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The Bears Den: October 27, 2014 - Chicago Bears vs New England Patriots news & reaction

The Bears' plan to take Rob Gronkowski out of the game by letting him run himself into the ground worked to perfection.

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Bears face deepening nightmare after humiliation by Patriots - Moon Mullin: The Bears appeared to lose whatever vestige of a compass they still had in a game that they were never a part of, despite being admittedly desperate for a win.

Plenty of blame to go around as Bears’ season continues to slip away - Adam Hoge: How do you make an ugly 51-23 defeat in a must-have game even uglier? You do what Lamarr Houston and Brandon Marshall did Sunday.

Bears' blowout loss to Patriots low point in Trestman Era - David Haugh: "It happens," said Lamarr Houston. It happens to players who lack discipline and lose focus. It happens to teams lacking leadership, an identity and, for the second straight game, direction. It happens because Marc Trestman, in striving to create a culture of acceptance, has enabled a roster full of guys struggling to define accountability.

Will Marc Trestman prove to be answer? - Is-Hub Arkush: When Trestman was hired, there was no debate over whether he knew offense or football, it was whether he could handle 53 players and a locker room. It’s way too early to give up on him, but his next test is awfully clear.

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Chicago Bears 23. New England Patriots 51

Game report - ( Brady, Patriots too much for Bears. [Video highlights]

Game updates -'s situational updates from the field.  Larry Mayer's pregame Q&As.

Bears routed by Patriots in New England - Larry Mayer: In a matchup that looked like men against boys, the Patriots scored six TDs and one field goal on their first seven possessions en route to crushing the Bears 51-23 at Gillette Stadium.

Bears can’t stop Gronkowski, Brady, lose big - Patrick Finley: The most important game of the season produced, maybe, the worst first half in the history of the Bears franchise.

Nothing works for Bears against Gronk - Mark Potash: Gronkowski wasn’t just Gronkowski on Sunday. He was Rob Gronkowski, Jimmy Graham, Tony Gonzalez and Jason Witten wrapped into one.

Bears were prepared, but Patriots still dominated - Michael C. Wright: The Defense have surrendered 45 points or more in three of the last 18 games, and need a solution coming out of the bye week.

Bears lose grip on playoffs after embarrassing 51-23 loss - Bob LeGere: The score appeared much more respectable than the performance of the Bears, who head into their off week at 3-5 and no realistic chance of participating in the postseason.

Bears offense stalls in loss - Mini-Larry: For the second consecutive week, the Bears' offense struggled to move the ball in the first half, a key factor in another disappointing loss.

Rapid Reaction - Michael C. Wright with a few thoughts on Bears-Patriots: There's a good chance plenty of changes will be made schematically when the team finally heads back to Halas Hall for practice.

Game review - Jeff Dickerson with five things we learned following the Bears' 51-23 loss to the Patriots: The Bears need a Hail Mary to keep their playoff hopes alive.

[Video] Postgame Live - Moon Mullin and Jen Lada after the game.

[Video] ESPN - Jeff Dickerson: Is the Bears' season slipping away?

[Video] ESPN - Ron Jaworski break down the Patriots' 51-23 win over the Bears.

More from the game

Season's over. Now what for imploding Bears? - Barry Rozner: Everything is awful.

Everything is awful - Rick Morrissey: If Brandon Marshall doesn’t want to comment on the response to his rant, we’ll let one of the Bears’ most embarrassing losses in recent memory speak for him.

Plenty of blame for Bears’ debacle - Dan Durkin: Everything is awful.

Brady shows Cutler, Bears what a mismatch at QB looks like - Rick Telander laments the fact that the Bears don't have Tom Brady under center.

If this disaster doesn't cost people their jobs, then fold the team - Steve Rosenbloom: Fire everyone.

/facepalm - Mike Imrem [aka. the worst writer in the Chicago media] argues that the Bears would be better if they have players with tough-sounding names, and is disappointed that Kyle Long didn't chance breaking his hand by punching a Patriots' helmet. [Oh, the things I put myself through for you people... - Den]

Bears insist they are all in this mess together - Adam L. Jahns: Answers for an underperforming offense and an oft-pummeled defense seem as attainable for the Bears as winning the lottery. For that matter, so do the playoffs.

Bears can't talk their way out of this mess - Brad Biggs: Nothing the Bears are saying resonates after a disastrous loss to the Patriots; time to take stock of everything the Bears are doing as the defense is a wreck and the high-paid offense sputters.

Bears outclassed, exposed - Dan Bernstein: When this second-half tape is screened, coaches need to point out those who continued to care and call out those who acted like they didn’t.

Forte leads Bears by example with productivity - Henry McKenna: Matt Forte's outstanding performances have gone relatively unnoticed. He may be lighting up the stat book, but in the six weeks in which he's exceeded 100 yards from scrimmage, the Bears are 1-5.

Marc Trestman: 'We’re paid to win' - Henry McKenna: A loss of this magnitude requires reflection, and the Bears' bye may not involve all that much rest.

10 thoughts - Brad Biggs: Mel Tucker makes a nice scapegoat for the Bears defense, but he's not the whole story.

Houston injures right knee celebrating sack - Rich Campbell: Lamarr Houston added injury to Sunday’s insult when he hurt his knee celebrating a sack while trailing by 25 points in the fourth quarter. Gif.

Slauson facing potentially serious pectoral injury - Brad Biggs: Matt Slauson may have suffered a significant pectoral injury and is scheduled to undergo further testing, including an MRI, on Monday.

Injury news - Adam L. Jahns: Lamarr Houston’s sack dance in the final minutes of the 51-23 thumping didn’t just look bad. It felt bad, too; more injury news.

Game review - Not-Hub Fishbain on what worked, what didn't, and three moments that mattered in the Bears' loss.

Game notes - Dan Durkin: Houston, Slauson headline injury list; no answer for Gronkowski; where do the Bears go from here?

Game notes - Not-Hub Fishbain: Defense set wrong kinds of records in lopsided loss; injury notes.

[Video] Postgame Live - 15 on 6: "The decisions have to be better"

[Video] Postgame Live - Reacting to Bears loss in New England.  Jiggs: "Must take it one game at a time."

Bears quotes - Inside the locker room with quotes from Bears players following Sunday's loss to the Patriots in Foxboro.

Bears schedule - Moon Mullin: Bears fading toward irrelevance after demolition by Patriots.

Photos and [Video] highlights from

Game grades

[Video] ESPN - Matt Forte gets the game ball from Michael Wright after rushing for 114 yards and a TD.

[Video] Postgame Live - The PGL crew unanimously pick Matt Forte as their Monster of the Midway.

Game grades - Jeff Dickerson hands them out. It isn't pretty.

Moon Mullin's game grades - QB - RB - WR/TE - O-line - D-line - LB - DB - STs - coaching.


Probably the best metaphor for what happened in Gillette Stadium (and I don't mean the bit with the banjos).