The Chicago Bears offense put up one of the worst performances in franchise history during the 26-0 loss in Seattle to the Seahawks in Week 3. Led by quarterback Jimmy Clausen, the offense struggled to establish any sort of threat and didn’t even find the red zone.
For our stat of the week, we are going to take a look at just how bad the Bears offense really was and the possibility of it improving.
The Bears’ 146 yards of offense on Sunday were the second fewest in franchise history in which the Bears did not commit a turnover. The only other time the Bears had fewer yards was October 24, 1976 when they gained just 110 yards versus the Dallas Cowboys.
A bright spot, if any, from that stat is that the Bears didn’t turn the ball over, something they did in both games prior. But it was very alarming to see the offense struggle that bad with quarterback Jay Cutler on the sidelines.
Chicago’s game plan against a good Seahawks defense was simple: run the ball and get into manageable third-down situations. The Bears stuck with the first part of the equation, running the ball 17 times in the first half on five drives. The problem was, the Bears couldn’t convert a third down and every drive stalled. Clausen was just completely outmatched throughout the game and finished with just 63 yards passing.
A big problem for the Bears was Seattle’s relentless defense that kept the pressure on throughout. Once Seattle jumped out to a comfortable lead, they were able to just pin their ears back and blitz. The Bears had no answer, making it a frustrating afternoon on the West Coast.
Things should change come Sunday however.
The Bears will take on a Oakland Raiders team with a vulnerable secondary. Through three games, the Raiders defense has given up 80 points despite the 2-1 record. Thanks to Oakland’s improved offense, the Raiders have been able to stay in games.
This week’s game plan could be similar by getting Forte the ball early and often, but Clausen won’t be going up against a defense like Seattle’s.
Stats of note
· Punter Pat O’Donnell got a workout on Sunday as the Bears punted on all 10 drives. They also became the first team in 35 years to punt on every possession in a game. O’Donnell finished with 477 yards punting while the Bears had 48 net passing yards. If you recall last season, the Bears also didn’t force a punt in a loss at Green Bay.
· The Bears matchup with the Raiders will be the 14th meeting all-time between the two teams with Oakland holding a 7-6 lead. Neither team has scored more than 28 points in a game between the two, but things could change on Sunday. The Raiders have scored 77 points through three games this season and finally have a top-tier offensive threat in receiver Amari Cooper. It could be a bad matchup for Chicago’s defense, which has struggled through three games and is allowing 35.0 points per game.
· While the Bears have been in the three games at halftime, it’s been the second half that has haunted them. The Bears have been outscored 58-13 in the second half through three games.
· The Bears offense really misses Cutler. Since the quarterback went down in the first half against the Cardinals, the team has only produced nine points on 19 possessions. They also have 12 drives that finished three-and-out.