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Chicago Bears vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers 3rd Quarter Open Thread

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NFL: Chicago Bears at Tampa Bay Buccaneers Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports


Chicago Bears 10

Tampa Bay Bucs 17


In case anyone had forgotten, the Bears decided on Sunday to remind everyone that they are not a good football team. And no, we can’t blame this solely on injuries any longer (just in case anyone still was, that is).

In the first half Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Bears turned the ball over four times, with starting quarterback Jay Cutler being credited with three of them. Cutler had two interceptions, with one of the being a pick-6 by former Bears defensive back Chris Conte, as well as one lost fumble. And rookie running back Jeremy Langford had a lost fumble in the 2nd quarter as well.

Add in the gruesome injury to offensive guard Kyle Long’s right ankle, and we’ve got ourselves a textbook Bears meltdown underway through 30 minutes of football.

One thing to note: It’s entirely possible that Jay Cutler’s thumb is either still injured, or was re-injured at some point (maybe on the sack?). He’s had a couple of passes that would otherwise be considered routine that have been wildly off-target. Something to watch in the second half.

UPDATE: Of course, with the clock down to zero, Jay Cutler throws a Hail Mary 50 yards into the end zone, that is deflected right into Cameron Meredith’s hands. What a crazy end to the first half...

This is your 3rd Quarter Open Thread... Have fun!