Chicago Bears 23
Indianapolis Colts 29
The Chicago Bears had high hopes to start the 2016 season, considering the upgrades at positions on both sides of the football. But an 0-3 start to the season left fans wondering what was going on— injuries led to an exposure of the lack of depth that general manager Ryan Pace had been trying to improve since he came to Chicago two seasons ago, and seeing the team fail to even be competitive in the first three games had fans wondering if this was just a repeat of the Phil Emery- Marc Trestman era that lasted just long enough to set the franchise back 3-4 years.
But on Sunday, for the second consecutive week, the Bears proved they CAN compete, despite those challenges with depth. Specifically, the Bears have plenty of young, raw talent that have been thrust into the spotlight, who will undoubtedly be significant contributors to the future of this team.
The Bears started off the game moving the football very well on offense, with a credit to offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains for his creative and uptempo play-calling for the second straight week. Unfortunately, the Bears offense frequently stalled due to penalties, which deferred the offense to kicker Connor Barth... Barth once again missed a field goal in a critical situation, which would lead us to believe the Bears will be bringing in a free agent or two this week for try-outs.
On defense, the front-7 got plenty of pressure on Andrew Luck, but at the end of the day were unable to sustain for a full four quarters.
The Colts pulled away with a 29-23 victory at Lucas Oil Field, and the Bears fall to 1-4 on the season.
Final game stats:
- Brian Hoyer: 33/43, 397 yards, 2 TD, 0 INT, 120.0 rating
- Jordan Howard: 16 rushes, 118 yards | 3 receptions, 45 yards, 1 TD
- Cameron Meredith: 9 receptions, 130 yards, 1 TD
- Alshon Jeffery: 5 receptions, 77 yards
- Zach Miller: 7 receptions, 73 yards
- Willie Young: 5 tackles, 3 sacks
What are your thoughts on the Bears loss to the Colts?