Robbie Gould stepped in the Bears’ record book with two field goals to move past Kevin Butler as the all-time scorer in franchise history with 1,118 points. As important, his two field goals enabled were one better than Kansas City’s Cairo Santos in a game won 18-17 by the Bears.
Santos had an opportunity to match Gould’s day but for a play of the game by Bears special teams. Pernell McPhee, staying in on ‘teams with a number of defensive starters, gave the Bears a boost with a block of Santos’ 27-yard FG try in the third quarter.
“I mean, there’s all kinds of ebbs and flows in games and shifts in momentum,” said coach John Fox. “So that was a big one that stands out.”
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The Bears allowed the Chiefs zero possessions starting in Chicago territory.
Coverage units limited the Chiefs to no kickoff return longer than 19 yards and one punt return of 10 yards. Pat O’Donnell punted for a strong average net of 43.6 yards, marked by consistency with none of his five punts longer than 49 yards. The performance was important because the Bears were beset with poor field position throughout most of the game and needed O’Donnell to give the defense at least some chance of surviving.
Jeremy Langford did the offense no favors with a hold on Marc Mariani’s first punt return, costing nearly 30 yards of field position. That gaffe contributed to a disaster when the Bears were forced to operate near their own end zone and suffered a sack-strip for a Chiefs TD.
Moon's Grade: A-
The great Ricky Bobby once said, “If you ain’t first, you’re last.” Talladega Nights hit a little too close to home for the Bears in Week 7.
They came into Sunday at 3-2 at the top of the NFC North. After a 38-31 loss to the New England Patriots, they dropped to the bottom of the division.
The Detroit Lions defeated the Miami Dolphins 32-21 to improve to 3-3, leaving them tied with the Bears in the cellar.
The Minnesota Vikings’ 37-17 victory over the New York Jets jumped them to 4-2-1 overall and first place in the division over the 3-2-1 Green Bay Packers, who were off for their bye week.
The NFC North remains the most tightly contested division in the NFL, the only one with no teams under .500 through seven weeks of the season.
The final standings may not be decided until Week 17, and the Bears have already blown the early season cushion they built for themselves while the Vikings and Packers were struggling.
The divisional action will pick up in November, and Chicago only has a pair of games left to put it all together before back-to-back-to-back games against the Lions, Vikings and Lions again.
Matt Forte, Lance Briggs and Alex Brown join Laurence Holmes to break down the Bears 38-31 loss to the Patriots. What happened to the Bears defense over their bye week, and how did the special teams struggle so bad against New England? Plus – the guys debate Mitchell Trubisky’s decision making in the red zone and Matt weighs in on how the Bears should play his former team – the New York Jets – next week.
0:35– Special teams to blame for loss?
4:12– Where did the Bears pass rush go?
5:27– Bad tackling followed Bears from Miami
7:25– Are the coaches to blame for the defense after the bye?
10:10– Evaluating Mitchell Trubisky’s game
11:55– Agree with Matt Nagy on Mitch’s “mental” game?
13:30– Trubisky’s red zone decision making
17:10– Are the Bears giving away games so Mitch can learn?
18:00– Bears need to run the ball more
21:04– Matt Forte scouts his former team, the New York Jets
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