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Bear Down: Zach Miller lifts Bears over struggling Chargers


This was not your typical prime time Monday Night Football game.


The Chicago Bears and the San Diego Chargers came into this game with only two wins a piece. Both team have dealt with injury this season to stars of their teams which has led to their poor records.

The Bears, without Matt Forte, Eddie Royal, Shea McClellin and Kevin White, are glad to have Alshon Jeffery back in full force. Jeremy Langford got his first start in the NFL tonight as he could very well be the future of the Bears backfield.

Over to the Chargers, Keenan Allen is on season ending IR with a hip injury and Malcom Floyd left early with a injury.  The offensive line is also banged up which has been a common occurrence over the past few seasons.

The Chargers struck first on a 14 yard TD pass from Rivers to Woodhead.


SidLuckmanThe talk of Jay Cutler improving has been the storyline for the Bears so far this year. He is doing well in Adam Gase’s offense even when he had Marquess Wilson and Joshua Bellamy as his top WRs at one point.


Coming into tonight, Jay Cutler was tried with Sid Luckman for all time passing touchdowns in Bears history.

In the second quarter after a big gain by Alshon Jeffery, cutler threw a 1 yard TD pass to TE Martellus Bennett for touchdown 138 to become the Bears all time leader in passing touchdowns.

It wasn’t until the 4th quarter that the Bears found the end zone once again and it came from rookie Jeremy Langford.

Jeremy Langford had himself a game. He finished with 72 yards on the ground with 1 TD and 70 receiving yards on three catches.


Now how did the Bears get the lead you may ask? It was the ridiculous catch from TE Zach Miller. That TD catch was also his first in four years and it came at the right time.  In case you missed it or want to watch it again here it is.  


While the offense did its job, it was the Bears defense that finished the job and sealed the victory. Remember, this defense lost them the game last week by letting the Vikings storm down the field and kick the game winning field goal.

lamarr-houston-nfl-chicago-bearsLamarr Houston, missed most of last year with a torn ACL, has not seen much playing time this year.  But Monday night was just another day at the office.

Houston sacked Philip Rivers twice on the final drive for the Chargers.  On 3rd and 23, Tracey Porter broke up a long pass by Rivers which led to an incomplete hail mary pass knocked down by Chicago.  

The Bears are now 3-5 as they will travel to 4-4 St. Louis next Sunday. The Bears defense will have its hands full as they will have to contain rookie sensation Todd Gurley. Gurley already has 664 yards and four touchdowns this season. Kevin White is doing light workouts but is doubtful to even see a down this season.


This Bears team has shown sparks of greatness but their playoff chances are not high. However, 4 of their last 8 games are against below .500 teams. On the flip side, the Bears have to travel to Green Bay, host Peyton Manning, and play the surprising 6-2 Minnesota Vikings. I think it will be a 5-11 season since injuries continue to hurt this team and the defense is short talent at multiple positions.  


As always, Bear Down.


Quick game stats

Chicago Bears

Jay Cutler: 27/40 345 yards 2 TD 1 INT ( INT returned for a TD)

Jeremy Langford: 18 carries for 72 yards 1 TD 30 receiving yards

Alshon Jeffery: 10 catches 151 yards

Martellus Bennett: 8 catches 57 yards 1 TD


Jonathan Anderson: 12 tackles

Christian Jones: 7 tackles 1 pass defended

Lamarr Houston: 2 sacks 4 QB hits

San Diego Chargers 

Philip Rivers: 26/42 280 yards 1 TD

Danny Woodhead: 6 carries 33 yards; 78 receiving yards 1 TD

Antonio Gates: 6 catches 69 yards


Jason Verrett: 68 yard INT return

Melvin Ingram: 5 tackles 1 sack 2 QB hits  


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