Detroit Lions vs. Chicago Bears Recap
October 18, 2015
The Lions finally got their first win Sunday by beating the Bears in overtime after the Bears made a shocking comeback to tie the game. The Lions appeared to have the game won in regulation after Matthew Stafford's pass to Calvin Johnson gave Detroit a touchdown and a 34-31 lead with just 25 seconds to play, but Jay Cutler completed a pair of long passes to Alshon Jeffery to get the Bears into position for a Robbie Gould field goal to force overtime. The defenses finally started to play well in overtime, until Stafford's 57-yard pass to Calvin Johnson set up a game-winning field goal with 2:33 to play. Stafford finished with 405 passing yards and four touchdowns.
Kansas City Chiefs vs. Chicago Bears Recap
October 11, 2015
The Kansas City Chiefs have put themselves on the proverbial ropes the first 4 weeks of the 2015 NFL season, losing 3 out of those first 4 contests, two in heartbreaking fashion. It seemed a welcome reprieve would be the dysfunctional franchise from the Windy City, otherwise known as the “Monsters of the Midway”. The 2015 version of the Chicago Bears resembled nothing even close to your grandpa’s Midway Monsters.
The Bears were weak at the wide receiver position, and quarterback Jay Cutler had missed half of the games already this year due to injury. The defense was suspect and the offense even more so. The Kansas City faithful could only assume this would be the perfect prescription for what ailed the Chiefs, putting their season back on course. It was not to be.
During the 1st quarter it started to become evident that the dysfunctional nature of the Chief’s own offense was more a result of their own play as opposed to any stiff opposition from the opponents’s defense. The KC offense generated two of what has been all too common 3 quick plays and a point, and if not for Ramik Wilson’s fumble recovery for a touchdown there would have been little for the Kansas City fans to be excited about.
Then in the 2nd quarter it seemed hope began to blossom. Kansas City had a pair of 7 play drives; totally just under 100 yards between the two of them – so good field position benefited the Chief’s cause. The Chiefs offense would take their third drive another 57 yards, finishing with a field goal to take a 2-touchdown lead into the locker room.
To start the second half it seemed Kansas City was going to take advantage of a weak Bears team after all, as they drove another 13 plays, controlling the 3rd quarter clock. But, that is when the tide of momentum would shift. A short 27-yard field goal try was blocked by the Bears defense and the mojo shifted almost as abruptly as it seemed the Chiefs had taken control of the game.
Chicago would chip away slowly at the 2 TD Kansas City lead. A 3rd quarter drive resulted a 30 yard Robbie Gould field goal and the lead was cut to 11. Kansas City’s offense would revert back to a stall, the only drive that was not a quick 3 plays followed by a punt being a meaningless 5-play drive with the same result.
Jay Cutler would drive the Bears 88 yards to pay dirt, but the two-point conversion failed. Midway through the final quarter the Bears would need a TD to earn their second win of the season. In stoic fashion, Cutler would make his last stand successful as he drove the Bears 2-minute offense down the field, finding running back Matt Forte on a 7 yard pass to take the lead. The 2-point conversion failed again, but the Bears defense tried to withstand a frantic attempt by the Chiefs to get into game winning field position. Kansas City managed to only get close enough for a 66-yard try, a try that would have smashed the old NFL record. It sailed harmlessly short, and for the 4th time in 2015, Kansas City was on the losing end of heart breaking score.
Chicago Bears Vs. Oakland Raiders Recap
October 4, 2015
The Bears' Robbie Gould kicked a 49-yard field goal to beat the Raiders, giving Chicago its first win of the season. In a game where neither team scored after halftime, the Bears used a 371-243 advantage in offensive yards to overcome three turnovers. The Bears' Jay Cutler finished 28-of-43 for 281 yards and two touchdowns, while Matt Forte rushed for 91 yards on 25 carries. Forte has gained 367 yards on the season. Martellus Bennett was Cutler's most frequent target, with 11 receptions for 83 yards and a touchdown. For Oakland, Amari Cooper and Roy Helu each caught touchdown passes from Derek Carr.