Packers will move to 4-2, behind Vikings (5-0) and a game up on Lions (3-3). Bears will drop to 1-6.— Dane Noble (@WindyCGridiron) October 21, 2016
The Chicago Bears closed out the Marc Trestman era with a 5-11 record at the end of the 2014 season. This was possibly the worst statistical season in the history of the Bears.
John Fox took over as head coach in 2015, and helped the team improve by a game, closing out at 6-10. New general manager Ryan Pace was brought in to rebuild this football team, and it can be easily argued that he has done a great job so far.
But plugging holes will only get you so far, and the 2016 Bears season is exposing an incredibly thin roster at so many critical positions... And on Thursday night versus the Green Bay Packers, things only got worse.
The #Bears fell into a burning ring of— Dane Noble (@WindyCGridiron) October 21, 2016
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And it burns, burns, burns.
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Quarterback Brian Hoyer, who was making his fourth start in place of injured Jay Cutler (throwing thumb), went down in the second quarter with what was announced as a broken left forearm. We can assume his season is now over, and 3rd stringer Matt Barkley is currently the starter.
The Bears will have to bring in a quarterback off the street, unless Jay Cutler is ready to return next week versus the Minnesota Vikings. Stay tuned...
Also, offensive lineman Kyle Long was knocked out on the same play that saw Hoyer injured, although the details of Long’s injury were vague. We know he’s dealing with a torn labrum this season and will likely have surgery after it’s over, but he ended up on the sideline for the last 2+ quarters of the game.
Despite being run over by a truck, the Bears hung in there for about three quarters, but in the end, the Packers pulled away in the final 15 minutes of football, out-muscling a depleted Bears defense that got flat out tired as the game wore on.
On a couple of positive notes, Jerrell Freeman and Leonard Floyd continued their solid play on defense, and will be dependable contributors as the season plays on.
But for now, the Bears fall to 1-6, and face the undefeated Minnesota Vikings next week.