The 2019 Chicago Bears season is going to limp to a sad conclusion with two meaningless games left on the calendar after they were finally eliminated from playoff contention.
It ends one of the most disappointing seasons in a decade full of them, another year that started with playoffs hopes and ends with a dismal thud against their arch rival.
This will go down as the worst decade for the Bears against Green Bay. They won just four games, lower than their previous low of five in the 1960s, when Green Bay won five championships.
But for the last two games here it is just about finding pieces for the future. For next year. When there will be hope again...hopefully.
Nick Kwiatkoski, LB - Kwiat had another great game filling in for the injured Roquan Smith. He had the Bears’ only sack of Aaron Rodgers, on a play where he just bowled over the blocking Aaron Jones. He also had a pass defensed and a TFL.
Allen Robinson, WR - I don’t know if the Bears will be able to extend him this offseason, but Ryan Pace really needs to consider it. Robinson clinched the Bears’ first 1,000 yard receiving season since Alshon Jeffery in 2014. He also has a new career high in catches with 83.
Akiem Hicks, DE - Hicks clearly wasn’t 100 percent but he played his butt off and was trying his best to make plays. If he didn’t further endear himself to you, then I don’t think he ever will. His heart is unquestioned.
David Montgomery, RB - I was in a car for most of the game Sunday, driving back to Indiana from Wisconsin so I had the pleasure of listening to Jeff Joniak and Tom Thayer for the first three-and-a-half quarters. Thayer was particularly critical of Montgomery at times for not seeing his running lanes better or for taking too long to hit a hole when it opened. The OL hasn’t been great, but Montgomery needs to see the chances better when they’re there.
Prince Amukamara, CB - Prince whiffed on an open field tackle on Aaron Jones’ 21-yard touchdown run and didn’t return to the game. Could this be one of his final plays in a Bears uniform? He hasn’t been terrible, but he’s an older player and isn’t a huge difference maker.
Charles Leno, LT - Two more penalties and his disappointing season continues. Leno has had a very down year.
Who did I miss? Who is in your up and down this week?