By Carlos Nazario
The Chicago Bears lost to the Kansas City Chiefs 10-3. That statement hurts. What hurts even more is the fact that Matt Forte, who accounts for over half the Bears offense this season, came out of the game with a knee sprain. He will be out 2 to 3 games with a sprained MCL. Add that to Jay Cutler’s thumb injury and the two biggest pieces of the Bears offense are out at a time they are making a playoff push.
Caleb Hanie went 11-24 for 134 yards and 3 more interceptions. That makes 6 interceptions in two games for Hanie. In the previous 11 games, Cutler threw just 7 interceptions. Hanie was called upon to manage the game, limit turnovers, and have the running game and defense take control. It has yet to happen.
This was an ugly game with two backup quarterbacks who struggled. At least Tyler Palko was able to lead one drive into the end zone. It was a Hail Mary Pass, but that ended up being the difference.
Forte’s injury was first feared to be a torn ACL and that he would be lost for the season. After further examination, however, the sprain was diagnosed. It is an injury similar to the one Cutler suffered in last season’s NFC Championship game.
Even with a 2 game losing streak and key players out, the Bears actually moved UP in the playoff standings. Before Cutler’s injury, the Bears had the 6th and final seed in the NFC. Detroit, Atlanta, and New York, all teams fighting for those two wild card spots, have also had key losses in the last 2=3 weeks and now the Bears are the 5th seed. They own tiebreakers over Detroit and Atlanta, so if there is a tie the Bears come out pretty well.
Head coach Lovie Smith acknowledged the Bears’ position in his press conferense. “We know about the disappointment…but we still control what happens to us this season. We’re going to the 4th quarter of our season… and it’s about what you do in the 4th quarter.”
The Bears are entering the 4th quarter of this season literally battered and bruised. They are looking to hold on and hopefully make it to the playoffs where the stars may come back and lead the way deep into the postseason. As of now, there is still some hope, but less each week. Hopefully Cutler and Forte make the trip to Denver next week and maybe have Tebow touch them so they can be healed quickly.