Jay Cutler and the Chicago Bears offense just couldn’t get anything going on Monday night, dropping the home opener to the Philadelphia Eagles 29-14.
The loss was another frustrating one for the team at Soldier Field, a place the Bears just can’t seem to get anything going over the last few seasons.
Turnovers plagued the Bears offense on Monday night as they committed a total of three turnovers, all in the second half.
The first one may have been the most crucial, however.
Trailing 9-7 on their first possession of the second half, Cutler was stripped on a sack by defensive tackle Destiny Vaeao. After that, things went downhill fast for the Bears and Cutler, who injured his thumb on the play.
Cutler left the game for good following an interception by Eagles’ linebacker Nigel Bradham in the third quarter, just two drives after the fumble. He finished 12-of-17 for 157 yards and a touchdown and was sacked three times.
Philadelphia rallied off 20 straight points in the second half to put the game on ice, eventually winning 29-14.
"Obviously we are very disappointed," head coach John Fox said after the game. "We didn't get a chance to look at the tape but obviously it looked bad. Any time you're minus-three in the turnover ratio, it can look like that. It definitely wasn't a clean game. I think we're capable of batter. We've got to do better."
The loss dropped the Bears to 3-14 at Soldier Field dating back to the start of the 2014 season. They haven’t won at home since Week 4 in 2015.
Caleb Sturgis got the scoring started off early in the first quarter, kicking a 25-yard field goal to put Philadelphia ahead 3-0.
On that opening drive, rookie quarterback Carson Wentz completed 8-of-9 passes to march them down the field. Looking as good as advertised from his Week 1 win over Cleveland.
But the Bears defense didn’t break as Bryce Callahan broke up a pass to Brent Celek in the end zone.
Chicago’s offense stalled on their first two drives, going three-and-out to open the game. Connor Barth then missed a 31-yard field goal attempt on the second drive, turning the ball over to the Eagles.
The miss came in Barth’s first regular season field goal attempt at Soldier Field as it dinked off the left upright. Barth had previously converted on all of his 26 attempts under 40 yards since 2012.
The Bears offense finally found the end zone and showed some life in the second quarter as running back Jeremy Langford punched it in from a yard out.
That drive was highlighted by a 49-yard reception by Alshon Jeffery. That drive was the lone bright spot for the Bears offense in the game which struggled to establish any rhythm at all. Chicago had just 10 yards rushing offensively in the first half on 7 attempts.
The second half was much of the same.
Chicago attempted to run the ball early and often in the third quarter, picking up a few first downs. They brought in rookie Jordan Howard who carried it twice on a drive and picked up a first down
Langford, Jordan Howard and Ka’Deem Carey had a combined 64 yards on 18 attempts in the game.
Philadelphia got two second half touchdowns from running back Ryan Mathews, a one-yard run and a three-yard run. Mathews finished the game with 32 yards on 9 carries.
But the story was the rookie Wentz who had 190 yards passing, completing 21-of-34 attempts and throwing for one touchdown. It was almost like pitch-and-catch for Wentz and the Eagles offense, imposing his will on the Bears defense.
The loss puts the Bears at 0-2 for the second-straight season and makes them just one of three NFC teams to start winless.null