Week 11 Recap: False Hope

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The Chicago Bears earned their home first win of 2014 on Sunday, with a 21-13 victory over the Minnesota Vikings. It was the Bears’ first win at Soldier Field since Dec. 9 of last year, as they improve to 4-6 on the season.

It was a much needed win for the underachieving Bears, who had previously dropped three in a row and five of their last six games. With the win the Bears keep their playoff hopes alive, slim as they may be.

But even with the win, the Bears still don’t look like the team we expected coming into the year, let alone a playoff team. The yards have been there, but the points have not. Despite 468 total yards, nearly double what the Vikings had – 243 – the Bears only managed to put up 21 points. Jay Cutler threw for 330 yards and three touchdowns, but also had two interceptions. In fact, the Bears barely managed to escape with a win thanks to a 4th quarter endzone interception by Ryan Mundy with just under two minutes left in the game. Things might have been worse had they not been facing a rookie quarterback and one of the worst offenses in the NFL – the Vikings are 30th in total yards per game 28th in points per game.

Despite the win, this Bears team is still far from the playoff contending team we expected coming into the season. Poor play calling (another failed drive at the end of the half and a failed fourth and one goal-line play), and an inability to convert yards into points continue to haunt the Bears. Its hard to believe that 135 yards from Alshon Jeffrey, 90 yards from Brandon Marshall and 175 total yards from Matt Forte didn’t result in more points on the board.

Do not be fooled, Bears fans. This is just one win, albeit barely, over a poor team. None of the issues that have plagued the Bears this season have been corrected. They still struggle to score points, Jay Cutler still throws brain-numbing interceptions (two in this game), and the defense has yet to prove they can stop a high end offense. The combined records of teams they’ve beaten is 16-24, not exactly the elite of the NFL. Those who had hoped a loss to Minnesota would be a conduit to change will just have to wait another week.

 

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