(photo from flickr user Mike Morbeck)
Last night the Bears lost 32-7 against the 49er's. It was a hard game to watch and if you made it through the whole thing without turning it off, congratulations. I was excited for the game. Monday night football, two great defensive teams, a couple of backup qb's making their first starts of the year, it looked to be a promising game. Which it was, if your a 49er's fan.
Jason Campbell vs. Colin Kaepernick.
It was a battle of back up QB's last night with Campbell and Kaepernick. You only had to watch the first quarter to figure out who won that battle. Kaepernick looked like a cross between Joe Montana and Randall Cunningham out there throwing for 243 yards and two touchdowns. Meanwhile Campbell look like Rex Grossman, Jonathan Quinn, Rick Mirer and every other dissapointing Bears quarterback to ever lace em' up. It wasn't all his fault though, I mean the guy got sacked 7 times and knocked down who knows how many times more. The Bears have offensive line problems and Campbell found out the hard way. At one point it looked like Campbell didn't even want to go back out there and I don't blame him. Of course he couldn't do anything with the ball when he did have time to throw it. I can't belive I'm saying this but I miss Jay Cutler. Get well soon.
Where's the Offense?
15 total yards in the first half. When I saw that I thought it had to be a mistake, but it wasn't. 15 lousy stinkin' yards. Your telling me with Brandon Marshall, Matt Forte, Michael Bush, and Devin Hester 15 yards is all you can get? That's embarrassing. Mike Tice and Lovie Smith should be ashamed of themselves for that game plan they came out with agasint the Niners. Down by 20? Lets keep running the ball right up the middle. Meh. I was so mad I almost broke my TV. 3-12 on third downs and 143 total yards of offense. Not good.
The Bears defense didn't look to great last night either. However I'm guessing they were probably tired from having to be on the field all night long thanks to the lack of offense. Maybe it was just an off game or maybe Jim Harbaugh just knows how to beat a Bears defense seeing as he played in Chicago for a number of years. Either way, They didn't look like themeselves last night and that worries me going forward. Frank Gore ran all over them and the secondary got torched by Kaepernick all night long.They better be in the film room all day long today trying to figure out what happened.
Hope for the Playoffs?
A couple games ago the playoffs looked like a lock. Now at 7-3 they face some tough teams on the schedule including Green Bay and Minnesota who's looking better as the weeks go by. Getting to 10 wins might be tough if the Bears keep playing the way they are. However, things change week to week in the NFL and I think the Bears can pull out a few more wins before this season ends. 10-6 and a wild card birth sounds about right as of now. Next up is Minnesota. It's a home game so thats good but Adrian Peterson usually runs all over the Bears when he gets the chance. Since Chicago has no offense it will be a close game but the Bears will squeak it out because Minnesota doesn't have an offense either and I have to believe the Bears D will rebound and come up with a big game next week. They better, or its going to be a long second half of the season.
--by Matt Hall (Mornings on GLO)