Good morning. Remember when scoring thirty points would have been good enough for a win?
Instead, the Bears spent Week 13 in a role reversal of Week 1 - leading much of the game including a 10-point lead in the final quarter before allowing the eventual game-winning touchdown in the final two minutes, then driving and failing on fourth down to seal the game and send the Bears from 5-1 to 5-7.
Tom Petty would approve of this performance, as the Bears are, indeed, free-falling.
This week, the Bears draw the Houston Texans and, I don’t know, some guy named Deshaun Watson. Apparently he’s good at this whole “quarterback” thing. We might hear a thing about how he was available in 2017, just a hunch.
Unfortunately for Watson, his team is 4-8 around him despite the very good numbers he’s putting up this year, because the defense behind him is not particularly great - 30th in yards allowed, 32nd in total takeaways and takeaway percentage, and 31st in rushing defense. Since the bye, however, they haven’t allowed more than 26 points and have won three of their last five.
For the Navy and Orange, who finally touched 30 points for the first time since week 3 and are averaging a whopping 27.5 points over their last two games (yes, I’m stretching here), they can’t afford to have another bad defensive outing, allowing 75 points total over those same last two games. Things looked better offensively against Detroit, but all in all, this is still an offense that’s scored 20 or less six times this season.
Bear Down, my friends.
The WCG Sunday Livestream thinks things are at least a little more interesting, as in addition to complaining about the offense, the defense has given us more to complain about, so from our perspective, that’s a change of pace.
Of course, all the usual ways to get a hold of us exist.
- Here. As long as your comments are still here, so are we to read them.
- The Twitch page itself, over at Steven’s channel
- And our Twitter pages. Steven’s at @SJS_illini, Sam’s at @SamHouseholder, Jeff’s at @gridironborn, and the main WCG page is @WCGridiron.
As usual, we’ll see you at 9:30 AM CT.