The Bears can’t stop the run: Chicago Bears lose to the Philadelphia Eagles (22-14)
By Donte Chase Bridges | November 3rd
“It just seems to Bears quarterback position has flatlined or is getting worse.” – Analyst Michael Strahan
The Chicago Bears couldn’t stop Philadelphia’s running game, leading to the Bears giving up their fourth straight loss to the Philadelphia Eagles 24-14. Led by former Bears RB Jordan Howard, the Eagles kept the Bears’ offense off the field and the Bears’ defense guessing for answers.
The Eagles came out with an impressive drive, pushing the Bears’ defensive interior backward and ending the series with a field goal. The Bears’ QB Mitchell Trubisky had no luck to start the game, giving up one sack, an incomplete pass, and turning the ball over on downs.
“At the half, Mitchell Trubisky completion percentage above expectation is -26.7 % today, her NFL next-gen stats. The worst completion percentage since Marcus Mariota,” said ESPN Analyst Seth Walder.
Chicago Bears’ QB Mitchell Trubisky couldn’t move the ball against Philadelphia’s defense as their second drive of the game sputtered. Chicago Bears’ DT Eddie Goldman was injured early in the second quarter, causing the Bears D-line to be bludgeoned by Eagles’ RB Jordan Howard and inevitably give up a 25-yard touchdown to Eagles’ TE Zach Ertz.
“Zach Ertz has found holes in this Chicago Bears’ defense, and for him to get open like that, they must have seen something in the Bears’ tape,” said Hall of Fame TE Tony Gonzalez.
Giving the Bears a taste of what they’re missing, Eagles’ RB Jordan Howard sprinted out the gate with a 70+ yard drive and the go-ahead rushing touchdown to bring the score to (0 – 19). The Chicago Bears then countered with Bears’ QB Mitchell Trubisky throwing a 53-yard strike to WR Taylor Gabriel which led to the Bears’ first touchdown of the game.
As the 4th quarter began, Bears’ Head Coach Matt Nagy decided to get Bears’ QB Mitchell Trubisky moving from outside the pocket and completing some simple mid-range passes, which led to the second Bears’ touchdown of the game. Bears’ Head coach Nagy switched to a Big set offensive formation, allowing rookie RB David Montgomery to gash Philadelphia’s defense up the middle. Unfortunately, in the final moments of the quarter, the Eagles’ RBs stopped the Bears in their tracks and closed out the hard-fought game with a final score of 22-14 Philadelphia Eagles.
The Bears Miss RB Jordan Howard
Philadelphia Eagles’ RB Jordan Howard showed the Bears the mistake they made by releasing him this offseason, rushing for 82 YDS, 19 ATT, and 1 TD. It’s not hard to see that the Bears are missing the Workhorse mentality that Howard brought to their running game. Bears’ Head coach Matt Nagy didn’t feel that Jordan’s running Style was conducive to his run-and-gun offense. Unluckily, RB Montgomery hasn’t proved to be beneficial to the Bears’ offense, and the Bears are now searching for any jump start from the run to help struggling Bears’ QB Mitchell Trubisky. Jordan Howard’s productivity will be strongly missed in third-and-short and goal-line situations.
Room for Improvement
Ironically, the Chicago Bears’ defense has become the weak link in their 3-4 start. With only 5.5 sacks this season, pro-bowler OLB Khalil Mack has had no impact on pressuring opposing QBs for the fourth straight week. The Bears’ offense was already questionable coming into the season; therefore, in order for the Bears to rescue their fledgling season, Chicago we’ll have to find a way to hold down the fort as star DT Akeim Hicks nurses himself back from an elbow injury.
Notable Bears Stats
QB Mitchell Trubisky: 125 YDS / 0TD / 15 RUS YDS
RB David Montgomery: 14 CAR / 40 YDS / 2TD
WR Taylor Gabriel: 3 REC / 69 YDS
CB Eddie Jackson: 10 Tack/ Asst
Isaiah Irving: Diagnosed with a quad injury and will not play against the Philadelphia Eagles.
Trey Burton: Diagnosed with a groin pull and will not play against the Philadelphia Eagles.
Taylor Gabriel: Diagnosed with a shin injury and ruled questionable for this week’s game against Philadelphia Eagles.
Eddie Jackson: Diagnosed with a hamstring injury and ruled questionable for this week’s game against Philadelphia Eagles.
Bilal Nichols: Diagnosed with a knee injury and ruled questionable for this week’s game against Philadelphia Eagles.
The Chicago Bears have to find a replacement for DT Akeim Hicks if they look to turn their season around. There is no chance for Chicago to compete if both sides of the ball (Offense and Defense) can’t have an impact on the game. Nonetheless, The Chicago Bears will have to get ready for divisional rivals Detroit Lions on Sunday, 12 p.m. CT. For more information go to https://www.chicagobears.com/