The Bears faced a historic loss on Sunday as they lost to the Lions in an unprecedented fashion. According to ESPN 1000, this was the first time any NFL team has ever lost in regulation with a plus 3 turnover margin and 40 minutes or more of possession time. Despite their best efforts for three and a half quarters, the Bears’ scripted victory plan fell apart in the final four minutes as the Lions scored 17 unanswered points.
The Bears’ offense was electric, with Justin Fields making huge plays both with his arm and legs. However, their defense failed to make a stop on defense when it mattered most. It is being debated whether conservative playcalling or inability to make stops on defense were responsible for their loss. Additionally, there are questions about whether the Bears need to learn how to win or if Eberflus’ H.I.T.S program is insufficient for building a winning team. Despite having talent on the field, it is clear that the Bears need to execute at a high rate if they want to beat quality teams without playing perfectly.