The Bears fooled us again into thinking they are an elite team like the Packers. For 10 more observations, click through the gallery.
1. The most consecutive plays the Bears ran without a negative one was six, in the first half — five of them were runs.
2. Michael Bush’s one-yard loss and Gabe Carimi’s unnecessary roughness penalty for retaliating against A.J. Hawk in the aftermath ended that streak and threw the Bears off track.
3. How come they never catch the first guy or the third guy? Not only did Hawk shove Carimi first, but the Packers Morgan Burnett gave Carimi a love tap after Carimi shoved Hawk.
4. Even worse than Clay Matthews deflecting a screen pass to Matt Forte for an incomplete — the misdirection on the play fooled none of the Packers. It was doomed even if the pass was completed.
5. When Packers LB D.J. Smith sacked Jay Cutler on the Bears’ first offensive play of the game, the Bears lost all three one-on-one pass-protection battes: Forte, Webb and Chris Spencer.
6. It’s never a good sign for an offense that even Earl Bennett can’t get open. Cutler was intercepted three times trying to hit Bennett — that’s as many picks as Cutler has thrown trying to find Bennett in the last two seasons (21 games).
7. Wasn’t Evan Rodriguez supposed to be an athletic TE who could block Clay Matthews better than Chris Williams or any other guard? Rodriguez is Tyler Clutts, a fullback used almost exclusively on running plays.
8. Lance Briggs had the second-biggest drop of the game for the Bears — his missed interception could have turned into a big play for the Bears, trailing 10-0 late in the first half.
9. If Brandon Marshall can’t make that catch in the end zone nine times out of 10, he’s not the difference-maker they’re looking for. The Bears have enough receivers who can make big catches against the Colts and miss them against the Packers.
10. It looked like the Packers only had to block two players to spring Tom Crabtree for a 27-yard TD on the fake field goal — Eric Weems and Chris Conte.