By Donte Chase Bridges
Chicago, IL- In a defensive struggle, The Chicago Bears came up short in the 10-3 loss to the Green Bay Packers. Led by Pro-Bowl linebacker Khalil Mack and All-Pro Defensive Tackle Hakeem Nicks, the Bears put on a defensive showcase by keeping Packer’s Quarterback Aaron Rodgers to 7 points and less than 350 passing yards.
” I’m proud of the defense; we played our ass off,” said Bears Head Coach Matt Nagy. Nagy also elaborated on his team’s offensive performance. “We Couldn’t get into a rhythm offensively, and when we did, we had penalties. We got to be better, I got to be better, and I think our players understand that. It’s just the first games of the year, and we got a lot more games left,” Nagy expressed in frustration.
Holding true to the title of “Monsters of the Midway”, the Bears’ defense put on a stellar performance by keeping packers’ offense under a 150 yards in the first half. Nonetheless, the lack of momentum with the Bears’ offense proved to be the nail in the coffin. With stalls such as the 4th quarter’s “3rd and 40” drive, Mitchell Trubisky couldn’t get the Bears’ offense on the tracks.
“I feel like I let a lot of my teammates down. I feel like I could have done better,” Trubisky calmly explained. “I don’t think the ‘hype part’ of the game is why we played the way we played, I just think I did not do what I was supposed to do tonight,” said Trubisky.
Though the Bear’s offense sputtered often, in the 4th quarter, Trubisky led his team down the hash marks by completing pivotal passes to newly signed running back Mike Davis and dual-threat Scat-back Tarik Cohen. In a case of poetic justice, former Bears safety Adrian Amos took away any chances of an upset win by intercepting a overthrown fade route, which sealed the Bears fate.
“I read it; I tried to go get the ball and I made it; it feels good right now; I’m tearing up right now, a little bit emotional, but it feels good right now. It’s just one game, but that game doesn’t matter anymore; it’s on to week 2; because if we don’t win next week’s game this game won’t matter,” said former Bears Safety Adrian Amos.
Third-year defensive-end Leonard Floyd stood out with his relentless pressure and solo sack on Packer’s Quarterback Aaron Rogers. With Floyd’s steady improvement, the Bears defensive line should remain a dominant force in the NFL.
Room for Improvement
The Bears running back depth has taken a hit with recent departure of Jordan Howard this off-season. With 15 rushes in 65 plays, the Bears were unable to control the Tempo of the game. Tarik Cohen led the bears running backs in total yards with 8 receptions and 0 carries in yesterday’s game.
“Drives kept stalling and we were getting behind the chains on offense. You just can’t do those things,” said Cohen.
The Bears move on to face the Denver Broncos in week 2. Hopefully, Coach Nagy can self-assess what went wrong and turn the Bears’ season around.
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