Bears “Hunted Down” in Third Straight Loss

Colin Hegener, Writer

The Chicago Bears dropped their third in a row last Sunday afternoon in yet another one score loss to the Tennessee Titans 24-17. 

The offense was stagnant and unable to get anything going yet again. Nagy said postgame that, “In this league, you score points when it counts. You score points when it matters. We’re not doing that. I’m not coaching well enough.”

The struggle up front for the Bears offensive line continued on Sunday, as quarterback Nick Foles was sacked three times and the team only rushed for 49 yards on 19 attempts. This was a theme coming into the game and continued into the late afternoon on Sunday. 

It was a slow-moving game for the most part all day, as there were only three points after the first quarter, and only 10 going into halftime, with all 10 belonging to the Titans. The Bears would be shut out for three whole quarters until they started picking it up in the fourth. 

The Bears finally got on the board early in the fourth quarter on a field goal by kicker Cairo Santos, cutting the lead to 17-3. The Titans would then strike yet again on their next possession, with Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill connecting with tight end Joannu Smith on a 2 yard pass.

The Bears defense only gave up 228 total yards all game, but thought they could’ve played even better. 

Bears linebacker Danny Trevathan said after the game,“It looked like we played well, but there were a couple plays that we felt like we should have made, myself included. The thing is, we have to get the turnovers.”

This defense is good enough to win championships, they hold themselves to a high standard but when it comes to the offense, they continue to struggle.

The Bears would not go down without a fight, however. 

The Bears would finally score a touchdown with 5 minutes left in the fourth quarter when quarterback Nick Foles connected on a 6 yard strike to running back Ryan Nall. They would then strike again with a minute left when Foles found tight end Jimmy Graham on a 8 yard pass. The Titans would eventually recover the onside kick, then kneeling twice, ending the Bears comeback hopes. 

Nick Foles still kept his head high after the loss stating, “Obviously, we fell short. Another tough game, but the guys kept playing until the clock hit zero. Not an easy one, but there’s something that you can build on there because when you don’t quit and you keep going and keep grinding, especially through games like that that are difficult, it tells you a lot about your locker room.”

At a certain point, building off of a loss cannot be good enough, you need to win games. 

The Bears cannot lose another game going into their bye week. The Monday night matchup versus the Minnesota Vikings next week is a must win game. Hopefully, the offense can get going and have the Bears riding some momentum going into their bye.