Bears vs. Vikings Recap
Not much to report on this game after the Bears put their practice squad out in a 34-10 loss to the Minnesota Vikings. Lovie Smith treated this game like the meaningless matchup is was as the Bears were already locked in the 2nd seed for the NFC and the Vikings were out of the playoffs.
Here's what we learned though.
T. Jones got enough carries to break the 1300 yard rushing mark and get some extra cash. He looked better than he has in past weeks but a reported 1Mil bonus will do that to a guy! A. Peterson and C. Benson saw most of the action and both looked servicable but neither looked as good as Jones. Benson looked healthy which is the most important thing about the backup RB position.
K. Orton is still not ready to play in the NFL. J. Blake is very old but can put a score or two on the board if he has to. I really hope Grossman stays healthy as we have no options after him that can win in the playoffs.
Justin Gage had himself a pretty good game after being non-existant for most of the season. I think the coaches really wanted to evaluate him so they threw to him almost 10 times. He ended with 6 for 67 yards and a TD. If he could just improve his route running, he has the potential to be a solid possession or jump-ball type receiver for the Bears.
God, I hope we don't have any injuries to the starters. The second stringers and practice squad guys looked terrible. The amount of missed tackles was unacceptable even for backups. Other than on the DL, we have crappy depth at just about every position on the D. About the only player that I thought turned in a "decent" performance was backup CB Chris Thompson who managed to defend the deep pass all game. Rasheed Davies also did a good job returning kickoffs, but not such a good job of playing safety.
Not many teams have a lot of depth, but have virtually none at all. Our scheme depends on talented playmakers who can get to their assignments and make solo tackles. It's pretty damn obvious we don't have those kind of players after our starters.
It was the most boring game I have watched all year, but the plus side is that our starters will have three weeks of rest and healing time when they host their first playoff game the week after next.