Chicago Bears – Season 2014 Game reviews
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Chicago Bears performance in NFL season 2014
The Chicago Bears failed to qualify for playoffs after being removed from the competition in week fourteen, so Chicago Bears live streaming is only available again in NFL season 2015. NFL season 2014 was their 4th consecutive season without making it past the postseason table. NFL 2014 was the franchise’s 95th season. After losing a season opener game against Buffalo Bills, they managed to win their next two consecutive games with the help of manager Phil Emery.
However, this was the only week that they managed to finish with straight wins. They later fell to a 3-5 loss in the final week, having lost 3 consecutive games by several touchdowns. Consequently giving their opponents more than 50-points, most of which were in the games between the Green Bay Packers and New England Patriots.
NFL 2014 Week 17: Chicago Bears at Minnesota Vikings on Sunday, December 28, 1:00 PM, Mall of America Field
While neither team had anything to play for, the Chicago Bears and Minnesota Vikings always play each other tough. The two long time rivals always want to beat each other, and Sunday was no exception. The Bears quarterback Jay Cutler came back after his one game benching and did not turn the ball over, however the offense seemed out of sync all day. The Bears could only accumulate 254 yards of total offense and 12 total first downs. Running back Matt Forte only rushed for 51 yards and star receiver Alshon Jeffery had 2 receptions for 34 yards. This late season collapse by the Bears which led them to a 5 and 10 record, there worst in 10 years.
These results would lead to the firing of Bears coach Marc Trestman after just two years. On the other side, the Vikings finished 7 and 9 under first year coach Mike Zimmer. Rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater had another decent day, throwing for 209 yards and the go ahead 44-yard pass in the fourth. Bridgewater finished his rookie year with 2919 yards passing, 14 touchdowns and 12 interceptions in only 13 games. Overall Bridgewater finished with a 6 and 6 record and has Vikings fans looking towards the future in a positive light. Another future star, Matt Asiata rushed for 91 yards and the Vikings seem to be building something towards next season.
NFL 2014 Week 16: Chicago Bears vs Detroit Lions on Sunday, December 21, 1:00 PM, Soldier Field
The Bears came out and played a very traditional game. You knew it would make sense to lean on running back Matt Forte given the fact that Jimmy Claussen was the starting quarterback for the game. The Lions were able to record four sacks in their 17-14 win against the Bears. The Lions still need to find a way to resurrect their kicking game. Matt Prater had a kick blocked that could have been crucial. He admitted to having a couple of wobbly kicks during his pregame warm up sessions as well.
Matthew Stafford was able to overcome two early interceptions by finding Golden Tate consistently in the slot. The Lions were also able to hold the Bears to a limited number of positive plays from their linebackers. Lance Briggs was not able to get off many of the blocks that were laid in front of him by Brandon Pettigrew. You have to wonder whether the Bears played with the kind of enthusiasm that they needed to win. Alshon Jeffrey was able to catch a touchdown pass, that is a positive sign.
NFL 2014 Week 15: Chicago Bears vs New Orleans Saints on Monday, December 15, 8:30 PM, Soldier Field
New Orleans came into the game needing to defeat the Chicago Bears. A win keeps the Saints in first place in the NFC South. The Saints proved to be too much for the Bears, as they took a twenty-four point lead into the fourth quarter. They were never challenged as the bears could only muster fifteen points.
Drew Brees had another outstanding game for the Saints as he completed twenty-nine passes for 375 yards and three touchdowns. Brees spread the ball around to five different receivers. Jimmy Graham and three others caught five passes. Graham accounted for 87 yards, but did not score a touchdown. Marques Colston had sixty-five yards and one touchdown. Brees’ other two touchdowns were caught by Josh Hill.
The Bears struggled throughout this game. Quarterback Jay Cutler threw for 194 yards, two touchdowns, and three interceptions. Matt Forte was kept in check as the star running back did not gain one-hundred total yards. Alshon Jeffery caught four passes for 78 yards and a touchdown, for the Bears lone bright spot of the game.
The Saints are at home to play the Falcons in another NFC South showdown. Chicago will play Detroit at home.
NFL 2014 Week 14: Chicago Bears vs Dallas Cowboys on Thursday, December 04, 8:25 PM, Soldier Field
Dallas Cowboys recorded their 9th win of the season when they outsmarted Chicago Bears 41-28 to solidify their second position as well as pile pressure against pole position holders the Philadelphia Eagles. The night saw DeMarco Murray run an impressive 179 yards as well as a touchdown. Tony Romo also recorded three scores from three throws. He also completed 21 of 26 passes which covered 205 yards. Murray on the other hand is the league leading rusher with 32 carries. He also boosts 9 catches with 49 yards on receiving.
The Bears who lost their star receiver Brandon Marshal to a rib injury had their misery piled up at home by the Cowboys. The Cowboys (9-4) scored 21 unanswered points in the third quarter with the Bears (5-8) rallying behind in the fourth quarter. The Bears now are at risk of missing out on the playoffs for the seventh time in a period of eight years. The Bears now sit fourth in their Division and will be hoping to bounce back when they welcome New Orleans this coming Monday.
The win for the Dallas Cowboys was important when putting into consideration the fact that they lost to Eagles on Thanksgiving Day. They travel to face the Philadelphia Eagles in a match that will certainly indicate the likely winner of the Division.
NFL 2014 Week 13: Chicago Bears at Detroit Lions on Thursday, November 27, 12:30 PM, Ford Field
In a game that the Detroit Lions took the field without their versatile running back Reggie Bush, they scored their second highest point total of the season against an NFC North rival. And they did so after the Bears go out on top of them early in the Thanksgiving day game. After an early drive and a strip-sack-fumble-recovery combo by Jared Allen turned into a touchdown, the Lions were down 14-3 before the first quarter was out. Things looked grim for a team trying to beat out Green Bay for the top spot in the division.
But thanks some stout play by the Lions defense and a pair of Calvin Johnson touchdowns, the Lions came storming back to take a 24-14 lead going into halftime. After that, the Bears struggled to find any rhythm with two Jay Cutler interceptions and not a single rushing first down all game. Chicago’s defense also couldn’t find an answer for Matthew Stafford and his receiving core, as he posted 390 passing yards with no interceptions. After dropping back-to-back games to Arizona and New England, Detroit now sits one game behind the Packers in the division standings.
NFL 2014 Week 12: Chicago Bears vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday, November 23, 1:00 PM, Soldier Field
Lovie Smith was the master architect of Chicago’s defense during his tenure lasting nine years at the Bears. However, his return to with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers was not to be as memorable as he probably might have intended, having to endure the misery of watching his charges fall to his once Bears philosophy. Trailing 10 – 0 at the restart the Bears scored 14 points in the third quarter from takeaways to beat the Buccaneers 21-13.
Marc Trestman full of praise for his boys on the four big takeaways was not in an apologetic mood after the game, having been quoted saying that the Bears would not be apologizing for the takeaways neither would they be sorry for short fields that they benefited from. Several Bears Defenders also felt that the slight drizzle at kickoff helped with the taking away of the ball. Ryan Mundy said that it was their game plan to go for the takeover especially since with bad weather the forwards have a rough time handling the ball. Forte was the Bears Hero with two touch downs in 1:49 but collectively as a team it was a beautiful 2 points in the basket to build on.
NFL 2014 Week 11: Chicago Bears vs Minnesota Vikings on Sunday, November 16, 1:00 PM, Soldier Field
The Minnesota Vikings came out with guns blazing but lost steam to lose 13-21 to their hosts, Chicago Bears. The Bears were given a big scare in the first quarter, going down 0-10 to their guests, the Vikings. This must have shaken them out of slumber because in the second quarter, they repaid the Vikings in kind, winning the quarter 14-0. The third quarter was a tough affair for both teams, each trying to out do the other. It ended at 0-0. In the final and penultimate quarter, it was the hosts who once again showed their mettle, prevailing to win it 7-3.
The results only helped to level the season records for both teams. Both of them are at 4-6, a record of below average performers.However, it was the Bears who had the last laugh for several reasons. One, this was their first home victory of the season. Secondly, it was only their second victory in seven matches. This was a morale booster for them and evidence that they still have what it takes to win matches. Both teams have their work cut out. They need to sharpen their offenses and defenses as they prepare to face their upcoming opponents.
NFL 2014 Week 10: Chicago Bears at Green Bay Packers on Sunday, November 09, 8:30 PM, Lambeau Field
The Green Bay Packers scored early and often in this inter divisional game. Aaron Rodgers first touchdown came with six minutes left in the first quarter, by the time he was replaced in the middle of the third quarter by back up Matt Flynn. Rodgers had thrown for 315 yards and six touchdowns. Rodgers main target on the day was Jordy Nelson, whom caught six passes for 152 yards and two touchdowns. The second leading receiver on the team Randall Cobb caught four passes for seventy-two yards and a touchdown.
The defense accounted for a score as Casey Hayward intercepted Bears quarterback Jay Cutler and ran it in for an eighty-two yards. The Packers also forced three turnovers, and sacked the Bears quarterback four times.
Cutler threw for 272 yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions. The quarterbacks top target was Brandon Marshall, as the receiver caught eight passes for 112 yards. Marshall caught Cutler’s only touchdown pass. The Bears top offensive threat Matt Forte rushed for fifty-four yards and no touchdowns, and caught three passes for twenty-seven yards.
The Bears defense did not sack either one of the Packers quarterbacks and caused one turnover.
The Bears are going to have a tough match up as they face the surging Minnesota Vikings. The Packers are playing the surprising Philadelphia Eagles.
NFL 2014 Week 8: Chicago Bears at New England Patriots on Sunday, October 26, 1:00 PM, Gillette Stadium
The New England Patriots chalked up their sixth victory of the season in style, mauling the Chicago Bears 51-23. This is one of their biggest victories this season. They simply sounded the alarm bell for their next opponents, who should be scratching their heads ahead of week nine fixtures. The Patriots made good use of their home ground and fans to extend their victories this season to six, condemning the Bears to their fifth loss of the season. The Bears remain with three victories only this season, and if they don’t do anything to improve their game, their fourth victory will be hard to come by.
In this game, the Bears were clueless and hopeless. Their defense was literally absent, with the Patriots in total command and control of the game from the first whistle to the last whistle. The Patriots started the game explosively, with their offense running rings around the Bears defense. It wasn’t surprising that they took the first and second quarters 7-0 and 31-7 respectively. However, the Bears tried hard to fight back in the third and fourth quarters, but it was too late to overturn the final result. They took the last two quarters 8-7 and 8-6 respectively, to go down with one of their biggest loss margins of the season.
NFL 2014 Week 7: Chicago Bears vs Miami Dolphins on Sunday, October 19, 1:00 PM, Soldier Field
After last week’s heartbreaking loss on the fake spike, Miami set out to try their hand against another NFC North opponent in the Chicago Bears. Miami QB Ryan Tannehill did not waste any time, and he looked completely different compared to last week. He completed his first 14 passes to a Chicago team that looked lost, and finished 25-for-32, 277 yards, and 2 touchdowns, as the Dolphins got back to .500 after defeating Da Bears in Chicago 27-14. Jay Cutler is quickly becoming too much of a gunslinger. He is making poor throws trying to force the ball through traffic, but he is also not making up for it.
He is adopting the same play style as Brett Favre; only issue is he isn’t making up for his interceptions. After there was some controversy over the position in Miami, Ryan Tannehill has played at least good over his last three games. He still has a long way to go, but if a few more things start clicking for him and the Dolphins they could be a contender in the near future. This year, likely not, but this is the NFL, where anything can happen. They still have another game against the Patriots as well against the Bills, who they can never seem to beat no matter how mediocre they are doing.
NFL 2014 Week 6: Chicago Bears at Atlanta Falcons on Sunday, October 12, 1:00 PM, Georgia Dome
This match up saw Devin Hester looking to get a little bit of payback at the expense of his former team. The wide receiver/kick returner extraordinaire has become a larger part of the Falcon’s offensive look than he ever did during his tenure with the Bears. However, the Bears got the better of this battle, winning 27 to 13 and holding Hester to 23 yards on 1 reception.
For Jay Cutler, it was a much-needed stellar performance after a pair of disappointing second halves in previous weeks. He threw for 381 yards and one touchdown to Josh Morgan. Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffrey, having battled injuries over the past month, both chipped in with 100+ efforts.
As usual for the Bears, the star was Matt Forte. 80 yards rushing, 77 yards receiving and two touchdowns are proof of the impact he had on the game last Sunday.
For the Falcons, Matt Ryan looked uncharacteristically stumped by the lagging Bears secondary, completing only 19 of 37 passes. As a result, the offense never seemed to get going. Marquee receivers Julio Jones and Roddy White had a significant number of dropped passes, further complicating affairs for the offense. This is bad news for the Falcons, who have a tough road game schedule ahead of them.
NFL 2014 Week 5: Chicago Bears at Carolina Panthers on Sunday, October 05, 1:00 PM, Bank of America Stadium
The Panthers had had a not so good last two outings. They were in dire need of a spark from this game. Another loss would have been devastating for the Carolina Panthers. Cam Newton was indeed the pivot man for the game managing to throw a good 255 yards he is quoted saying, “this was not panic time, because we have been in these situations before”.
Newton did provide a good advantage for the Panthers, with his second touchdown the mood was set for the home team to clearly lock this win.
They actually managed an impressive defense show managing to force four turnovers form the bears. They managed to overcome a clear 14point margin at half time as they were trailing 21-7. True to say the Bears were looking to cause more damage with Lance Briggs interception. The momentum was building with Carolina forcing three defense turnovers at ago. The most trying moment for this game came when they tied ay 24. However, the chances Panthers utilized came haunting the Bears with Newton and Benjamin proving quite useful in providing the much needed utility.
Cornerback Isaiah Frey did cause a number of ripples from the Bears side, but this did not match the overall damage the Panthers were making.
Bears coach Trestman in quoted admitting that they actually failed to make the second half count on all the three phases. Well I guess the boys did not want a win after all.
NFL 2014 Week 4: Chicago Bears vs Green Bay Packers on Sunday, September 28, 1:00 PM, Soldier Field
Chicago Bears failed to utilize their home ground advantage to go 3-1 up, losing 38-17 to visiting Packers. They lost steam as the game progressed, drawing 7-7 in the first quarter and losing 10-14 in the second. In the last two quarters, they couldn’t manage anything, going down 0-10 and 0-7 respectively. After losing 19-7 to Detroit Lions last week, the Packer managed 358 yards, a remarkable improvement from the 223 yards they amassed last week. This was their fifth consecutive victory over the Bears at the Soldier Field. This includes the NFC title decider four years ago.
This game made history as the second game in the history of the NFL without a Punt. The only other one was played on 13th Sep in 1992 between San Fransisco and Buffalo. It is also the victory in the game that made Packers the only other side apart from Bears to have managed over 700 regular season victories. Bears lead with 732. Both teams are now at 2-2 each. It was a very crucial victory for the packers. At least now the fans may relax. The question is, will they keep up with the winning ways? Will the Bears bounce back to winning ways?
NFL 2014 Week 3: Chicago Bears at New York Jets on Monday, September 22, 8:30 PM, MetLife Stadium
The Jets were not able to get off to a quick start, given that Geno Smith’s first pass was intercepted by Bears defensive back Ryan Mundy, the interception was run back for a touchdown. The Bears were able to win by a 27-19 score. The Bears were able to win game despite the fact that Brandon Marshall only caught one pass all night. Matt Forte wasn’t really able to get the traditional running game going either, but he was able to catch a few passes out of the backfield.
Martellus Bennett was able to gash the Jets defense for some big plays from the tight end position. We can begin to see the Jets secondary begin to come together with the likes of Dee Millner and Calvin Pryor, but they may not be having a lot of success at this juncture. Alshon Jeffrey and Santonio Holmes were able to pick up the slack for the Bears within the passing game. In fact, Jeffrey was able to gain over one hundred yards in the game. Bears defensive end Jared Allen was also able to pressure Geno Smith, and this can be part of the reason why Smith was not able to make some key throws late in the game. The Bears are continuing to progress as a team, the Jets on the other hand may be searching for answers.
NFL 2014 Week 2: Chicago Bears at San Francisco 49ers on Sunday, September 14, 8:30 PM, Levi’s Stadium
The game between Chicago Bears and San Francisco 49ers took place at the new Levi’s Stadium which is estimated to be worth a whooping 1.2 billion dollars. The game took place on Sunday, 14th of September 2014 at 8.30pm ET. The Bears won 28-20 away from home game over the 49ers. The Bears started off badly in the first half with Chicago outdoing them 197-93 and out penalizing them at 10-7 for 85 yards lost. Despite all this the Bear still managed to beat the 49ers as the stepped up in the second half with Jay Cutler throwing three touchdowns and the defense stepping up forcing two huge interceptions from Colin Kaepernick who is a quarterback. San Francisco 49ers continue with the shoot at their own foots with penalties and turnovers. The Bears who were at 1-1 went home victorious despite a few injuries here and there. 49ers Patrick Willis admitted that the loss was huge on them and they had to cut back on the penalties. The win was a way of Chicago to forget the bitter memories of their loss to the Bills in Week 1 at home. It was the first home game the 49ers lost under their couch Jim Haubough who has been serving for four year.
NFL 2014 Week 1: Buffalo Bills at Chicago Bears NFL 2014 on Sunday, September 7, 1:00 PM, Soldier Field
On Sunday, September 7, 2014, at 1 PM EST, the Buffalo Bills played the Chicago Bears at Chicago’s home stadium, Soldier Field. After a Buffalo punt, Chicago struck first, scoring a touchdown off a 12 yard pass from Cutler to Bennett. On Buffalo’s next possession, however, the score was evened at 7 after a 2 yard run by Manuel. In the second quarter, Buffalo scored twice, starting with a 50 yard field goal. Buffalo’s Graham then intercepted Chicago’s quarterback, which, combined with a penalty against Chicago, resulted in good field position for Buffalo. They scored on the next play, with a 7 yard touchdown pass to Spiller, making it 17-7 at halftime. On the first possession of the second half, Chicago scored a 41 yard field goal. An interception by Chicago’s Conte allowed Chicago to regain possession and score a touchdown, which was an 11 yard pass to Marshall by Cutler, tying the score at 17-17. With four minutes left in the fourth quarter, Buffalo managed a 33 yard field goal. However, Chicago managed to score a tying 37 yard field goal with 35 seconds left. In overtime, Chicago was unable to get on the board, while Buffalo scored off a 27 yard field goal, so that Buffalo won, 23-20.
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