The first quarter against the Green Bay Packers went very well for the Chicago Bears. The defense forced a field goal on the opening drive, and the offense drove down the field and responded with a touchdown. As the quarter came to an end, it looked like the game would be a close one.
And then the wheels came off.
Too much went wrong to summarize it all. The offense had three straight 3-and-outs after their opening drive. The offensive line did not hold up nearly as well as it did in the second half of last week’s win over the 49ers. Offensive coordinator Luke Getsy’s play calls were mostly headscratchers. Rookie cornerback Kyler Gordon had a few solid plays but was mostly bad. The front seven could not stop the run. And by the end of the game, quarterback Justin Fields had thrown only 11 passes.
This is the part where I tell Bears fans to back away from the ledge. It’s only Week 2 for a new regime. There’s a new head coach and two new play-callers on offense and defense. These first two games were a brutal opener against teams that have played in the NFC Championship games multiple times in the last four years. The Bears play opponents in similar rebuilding scenarios for the next two weeks.