Putting aside the baffling call that won the Chicago Bears the football game, about the most positive thing I can say is that the Bears won a game they were supposed to win. But other baffling things still linger:
- Lovie Smith and his staff wouldn’t go for a touchdown on fourth-and-goal on the game’s opening drive, yet when they trailed by only one point with the game on the line in the same situation, they went for it and failed. To me that was one of the biggest coaching gaffes I’ve seen by the Bears since Dave Wannstedt coached this team. Sure it’s easy to second-guess a decision when it proves to be wrong, but I doubt many coaches wouldn’t have taken the three points to gain a lead.
- The Bears roll up almost 500 yards of offense, yet can’t score in the red zone and trail most of the game.
- Chicago plays a dominant defensive game, yet lets Detroit drive the length of the field, almost giving up the game winning touchdown, to a journeyman quarterback.
The play of the defense, linebackers in particular, impressed me. The offensive line play and failure to stop teams in key situations continues to scare me.
Tougher tests await in the next few weeks, will the Bears start 4-0 or 1-3?