Bears' schedule roundup: Cards, Lions remain
December 16, 2012, 11:37 pm
The 21-13 loss to the Green Bay Packers cost the Bears the NFC North (Green Bay clinched), very likely the playoffs and very possibly Lovie Smith and his staff their jobs. The offense again failed to score more than one touchdown despite several opportunities, leaving the organization with significant questions in multiple areas.
Meanwhile, the back end of the Bears’ schedule was going in opposite directions, which does not bode well for a Bears team that is coming out of each week with more questions rather than fewer.
Indianapolis Colts (9-5) W 41-21
Balanced identity established with 33-35 run pass ratio and “O” runs up 428 yards with Jay Cutler throwing for 333 yards and 2 TD’s to go with rushing TD’s by Michael Bush (2) and Matt Forte (1) as part of 122 rushing yards. Nice to have caught this team while Andrew Luck was still a puppy.
@ Green Bay Packers (10-4) L 23-10
Jay Cutler berates offensive linemen on national TV for seven sacks; linemen just have to accept Cutler’s four INT’s apparently. Embarrassing offensive performance all around as defense holds Aaron Rodgers and Pack to 3 FG’s and one TD.
St. Louis Rams (6-7-1) W 23-6
Defense sacks Sam Bradford six times and holds Rams out of the end zone. Offense scores only one TD for the second week in a row and Jay Cutler continues to find a groove with receivers.
@ Dallas Cowboys (8-6) W 34-18
Five interceptions of Tony Romo, two returned for TDs (Briggs, Tillman) and a workmanlike 360 yards on offense produce a crucial road win on MNF against the most overrated (annually) team in the NFL.
@ Jacksonville Jaguars (2-12) W 41-3
Bears offense runs up 501 balanced yards (214 rush, 287 pass) and explodes after a sluggish first half. Briggs and Tillman make NFL history with TD interceptions for second straight week and Brandon Marshall puts up 144 yards on 12 catches.
Sun., Oct. 14 Off week
vs. Detroit Lions (4-10) W 13-7
Jay Cutler sacked five times and survives Ndamukong Suh’s WWF takedown. Bears RB’s net 132 yards as run game clicks. Offense can’t put Lions away but Charles Tillman D on Calvin Johnson virtually locks Bears DB into a 2nd Pro Bowl.
vs. Carolina Panthers (5-9) W 23-22
Robbie Gould 41-yard FG as time expires caps 16-point fourth quarter and rally from 19-7 deficit. Offense and defense struggle badly for three quarters but Kellen Davis catches TD pass and Tim Jennings TD return to turn back Cam Newton and reeling Ron Rivera team.
@ Tennessee Titans (4-9 + MNF) W 51-20
Charles Tillman’s bid for defensive player of the year got a boost from four forced fumbles, Brian Urlacher returned an INT for a touchdown and Corey Wootton scored on a blocked punt. Jay Cutler throws three TDs to Brandon Marshall in a game Bears led 28-2 after one quarter.
Houston Texans (12-2) L 13-6
Jay Cutler goes out with concussion and offense improves with Jason Campbell. But too many wasted chances with good field positions with 2 INTs and 2 lost fumbles. Arian Foster rushes for 102 but Bears adjust to control Texans’ offense in second half.
@ San Francisco 49ers (10-3-1) L 32-7
Jason Campbell cannot survive an abysmal performance by the offensive line, allowing 5.5 sacks to Aldon Smith, while the defense makes an instant star out of Colin Kaepernick in his first NFL start.
Vikings (8-6) W 28-10
Jay Cutler returns from his concussion, completes 15 of 17 in the first half as the Bears get up 25-3 and cruise. Adrian Peterson loses to fumbles, Chris Conte intercepts Christian Ponder, and the offense turns the takeaways into 14 points.
Seattle Seahawks (9-5) L 23-17
Defense allows 459 yards as Russell Wilson runs them ragged on TD drives of 97 and 80 yards for an overtime win. Bears squander numerous chances for stops and fail to convert an early fourth down vs. taking a safe FG.
@ Minnesota Vikings (8-6) L 21-14
Jay Cutler throws 2 INTs to hand the Vikings 14 points. Adrian Peterson rushes for 156 and 2 TDs but defense holds up with out Urlacher, Jennings, Paea. Offensive drops and execution continue down-spiral.
Green Bay Packers (10-4) L 21-13
Jay Cutler interception hands Aaron Rodgers a scoring chance and Packers tally to open the second half. Offense remains inert as Bears lose sixth straight to what used to be a good rival.
@ Arizona Cardinals (5-9) Sun., Dec. 23, 3:15 p.m.
What got into these guys? After losing nine straight, Cards annihilate the Lions by intercepting Matthew Stafford three times and score after a muffed punt. Next: vs. BEARS
@ Detroit Lions (4-10) Sun., Dec. 30, noon
Someone in the NFC North has it worse than the Bears. Lions lose sixth straight, blown out by Arizona. Detroit turns the ball over, commits penalties and play down to a new level. Next: @ Atlanta
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