The Chicago Bears were routed in embarrassing fashion during Sunday's 36-10 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. It was one of the worst losses of the John Fox era.
Coming out of a bye week, during which the team returned to near-full health, the Bears looked utterly unprepared for a winnable contest against a 3-5 team that was 8-17 in its last 25 home games.
The Bears managed just 280 yards of total offense and went 2-for-11 on 3rd down. Chicago has scored fewer than 20 points in 7 of 9 games this season, including 15 points today, 7 of which came from a Hail Mary pass.
The Bears fall to 2-6 on the season and head to New York next week to take on the Giants.
RB Jordan Howard
With the passing attack almost non-existent, Howard was the only viable option for the Bears offense today. He ran the ball 15 times for 100 yards, the fourth time this season he's surpassed the century mark rushing. Howard broke a tackle seemingly every time he carried the ball, averaging 6.7 yards per tote. He did fumble the ball for the first time in his career, which was surprising, but Howard showed again today why he's the future for Chicago's offense. Unfortunately for Howard, he left the game in the fourth quarter with a lower leg injury that head coach John Fox said was either an ankle or Achilles. If Howard misses an extended amount of time, the Bears will be in serious trouble on offense.
OLB Leonard Floyd
Floyd finished the game with three total tackles, 1.5 sacks, 2 QB hurries and a pass breakup, which was almost intercepted. He showed quickness, burst and power collapsing the pocket off the right edge for almost the entire game. In fact, if Bucs QB Jameis Winston wasn't so elusive, Floyd would have had three more sacks. He was that dominant. Of note was a Bucs third-down play on their first drive. The pass was complete underneath but Floyd's solid open-field tackle stopped the ball carrier short of the marker. Floyd continues to improve each week, which is a great sign for the first-round rookie.
CB Tracy Porter
Porter shadowed Tampa Bay WR Mike Evans for most of the contest. Evans finished with 4 catches for 66 yards, yet 50 of those yards came on a backyard throw from Winston, after he scrambled and eluded four different sack attempt by the Bears defensive line for nearly 10 seconds. Winston launched a ball deep to Evans and even then, Porter was in good position, yet he just mistimed his jump. No corner should be blamed for not being able to covera a reciver for 13 seconds. Other than that fluke play, which should have been a sack four times over before the pass was released, Evans caught just 3 passes for 16 yards. Once again, Porter continues to lock down opposing No. 1 wide receivers.
OLB Pernell McPhee
McPhee was a force off the right side early in the game, picking up a sack and eliciting two holding calls. He looked healthy and as powerful as ever, repeatedly working over Buccaneers RT Demar Dotson.
QB Jay Cutler
It was Bad Jay in all his glory today. Cutler was off from the very start of the game and never improved. He turned the ball over three times in the first half, including back-to-back interceptions in the first quarter, the second of which was returned for a touchdown by Bucs S Chris Conte. His first fumble came after he held the ball too long after scrambling out of the pocket and was tackled from behind. It was a rookie-level mistake, yet his second fumble came on the exact same play, only this time it occurred in his own end zone, resulting in a Tampa Bay safety. This was, by far, the worst game Cutler has played the past two seasons. As he's done countless times before, Cutler singlehandedly put the team in a hole from which they could not dig out. The odds of him being around next season just got considerably worse after this afternoon's gut-wrenching performance.
S Harold Jones-Quartey
Jones-Quartey picked up his first interception of the season but it came on a tipped pass, where he just happened to be in the right place at the right time. Other than that, he was picked apart by Winston in coverage. In partiularly, Jones-Quartey could not keep pace with TE Cameron Brate in man coverage. Brate finished with 7 catches for 87 yards and 1 TD, almost all of which came with HJQ in coverage.
CB Cre'Von LeBlanc
At the start of the third quarter, the Bears nearly had Winston sacked for a safety before he completed the aforementioned 50-yard pass to Evans. On the very next play, LeBlanc blew his coverage and allowed a wide-open 43-yard score to WR Freddie Martino. LeBlanc played the boundary corner the entire game due to the injury to Bryce Callahan. It's doubtful he'll continue to play out wide after today's performance.
G Kyle Long
On the first snap of the game, Long was plowed over by Tampa Bay DT Gerald McCoy. A quarter later he was carted off the field with an ankle injury. Howie Long, Kyle's dad, said on the FOX halftime show that Long will be "out a while."
OC Dowell Loggains
Cutler was off today but Loggains was worse, as he once again bailed on the run and turned Chicago's offense one-dimensional. The Bears lost the time of possession battle by nearly 15 minutes, so the offense ran just 50 total plays. Of those 50, only 20 were called runs. Sure, the Bears were behind for most of the game but with Cutler struggling badly, Loggains' only reasonable option was to ride Howard, and he refused to do it. In fact, Howard had just 3 total carries beyond the 5:36 mark in the second quarter. The following Benny-Hill series in the first quarter encapsulated Loggains' brief career as offensive coordinator for the Bears: Following a 15-yard run by Howard, Loggains proceeded to call four straight pass plays, resulting in a sack and two interceptions, one of which was returned for a score. Those four passes resulted in 10 points for the Bucs. Had Loggains called four runs, the Bears would not have been put in a 10-0 hole to start the game. Like Cutler, it will be a miracle if Loggains is around after this season.