The Chicago Bears sought to stage an improbable playoff upset of the Saints in New Orleans Sunday. An inspired defensive effort kept the road team in the game through the half. It was a complete offensive collapse, however, that turned a close loss into a comfortable Saints win.
Why the Bears Lost
The Bears had 140 total yards of offense for the game before a meaningless late drive, a shockingly small output. Virtually no NFL team can win with such paltry figures.
Mitchell Trubisky, lined up at wide receiver, took a reverse and threw a deep pass late in the 1st quarter. Javon Wims was wide open but dropped the sure touchdown that would’ve tied the game 7-7. (Box score)
Stats That Matter
- David Montgomery ran for just 31 yards and was a non-factor Sunday.
- Trubisky had just 100 passing yards before a garbage-time touchdown.
- Jimmy Graham made a nice one-handed touchdown catch as time expired in what amounted to nothing more than a nice boost to his stats.
If the Bears want to become real contenders they need an offensive overhaul. The current setup is just not working and I think all options should be considered, starting with the coaching staff.
Training camp starts for the Bears in July.