If it was only the offense that was killing the
Everywhere you turn, people are pounding the offense for its pathetic performance. Well, OK, not
Anyway, the rally gets you a win, but not much else when you're forced to do it against the worst team in the conference at home.
But that wasn't all. The defense was bad in its own way, too.
The Bears seemed to take a measured approach to pressuring cranky Carolina quarterback
Newton threw for more than 300 yards, but was intercepted twice, once for a pick-6. So, that part worked. Newton also executed designed runs that turned into a touchdown and a big first down late in the game.
Whatever the plan, the
Wait, isn't that what we expected from the Bears' offense?
It's certainly not the kind of abuse we expected from the Bears' defense.
But perhaps more troubling than the painful statistics was what happened after
The defense immediately allowed one of the losingest teams in the league to march down the field and take the lead again.
The Panthers ran 11 plays and moved 53 yards in more than four minutes, converting two more third downs before
Good thing the Panthers' version of a prevent defense is worse than the Bears'.