Baffled by the Bears' breakdown

September 30, 2013|By Jack M Silverstein, For RedEye

Last weekend, I finally started "Breaking Bad." I rolled through Season 1 in two nights, and then this weekend started Season 2. But I had to stop watching during Episode 5.

The show was too tense and uncomfortable, but mostly I couldn't deal with Walt's treatment of Jesse. Why is he so mean to this kid? What kind of a high school teacher repeatedly calls one of his former students "stupid"?

Just unacceptable.

I had similar frustrations while watching the Bears-Lions game Sunday. What happened to Jay Cutler's accuracy? Why are the Lions scoring so many touchdowns in so little time? Why can't anyone tackle Reggie Bush?

Ye gods man, it was a nightmare! Not exactly "tense," but certainly uncomfortable and DEFINITELY confusing. The Bears had won 13 of their last 16 games against the Lions, with five wins coming by more than 20 points. Detroit had mustered two 10-plus point wins over the Bears in that time. In fact, you have to go back to Thanksgiving 1997 to find the last time Detroit put a whooping on our beloved Bears.

That game was much worse (55-20), but damn, this FELT worse. Especially for Cutler. To say Cutler had a rough go of it is like saying Walter White is entering a phase of moral transformation. Cutler entered this game with a 94.2 QB rating; he posted a 65.6 on Sunday. He'd been sacked three times in three games; he was sacked three times Sunday. He'd thrown three interceptions all year; he was picked three times Sunday.

You get the idea.

In the end, neither Alshon Jeffery's first career 100-yard game nor Cutler's first 300-yard game since the 2012 season opener were enough to pull the Bears out of a 24-point, fourth-quarter hole. Like Walt and Jesse dealing with Tuco, the Bears were in over their heads. Unfortunately, they were never able to execute the football equivalent of hitchhiking to Mexico and disrobing in a convenient store.

But that's football for ya. Unlike "Breaking Bad," at least we can tune in next week.

Jack M Silverstein is a RedEye special contributor. @readjack

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