Not Much Ado About Something: Bears Lose to Seahawks

The Chicago Bears stand at 8-4 and by all accounts (excepting those originating in Seattle and Green Bay) should be 9-3 and still in control of the NFC North. They aren’t, and their playoff lives could come down to a botched fourth-and-short when they were stuffed. The Bears were completely in control of the game, the clock and the tempo, and then Lovie Smith decided to go for it on fourth down instead of trotting out Robbie Gould to attempt a long, makable FG.  Instead it was a capital-m Moment.  The game reversed course and all things good went Seattle’s way and everyone — viewers, fans and Bears alike — were mere spectators as Russell Wilson and his offense dug down deep and got a win that both teams needed desperately.

The Seahawks almost gave it back to the Bears, with the same generosity they provided Miami the week previous.  Robbie Gould got the Bears into overtime, but Chicago just watched Wilson orchestrate a 97-yard drive that would lead to a Sidney Rice concussed touchdown and a game ender. Wilson seems to gain more confidence as the game evolved. He was making the right reads or scrambling Roethlisberger-like for big gainers on the ground and through the air. Wilson is on the road to be a very good NFL quarterback and the Bears’ performance may be viewed as nothing more than road kill along the way.

The Bears too obviously overrely on Marshall’s ability to catch anything Cutler throws his way.  It’s just too obvious and predictable and easily quarantined. The running game was nowhere to be found and the defense didn’t make those customary plays that have been so reliable all season. The Bears need to get back to what made them successful at the beginning of the season.  Unfortunately, the weaker schedule is over.  The Bears have only defeated two teams with winning records on the season.  They will be up against one of those teams next Sunday in a must-win game.

The Bears are on the cusp of missing the playoffs completely after getting off to a torrid start.