The outcome of the Bears/Bolts game didn't surprise me. Even when the Bears defense was holding them scoreless for the majority of the game, I knew it was only a matter of time before the Chargers broke through. It was up to the Bears offense to pull this game out. Once again, they were not up to the challenge. The running game was the biggest culprit in this "ugly" loss. It was non-existent. The offensive line couldn't open a crack of daylight for Benson and company. For some inexplicable reason, CB and AP couldn't hold onto the ball on the most routine running play. Fundamentally speaking, SECURE THE BALL WITH 2 HANDS!!! I'm not sure how many opportunities they had to score, but they could've easily scored 20 points with the field position the offense was receiving from the defense. Everytime the Bears were between the 40s all I could think of was here comes another turnover. Sure enough, low and behold, the ball was on the turf and I had to rub my eyes and say this wasn't happening again.
Where did the idea of opening up the offense a little? The media, coaches, analysts everywhere (John Clayton) were saying the Bears would put up some points this year. Grant them, it was against a top-3 defense in San Diego, but where was the shotgun they're were planning to implement? How about the Hester effect? I had to be reminded that he was in the backfield for only one play. One play? You've got to be joking? I understand Olsen is a big part of their offense, but that's rediculous! Hopefully the offense will expand a little with Olsen's return but this is not a good sign for the Bears. An aging line, unreliable RBs, and an inconsistant QB. Not a good combination for a return trip to the SB.
On a lighter note, it's only one game, and the toughest they'll have all season long. The Bears will re-group and hopefully handle the lowly Chiefs at home. If we don't score at least 25 points it will be a disappointing effort. It's obvious the NFC north is much improved. Detroit, Minny, and the Cheese won't be push-overs this year.