That was why this shouldn’t have happened — and yet it did — keeping the Packers' season on life support and leaving Bears Nation to try and survive the 90-degree drop on the roller coaster this season has been through the first 10 weeks.
Good teams with solid coaching take advantage of their bye, heal up, self-scout, make corrections and come out better prepared to win.
The Bears came out of their bye even more banged up than they were going into New Orleans two weeks ago, with a reshuffled offensive line with Cody Whitehair at right guard, Hroniss Grasu at center and Kyle Long in a baseball cap on the sideline. The line had its worst game of the season, allowing Mitch Trubisky to be sacked five times, and what we thought was an ascending defense looked like it had forgotten all it had learned the first half of the season.
Trubisky tried to take the blame on his own shoulders, saying after the game, “It was just me being careful with the ball and holding it. They did a great job confusing us.
“Some of them were coverage sacks, but I thought our offensive line did a great job up front today. Yeah, just me holding onto the ball, I have to get it out quicker.”
Packers linebacker Clay Matthews backed Trubisky up to a point before getting to the real issue.
“Obviously, his pocket presence will come along. You have to take advantage of that. That’s exactly what we did.
“That’s what you expect to do when a team is so one-dimensional. You force them at times to take a few shots. You got to take advantage of that.”