The Bears’ historic loss to the Lions on Sunday has sparked a flurry of questions and debates in sports media. While hyperbole is part of the excitement in sports, this loss was truly unique and unprecedented. As per ESPN 1000’s Doug Colletti, the Bears became the first NFL team to lose in regulation with a plus 3 turnover margin and 40 minutes plus time of possession.
Despite their best efforts for three and a half quarters, the Bears ultimately lost the game to the Lions. Justin Fields was electric on offense, making huge plays with both his arm and legs. However, it was not enough to overcome a disappointing final four minutes where the Lions scored 17 unanswered points.
The question now is what went wrong? Was conservative playcalling to blame? Or was it an inability to make stops on defense when it mattered most? Did the Bears miss out on opportunities to score or defend against points that could have made all the difference? Are there issues with Eberflus’ H.I.T.S program or is there just not enough talent on the field executing at a high enough rate?
All these questions will be debated throughout this week, as folks try to figure out what went wrong and how they can prevent another disappointing loss like this from happening again. It’s clear that if they want to be successful against quality teams, they need to play absolutely perfect every single time.