Doomed from the start, the Chicago Bears added another loss for the standings today, getting steamrolled by the Detroit Lions. While the first Bears offensive drive resulted in a touchdown, and the second resulted in a field goal, this was the last time the Bears would score. They were outscored 34-0 in the final three quarters of the game, just falling apart.
Offensively, the common themes of poor blocking and little separation from receivers resulted in an extremely poor showing. Quarterback Justin Fields was sacked a horrendous seven times, continually scrambling for his life. He also only completed seven passes for 75 yards, a poor outing. He was a force on the ground again however, rushing 10 times for 132 yards. It seemed like Fields was the only one putting out any effort today, besides tight end Cole Kmet.
Defensively, it was a struggle throughout the entire game. They continually got gashed both on the ground and through the air. Allowing just about 500 total yards, the Bears defense needs to make some major improvements. Lacking both run defense and air defense, there are a lot of potential positions to fill for next season.
Overall Reaction: Chicago Bears fall to Detroit Lions 10-41
Despite the massive loss this week, this helps the Bears move in a better position for the #2 pick in the 2023 NFL Draft. While I’d obviously prefer the Bears win, this season is already lost so a high draft pick is definitely beneficial. On the other hand, there are clearly many holes that need to be patched up on both sides of the ball to come even close to winning a championship.
Already, it’s clear some of the positions the Bears need to address for next season: the offensive line, defensive line, defensive backs, and wide receivers. So basically, a ton of key positions that are in high demand. However, on the bright side, there are a handful of younger guys that are the core of our future: Justin Fields, Khalil Herbert, Jaylon Johnson, Teven Jenkins, and Jaquan Brisker. So while this week looked bad, it actually helps us prepare for next season.