9:25 PM CST, December 1, 2013
Bad and stupid is no way to go through the NFL.
However, those are good reasons the Bears have fallen to 6-6 and seemingly had their season ended after a 23-20 overtime loss to the Vikings.
The Bears always have depended upon the stupidity and ineptitude of opponents, and the Vikings were trying to accommodate them.
But the Bears refused to take it from a 2-8-1 team. Bad and stupid, indeed. So much bad and stupid from both teams.
The Bears let a wide receiver run 33 yards for a TD. That’s a new twist for the NFL’s worst rushing defense.
The Bears let Adrian Peterson run for 211 yards. That’s expected from the NFL’s worst rushing defense.
You can’t get gashed like that on the ground without being bad and stupid.
The Bears seemed to have the ball inside the Vikings 10 in the first quarter, but Martellus Bennett and Brandon Marshall committed penalties on the same play, forcing the Bears to settle for a field goal. More stupid than bad, but it qualifies.
The bad and stupid play, however, hit Mach I in the fourth quarter and overtime.
With the Bears at their 19 midway through the fourth quarter leading 20-17, quarterback Josh McCown ran out of the pocket and tried to avoid a sack by shoveling a pass to Matt Forte. Vikings linebacker Audie Cole tipped it and the ball deflected to Kyle Long. He’s an offensive lineman. He blocks for guys carrying the ball. He doesn’t carry it himself. And he didn’t carry it long, as Cole stripped it and the Vikings recovered at the Bears 18. Bad and stupid all the way around.
The Bears appeared to have stopped the Vikings on third down, but after making a hit, Jon Bostic was flagged for taunting, giving the Vikings a first down at the Bears 6. More stupid than bad.
Then it was Minnesota’s turn. The Vikings had Adrian Peterson and his 160 yards, but lined him up wide. Next down, they threw to someone named Rhett Ellison. The game was there to be tied at worst, but the Vikings didn’t give it to Peterson. Stupid, all caps.
The Bears couldn’t have called those plays better themselves, especially when Ellison couldn’t hold the pass and Khaseem Greene picked it off. Greene ran it back to midfield, but could’ve gone all the way if Shea McClellin had blocked quarterback Matt Cassel. Bad and stupid back at ya.
But yet, the Bears couldn’t run out the clock. They couldn’t convert second-and-1 or third-and-1 with Matt Forte at the Vikings 41. Trestman didn’t use the Michael Bush he lauded last week for his ability to gain tough yards. Bad and stupid all over the place.
The Bears couldn’t stop Cassel when he started at his own 9, even with just 2:40 remaining, even after he fumbled the first snap, even when he needed to convert a fourth-and-11. Bad and stupid almost the length of the field.
Cassel tore up the Bears until he hit the red zone, and the Vikings kicked a field goal to tie it with 20 seconds remaining and seemingly sending it to overtime. But the Vikings kicked the ball to Devin Hester. Bad and stupid generously paid back.
Hester nearly broke it for an Auburn-like ending, but was run out of bounds at midfield. The Bears sent out Robbie Gould to try a 66-yard field goal with two seconds left, and again, that Auburn ending seemed ripe as Gould came up short and Cordarelle Patterson began to return it. The Bears covered better than Alabama, but after the game, Trestman couldn’t remember why he tried that. Bad and inexplicable.
Overtime brought more bad and stupid football. You’ll never get those hours back.
The Vikings seemingly won the game on Blair Walsh’s 30-yard field goal. But no. Ellison was called for a facemask. More bad and stupid for you, sir?
The Vikings were pushed back far enough that Walsh would miss a 57-yarder, giving the Bears a short field. But not short enough.
The Bears ran the ball through the Vikings defense, but Trestman inexplicably went to Gould on second down, and Gould missed a 47-yarder. Trestman said Gould was within his range, but the coach noted he worried the Bears might lose yards or commit a penalty if they ran another play or two. So, he was worried the Bears might be bad or stupid. A legitimate concern.
Now it was the Vikings’ turn to turn good field position into a win, and they did, ending a game nobody deserved to win with Walsh’ 34-yard field goal.
Bad and stupid. And I'm sure I missed some things. And there's still a seemingly hopeless month to go.
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