keep going back to him, even with Wheaton, Inman, McBride all healthy. It doesn’t matter if he practices harder or runs faster, dude can’t play when it counts. And he’s proven it time and time again. To us, but I guess not the coaching staff.
Packers are going for it on 4th and inches. Big play for Bears D. Can change field position.
Packers pick up the first down. Just power football. Beat Bears defensive line.
3rd quarter was putrid for the Bears. Down 13-6.
Wow, Bears have 0 yards in second half.
Bears D holds. But Packers connect on long FG. 16-6, Packers.
I’d say that this next drive for the Bears is must-score, but they all are now. The season is juuuuust about over, folks. Totally uninspired performance up to this point, will we see anything different in the last 10 minutes?
The boo birds are out at Soldier Field. The Bears come out, 10 points down and they run the ball twice for no gain. They would be 3rd and 10, but bailed out on a defensive holding call on a run play?
Spielman nailed it: Run-run-pass, run-run-pass, etc… The play calling is like clockwork
Interesting, 2 early targets for Shaheen, but disappeared since.
Of course, Josh Bellamy for the score!!!!
Mitch airs it out to Bellamy for a TD, wow.
After a terrible game, Bellamy gets the first big pass play of Trubisky’s young career. Bears get a delay of game on the extra point attempt. Come on.
He can make the throws, you can see flashes of what the Bears see in him at times
Barth hits the PTA, Bears down 16-13 with 10 minutes to play. Bellamy proves why he’s on the field today.
Loggains play-calling was suspect on that drive. It wasn’t til they went more traditional and did 5 and 7 step drops (one off play action) that they moved the ball and scored. He needs to let Trubisky play that way. High risk, high reward.
Bears defense has been on field a long time today. Will they keep momentum, or show wear and tear here?
Not a strong start to this defensive stand, giving up play action completion for 20+ in middle of field. Bears have been bending, not breaking most of the day. But they are starting to show signs of tiring. Packers looking to put this one away right now.
Pernell McPhee talked about a theoretical museum where the guys on D put their takeaways: now’s the time to hang a new one
Leonard Floyd makes a huge play on 1st down to stuff the run. No gain. Changes what Pack will do here.
Here we go – 3rd down and 3 right outside field goal range. Huge play right here.
Pernell McPhee loses containment, Hundley runs for 20+ yards for a 1st down. Mental mistake, again.
D broke down, Hundley turned the corner for a long run.
Packers milking the clock, in FG range already. A TD ends this game.
Touchdown, Davante Adams.
Bears defense was asked to get a stop, instead they let Hundley look like Aaron Rodgers and let the Pack drive down and end this game. Packers 23, Bears 13.
You wish you could just point to the Bears offensive struggles, but a backup QB and a third string running back put up 23 points on this defense, a defense that didn’t force one turnover in this rain soaked game. Not a good showing.
Only positive in this game has been Dontrelle Inman. Good to see a WR who is catching balls.
Trubisky closing in on 300 yards passing.
Huge 3rd down right here. Bears need to pick up 10 yards and at least get a FG.
Barth comes out for a 49 yard FG attempt. Long FG, need this big.
Bears stay alive, Barth has been good from 40 plus in these conditions today
Nice kick, 49 yard FG for Barth. Bears cut it to 23-16 with 3+ to go. Bears have all their time outs left. Could get the ball back if defense can force a stop. That’s a big IF.
Seems like GB have been dragging the Bears across the chains all day
Bears defense gives up a first down by letting the rookie running back break 3 tackles. I’m not confident that the Bears D has gas left in tank. Would be a fitting way for this game to end.
Here we go. 3rd and 6. 2:12. If stop, Bears get ball back with 1 time out left.
Very Bear-like penalty for the Packers. Delay of game out of the time out. 3rd and 11.
Now the Packers use their last time out. Weird sequence.
Bears defense crumbles. Gives up the bomb on 3rd and 11 to Davante Adams. Kyle Fuller gets burned. Terrible way to lose this game.
Hundley drops another back shoulder ball to Davonte Adams, Packers good to go as we hit the 2 min warning.
2 minute warning. Bears could theoretically still get the ball back with 2 more stops (only can stop the clock one more time).
Also, and maybe it’s just not feasible in real football (not Madden), but Packers ran the ball there with 2:04. Play was over at 2:02. Why not take your last time out there? Why not try to stop the clock right before the 2 min warning? Seems trivial, I guess, but every second counts? Maybe it wasn’t possible or maybe its moot. They will call the TO on the next play anyway?
Even if Bears get ball back, they will most likely be down two scores. Ballgame. Bears need miracles from here on out. Just awful way to lose, giving up a huge bomb on 3rd down and 11. Bears defense loses this game for us.
Wow! Green Bay misses the chip shot and the Bears get the ball back with 1:02 to play.
Crosby shanks a chip shot after the holder bobbles the snap, there’s life.
Ha, there’s that miracle. For now.
This is what we want to see – Trubisky time. Even if he can’t get it done, this is what we want to see.
4th and 10. Not a great drive. Dontrelle Inman drops a first down. GRRRRRRRRR.
Bad drop, that’s the difference between fringe guys and legit NFL receivers
Awful ending to an awful game. The Bears can’t get a first down to extend the drive. They turn the ball over on downs and lose 23-16.
My question is, where do you go from here? Couple bad opponents coming up, but how long can you spin your wheels without showing some kind of progress as a unit? Even the D seemed to take a step back, although without Trevathan
In short, the Bears proved today that they are not an NFL ready team. They fall to 3-6, losing at home to a team with a back-up quarterback and a third-string running back. The focus next week has to be on whether or not John Fox and the Bears coaching staff have done enough to keep their jobs. The Bears are now 0-3 in the NFC North and lost both games to the Packers this season. Thanks for following along today. Nice to work with you, Dan.
Also, don’t miss Hamp, OB and Kox coming up as we speak on 720 WGN and here on wgnradio.com
Also, don’t miss Hamp, OB and Koz coming up as we speak on 720 WGN and here on wgnradio.com