Bears facing adversity to end 1st half of 2020

Saints/Bears Recap

The Chicago Bears (5-3) finished the first half of their 2020 season with another loss, this time to the New Orleans Saints (5-2) by the score of 26-23 in OT. The loss at Soldier Field was the second loss in a row overall after the tough Monday Night loss in Los Angeles to the Rams.

Despite all the troubles for this Bears team right now, they completed the first half of the schedule with five wins. If they can double that up in the second half, they can finish 10-6 and likely qualify for the NFC Playoffs.

Game Balls

RB #32 David Montgomery – He had 21 carries for 89 yards and two catches for 16 yards. He broke a 38 yard long one for his longest carry of the season. Chicago committed to the run and Montgomery produced. Fox TV announcers Joe Buck and Troy Aikman even commented a couple of times how good Montgomery looked. They said something like, ‘can you imagine how good this guy would be if he had some help from his blockers?’ Yeah, we know.

LB #58 Roquan Smith, #50 Barkevious Mingo, and the entire LB crew – Roquan led the Bears in tackles with 11, nine of which were solo stops. He recorded 2.5 TFL’s and a PBU too. At many points he looked like Chicago’s best player. Not only was Smith awesome, but the entire Bears linebacking crew was really good. Even #59 Danny Trevathan had a very good game with 9 TKLs and 1.5 TFLs. He looked faster than he did early in the season. How about Barkevious Mingo? I really liked what I saw out of Mingo. He had 6 TKLs and did some good things. Lastly, #52 Khalil Mack had his usual solid game. He had 5 TKLs, 3 TFLs, and 1 Sack. Overall, the LB’s played their best game of the entire season in my opinion.

Player of the Game

WR #11 Darnell Mooney – It’s hard to believe Mooney is a rookie. He plays like a veteran, what with his route running and reliability. In this game he caught five balls for 69 yards and a TD on six targets. Mooney looks like a fantastic draft pick and reminds me of Johnny Knox. Remember him? He was a wunderkind for a short time about a decade ago until his career ended abruptly due to a vicious hit that almost paralyzed him. Hopefully Mooney has a long career in Chicago. The Bears need to take deep shots to him several times per game.


Thumbs Down

WR #83 Javon Wims – If you watched the game, you know what happened. Wims punched a Saints DB named Chauncey Gardner-Johnson. It looked like Gardner-Johnson was playing some ridiculous trash talking games with Wims like pulling on Wims’ mouthpiece. The supposed rumor was that Gardner-Johnson spit on him too. Who knows? Maybe he did. He seems like a punk. Nonetheless, Wims shouldn’t have acted like a fool because it cost the team. The “Dutch Lion” does NOT like that kind of selfish stuff.

TE #80 Jimmy Graham – What was wrong with Jimmy on Sunday? He dropped a couple passes against his former mates and only caught two passes for 13 yards. He was targeted 7 times and only caught two? Ugh. Maybe he was psyched out or maybe there was something else like an injury. It kind of seemed like Trey Burton when he wimped out of playing his former mates from Philadelphia a couple of years ago in the Playoffs. Remember the mysterious groin injury he contracted the day before that game? Burton even admitted he had mental problems. I’m glad Pace dumped him.


Bears/Titans Preview

The Bears (5-3) travel to Nashville, Tennessee to take on the Titans (5-2) on Sunday at Noon. Chicago’s recent struggles likely won’t end this week as they face last year’s AFC Championship runner-up. Not only is this a tough opponent in their home stadium, but the Bears have numerous injuries, players with corona, and other problems. I think three of the five normal offensive linemen won’t be starting this week. How are HC Matt Nagy and QB Nick Foles going to get points on the board with a bunch of nobodies blocking? As you’d imagine, they probably won’t.

Troy Aikman’s Efficiency Ratings (AER) :

  • Chicago Bears (5-3) – 18th overall, 29th offense, 5th defense
  • Tennessee Titans (5-2) – 10th overall, 2nd offense, 28th defense

Football Outsiders :

  • Chicago Bears – 18th overall, 27th offense, 6th defense, 21st special teams
  • Tennessee Titans – 13th overall, 4th offense, 20th defense, 31st special teams

Prediction :

Last week, the “Dutch Lion” predicted a Bears loss to New Orleans by a score of 24-12. The Bears did better than expected but still lost. Thus, we kept our perfect record intact. “Dutch Lion” is now 8-0. The Bears are only 5-3 after losing two in a row.

Unfortunately, I don’t see the Bears breaking out of their losing streak. It looks like a third straight loss on Sunday. However, after this affair, the rest of the season looks brighter. For now, Chicago is in the hardest part of the schedule, the ‘meat’ of the schedule if you will. The Titans offense is really good. Their defense and special teams are their weakness. I guess it’s possible for the Bears to win… if Titans starting QB Ryan Tannehill and superstar RB Derrick Henry were to get hurt. Outside of that craziness, the Bears would need to take advantage of the Titans weak special teams. How about a kickoff or punt return for a score?

As usual, the Bears defense will probably keep them in the game, at least for awhile. In the end, I just don’t see how the Bears offense can move the ball enough without opening game starters LG James Daniels, C Cody Whitehair, and RT Bobby Massie not playing. Even the backups Sam Mustipher and Jason Spriggs are out. Can Chicago even field a healthy offensive line? We count five linemen out for this game. Only LT Charles Leno and RG Germain Ifedi might take the field, along with Alex Bars, Arlington Hambright, and Rashaad Coward. That sounds like a recipe for disaster. This offense wasn’t even good WITH the starting line. Now?

According to Sports Betting Dime, the Bears are 6.5 point underdogs. I don’t see the Bears covering that point spread. PICK: Tennessee

Tennessee Titans 23 Chicago Bears 13

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