Chicago Bears Winners & Losers: Week 5 Jeremy Stoltz
Oct 14 2016 by Marjorie Miles
Jay Cutler and Brian Hoyer #2 of the Chicago Bears walk off of the field following the 29-23 loss to the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium on October 9, 2016 in Indianapolis, Indiana. They're also winless at 0-4 against the number in their last four games after accumulating more than 350 total yards in their previous game. But if Royal can't play - and he didn't practice Wednesday - Meredith and Bellamy have to do better than they have so far.
The Colts scored the first four times they had the football, and it didn't really ultimately matter that three of those four times they were forced to settle for field goals. Meredith has only 17 catches for 172 yards in his National Football League career thus far, but he could be posed for a breakout performance with the injuries in front of him.
Here are five Bears who shined in the Week 5 loss, and five Bears whose performances left a lot to be desired.
So why did offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains only run him 16 times for 118 yards in Indy when it was clear handing the ball to him 24 or more times was probably the best way to win the game and quite possibly would have?
At 33, Robert Mathis is a once great pass rusher who isn't any more, and D'Qwell Jackson has lost a step and a half at linebacker. He's the first Bears ball carrier since Matt Forte in 2013 to accomplish the feat.
So while the five overall sacks look nice, the pressure just wasn't consistent enough against a bad offensive line to keep Luck from beating them. Chicago won the last two regular-season games, posting a 29-13 win at Lucas Oil Stadium on September 7, 2008 and later notching a 41-21 victory at Soldier Field on September 9, 2012.
On the play, tight end Jack Doyle took a safety with him toward the sideline, leaving Hilton with a one-on-one matchup with cornerback Jacoby Glenn on a post pattern. Indianapolis' 2015 campaign went off the rails when it became clear the team could not protect quarterback Andrew Luck, who eventually went down with a lacerated kidney, and it looks like little has changed as the former Pro-Bowler is on pace to be sacked 60 times this year. And he tied a career high with 17 points.
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Third-round rookie Jonathan Bullard had his best game as a pro. The Carolina Panthers went from 7-9 in 2002 when he took the job to 11-5 and the Super Bowl the following season. He continues to impress and his 57-yard run in the second half was a thing of beauty.
Including last season, the Bears have allowed nine of their last 10 opponents to score 21 or more points. At least for the Bears, they won with Hoyer under center and Jordan Howard in the backfield. You can't see right now, but I've got the tea kettle going. In actuality, the Colts left Jeffery single covered and he appeared to be open heading to the end zone.
Indianapolis tacked on its final points on Adam Vinatieri's fifth field goal of the game without a miss, a 46-yarder with 3:43 to play, after recovering a Cameron Meredith fumble.
Luck completed 28 of 39 passes for 322 yards with two TDs, no interceptions and a 113.4 rating.
BEARS special teams continue to be shaky, allowing 85-yard punt return for a TD.
From his days as a young scout in St. Louis during the "Greatest Show on Turf" era, Colts general manager Ryan Grigson learned the value of wide receivers who are quick off the line of scrimmage and can gain separation from defensive backs.
He entered on the first play of the fourth quarter after starter Patrick Robinson left with a knee injury.