Buffone's Reaction to the Action

The Bears should have played boring football against Cincinnati. By that I mean, run the ball, run the ball, run the ball, which would have forced the Bengals into mistakes not the other way around.

Keeping the ball out of the hands of Carson Palmer and his assortment of weapons was obviously a key going into the game. In the first half, the Bengals had a five-minute time of possession advantage, due in large part to the game plan.

It started with the first drive of the game. The defense had a three out and gave the offense a chance to establish their run first philosophy.

Instead of giving the ball to Thomas Jones, Ron Turner called a quick slant to Justin Gage to open the play calling. The pass may have been a bit behind Gage, but it's a ball he should have caught. His bobble ended up in the hands of Cincinnati and led to their first touchdown.

Overall Jones run for 106 yards and a touchdown on 27 carries, but for whatever reason Cedric Benson didn't see the field. This guy was selected with the fourth pick to perform, not watch from the sideline.

Missing training camp and the preseason put Benson behind. Still he's a punishing running back that could have taken advantage of an undersized defensive line and complimented Jones.

For the third straight week Cadillac Williams rushed for more than 100 yards, so don't talk to me about rookies not being able to contribute.

Falling behind was the worst thing that could have happened to the Bears. It put more pressure on Orton to make plays and he had an off day to say the least.

You're not going to win many games with six turnovers, including five interceptions by the rookie quarterback. No question the turnovers did in the Bears, but everyone had their hand in the loss.

On Orton's second pick, Mike Brown should have had an interception at the goal line but dropped the ball in a slight collision with Brian Urlacher. The Bengals were able to salvage a field goal out of the drive and a 10-0 lead.

Right before the half, Mark Bradley had a dumb penalty when he was flagged for a personal foul. The 15 yards proved costly because Doug Brien missed a 39-yard field goal before the half. Instead of being within one score to open the third quarter it remained a two-possession game.

Although Charles Tillman was beaten twice for touchdown passes, Nathan Vasher had the worst play of the day by a member of the secondary. He knew he had man-to-man coverage on Chad Johnson and completely whiffed on a jam. That was way too easy.

There is still reason for hope.

Orton will get better. It's one of those things that will happen with a young QB. You're waiting for the bomb to go off and it blew up today.

The Bears will always hang their hat on the defense, which is the best in the division and possibly a top five unit in the league.

The NFC North is still wide open and 8-8 might be good enough to win the division.


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