The Bears managed all of 14 points Thursday night at Lambeau Field. Here are seven of my own, outside of who starts behind center:
1.The Bears' projected starting offensive line was finally together for the first time all season. There wasn't much disagreement that it would, or should, be a strength of this team. But five of the Bears' eight penalties in the loss were committed by members of that unit, and only Bobby Massie came out clean. Green Bay's banged-up unit, basically four guards and a center without bookends Bryan Bulaga and David Bakhtiari, was flagged once.
2.The Bears went into last night with their projected starting front seven in place, with the exception of Jerrell Freeman. They managed two sacks against that offensive line that had allowed 13 against Aaron Rodgers through the first three games.
3.While Dowell Loggains tries to do what he can (with what he has) in making defenses play honest in the passing game, his reunited offensive line has a challenge on its hands with opposing defenses loading up the box. But shouldn't it be better than 31 yards on 14 carries, especially with stud lineman Mike Daniels sidelined? The Packers have greater weapons to account for in their passing game, but their makeshift offensive line, versus the almost fully-manned front seven, helped the run game produce 50 yards on 14 carries. That came while losing their top two running backs in the process.
4.Another strength of this team mentioned by Ryan Pace and John Fox at their press conference to open training camp was the tight end position. I get that there's help needed in the run game versus all those stacked boxes, but Zach Miller was targeted just twice Thursday night, Dion Sims once.
5.The Bears are now a minus-seven in turnover ratio through four games, and the emphasis on interceptions has resulted in zero. They finished last season minus-20 with eleven interceptions. Giveaways against Aaron Rodgers makes a tough job even more difficult, like a shark sensing blood in the water. The Packers scored 21 of their 35 points following a turnover, and another seven following Connor Barth's missed 47-yard field goal to open the second half.
6.As I tweeted out at the end of the game, this is the eighth time in 36 games under John Fox the Bears have lost by at least 17 points. They had six in 32 games under Marc Trestman. Never mind a lack of wins. That's no competitive improvement.
7.Minnesota's defense has a challenging task this Sunday, hosting Detroit. Then imagine what Mike Zimmer and all that talent have in store a week from Monday, no matter who quarterbacks the Bears. I'm sure they'll find a way to remember what happened to them on Halloween night a year ago, as well, when the Bears gashed them. Hello, offensive line. If there's an area the Vikings have been vulnerable to this point, facing Drew Brees, Ben Roethlisberger, and Jameis Winston before taking on Matthew Stafford, it's their 27th-ranked pass defense. Their run defense? That's ranked third, allowing 62.7 yards per game.