One week after replacing Mitchell Trubisky and leading one of the most improbable comebacks in recent memory, Nick Foles and the Chicago Bears offense completely fell apart on Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts. The Bears couldn’t run the ball, the offensive line couldn’t protect the quarterback and it looked like coach Matt Nagy had no answers for the number one defense in the NFL as the bears fell out of the ranks of the unbeatens 19-11 in week 4.
Many fans believed Matt Nagy pulled Mitchell Trubisky too soon this season when he benched him in the second half last week, and they may be right. Foles looked every bit as inaccurate as Trubisky has been, missing receivers that were open all over the field. 11 points is the best they could do with a guy who was supposed to be the answer at quarterback? Give the colts defense credit, they are the number one defense in the NFL for a reason. They showed it today holding David Montgomery to just 27 yards on 10 carries and Nick Foles averaged a measly 5.6 yards per attempt, more Trubisky-like numbers.
There was no magical fourth quarter comeback this time as Colts quarterback Phillip Rivers, making his 228th consecutive start, managed the game well after throwing a touchdown on the opening drive. More importantly for Rivers and the Colts is that he committed Zero turnovers for the first time with Indianapolis. All in all he was 16-29 for 190 yards and a touchdown and rookie running back Johnathan Taylor led all runners with 68 yards.
The Bears were barely able to even get into field goal range for the first three quarters Sunday and Foles was intercepted on one of the only trips the team made to the Redzone. The only bright spot for Chicago was Allen Robinson who caught 7 balls for 101 yards and a score. The Colts seemingly had every eligible receiver in the state of Indiana catching passes for them Sunday.
Whether Nick Foles fares better against other opponents remains to be seen but Chicago obviously missed Trubisky’s ability to extend plays against the stingy defense of the Colts. Chicago probably played worse than their 3-0 start showed, and it caught up to them this week. The Colts looked like a completely different team compared to the one who lost to the Jaguars in week one. It’s a long season, and both teams could look completely different from what they are now in a few weeks time. One thing is for sure, the Bears still don’t have an answer at Quarterback and the Colts defense is for real.
Looking ahead to next week, Indianapolis will look to extend their winning streak when they go up against the Cleveland Browns, and Chicago will look to get back in the saddle and figure out a way to generate more offense than they have so far when they take on Tom Brady and Tampa Bay on Thursday night.
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