For the second straight week, Robbie Gould missed a field goal to win or tie a game, missing wide right from 50 yards late in the fourth quarter Sunday in his only attempt of the afternoon.
“I definitely didn’t rush it,” said Gould, who has missed six of his last 15 attempts after beginning the season converting 17 in a row. “I thought when it left my felt, it felt pretty good. Win was blowing right to left and it just stayed right, didn’t come back at all.”
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Said tackle Kyle Long: “He shouldn’t be put in that position. We should have more points early.”
The rest of special teams didn’t help that process. Khari Lee was called for holding on the Bears second kickoff return, for 32 yards by Deonte Thompson, setting the offense back inside the Chicago 10 instead of at the 30.
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The negatives overshadowed what few positives were sprinkled around teams. Coverage units allowed two punt returns for a total of seven yards. Pat O’Donnell averaged 40.2 yards net on five punts, putting three inside the 20 and missing a fourth when Josh Bellamy failed to locate the football on a second-quarter punt, allowing a touchback instead of downing the ball inside the Washington 5.
Eddie Royal provided a 16-yard punt return and Ka’Deem Carey grabbed a short kickoff and returned it 22 yards to the Chicago 26.
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Positive press about the Chicago Bears' offseason is having a strong impact on the jersey sales for the team's highest-profile player, Mitch Trubisky.
According to Dick's Sporting Goods, Trubisky's No. 10 is the fifth-most popular jersey among offensive players over the last 30 days. He's No. 6 among all players, regardless of position.
The Bears' offseason has been full of superlatives since their aggressive approach to free agency. The signings of Allen Robinson, Trey Burton and Taylor Gabriel put the spotlight on Trubisky and the potentially surging passing game. The second-round selection of Anthony Miller and word of Kevin White's offseason emergence has turned positive momentum into higher-than-anticipated expectations for Trubisky this season.
For Chicago to have any chance at meeting those expectations, Trubisky, who's entering his first full season as a starter with a new head coach and offensive system, has to thrive. Fans must be confident that he will, considering the investment they're making in his jersey.
Trubisky ended his rookie season with four wins in 12 starts, throwing for 2,193 yards with seven touchdowns and seven interceptions. He completed 59.4 percent of his passes. He should have a much more productive season in 2018 with his new arsenal of skill players and an innovative coaching staff, led by coach Matt Nagy and offensive coordinator Mark Helfrich.
The Chicago Bears will kick off the fourth season of "Meet the Rookies" on June 25, a series that profiles four of the team's 2018 draft picks for a behind-the-scenes look at their journey to the NFL.
The four-episode series will air on ChicagoBears.com at 7:00 p.m from June 25 - 28 and will feature one rookie per night.
Monday's episode will cover the Bears' first-round pick, Roquan Smith. Selected with the eighth-overall pick, Smith is expected to become an instant-impact player on defense. He's expected to make an impact off the field, too, as a high-character leader. Smith's linebacker-mate Joel Iyiegbuniwe is the focus of Tuesday's episode, with Anthony Miller (Wednesday) and James Daniels (Thursday) rounding out Season 4.
For a deeper dive into what's in store in "Meet the Rookies," check out this description.