Here are five dissapointing items from the Chicago Bears 27-14 home loss to the Miami Dolphins Sunday:
1. Home skid continues….the Bears have lost four straight games at Soldier Field, their longest losing streak since 2002. Somehow the energy isn’t there after kickoff. While guard Kyle Long can appeal that the “fans aren’t loud enough on third down”, truth is that the Bears defense fails to generate any enthusiasm or big plays.
Also, freqently the Bears are playing from behind, making it difficult to generate energy or enthusiasm from the home crowd.
2. Turnovers….the Bears lost the turnover battle, 3-0. In all three home losses this season, they’ve committed crucial mistakes that have turned the game around, witness QB Jay Cutler’s ill-advised throw that Buffalo’s Kyle Williams picked when the Bears were driving in the opener or the two interceptions thrown in the Packers contest.
For the first time prior to the regular season opener against Buffalo, the Chicago Bears starting Street free agent signee Michael Ola has been a lifesaver for the Bears, splitting time at both left guard and tackle.offensive line practiced together Thursday in preparation for Sunday’s home game with the Miami Dolphins.
Injuries caused the Bears to mix and match starters after center Roberto Garza and guard Matt Slauson sustained high ankle sprains in the opener. Both recently returned to the field, but starting left tackle Jermon Bushrod missed the last two contests with an ankle and knee issue.
Even this week, the unit underwent some change. Right tackle Jordan Mills missed Wednesday’s workout, but returned to action Thursday after suffering some pain in his surgically repaired right foot that was broken in last year’s season finale. “It felt great,” Mills said after practice. “It was a little painful the last two or three days.”
Notes, quotes, and tidbits following the Chicago Bears road win in Atlanta:
-Jay Cutler’s 381-yards passing ties him for fifth place in Bears franchise history with Brian Griese. Johnny Lujack holds the club record with 468-yards against the then Chicago Cardinals on December, 12, 1949.
-Matt Forte eclipsed the 7,000-yard rushing barrier in Sunday’s contest. Forte and Hall-of-Famer Walter Payton (16,726-yards) are the only players in Bears history who have surpassed that mark. Forte and Payton also share the distinction as the only Bears to achieve both 7,000-yards rushing and 3,000-yards receiving.