Following Monday night’s disappointing loss in Los Angeles to the Rams, things will not get much easier this week for the Bears, who will take on future Hall of Fame QB Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints.
The late afternoon Sunday matchup is one of the big games in the NFL for week eight, and it’s a big chance for the Bears to rebound after a tough 14-point loss Monday night.
There’s plenty of things to discuss from the Bears perspective as the team gets back to work today to get ready to combat the Saints.
* Will the “O” Catch Up to the “D”?
We can get more into the mistakes from Monday by the offense, but overall the Bears offense has been lackluster as of late, and this season the offense has scored 30 or more only once in a season where offenses in the NFL are putting up record numbers .
Entering week eight the Bears offense is ranked 28th of 32 in the league, averaging 308.0 yards per game, 223 in the air, and just 84 on the ground.
If this team is going to take the next step, they’ve got to run the ball better in crunch time, and also put together more sustained drives.
Monday the team rushed for just 49 yards on 17 carries, a 2.9 yards per carry average, with a long rush of just 11 yards.
Those are numbers that have to get better if this club is going to challenge Green Bay in the NFC North.
* Robinson in the NFL’s concussion protocol
The Bears may have to put up points to stay with the Saints Sunday, but also may have to do it minus wide out Allen Robinson.
Coach Matt Nagy said Wednesday that Robinson is in the NFL’s concussion protocol after taking a hit with 4:11 to play in Monday’s 24-10 loss to the Rams.
The play took place on a 4th-and-3 when Robinson caught a six-yard pass and was tackled from behind by safety Nick Scott.
Robinson went hard into the grass, and was sent to the sideline. He did not play in the final minutes of the Bears loss.
The wide out is having a good season for the Bears, catching 44 passes on 70 targets for 544 yards and two touchdowns.
He’s not missed a game since 2018 when he missed three games, his first three as a member of the Bears.
* Ginn a Goner as the Bears Punt Returner?
Monday’s roster move for the Bears to bring in veteran Dwayne Harris to the practice squad could also mean that the team has given up on veteran speedy wide out Ted Ginn.
Harris tried out for the Bears last week, and has plenty of experience at age 33 returning kicks, having done it with the Cowboys, Giants and Raiders.
In total he returned 180 points for 10.1 yard average. He led the NFL in 2018 with a 14.1 yard per return average, and also took back a kick 99 yards for a score.
Ginn did not have a good game at all Monday against the Rams, allowing three balls to land instead of catching the punts.
Those three points ended up being downed at the 1, 5 and 6 yard line during the two touchdown losses.
This season Ginn has returned five punts for 24 yards, but after that odd performance Monday he might be on the unemployment line if the team wants to give Harris a shot at returning punts.