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November 25, 2013

Chicago Bears November Recap

by Leon Phanrana

The Chicago Bears came into the month of November with a 4-3 record and coming off a bye week before their first game of November, which was a Monday night matchup with bitter rivals the Green Bay Packers. They were also missing starting quarterback Jay Cutler due to an injury. The Bears were able to beat their bitter rivals 27-20 with their backup quarterback, Josh McCown.

The next game they took on the Detroit Lions for the second time of the year and looked for revenge for what happened earlier in the season. This game also saw the return of quarterback Jay Cutler but questions remained which was whether he was 100 percent ready for play or not. Early in the game it seem like he would be fine but later on he would sustain another injury which would remove him from the game at the end. The Bears would lose this game 21-19 giving Detroit control over all tie breakers.

The next week the Bears took on the defending Super Bowl champions the Baltimore Ravens in a rainy and muddy game. This game also saw backup quarterback Josh McCown take over again. The Bears would win this game 23-20 in overtime.

Then the final game of the month saw the Bears go on the road to take on the St.Louis Rams. Backup quarterback Josh McCown was the starting quarterback again for the second straight week. The Bears lost this game 42-21. Ending the month with 6-5 record.

Looking back on this month the Bears really need help both what they can control and what they cannot control to make the Playoffs. One thing they need help on is the defense it seems they just cannot stop the run which was evident by the loss against the Rams. Chicago allowed the Rams to run for a total of 258 yards with an average of 8.9 yards per rush. That is just too much for a defense that has to live with the legacy that they are one always one of the best defense every year. On the offensive side of the ball they seem to be doing fine where they could keep up with other offenses in the league but they need Jay Cutler to do that. Josh McCown did a terrific job in his games as starting qb but to make the playoffs they need Jay. They also need to clean up the penalties they cause because sometimes they would offset scoring plays that would change the momentum of the game. In the final month of the regular season they take on the Minnesota Vikings, Dallas Cowboys (Mon.), Cleveland Browns, Philadelphia Eagles, and lastly the Green Bay Packers.

NFC North Division Standings

Team Name

Win

Loss

Ties

Winning Pct.

Detroit Lions

6

5

0

.545

Chicago Bears

6

5

0

.545

Green Bay Packers

5

5

1

.500

Minnesota Vikings

2

8

1

.227

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