Chicago Bears: 3 Observations from Week 15 loss to Packers

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Chicago Bears vs. Green Bay Packers
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Sloppiness hurt the defense

This was not a great showing by the defense. The unit did well to limit Aaron Rodgers, who completed just 48.5 percent of his passes, which was his lowest completion rate since Week 9 of the 2012 season when he completed 46.7 percent of his passes against the Arizona Cardinals.

What hurt the defense was their sloppiness. There was an array of missed tackles that resulted in big plays. There was a play in the first quarter that resulted in the first touchdown of the game. It was a fourth-and-4 and Rodgers completed the pass to Davante Adams. Adams took it in and took cornerback Buster Skrine for a three-yard ride for a touchdown.

Early in the third quarter, Rodgers completed a pass to Davante Adams. Kyle Fuller slipped on the cold turf and Adams turned it into a 34-yard gain. Later on the drive, Aaron Jones had a 21-yard run in which he broke three tackles.

On the next drive, Rodgers completed a pass to Jake Kumerow along the sideline. Again, there were three missed tackles on the play and Kumerow had a 49-yard catch and run. That led to another touchdown run to make the score 21-3 and it looked like the rout was on.

To the defense’s credit, they held the Packers the rest of the way and gave the offense an opportunity to come back. It’d be interesting to see how the game turned out if the defense didn’t have so many missed tackles, however.