After last night’s blowout loss, calling the Chicago Bears a terrible team like it would be an insult to the 2008 Detroit Lions.
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Not since 1969 had a team given up 6 TDs to an opposing QB in the first half – so when the Chicago Bears match a mark even achieved after the development of the West Coast offense, it’s a pretty good gauge of how terrible a team’s defense is. The offense is nothing to look at either. After finishing No. 2 in total points scored in 2013 (and only 11 points shy of the team record the 1985 Bears held), the Bears find themselves all the way down to No. 22 in points scored – their lowest ranking since 2005.
Lack of leadership, poor defensive schemes, bad coaching and even bad roster management have turned a promising Bears team that upset the San Francisco 49ers in Week 1 into a laughingstock that is now dead last in points allowed. If the Bears continue this way for the rest of the season people will be fired and this franchise could find itself set back several years.
Here are the five biggest losers from Week 10 of the NFL season:
Pittsburgh Steelers – Going into that game, after throwing a record 12 TDs in the last two games, Ben Roethlisberger was expected to break every passing record known to man against a terrible Jets defense. Instead, he had more Redzone completions to Jets safety Jaiquawn Jarrett than his own receivers.
Buffalo Bills – That loss was not only inexcusable but it was the result of a completely mismanaged 4th quarter on the part of head coach Doug Marrone. Whatever breathing room the Bills coaching staff bought itself from the wins over the Vikings and Jets have likely diminished to team owner Terry Pegula.
Chicago Bears – What can be said about the Bears that hasn’t already been said about some of the worst teams in football? Maybe the Bears will win a few more games and find themselves at or around .500 at the end of the season, but that blowout loss to the hated Green Bay Packers will likely haunt the Bears for a very, very long time.
New York Giants – The good news is rookie WR Odell Beckham Jr. looks like the real deal. The bad news is the Giants coaching staff may not be around long enough to see him develop.
Arizona Cardinals – The Cardinals won the battle against the Rams but may have lost the war for the NFC West division. With QB Carson Palmer out for the rest of the year to an ACL tear, it feels like it’s only a matter of time before the 49ers and Seahawks catch up and reclaim the division title.