Bears End Four Game Slide with Win over Hapless Rams
With very little else to play for the remainder of the season, the Bears came into this week’s matchup against the Rams looking to stop the bleeding sort to speak as they have dropped six of their last seven contests with their last win coming against the Cleveland Browns. The Rams have very little to play for as well with a record of 1-10 and seem to have the same problems on the defensive side of the ball as the Bears. However, the Rams have played well against some of the better teams in the NFC like New Orleans, Minnesota, and Arizona. So while this game appeared to be a favorable one for the Bears, they should take nothing for granted at this point.
The Bears would get off to a fast first quarter marching 85 yards on their second possession of the game that was capped off by Forte’s one yard touchdown run to give Chicago an early-7-0 lead. Robbie Gould would later tack on a field goal to give Chicago a 10-0 lead. With a chance to go up by 13 nearing halftime, the Bears decided to try a fake field goal and were unsuccessful. The Rams would capitalize on the Bears’ miscue and would manage a field goal to pull within in 10-3 going into halftime.
Following another Rams’ field goal to open the second half, the Bears would answer with a lengthy 13 play drive for 76 years that was capped off by a three yard touchdown pass from Cutler to Bennett to give Chicago a little breathing room 17-6. This would be Cutler’s only touchdown throw of the afternoon. Despite being outmatched, the Rams kept things close all game long as they would tack on a fourth quarter field goal to pull within 17-9 and were in the game until the final possession. The Rams would fail to move the ball pass midfield as Ram quarterback Kyle Boller’s pass would sail high which secured the win for the Bears with :17 remaining in the game.
While it has been easy to pick on the Bears the last few weeks because of the way they’ve played, this win over the Rams wasn’t all that impressive either but there were some positives. Even though Jay Cutler only passed for 143 yards, he did throw a single interception. The running game while not overly impressive did manage over 120 yards between Forte and Bell. This was one of the few games that the Bears actually made a concerted effort to run the football consistently and it paid off as the scheme kept the pressure off Cutler to win the game by himself. Another area that the Bears showed a noticeable improvement this week was the ability to get off the field on third downs. They only allowed the Rams to convert 2 out of 14 times on third down.
Next up for the Bears are the Green Bay Packers, who they lost to on opening night. Not only should the Bears have a chance to avenge that season-opening loss, beating the Packers could put their next playoff hopes in jeopardy as well. While I’m sure playing the role of spoiler was the last thing the Bears envisioned coming into this season, a win against the hated Packers would be a solid one.