The Bears’ loss to the Lions on Sunday was truly historic, with ESPN 1000 reporting that they did something that no other NFL team has ever done before. They lost in regulation with a plus 3 turnover margin and 40 minutes of plus time of possession. Despite their impressive performance for three and a half quarters, it all came crashing down in the final four minutes as the Lions scored 17 unanswered points.
Now, the questions are pouring in: Was it conservative playcalling that led to their downfall? Or was it their inability to make a stop on defense when it mattered most? Did they miss too many opportunities to score points or take them away from the Lions? Are Eberflus’ H.I.T.S. program not enough for building a winning program? Do they simply not have enough talent on the field, or are they not executing at a high enough rate?
These are all valid questions that will be debated all week long, just as they have been in previous weeks. Whatever the reason for their numerous disappointing losses, one thing is clear: The Bears simply aren’t good enough to beat quality teams without playing absolutely perfectly.