[dropcap]T[/dropcap]he Chicago Bears were defeated 17-15 at home against a top ranking Denver defense in a down to the wire match up. The Bears had the opportunity to tie the score and bring the game into overtime with a two-point conversion with less than a minute left in the fourth quarter. While the Bears did come close to the win, their focus needs to be placed on finishing the game strong offensively.
Even with star quarterback Payton Manning out with an injury, the Broncos offense still flourished with backup quarterback Brock Osweiler as he completed 20 of 27 passes for a total of 250 yards while completing two touchdown passes and no interceptions. Broncos fans can rest assured knowing that when future Hall of Famer Manning hangs up his jersey, Denver’s offense will still look strong. Osweiler’s performance outshined Bears’ Jay Cutler as he only completed 18 of 32 passes for a total of 265 yards while not completing a single touchdown pass and one interception.
“We’ve missed some tight games like this and we haven’t gotten it done in the fourth quarter like we wanted to,” Cutler said. “You look back at those games and think what you could have done differently; what throws could I have made, what plays could we have checked out of? So there is definitely going to be that. At the end of the day, we gave ourselves a chance to win at the end but we just have to find a way to just make it happen.”
Just like last week’s matchup against St. Louis, the Bears’ lax defense allowed Denver to quickly score a touchdown early on in the first quarter. The defensive team quickly woke up and started to apply heavy pressure and forced two sacks on Osweiler in the first quarter.
The Bears had an opportunity to bring their record to .500 but failed when it came down to the wire. Even with a 4-6 record, the Bears can still look to finish off the second half of this season strong so long as they can find a way to close out games strong. One thing for sure is the Bears will be very thankful for a struggling Packers offense as they travel to Green Bay on Thanksgiving.