The Chicago Bears last second bid to rally from a 20-point fourth quarter deficit fell 7-yards short Sunday afternoon at Soldier Field when the Bears were unable to punch it in for a game-tying touchdown, eventually losing 27-21 to Tennessee. The Bears fall to 2-9 on the year, while the Titans even their mark to 6-6.
With the game on the line in the final minute, the Bears failed on four pass attempts at the Tennessee 7, including costly drops on first down by a wide-open Josh Bellamy and fourth-down by a sliding Deonte Thompson. Dropped passes were a consistent theme all afternoon for Chicago, as receivers bobbled at least 10 balls that were in their grasp. The drops overshadowed a strong finish by Bears backup QB Matt Barkley.
“There were a lot of different guys out there that haven’t been in the position to catch or drop balls very many times. Those guys fought hard. They did a lot of good things. There were some good catches as well as drops,” summarized Bears head coach John Fox. “So just like anytime, if the result isn’t exactly what you were looking for, you go back to the drawing board and you learn from it.”
Adding insult to injury, the Chicago Bears lost another player on Monday, but this time, not to injury. LB Jerrell Freeman, the Bears leading tackler, was suspended by the NFL four games for violating the league’s substance abuse policy on performing enhancing drugs (PED’s).
Freeman’s suspension comes less than a week after Chicago WR Alshon Jeffery was also sidelined for the same violation. Freeman leads the Bears defense in stops this season with 91 and is in the first-year of a three-year contract he signed with the club last spring after a standout career in Indianapolis. He’ll be eligible to return to practice on December 19 for the final two regular season games.
Freeman issued a brief statement after the announcement saying ” I would like to apologize to my coaches, teammates, the Bears organization and Bears fans for the embarrassment I’ve caused myself and the team. I made a mistake with my prescription medication for which I take full responsibility.”
Head coach John Fox, who is getting used to bad news, held Freeman accountable. “Obviously, much like Alshon, I’m very disappointed. These guys understand all the parameters of the drug testing involved in our league.” READ MORE
Jay Cutler’s last-ditch attempt to rally the Chicago Bears to a game-winning score ended with an interception as the New York Giants held on for a 22-16 victory over the Bears at blustery MetLife Stadium in New Jersey Sunday afternoon. The Bears fell to 2-8 on the season while the Giants won their fifth straight to move to 7-3.
The Bears had life on the game’s final possession when Cutler hit Josh Bellamy for a 20-yard gain to the New York 30. But on the ensuing play, Cutler was hit and stripped, resulting in a Bears recovery but substantial loss of yardage and field position. Cutler then underthrew Marquess Wilson on the following play and Giants safety Landon Collins easily secured the ball to end the threat and effectively, the game.
“This one’s going to be hard to swallow,” said Cutler who started fast but, like the rest of the team, finished slow. “These games that you lose and you definitely have a chance to win, those are the ones that keep you up at night.” Cutler completed 17-of-30 passes for 252 yards and a touchdown, a 19-yard dart to TE Zach Miller that started the day’s scoring.
After jumping out to a 16-6 lead and holding a 16-9 halftime advantage, the Bears offense found things difficult in the second half. READ MORE