By: Danny Marmaduke
Saying that the “Chicago Bears” are a disappointing team would be an understatement. We have reached the midway point of the 2014 NFL season, and a potentially prolific offense, and a revamped defense have never come to fruition. The Bears are 3-5 through eight games, and tied for last in the NFC North. Last week’s loss to the Miami Dolphins at home was “unacceptable,” and yesterday’s game was unbearable.
Tom Brady and the New England Patriots beat the Bears by a score of 51-23 (38-7 at halftime) and exposed the Bears for what they really are: horrible.
Since week 15 last season (when the Bears were 8-6) the team has gone 3-7, and has a point differential of -150. This stat alone puts the Bears in the company of the Oakland Raiders and Jacksonville Jaguars. This is the exact opposite from a team expected to dominate on offense and reach the playoffs. Essentially, the Bears have been one of the NFL’s worst teams since being in a position to make the playoffs last year. Any notion of the 2014 Bears making the playoffs was completely erased yesterday.
Everything went wrong in the loss to the Patriots, a game in which Tom Brady had as many incompletions as he did touchdown passes. To make matters even worse, off season addition, Lamarr Houston suffered a season-ending ACL tear after foolishly celebrating a sack against rookie backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo down 25 points with just over three minutes remaining in the game. It was only Houston’s first sack of the year, if you’re looking to add salt to the wound.
The Bears are coming off a bye this week, and face the Packers (who were also on a bye) in Green Bay this Sunday night. Whatever Bears team we see in the second half remains a mystery; a mystery that most Bears fans are reluctant to solve.
Danny Marmaduke is the co-host on “4th and Long” with Duke & Dunne, heard every Saturday morning from 10 a.m. – Noon on WCRX 88.1FM and WCRXFM.com.