Chi v Balt what we learned

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  1. riczaj01

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    Never have I been so happy that the Bears had a nearly 2 hr delay. Keeping it kind of short b/c the game was so long b/c of the delay and I had a ton of other things happening around me.

    Chicago O: It wasn't just them, but man they were not good in the 1st qtr. But they came out a different team after the break, everyone. The only one that had a really bad game, who only caught 4 of 10 passes. McCown had another solid game, but this isn't a OT game if he throws a TD to Marshal in the 2nd HIGH and not a laser right at the defender. Forte had a good bounce back game, w/over 100 yards and a TD. The game was pretty ugly regardless though, weather and field conditions just aren't going to allow a good review of either team. Jeffrey regardless of weather was clutch again.

    Chicago D: Speaking of a group that didn't start well, they made people remember what Rice was like the last few years and not this year. Again they also seemed to allow the opposing O to stay on the field longer then they should have been. But a few big things, Peppers stepped up and so did David Bass. The team suffered another loss on the starting D, Paea went down. They cannot keep suffering these inj's and field a team.

    Chicago ST: Gould stepped up huge, Podlesh had a few big punts late. that's about it.

    Chicago Coaches: Good game by all around. They were also able to take advantage of a huge delay and got their team refocused for a huge comeback.


    Balt O: Flacco had an awful game, 50% comp % and 2 int's, but Ray Rice and some clutch plays by WR's and TE's kept this game close.

    Balt D: If anyone wants to know what a team can do to retool in a year on D, take a look, they were stout for most of the game, and if their O was more productive they might have looked better also, but Flacco gave the Bears 7 points and another extra shot to boot...and the Bears took advantage.

    Balt ST: Their K is as clutch as Gould, that's about it.

    Balt Coaches: Unlike the Bears, they started the game hot, and they didn't have their team ready once the game got restarted. Still they found a way to reverse the momentum and force OT.
     
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    http://espn.go.com/blog/chicago/bears/post/_/id/4688232/rapid-reaction-chicago-bears-6

    Rapid Reaction: Chicago Bears
    November, 17, 2013
    6:18PM ET
    By Michael C. Wright | ESPN.com
    CHICAGO -- A few thoughts on the Chicago Bears' 23-20 overtime win over the Baltimore Ravens at Soldier Field:

    What it means: Only the tiebreaker from Detroit sweeping Chicago keeps the Bears from leading the division. So Chicago's win over the Ravens coupled with Detroit's loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers puts the Bears back in serious contention for a legitimate shot at winning the NFC North.

    Second-guessing Marc Trestman: With possession at the Baltimore 2-yard line thanks to a defensive holding penalty on Jimmy Smith in the second quarter, Chicago called three consecutive passes that fell incomplete, leading to the Bears settling for a 20-yard field goal that made the score 10-3 in favor of the visitors. The calls seemed a little questionable given where the Bears were on the field. After throwing incomplete toBrandon Marshall and Tony Fiammetta on first and second down, Josh McCown tossed another incompletion to Marshall. On the play, it appeared McCown could have taken advantage of a mismatch on the outside with tight end Martellus Bennett lined up against a Baltimore cornerback.

    In the fourth quarter, the Bears elected to punt instead of trying to convert a fourth-and-1 at the Baltimore 44 that would've allowed them to run more time off the clock to preserve a win in regulation. With a little more than a minute to play and the Ravens in the red zone, Trestman also elected to not burn any of his timeouts. Had he called a couple, the Bears may have had time to mount a potentially game-winning drive after Justin Tucker's game-tying 21-yard field goal.

    Bass bailout: Despite the squandered opportunity from the 2 in the second quarter, Bears reserve defensive end David Bass bailed out the offense on the first play of Baltimore's ensuing possession just 12 seconds later. Midway through his rush, Bass tipped a Joe Flacco pass intended for Vonta Leach back into his own hands and romped 24 yards for the touchdown to tie the score at 10.

    Coming into the game, the Bears held a 24-2 record since 2005 when they score a defensive touchdown, including 10-consecutive wins under those circumstances. Now they're 25-2 with 11 in a row.

    Defensive letdown: Even after Bass' potentially game-defining play, the defense slumped on Baltimore's next possession, allowing Flacco to go 5-for-5 for 47 yards on a drive capped by a touchdown pass to Torrey Smith. Defensive end Julius Peppers added to the letdown with a 15-yard penalty for hitting Flacco as the quarterback attempted to slide on a play during the drive. Peppers appeared to slip on the play, which led to the contact.

    Season high in a half: The Bears committed seven penalties for 61 yards in the first half alone, which was enough to set a season high for penalties and penalty yardage. The most the Bears had been penalized prior to Sunday was six times for 43 yards in an Oct. 6 loss to New Orleans.

    The Bears only topped that by finishing with 13 penalties for 111 yards. Normally, that gets you beat.

    What's next: The Bears review film of Sunday's game on Monday before taking the day off Tuesday and beginning preparations Wednesday for the first of back-to-back road games starting with the St. Louis Rams.
     
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    learned that the rumors were true, Ravens receiving core is awful.
    learned that Conte can't even cover an old man like Dallas Clark.
    learned that when push comes to shove, there ain't that much difference between a 20 million dollar qb and a guy that was coaching high school football a couple years ago.
     
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    I'm assuming you didn't watch the game, because Flacco threw that to where ONLY his player could catch it. In those situations, it's the QB being really good.

    Um, no. The Ravens have suffered a lot of offensive injuries this year.
     
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    a young athletic man should be able to cover an old slow man in a clutch situation. Nuff said.



    and the Bears haven't. Riiiiiiiight.
     
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    1.) you've turned to hypothetical reasoning, to avoid a factual argument. Nuff said.

    2.) outside of Cutler, name all of the starters we've lost to injury on offense. I'll wait.
     
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    Well to be fair, weather and wr core have a lot to do w/neutralizing a 20mil qb 8p, but point taken.

    Balt also had 20 more O plays then the Bears did. It really did make a huge difference in that Bass Int for a TD. Bass had a huge game, so did Peppers.
     
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    you're misinterpreting. take a deep breath.
    We're playing with a bunch of back-ups and practice squaders on D.
    And that's the best their 20 million dollar man can do? I'm not impressed.
     
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    Bears O: Alshon is the real deal. Josh held up well. We still need some more work on the o-line in the offseason to improve the run game.
    Bears D: Rookies stepped up today both Bostic and Bass. Hopefully there is more to come with both of these rookies. Bowman nearly lost the game (several times) for us. Peppers should play every other game. This week he wasn't sleep walking.
     
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    yeah, the OL is pretty good, but I's like to see it elevate itself into a top line. We do need more gelling, and probably one or two new players. One for sure.
     

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