CHICAGO – Even the boos were halfhearted.
Bears fans tried to boo their team’s offense late in the first half Sunday. As far as boos are concerned, it was a weak attempt. A spattering, at best.
Bears fans, it seemed, didn’t have enough energy left for a deep, hearty boo. They had seen enough over the first 14 games of the 2019 season to know not to raise their hopes up too much.
The Kansas City Chiefs came into Chicago on "Sunday Night Football" and ground the Bears into a dull 26-3 loss in front of the home fans.
“It sucks, man,” Bears safety Eddie Jackson said. “Last home game, prime time, that was just embarrassing.”
Most fans were gone midway through the fourth quarter, which said more than boos could have. Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes finished carving up the Bears defense for 251 passing yards, two touchdowns and another touchdown rushing.
Even though they had nothing to play for, playoff hopes already dashed, the Bears seemed to know they let the fans down.
“You play games like that on TV, prime time, ultimately, you want to go out and ball, especially at home,” Pro Bowler Khalil Mack said. “It’s embarrassing to us. We embarrassed our fans. Ultimately that’s unacceptable.”
It’s a bad sign when receiver Allen Robinson – usually one of the more eloquent Bears interviews – is at a loss for words.
“It’s frustrating,” Robinson said. “Obviously, we don’t like to lose. We didn’t play well.”
The game’s first drive exemplified just what makes Mahomes and the Chiefs so special. They capitalized on two third-and-long situations, and Mahomes later scored a 12-yard touchdown run on third down.
The Chiefs went 6 for 11 on third down for the game. They have big-play potential on every play.
“Play good for first down, second down,” linebacker Kevin Pierre-Louis said. “A team like that, we’ve got to get off the field on third. It’s tough because each and every one of us grind each week. We put our bodies on the line and that’s what makes games like this game hurt a little bit.”
Pierre-Louis, who led the Bears with 12 tackles, said Mahomes is difficult to prepare for because he makes defenders look for things they wouldn’t normally expect.
“I had a play I’m covering the running back,” Pierre-Louis said. “Anyone else, I’m not really thinking back shoulder going to the running back. [With] Patrick Mahomes, you’ve got to lock in and think that he’s not going to throw it over the top, he’s going to throw it to where his guy can get it.
“He’s a dynamic guy. He’s going to get the ball to his guys' hands. He wants his guys to make plays and they have been making plays all season.”
Mahomes put on a clinic in what was likely a forgettable win over a mediocre team for the 2018 NFL MVP. Bears fans would like to forget it, too.