The Chicago Bears entered Sunday's contest versus the Denver Broncos without their top two wide receivers, again, as Alshon Jeffery and Eddie Royal were sidelined with different injuries. Also missing the game was Matt Forte, who is still nursing a left knee injury suffered two weeks ago versus the Minnesota Vikings.
So it was no surprise to see the offense sputter at the hands of one of the best defenses in the NFL. The Broncos beat the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field by a score of 17-15
Brock Osweiler got his first career start on Sunday, and filled in admirably for Peyton Manning, who is out with a torn plantar facia. Osweiler played with composure, and made good decisions from start to finish, carving the Bears thin defense for four straight quarters. The Broncos won the game in the trenches, and it wasn't even close.
Jeremy Langford was bottled up by Denver's defense, and Chicago's offense was severely limited with Jeffery and Royal sidelined. Cutler had to repeatedly rely on Martellus Bennett, and unfortunately for Chicago, Martellus didn't have a good game. He missed at least two very catchable balls that would have extended drives, and at one point offered no blocking support for a scrambling Jay Cutler who was trying to run for a first down.
The Bears were exposed by the Broncos, reminding us of exactly what they have been all season long: A very well-coached football team who is being held back by a very poor roster of players.
- Jay Cutler: 18/ 33, 265 yards, 0 TD,
2 INT [Edit: stat line changes to 1 INT after 2nd one changed to fumble]
- Jeremy Langford: 13 rushes, 25 yards, 1 TD
- Marquess Wilson: 4 receptions, 102 yards
- Martellus Bennett: 2 receptions, 26 yards
- Brock Osweiler: 20/27, 250 yards, 2 TD, 0 INT
- Ronnie Hillman: 21 rushes, 102 yards
- Owen Daniels: 4 receptions, 69 yards
Up next for the Bears: Green Bay Packers on Thanksgiving day (7:30pm)