Sunday afternoon at Soldier Field for the Chicago Bears was a classic case of what to expect when playing the Green Bay Packers. The Bears may have marched down the field with an eight-play, 54-yard drive that took a little over four minutes off the clock and scored a touchdown on their opening posession, however, Chicago failed to execute when it matters most on offense.
Throughout the first half, the Bears did manage to keep the game close. Both rivals did trade punches early on in what appeared to be a heavyweight fight in the making. Then Aaron Rodgers decided to takeover, doing what he does best against the Bears: Dominate.
Four years into the Matt Nagy era and the Bears offense still fails to execute. The Bears would punt on four straight possessions after Justin Fields’ interception, which was questionable after a Packers defensive lineman was in the neutral zone.
“We got to understand that where we’re at in the season right now and where we want to go,” said Nagy via the Bears official YouTube channel. “We got to look at and say okay together where was it? Was it a couple plays here or there? Was it big picture? “
Losing to the Packers isn’t a matter of losing by a few plays. Losing to Green Bay is about playing mistake-free football on both sides of the ball. Chicago’s defense showed up to play on Sunday but the offense failed to put up points when it matters most. Two of Chicago’s four punts came when the Bears crossed midfield and successfully entered Packers territory.
This simply isn’t a case of the Bears turning on the film and figuring out what went wrong and where. The Bears need to figure out why execution was lacking on Sunday afternoon and do so quickly. Chicago is heading to Tampa Bay next week to face the Super Bowl champion Buccaneers, another game that the Bears will need to be near-perfect in order to come away with a victory.