Bears vs. Bengals Recap
The Bengals blew out an overmatched Chicago Bears team with a combination of big play passing and an aggressive defense by the score of 24-7. This wouldn't have been so bad but it happened in Chicago and good defensive teams are not supposed to get blown out at home.
Rookie QB Kyle Orton managed to throw 5 INTs, although not all of them were his fault. In a harbinger of things to come, the very first pass thrown was a short crossing pattern in traffic which was bobbled by Justin Gage and then picked off by the Bengals. Orton struggled with his accuracy all day and consistently underthrew his receivers all day finishing with a horrible 17/39 for 149 yard stat line. The receiving core also looked dismal by failing to adjust to throws and dropping catchable passes. Even Moose looked razzled and had a very poor day.
Thomas Jones looked strong running the ball but Turner never game him a chance to get going until the third quarter. Jones ran for 106 yards and 1 TD on 27 carries. His longest run was a 17 yarder. You have to question the play calling yesterday as it was obvious early that Kyle Orton was not throwing the ball well. Being down only 10 points at halftime, the Bears should have just stuck the ball in TJ's hands and pounded away. Cedric Benson did not get a carry in the game and it's becoming clear that he is not earning any love from the Bears coaching staff during practice.
Doug Brien badly missed his only FG attempt of the day from 39 yards out. The offensive line played well and Orton was not sacked the entire game. He was hurried a few times, but the pressure was not consistent and not the main reason for the 5 interceptions. Overall it was a terrible showing by the coaches and the passing offense. Cincinnati is a good team but they are not as good on defense at the Bears made them look. Turner, Orton and all the receivers need to learn from this game. Orton is a rookie and a game like this is inevitable if you ask him to consitently make tough throws. They need to be more determined with the running game and not call so many dangerous throws to take the pressure off of him while he learns the NFL speed.
The D played a very good game but continued to give up the big play. The first TD pass to Chad Johnson was a perfect throw and catch but Mike Brown was late in giving deep help to Charles Tillman. Nate Vasher badly missed a chuck on CJ later in the game allowing him to break free for another score. However, the Bengals are an extremely talented offensive team and to hold them to 24 points when they win the turnover battle by +5 is a very good effort. The pash rush was generating a good push the whole day and the Bears shut down Rudi Johnson holding him to 84 yards on 25 carries and keeping him out of the endzone all day. It's a shame that such a good effort was wasted.
The Bengals gave the Bears a good ole fashioned butt whipping. They controlled the game from start to finish and were clearly the better team. They also exposed the way to beat Kyle Orton by disguising their coverages and not giving him single coverage to throw at. The Bears have a bye next week and then face a string of six bad teams in @Cleveland, Minnesota, Baltimore, @Detroit, @New Orleans, and San Francisco. If the Bears want to make a run at the playoffs this year they had better compile a winning record over that stretch because they play three good teams later in the year in Tampa Bay, Pittsburgh and Atlanta. All hope is not lost and the Bears can still rebound from this game.