Buffone's Reaction to the Action

The Bears came into the game with the reputation for being more physical than their opponent, but the Steelers gave them a lesson in what it means to out muscle the competition.

I knew it was going to be a tough game for the Bears, but the defense got beat up. Pittsburgh absolutely destroyed what has become the league's best defense. The Bears had no sacks, turnovers and let the Steelers hold the ball for more than 37 minutes.

The problems started with missed tackles. There's no excuse for the poor technique. Sure Mike Brown and Chris Harris were out, but the guys up front were missing tackles.

Brian Urlacher had the worst game I've seen him play this year. The running backs were either faking him out or dragging him for more yards.

It wasn't just Urlacher. Adewale Ogunleye and Alex brown were non-factors. The Steelers were without their starting left tackle and there was no pressure on Ben Roethlisberger. The defensive line got chewed up and spit out in the running game. It looked like they were playing on skates.

Mike Green flat out disappeared. That's why Brandon McGowan was on the field for much of the second half.

Three long drives all resulted in touchdowns. Recently when the defense gave up yards they kept teams out of the end zone.

When the defense did strip the ball, no one was around to come up with the fumble. Four balls were loose and the Steelers recovered all of them.

The loss can't go on Kyle Orton. He didn't throw an interception for the first time in five games. He's still missing open receivers, but he did come up with two deep completions on the fourth quarter touchdown drive. The key being the offense didn't open up until it was too late. It would have interesting to see the deep ball when the Bears were still within one possession of tying the game.

Getting behind really hurt the offense because they had to abandon the ground game. The Bears averaged 31 rushes coming into the game. Ron Turner called just 18 runs with six coming in the second half.

When the defense doesn't give the offense field position, it's not good enough to produce points consistently.

Another thing that got under my skin is to continue to watch Bobby Wade catch punts inside the 10. Well I shouldn't even say catch the ball because he muffed another punt. He now has 10 on the season and it's become a complete joke.

After Wade recovered his fumble the Bears were pinned deep in their territory. On third and long Pittsburgh sent the blitz after Orton and FB Jason McKie got beat by LB Joey Porter. He didn't slow him down one bit and it could have easily been a fumble by the goal line.

The Bears have now lost their last eight road games in December and January. They've lost 22 of 23 and 32 of their last 36 away from Soldier Field in December and January.

The scary thing is the Bears close out the season with trips to Green Bay and Minnesota. The Vikings are now just one game behind the Bears and the season finale could be for the division.

First things first the Bears have to take care of business at home against the Falcons. The tackling better improve against Atlanta because they're the best running offense in the NFL. If you fail to bring Michael Vick down when you get the chance it could be another long day.


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