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Eddie Goldman out of practice with thigh injury ahead of Sunday’s game against Detroit

Eddie Goldman out of practice with thigh injury ahead of Sunday’s game against Detroit

The Bears announced their updated injury list this Wednesday ahead of Week 10’s game against the Lions, and as if Bears fans needed more bad news, defensive lineman Eddie Goldman was out of practice with a thigh injury.

Goldman was injured during the Bears’ brutal Week 9 loss to the Eagles, limiting him to 11 snaps. Goldman’s thigh injury spells trouble for the Bears defense since Akiem Hicks has been on injured reserve since mid-October with an elbow injury. With Goldman and Hicks both out, the Bears are left without two major players on their defense.

Linebacker Isaiah Irving also didn’t participate in practice this Wednesday due to a quad injury. 

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New week, same excuses for Mitch Trubisky

New week, same excuses for Mitch Trubisky

PHILADELPHIA — If the Chicago Bears' season was on life support after Week 8's loss to the Los Angeles Chargers, it may have flatlined following Sunday's 22-14 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.

For the first time this season, there's a legitimate argument to be made that the defense actually failed this team. With the offense "surging" and momentum clearly on the Bears' side in the midst of a fourth-quarter comeback at Lincoln Financial Field, Chicago's allegedly elite defense surrendered a 16-play, 69-yard drive that lasted more than eight minutes and resulted in a game-sealing field goal for the Eagles. Tight end Adam Shaheen fumbled the ensuing kickoff. Philadelphia recovered. Game over.

But should it have even been that close?

Prior to that life-sucking final drive, Chicago's defense played winning football. Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz threw for just 239 yards and a touchdown, and while running back Jordan Howard did have a quality performance (89 yards and a touchdown), there was never a moment prior to Philadelphia's last possession that felt like the Bears' defense was overmatched.

That wasn't the case for Mitch Trubisky and the offense, however.

This feels like an all too familiar place. Trubisky and the Bears' passing game once again looked like a varsity high school team trying to move the ball against an NFL defense. He completed just 10 passes, totaled just 125 yards, and nearly half of them came on a 53-yard completion to wide receiver Taylor Gabriel on a pass that, if we're being honest, should've led Gabriel to the end zone had the ball placement been better.

Off the field, Trubisky deserves a ton of credit. He doesn't pass the buck for the offense's struggles, even though he isn't the only one guilty of inept play.

"They had the pass rush going a little bit and they were teeing off in the first half, which they were getting the run game in the second half and the play-action game helped slow that down a little bit," Trubisky said after the game. "But for the times that I did have vision, I felt like I could've maybe put it in a different spot than when I did. When you have a rush like that going like that you just have to get the ball out quick and you have to be able to beat man coverage. So I think we can all be better in different areas and I am just going to look at myself to see where I can put the ball in different places on film and come back and try to improve."

Is anyone else experiencing Deja Vu?

Trubisky hasn't had success this season with the most critical aspect of playing quarterback in the NFL: Accuracy. Against the Chargers in Week 8, he airmailed a would-be touchdown over Gabriel's head on a play that probably would've won the game for the Bears. Back in Week 3, Trubisky threw an egregious pass intended for Allen Robinson that was intercepted by Washington Redskins cornerback Josh Norman. In fact, Week 1's opening night kickoff game against the Green Bay Packers was a sign of things to come when Trubisky tossed an ill-advised late-game pass into double coverage that was intercepted by former Bear, Adrian Amos.

The list of Trubisky misses extends way beyond just his interceptions. At this point, it feels like he's good for at least one head-scratcher per series. And, at some point, a difficult question needs to be asked: Can he get better?

Matt Nagy talked about the Bears struggling to get into an offensive rhythm against the Eagles. He said the offense, as a whole, played a sloppy game. All of that is true. But the least rhythmic and sloppiest of all the players on offense happens to be the franchise's most important asset. And if Trubisky doesn't start stacking good throw on top of good throw (forget about games at this point!), then his future with the Bears is the least of his worries. 

Quarterbacks who complete just 10 passes in a game don't last long in the NFL. Trubisky will never play for another coach or organization that'll be as patient with him as Nagy and the Bears have been. 

Chicago's playoff hopes appear over. Now, it's time to figure out if Trubisky even has the potential to be average.

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The Eagles' final drive showed the Bears that their defense may still be good, but it's not great

The Eagles' final drive showed the Bears that their defense may still be good, but it's not great

With eight minutes and 48 seconds left in Sunday’s game, Bears’ punter Pat O’Donnell pinned the Eagles on their own 11-yard line. All of Philly’s first half momentum was gone, and Chicago’s offense was back from the dead, having scored two unanswered touchdowns. All the Bears needed to do was rely on one of the league's stingiest defenses to get the ball back in Trubisky’s hands, like they have so many times before. 

Trubisky never touched the ball again. In fact, the only offensive player to touch it was tight end Adam Shaheen, when he fumbled away the Eagles’ squib kick with 23 seconds on the clock. By that time, though, the damage was done; Philadelphia had put the game on ice with a 17-play, eight-minute drive. 

“It’s very uncharacteristic of us,” Prince Amukamara said after the Bears’ 22-14 loss. “Just with how everything went in that game, out of everything that happened, we were still in it. For us to not get off the field, we have to go back to the board and change. I feel like that’s kind of how it’s been the whole year – just not being able to get off the field.” 

There have been plenty of dejected locker rooms in the Bears’ 2019 season, but Sunday’s had the distinct feeling of something more. The team’s offensive struggles are nothing new, and Chicago’s history with kicks at the buzzer doesn’t need relitigation. But watching any realistic playoff berth be all-but-buried because the defense couldn’t get off the field hits a particularly sensitive nerve. 

“It sucks man,” Leonard Floyd said. “You want to win every game you go out there and play. It’s a marathon, not a sprint, so you have to refocus and get ready for next game. 

“Last year was last year. This is a whole new team. We’ve just got to execute man, finish the game the right way.”

What makes Sunday’s final drive tough to swallow for the Bears is the fact that Philadelphia managed to convert on four separate 3rd downs – three of which were from seven yards or more. First, Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz hit Alshon Jeffery for 13 yards on 3rd-and-3. Then there was a 15-yard screen on 3rd-and-12 to Miles Sanders. 

Linebacker Danny Trevathan, who was matched on Sanders for the play, said he just lost the rookie running back, calling it a case of “bad eyes.” 

“It’s a play I’ve got to make,” he said. “It’s a play I always make, I just have to make it. It’s easy to say from the outside world, it’s easy to bring it up, but you’ve just got to do it. I’ve got to be better at my job just like a lot of people need to be better at their jobs.” 

“I feel like they were kind of guessing through the game,” Sanders said. “... We got them on a boot and got the first down on one of those third-down conversions.” 

The final two conversions both came on tight end screens – one to Zach Ertz (3rd and 4) and the other (3rd and 9) to Dallas Goedert. 

“We just weren’t able to finish,” Khalil Mack said. “You want to get those plays back. Impressive plays.” 

Last year, the Bears continually relied on the defense to bail them out of games like the one played on Sunday. Whether it was Eddie Jackson running back a pick-six against Minnesota, Akiem Hicks forcing a fumble at the 1-yard line in Miami, or Kyle Fuller sealing a Thanksgiving win with a red zone interception, last year’s play-makers did just that. 

Halfway through 2019, they’re 3-5 without a notable turnover to their name. And if there’s one thing the Bears’ offense is farther ahead on than the defense, it’s dealing with adversity. 

“I love adversity,” Mack said. “It shows who you are, it shows you who everyone around you is as well. It’s one of those things where you have to look in the mirror and get ready for the next one. I love this game, and I’m going to give it all I’ve got when I’m on the field.” 

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