For a team and staff motivated by the prospect of reaching .500 and by doing it at the expense of the team that dismissed them at the end of last season, the Bears were listless and unable either to create winning situations or exploit them when opportunities presented themselves.
Defensively the Bears continued to struggle early. When the Broncos drove for touchdown on their opening possession, it was the fourth time in five games in which the Bears defense has allowed a TD the first time on the field. And even though Vic Fangio’s unit has typically buttoned up after that, the last three Bears losses have been by a total of eight points and not matching opposing fire from the outset has been devastating.
The decision by John Fox to pass on a chip-shot field goal and attempt to convert a fourth-and-goal from the 4-yard line proved game-changing and left the Bears two points short of reaching .500. Fox simply did not believe his offense was going to do much scoring and didn’t appear to think his defense was going to be able to hold the Broncos down.
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“I think you’re going against a pretty stingy defense,” Fox said. “They scored 17 points and we scored 15 points – that’s not a really high scoring game in our business. We knew it would be tough, so we had to take advantage of getting points when we had the opportunity.”
Moon's Grade: D