The Bears capped off a disappointing close to their 2015 season with a 24-20 loss to the Detroit Lions on Sunday.
Jay Cutler completed an efficient 17 of 23 passes for 245 yards and two touchdowns, but his three interceptions were the biggest difference in the game.
In fairness to Cutler, his first interception came from a deflected pass breakup in the end zone and his second one was a result from his arm getting hit by a defender while in the pocket. But those interceptions count nonetheless and it resulted in Cutler’s first multiple-interception game of the season.
While Cutler had a rough outing, the same could not be said for his counterpart, Matthew Stafford. The Lions quarterback completed 28 of 39 passes for 298 yards and three touchdowns. He completed passes to eight different receivers and hardly seemed fazed by the four sacks the Bears defense recorded against him.
The Bears did not have an answer for the Stafford to Calvin Johnson connection. ‘Megatron’ caught 10 passes for 137 yards and a score while beating up on the Bears secondary.
In what could be his final game as a Bear, Matt Forte rushed 17 times for 76 yards and caught three passes for 34 yards and a touchdown. Jeremy Langford, Forte’s heir apparent, rushed just five times for 14 yards.
The Bears certainly were undermanned in this one. The team was without Alshon Jeffery, Zach Miller and Eddie Royal — this combined with the usual absences of Kevin White and Martellus Bennett left Cutler with virtually no weapons. The fact that the Bears scored 20 points against the Lions was an accomplishment in itself.
Kudos to the Bears’ run defense, which had struggled all season and allowed the Lions to rush for 155 net yards the first time these teams met this season. This time around, the Bears held the Lions to just 67 net rushing yards.
Six weeks ago, the Bears were riding high with thoughts of a playoff push dancing in their heads following their 17-13 Thanksgiving night victory over the Green Bay Packers. Since that game, the Bears have lost four of five games to close out the season with a 6-10 record.
The Bears will have the 11th pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, and whom the Bears select will be one of the hot topics that awaits this team in the offseason. But perhaps more pressing than that will be whether or not coordinators Adam Gase and Vic Fangio will remain with the team, or leave for greener pastures as head coaches.