[dropcap]T[/dropcap]he Chicago Bears fell to the Detroit Lions in overtime last Sunday, 37-34, despite Alshon Jeffery returning back from suffering an injury in the beginning of the season. The Bears were looking to continue their winning streak with three games in a row while Detroit looked for their first victory of the season. Jay Cutler continued to perform well as he threw 26 of 41 for a total of 353 yards with one touchdown pass. Matt Forte rushed for a total of 69 yards and scored a touchdown while Jeffery received for a total of 147 yards and scored a touchdown on his first game back from injury.
“We’ve got to do better in the red zone,” Cutler said. “We’ve got to be more efficient, got to get touchdowns instead of three [points]. I’ve got to play better down there.”
The problem the team faced in this matchup was the lack of an effective defense. The defense allowed for Detroit quarterback Matthew Stafford to complete 27 of 42 for a total of 419 yards, allowing the Lions to score four touchdowns. The lack of defensive stops from Chicago proved where the team needs to improve going into their bye week.
Even though the Bears lost, the team still remains optimistic about how the offense performed. “Jay did a good job, our offensive coaches and the play-calling did a good job,” Coach John Fox said. “We went a pretty good distance in a short amount of time and it gave us an opportunity to try and win the game in overtime.”
Now that the Bears go into their bye week with a record of 2-4, they can focus their attention on the area that needs the most improving—their defense. The defense can no longer allow teams to complete over 500 yards, having to force interceptions and sacks. The Bears look for their first division win as they host the Minnesota Vikings after the bye on Sunday, Nov. 11.
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