The 11-win Colts and coach Frank Reich are gratefully playing the "no one believes in us card" with candor this week.Â. [94] On Chicago's next possession, the offense traveled 45 yards before Connor Barth kicked a 25-yard field goal. Although the Bears were unable to capitalize on the takeaway, the defense recorded another turnover on the next drive when Bryce Callahan intercepted Flacco's pass intended for Breshad Perriman. [140], It was the Bears' first road victory since 2015 against the Buccaneers, breaking a ten-game losing streak. On September 21, the Bears added Tanner Gentry to the practice squad. John Timu, who had been on the practice squad at the start of the season, became the new leading inside linebacker in place Trevathan. With the exception of a playoff loss in 2005, the Bears had won every meeting at Soldier Field. The touchdown was eventually nullified when referee Carl Cheffers determined Miller had let go of the ball in pain while on the ground. On December 2, the Bears promoted Deiondre' Hall to the active roster. While the Bears had yet to record an interception in 2017, Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco had thrown 33 in his last 31 games, including one in ten consecutive games; Cox added, "It's up to this defense to actually finish the turnover. In addition, less than a week earlier, the Bears had guaranteed Mike Glennon $18.5 million in free agency and publicly anointed him as their starting quarterback for 2017. [98] On their next drive, the Titans were forced to punt again, with Kern once again forcing the Bears to start deep within their own territory with a 61-yard punt landing at the six. The Bears offense ended the game with a season-high 482 total yards, nearly 200 more than in the Bears' last two games, along with 232 rushing yards and three touchdowns on the ground. Nugent added a 27-yard field goal with 2:15 remaining in the half to give the Bears the 12–7 lead at halftime. [176] Detroit's passing attack continued to be led by Matthew Stafford, who recorded a career-best 120.2 passer rating against the Bears earlier in the season. Otherwise, Brees was successful in quickly passing the ball for gains of six yards in a fast-paced offense. On the Bears' first offensive play, Glennon was sacked by Clay Matthews III and fumbled, with Green Bay's Jake Ryan recovering the ball. [109] Glennon threw a 19-yard touchdown pass to Cohen to decrease the gap to three points until Bryant kicked a 37-yard field goal. Joniak also added taking advantage of a Bengals special teams unit that was ranked 27th in average return yards allowed with 10.7, including four 20+-yard returns and a return touchdown. The odds had been influenced by Aaron Rodgers' season-ending collarbone injury in October along with backup quarterback Brett Hundley's struggles in the previous week's 30–17 loss to the Lions. Vascular surgery was successfully completed the day after the game. [135] For the Bears offense, the unit hoped to provide more support for Mitchell Trubisky in his first NFL away game. [106] The offense, which ranked 15th in 2016 (17th in rushing and 14th passing), took on a Falcons defense that was ranked 25th (17th in run and 28th in pass). The Browns-Steelers bout remains on schedule to be played Sunday night.Â. [84] The team's annual Family Fest was held at Soldier Field on August 5,[85] while a practice was conducted at Prospect High School on August 17. 211) to the Cardinals in exchange for their 45th-overall pick, a fourth- (No. Instead, the Bears picked up former Tampa Bay Buccaneers' quarterback Mike Glennon in free agency and traded up to the number two overall pick in the draft for Mitchell Trubisky. On January 1, 2018, after failing to produce a winning season for a third consecutive season, Fox was fired following the Bears 23–10 loss to the Minnesota Vikings the day prior. but got the ball back after the Eagles' first play of their drive;[165] Blount broke free for a 35-yard run, but Adrian Amos forced a fumble and Sam Acho recovered. The first four drives of the second half resulted in punts, which ended when Keenum threw a 16-yard touchdown pass to Stefon Diggs. Instead, Joniak suggested relying on the passing attack; on first down, the Vikings allowed opposing quarterbacks to complete 80 percent of their passes for a 121.1 passer rating. The Bears were later forced to punt on the drive. After 26 total meetings, the Bears led the series 14–12; entering the 2017 game, the Bears had a two-game winning streak against the Falcons, with the most recent game in 2014being a 27–13 victory. The 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m), 160 lb (73 kg) running back attracted Internet attention in 2015 when a video surfaced of him performing a backflip and catching two footballs at the same time. "[182], After the first three series ended with punts,[183] Jordan Howard scored on a two-yard run, but Mike Nugent's extra point was blocked. Later in the quarter, Sam Acho stripped Theo Riddick and Eddie Jackson recovered. Gould added a 28-yard field goal in the second quarter to narrow the gap to one point, but Tarik Cohen responded with a 61-yard punt return touchdown; after catching the punt at his 39-yard line, Cohen ran back to his 24, moved to his right, then ran forward for the touchdown. Trubisky threw just 16 passes, completing eight for 113 yards and a touchdown. [9] The Bears and 49ers also swapped special teams coaches when the latter's ST coordinator Derius Swinton II, who served as an assistant for the Bears in 2015, returned to Chicago as the assistant ST coach;[10] meanwhile, Bears assistant ST coach Richard Hightower joined the 49ers as their new ST coordinator. [14][17] Three other linemen who left the Bears included defensive end Cornelius Washington, who joined the Lions,[24] guard Ted Larsen, who signed with the Miami Dolphins,[20] and offensive tackle Matt McCants, who was signed by the Cleveland Browns. With 2:32 remaining in the game and pinned at his team's ten-yard line, Trubisky's pass for Miller was intercepted by Harrison Smith, which set up Forbath's game-winning 26-yard field goal with 12 seconds to go. [97] On the first play of the fourth quarter, Tennessee's Marcus Mariota threw a three-yard touchdown pass to Derrick Henry to decrease the margin to five points, though the Bears retaliated as Trubisky launched a 45-yard pass to Tanner Gentry for the score. Questions surrounded the defense, which went from forcing eight turnovers across three straight games to allowing a season-high 160 yards and no takeaways against the Packers. [112] Bears defensive coordinator Vic Fangio described the Bucs' tight ends as "good players. The Bears probably don’t kick the quarterback can down the road for much longer beyond 2017. In contrast to the defensive success, the offense was restricted to just five first downs and 153 total yards, while converting just two of eleven third down situations. The Chicago Bears made bold moves to acquire both the top veteran quarterback and top rookie signal caller. The game remained scoreless through the rest of the half, resulting in overtime. His knee landed out of bounds and the play was ruled as such at the two-yard line, which the Bears challenged with the belief that the ball had reached the pylon before he went out; instead, the challenge went against the Bears when it was determined he had lost the ball before it had touched the pylon, resulting in a touchback and possession being granted to the Packers. To do this, Mitchell Trubisky would have to avoid getting sacked, while the running game would have to reduce its runs resulting in negative yardage. 53 active, 15 inactive, 10 practice squad. [89] At Family Fest, Andy Phillips struggled and was released two days later, with his roster slot being filled by Tennessee Volunteers receiver Alton Howard. Trubisky led the offense down the field, including one play on fourth-and-13 in which he kept the drive alive via a 19-yard scramble, but Barth missed the game-tying 46-yard field goal wide right. [148] The Bears failed to score on the two-point conversion but were just five points down. Zach Zaidman (sideline reporter and radio coach's show host), Lou Canellis (gameday television host, pre-season sideline reporter), This page was last edited on 17 December 2020, at 23:57. [148] Although the Bears turned the ball over on downs, they had another chance after Lutz's 49-yard field goal put them behind by eight points. Although Folk missed the extra point, he kicked a 50-yard field goal to give the Buccaneers a 26–0 lead by halftime. [81] On May 30, the Bears waived quarterback Connor Shaw, but following an injury to Mark Sanchez, rescinded the waiver and instead released Jhujuan Seales. Defensively, Joniak wrote the Bears had "their hands full" as Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was aided by receivers Antonio Brown and Martavis Bryant, running back Le'Veon Bell, and tight end Jesse James. On August 18, the Bears released Hendrick Ekpe. [6] Assistant offensive line coach Kevin Mawae was not retained by the Bears. NO – Mark Ingram Jr. – 18 rushes, 75 yards, TD. Although the Bears led the all-time series 38–19 and had won three of the last four games, the Buccaneers routed the Bears 36–10 in their latest meeting in 2016. Houston attempted to interview Caserio back in 2019 but was blocked by the Patriots. [46], The first signing of May took place on May 1, signing interior offensive lineman and former Bear Taylor Boggs; after spending 2013 and 2014 with the Bears, Boggs played for the Cardinals in 2016. On November 9, the Bears placed Zach Miller on the injured reserve list. [146] Jeff Joniak wrote a goal of the Bears offense would be to get into scoring position; since Mitchell Trubisky became the starter, the offense had entered the red zone only twice in three games, with both trips ending in field goals. On November 11, the Bears promoted Jonathan Anderson to the active roster. [53] On March 9, the team released longtime quarterback Jay Cutler; the 33-year-old quarterback held multiple franchise passing records, but played just five games in 2016 due to injury. [177] For the Bears defense, it saw the return of linebacker and leader Danny Trevathan; Joniak described his presence as a "Trevathan effect", with the defense allowing 81 points in three losses and failing to win a game when he was absent, while allowing 17.6 points per game and going 4–5 when he was playing. The series had been a see-saw in victors, with the winning team alternating each time; the Bears won the most recent game in 2013 23–20, but the Ravens won the latest game in Baltimore (a 31–7 rout in 2009). On October 2, the Bears promoted Tre McBride to the active roster. [191] However, the Vikings added two more points when Trubisky, facing a blitz from Linval Joseph, was penalized for intentional grounding, resulting in a safety. [148] This set up Alvin Kamara's eight-yard touchdown run to put New Orleans up by seven points. During Kern's third punt,[97] Robertson-Harris blocked it in the end zone and Adam Shaheen attempted to recover, but was ruled out of bounds, giving the Bears two points via safety. The Bears tried that with Mike Glennon in 2017, ... One option for the Bears at quarterback is to lean on the draft again, where North Dakota State quarterback Trey Lance might be a fit. [44] Three days later, the Bears signed veteran quarterback Mark Sanchez to a one-year contract. During his tenure with the Buccaneers, Mike Glennon completed 71.6 percent of his passes for 683 yards with six touchdowns, no interceptions, and a 109.2 passer rating against the Falcons. '"[159], The Bears offense made early progress on the opening drive as it reached the Lions' five-yard line before stalling and settling for Connor Barth's 23-yard field goal. [157], In week eleven, the Bears hosted the Detroit Lions, whom the Bears led 97–72–5 in the all-time series but had defeated only once since 2013. Folk kicked a 23-yard field goal in the fourth quarter to increase the lead by 29 points. [47] The next day, the Bears signed another offensive lineman in Bradley Sowell, who played left and right tackle for the Seattle Seahawks in 2016. When the Houston Texans take on the Chicago Bears Sunday at 12:00 p.m. CT at Soldier Field, quarterback Deshaun Watson will take on another team that needed a … So you have to have that mindset where, 'OK, you didn't get the results you want last week, but you're coming in fighting this week. After completing an 11-yard pass to Kendall Wright, Trubisky's next three passes were incomplete. On December 2, the Bears placed Isaiah Irving on the injured reserve list. Cooper raced down the field before suddenly slowing down before he reached the end zone, which allowed Pittsburgh's Vance McDonald to knock the ball away at the one-yard line. On the first offensive play of the second half,[183] Trubisky was intercepted by Myles Garrett, who returned the pick to the Bears' five-yard line, but the play was called back because of an offsides penalty on Carl Nassib. [52], On January 9, linebacker Josh Shirley was waived. [168], The Cincinnati Bengals hosted the Bears in week fourteen, holding a 6–4 lead in the series against Chicago. [98] Trubisky entered the game in the third quarter, though neither team scored during the quarter. In two seasons with the Bears, Barth converted 29 of 39 field goals, including 11 of 16 in 2017; all five of his misses were of at least 40 yards. [173] Joniak took note of Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton's struggles under pressure, being sacked 19 times on third down in 2017, while the Bears led the league in third-down sacks with 17 sacks, including at least one sack in every game in 2017. 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[162], at Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, For week twelve's game, the Bears visited Lincoln Financial Field to play the 9–1 and league-leading Eagles. With eight seconds left in the second quarter, Glennon threw a five-yard touchdown pass to Kendall Wright, completing a 72-yard drive that began with less than two minutes to go. The defense entered the game with a fifth-ranked red zone touchdown efficiency, while also excelling in providing pressure, ranking second in sacks on third down, ninth in opposing quarterback rating when blitzed, and leading the league in fumble recoveries with 12. "[131], Trubisky led the Bears into Vikings territory on the opening drive, but a holding penalty on Cody Whitehair pushed the offense back before the Bears punted. "You've got to have a short memory in this league," Akiem Hicks stated. Chicago Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky runs for a touchdown against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the second half of Sunday’s win. They've got two really good weapons at tight end. CHI – Jordan Howard 8-yard run (Mike Nugent kick), 9:18. After the Broncos punted to start the second half, Trubisky guided the Bears on a 75-yard series, which ended with Benny Cunningham's one-yard touchdown run to take the 14–10 lead. In addition, no Bears players were selected to the Pro Bowl. [93] Despite the seven-point advantage, the Broncos scored 14 unanswered points on Kyle Sloter's 47-yard touchdown pass to Isaiah McKenzie and DeAngelo Henderson's 41-yard run on third down-and-22 with less than two minutes in the game. A series later,[183] Rashard Higgins caught Kizer's pass and reached the Bears' three-yard line, where he was stripped by Danny Trevathan and the ball went into the end zone, where Prince Amukamara recovered. A second giveaway occurred when Glennon's pass for Zach Miller was intercepted by J. J. Wilcox, which enabled the Steelers to tie the game on Boswell's 32-yard field goal. Howard is a very good athlete with good size, a good blocker that can get down the field. [166] Four plays later, the Bears punted, [149] With 7:32 remaining in the game, Jonathan Bullard stripped Ingram and Christian Jones recovered the fumble. [18] Quarterbacks Brian Hoyer and Matt Barkley, along with tight end Logan Paulsen, signed with the San Francisco 49ers. 2 overall pick in the draft last month. He also had three rushing attempts for 22 yards. After two tiebreakers and multiple close calls, the people have spoken. [167] Offensively, the Bears rushing game had an opportune chance to succeed against a 49ers defense that was ranked 30th against the run (28th overall with 374.2 total yards allowed per game), allowing 129.5 rushing yards per game,[168] 42 runs of at least ten yards in 2017 and three running backs to record 100-yard games. While the Bears won the most recent meeting in 2013 21–13, the Bengals dominated the last game in Cincinnati, a 45–10 victory in 2009. A drive later, the Bears forced a three-and-out until a holding penalty on Prince Amukamara gave the Eagles a first down. Trubisky took over a drive later, where he led the Bears offense into field goal range, though Roberto Aguayo missed a 49-yard field goal. After being pinned on his team's eight-yard line, Stafford led a 92-yard drive that ended with a three-yard touchdown pass to T. J. For the Bears defense, Joniak wrote the unit had to prevent the Vikings from making big plays courtesy of Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen, who had a combined 15 catches for at least 20 yards, while a combined 30 receptions resulted in first downs. Rumors of his release were reported earlier in the 2017 season, though no official announcement was made until January 1, 2018. 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