September 26th, 2011
by bearsbacker

The Bears have dropped two straight games, but survived a tough three game stretch coming out with a 1-2 record. Many believed the Bears could start the season 0-3 considering they took on three playoff teams from a year ago.

The Falcons, Saints and Packers, the three teams the Bears faced so far this season, combined for 34 wins a year ago, the most by the Bears’ first three opponents in franchise history.

It’s too early in the season to give up completely, but with the Packers and Lions 3-0 the Bears need to get things going. Maybe going back to basics could help them.

They Bears ran the ball 12 times for a miserable 13 yards in this game. The 13 yards was the fewest in 59 years. In 1952 against the L.A. Rams, the Bears ran for a whopping one yard.

Running the ball was what led the Bears to a division title a year ago. It makes sense at times when your down a good amount to throw the ball, but establishing a running game is key. The offensive line could be to blame, but sometimes you just got to stick with it. The best teams can run and throw.

The Packers were the better team on this day, not tremendously better. They won the time of possession battle by over 15 minutes, had more total yards by over 100, they had an effective run game and they made the big play when they needed it.

The Bears on the other hand created turnovers, but made mistakes and didn’t capitalize on all of them. Charles Tillman had an interception taken back after the Bears were called for an offsides penatly.

Brian Urlacher picked off Aaron Rodgers with plenty of time in the fourth quarter for the Bears to come back. The Bears proceeded to go backwards on the drive and ending up having a third-and-33 after a personal foul penalty by Devin Hester.

Not many teams will win games with 10 penalties for 70 yards and 12 rushes for 13 yards. Speaking of penalties, the Packers seemed to be favored at certain parts of the game.

Devin Hester looked to be interfered with in the third quarter by Charles Woodson, but the referees didn’t call anything. Johnny Knox was definitely held with about two minutes left on a fourth down desperation throw by Jay Cutler, but again no call by the referees.

Lastly, CB Corey Graham “held” the gunner Jarrett Bush on the trick punt return that Johnny Knox returned, it wasn’t that much contact to the fans eye, but Graham fessed up after the game and said he held Bush.

The Bears defense is good enough to keep them games, that is definitely a fact. Craig Steltz was beat multiple times by the athletic tight end Jermichael Finley


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