The Chicago Bears looked to revitalize their stagnant offense on Monday night as they took on the Minnesota Vikings at Soldier Field. Offensive coordinator Bill Lazor took over play-calling duties from head coach Matt Nagy with a hope for better production. Nick Foles was under pressure all night, and the play-calling was less of a factor than the deficient offensive line, which the Vikings took advantage of repeatedly.
Why the Bears Lost
The offense again wasted a strong performance by the defense and special teams. If not for a Cordarrelle Patterson kick-off return touchdown to start the second half, the Bears would have been shut out in the second half. The aforementioned Patterson was the primary rusher in a weak ground attack that compiled just 41 yards.
The Bears largely kept the explosive RB Dalvin Cook in check and trailed by just six points with just over two minutes left in the game. Nick Foles, who struggled mightily all game with just 106 total passing yards, lobbed the ball downfield on 4th and 5 to an open Anthony Miller. The ball floated just past Miller’s outstretched hands. (Box Score)
Stats That Matter
- Nick Foles struggled to get off clean throws all night: 15/26, 106 YDS, 1 INT, 2 Sacks
- Akiem Hicks, who the Bears cannot lose if they want to be effective on defense, had to come out of the game with a hamstring injury.
- Khalil Mack had an interception in the second quarter and had an impressive return.
- Roquan Smith played his ass off: 14 tackles, 1 sack, 3 tackles-for-loss, 1 QB hit
When Chicago started the season with a 5-1 record it was clear the offense needed to play catch up with their stellar defense. Unfortunately, the opposite has happened and the current losing streak feels like a direct reflection of Matt Nagy’s head coaching. This problem is a lot deeper than play calling.
The Bears get a much-needed bye in week 11 before heading to Lambeau Field. They will play on Sunday night, November 29 against the Green Bay Packers in a game that could determine their fate in the 2020 season.