The Chicago Bears had a golden opportunity at home against the Green Bay Packers in Week 10. Aaron Rodgers is out with a cracked collarbone and Brett Hundley looked like he wasn’t all set for the spotlight. This is the perfect possibility to steal a make an impression on a hated rival and stay static in the fringes of the playoff race.
So of training course the Bears blew it and lost, because it’s the Bears which is what they carry out. The beginning of the finish came in the second quarter, with the most bizarre moments of Week 10. It had been also a completely preventable moment, which is why John Fox’s earns this week’s biggest coaching oversight.
With the Bears down 10-3, Mitchell Trubisky got off a pass to Benny Cunningham, who took it 23 yards and dove at the pylon before being pushed out of bounds. The officials at first ruled him down at the 2-yard series, so Fox threw the task flag pondering Cunningham scored a touchdown.
The replay revealed something else entirely – Cunningham dropped possession of the ball before he crossed the plane, meaning that this was the dreaded fumble out of your end zone.
The play was ruled a touchback and Packers possession, therefore the Bears went from first-and-goal at the 2-yard series to the defense back again on the field.
It’s brutal luck for the Bears, and another reminder of the controversial fumble touchback rule – the New York Jets got screwed by an identical call against the New England Patriots a couple weeks ago.
However, we have to emphasize that Cunningham was at first ruled down rather than crossing the plane, and a scoring play would’ve triggered an automated review. By calling for a problem, Fox was left at the mercy of the officials, who correctly ruled by the letter of the law regardless if it doesn’t make very much sense.
Instead of settling for the ball at the target line – and a talented operating back in Jordan Howard potentially punching it in – Fox foolishly challenged and price his team a crucial scoring opportunity. The Packers continued to win, 23-16, and who understands how differently the overall game would’ve gone if the Bears have scored here.
Right now 3-6, the Bears fell four games behind the 7-2 Minnesota Vikings in the NFC North. They never had much of a shot anyway, but this loss successfully ends their slim playoff hopes. Right now Fox will face even more questions about his job security, which team’s performance certainly didn’t perform him any favors.
If John Fox can’t beat the Aaron Rodgers-less Packers at home in Year 3, what accurately is the stage of his continued employment? – Patrick Daugherty (@RotoPat) November 12, 2017
Of training course, Fox wasn’t the just coach to make a major oversight on Sunday, so let’s have our weekly walk of shame.
You again, Bears?
Welp, now there wasn’t just one Bears oversight this week.
Remember Tarik Cohen? He was rather fun in September. You’d think the Bears would hold employing him in the offense, especially when they’re going out of their way to hide Trubisky.
A few weeks ago Dowell Loggains known as Tarik Cohen the Bears’ best offensive playmaker.
On Sunday, he was on the discipline for 13 of 60 offensive snaps and had several offensive touches. – Dan Wiederer (@danwiederer) November 13, 2017
I actually can’t imagine why this training staff gets so very much heat from fans.
Bears weren’t the only NFC North crew to possess a bad challenge
Welcome back to the column, Jim Caldwell.
The Detroit Lions sleepwalked through a 38-24 make an impression on the Cleveland Browns, which could’ve gone a whole lot differently if the Browns didn’t … well, you understand. Browns stuff. Anyway, the Browns proceeded to go for fourth-and-1 near midfield and first got it, despite Duke Johnson having an naturally bad spot.
Caldwell challenged the take up, even though there really wasn’t substantially to problem because Johnson evidently got the first straight down, therefore the Browns got plenty of extra yards after analysis. It didn’t conclude mattering – Cleveland dedicated back-to-back holding cell phone calls to eliminate the drive – but Caldwell owned up to his oversight, saying, “I did so a very poor job of that, plain and simple.”
It’s good to start to see the Lions back in the playoff mix at 5-4, but man, don’t get it so difficult on yourselves.
Rams ran a fake punt deep within their own territory and the punter even so managed to throw it brief of the sticks
Rams fake punt. Short. Texans dominate at Rams’ 38. Just what a dumb take up. – Brian T. Smith (@ChronBrianSmith) November 12, 2017
We all love Sean McVay, but also for a second there you would’ve thought Jeff Fisher was back again. Talk about a temperature check going bad.
Thankfully, the Rams moved to 7-2 after sitting back again and letting Tom Savage beat himself. They will have a crucial game with the 7-2 Minnesota Vikings next week and the 7-2 New Orleans Saints the following week. Imagine heading back to August and telling your outdated self that Rams vs. Saints would be a crucial marquee matchup in overdue November. Just what a strange season.
Ben McAdoo shed to the winless SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA 49ers
I thought for sure he’d get the Lane Kiffin treatment in Santa Clara, however the GAMBLING organization is more patient than that. Still, his times are numbered, especially after he got the Dreaded Vote of Confidence.
On the bright side, this will make for an amusing stretch manage with the Giants openly quitting on the coach, and I’ll cherish at any time I could to dunk on McAdoo before he’s fired on Black Monday. As Jim Tomsula taught us, you don’t love what you have until it’s gone.
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