Author: Ethan Ament
During these lonely and terrifying times, a lot of us have been looking for new hobbies and activities to pursue. Some people have chosen to take up knitting while others have chosen to start playing a new instrument. However, for many of us it still seems like we are in need of ways to take our minds off of school during our free time. With the surplus of sports that have started or concluded in the last month, many people have started watching a sport for the first time.
For football fans in the Chicago area, after the Bears started with a 5-1 record, it seemed like watching the Bears last Monday night (10/26) could be a great way to join a community of Bears fans while the team was still on the ascend. Instead, if you watched the Bears game that night, you realized that you could have achieved the same amount of excitement from sleeping as you did from watching the game.
If you have not watched a lot of Bears games, the first thing about the Bears that you must know is that the defense is MUCH better than the offense. This characteristic about the Bears was displayed beautifully on Monday night as the offense struggled to do much of anything. The Bears coach, Matt Nagy, seems to feel like the players on offense put in too much effort because the team is constantly punting and giving the offense time to sit on the bench. On almost every drive, the Bears run the ball on first down for a measly one yard. Then after being inspired by the one yard run, they decide to run the ball again for a discouraging two yards. Finally on third down, the Bears seem to have a man open down field every time, but always end up throwing an incomplete pass. If you were watching the Bears on 10/26 and hoped that these terrible possessions were the makings of only one poorly played game, you will be disappointed to hear that this is the team you will see for the rest of the season.
After going down 24-3 in the fourth quarter, it seemed like the Bears were out of the game. Then, miraculously, their defense forced a fumble and scored a touchdown giving me and other fans some glimmer of a potential comeback. Then the Bears offense did their thing and lost 24-10. Yes, that’s correct, the defense scored more points than the offense. I hope that if this was your first game, that you continue to watch and hopefully the offense improves as the season progresses. Yet, I am warning you not to get your hopes up. I can’t wait to see how the Bears fare against the Saints on Sunday.