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Bear Down: Despite late heroics from Cutler, Bears fall to Vikings on last second Field Goal

Jay Cutler can only do so much.

The Bears fall to 2-5 after a crushing loss to the Minnesota Vikings on a last second FG by Blair Walsh.

The Bears secondary failed to cover the sub-par Viking wide receiver core as they drove down the field in the last minute of the fourth quarter.

 

A great example of why this team is at least two years from contending for a Super Bowl. The Bears are short talent and it is showing dramatically.

Jay Cutler took matters into his own hands with under five minutes left in the 4th quarter. Cutler put his head down and ran the ball into the end zone to put the Bears up 19-13.

It was now up the gruesome Bears defense to make a stop and get this team one game under .500. Apparently, Teddy Bridgewater and Stefon Diggs were too much for the Bears secondary as Diggs caught and ran 40 yards for a Viking touchdown.Chicago-Bears-Jeremy-Langford

That of course led to another potential game winning drive for the improved Jay Cutler. With Forte exiting in the third quarter due to a knee injury, rookie Jeremy Langford took over and made a costly mistake.”I just got to focus on that catch first, and then think about running,” said Langford after the loss. Langford’s potential third-down conversion with 1 minute, 10 seconds left in a tie game forced the Bears to punt and led to the Vikings’ game-winning field goal.

Forte hurt his right knee in the third quarter of the Bears’ 23-20 loss. Vikings safety Harrison Smith had tackled him on a screen pass. Forte walked slowly to the locker room, flanked by team medical staff, and did not return. Bears coach John Fox said of RB Matt Forte: “They did the evaluation and they have an idea, but I hate to speculate.”

 

Report per Jay Glazer, NFL insider, says Bears don’t think it’s an ACL. May be MCL.

 

Again, we will not know for sure until the MRI on Monday.

This could be huge as the trade deadline approaches for Fortes value as reports are that teams may be looking to acquire him. Forte,29, is in the final year of his deal and will want a lot of money this coming off-season.

The big story coming out of Sunday’s game is actually Jeremy Langford. Despite the dropped ball in the fourth, he ran for 46 yards on 12 carries. The Bears coaches have faith in Langford as he is an explosive back and could potentially be the future of the Bears backfield.

As the Bears game was disappointing, fans should or now need to realize it’s a rebuilding year. The Bears have a new defense and we have already seen two big players leave in Allen and Bostic and more may come. It is obvious they are finding players that fit the system and only few will pass the test.

It is the same concept for the offense. Jay Cutler really isn’t the long term answer at quarterback, forte is going to be 30 years old and would take a huge cap hit. The Bears O-line has been a problem for years now and new talent is needed more than ever.

The staff is here. The front office is here. But the players are not. It will take time but beats fans hang in there. It’s only the beginning of a new era in Chicago. As always, #BearDown.

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