Bears regroup after getting picked apart by Rodgers, Packers

The Chicago Bears were feeling excellent about themselves following an unexpected, rain-soaked success over the San Francisco 49ers at Soldier Field to begin coach Matt Eberflus’ very first season.

Leave it to Aaron Rodgers and the competitor Green Bay Packers to bring them down a peg, this time 27-10 at Lambeau Field on Sunday night. The Bears will attempt to recuperate next Sunday when they host Lovie Smith and the Houston Texans (0-1-1).

Rodgers provided headaches, as normal, tossing for 234 lawns and 2 goals, and the Packers enhanced to 24-5 in video games he has actually begun versus Chicago. The Bears could not stop Aaron Jones, who went off for 132 lawns and a hurrying goal. He likewise captured a scoring pass.

Chicago a minimum of got its ground video game going. But when it happened, well, it was a various story. Quarterback Justin Fields had another challenging time, and receiver Darnell Mooney and tight end Cole Kmet were nonfactors.

”We require to highlight our ability,” Eberflus stated Monday. ”We understand that. We understand that. So we’re going to attempt to do a much better task of that. We will do a much better task. Like I stated last night, we got excellent coaches. Those people are wise. They understand how to get it done and we will get it done.”

WHAT’S WORKING

The Bears ran for 180 lawns and 6.7 per effort. It was a huge enhancement coming off Week 1, when Chicago had 99 on 37 brings. David Montgomery completed with 122 lawns on 15 efforts, and Khalil Herbert brought 4 times for 38 lawns.

WHAT REQUIRES ASSISTANCE

The Bears ranked last in the NFL in travelling through Sunday. Fields has actually finished simply 15 of 28 passes for 191 lawns with 2 goals and 2 interceptions. That checks out like one bad video game. That it’s over 2 makes it look even worse. Fields was 7 of 11 for 70 lawns versus the Packers, and the Bears can’t blame that on the weather condition.

STOCK UP

Coming off a difficult opener, Montgomery looked more like the 1,000-yard rush he remained in 2020 than the man who ran for 849 lawns last season and balanced 3.8 per effort. The 122 lawns were the most given that he had a career-high 146 in a win at Minnesota on Dec. 20, 2020. Montgomery, who ran for simply 26 lawns in Week 1, had 38 on a 71-yard goal drive in the very first quarter that provided Chicago a 7-3 lead over Green Bay. The huge concern is why the Bears didn’t offer him the ball on 4th down and less than 1 lawn at the objective line with the Packers up 24-10 in the 4th. Fields lined up in the shotgun, and authorities ruled that Preston Smith and Jarran Reed stopped him simply short of completion zone.

STOCK DOWN

Cornerback Kyler Gordon can chalk this up as a knowing experience. Rodgers decided to tease the novice, as anticipated, instead of pursue star Jaylon Johnson, and it amounted to a hard night. Sammy Watkins beat Gordon on a 55-yard catch and completed with 93 lawns getting.

INJURIES

DB Dane Cruikshank injured his hamstring in the very first half. … Rookie WR Velus Jones Jr. (hamstring) missed his 2nd video game.

SECRET NUMBER

2 – Through 2 video games, Mooney has simply 2 receptions for 4 lawns. He has actually been targeted 5 times. The Bears plainly require to get Mooney more included after he had 1,055 lawns last season – his 2nd. On the plus side … he has 2 more receptions than Kmet.

NEXT ACTIONS

The Bears host Smith and the Texans. Smith, who led the Bears from 2004 to 2012 and directed the 2006 group to the Super Bowl, is 0-2 versus his previous group. The Bears beat Tampa Bay when he was training the Buccaneers in 2014 at Soldier Field and in 2015 at Raymond James Stadium. Smith likewise coached Illinois to a loss versus South Florida on the lakefront in 2018.

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