Chicago Bears: 5 Penalties That Killed the 2015 Season

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Penalties are the balance of the NFL and they occasionally aid in the outcome of a win or loss. The Chicago Bears have a love/hate relationship with referees who throw these little yellow flags, but at what cost?

Nov 22, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; Denver Broncos free safety Bradley Roby (29) protests being called for pass interference against Chicago Bears tight end Martellus Bennett (83) during the second half at Soldier Field. Denver won 17-15. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

Think about it, it’s just a little yellow flag. Who would have thought this bright yellow piece of material could garner so much animosity? But in 2015 the Chicago Bears had a total of 197 penalty flags tossed in the season, 99 were against them and 98 were in their favor per nflpenalties.com. Compared to their 2014 total of 219, the Bears improved slightly.

But some of those penalties have become the catalyst to the Bears losing season in 2015. The three main penalties were false starts, offensive holding, and defensive offsides, but they were not the sole reason that killed their season. It was key plays that were canceled out due to these penalties that changed the outcome of the game. Surprisingly it was penalties on incomplete passes that sealed their fate. The following games could have propelled the Bears to a 10-6 record instead of the 6-10 record had they avoided the following penalties.

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