Weather slows but cannot stop Chicago Bears

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Updated: November 17, 2013
Violent thunderstorms delayed the game and left the field in disarray, but the Chicago Bears managed to escape with a 23-20 overtime victory.

Violent thunderstorms delayed the game and left the field in disarray, but the Chicago Bears managed to escape with a 23-20 overtime victory.

Note: Before we get into talking about the game, I just want to take a moment to extend our thoughts, prayers, and well wishes to those affected by the tornadoes in Illinois and Northern Indiana that took place during the game this afternoon.  The rough weather was a stark reminder that some things are more important than football, and all of us here at WCS sincerely hope the rebuilding will be quick and relatively painless for those who lost their homes.

Recap

It was one of the most unusual games you will see, but the Chicago Bears aren’t complaining after a 38-yard Robbie Gould field goal gave them a 23-20 overtime victory over the Baltimore Ravens.

Baltimore jumped out to a quick 10-0 lead, but play was halted in the first quarter due to inclement weather. When action resumed two hours later, it was apparent the Bears had used the break to get themselves ready to play football.

An incredibly sloppy field and a very strong wind dominated most of the second half, leading to some ugly football by everyone involved.

Chicago was up 20-17 for most of the fourth quarter, but Baltimore kicked the tying field goal as time expired to force overtime.

The Bears defense held on Baltimore’s first possession, and a 43-yard strike from quarterback Josh McCown to tight end Martellus Bennett set the Bears up for Gould’s game winning kick.

Studs

Defensive end Julius Peppers was a monster in this game, recording 11 tackles, four tackles for loss, and two sacks.

Rookie defensive end David Bass made a great interception of Baltimore quarterback Joe Flacco, which he returned for a touchdown to help keep the Chicago Bears in the game in the first half.

Rookie linebacker Jon Bostic continued his positive progression, making five tackles—one for loss—and grabbing a nifty interception to help the Bears score right before halftime.

Cornerback Tim Jennings was magnificent in coverage, repeatedly forcing incompletions (and often punts) by blanketing his receiver.

On offense, running back Matt Forte had a big day, carrying the ball 18 times for 83 yards while also grabbing five catches for 42 yards and a touchdown.

Quarterback Josh McCown had another solid relief appearance, avoiding turnovers and doing what needed to be done to move the offense in sloppy conditions.

Wide receiver Alshon Jeffery was the most consistent pass catcher, grabbing seven balls on 11 targets for 83 yards; he also added three rushes for 17 yards.

Duds

Chicago’s run defense was once again abysmal. Baltimore entered the game averaging 2.8 yards per carry and only 70 yards per contest — but rushed for 174 yards and 4.2 yards per carry today.

Cornerback Zach Bowman had a miserable day stepping in for the injured Charles Tillman; he struggled in coverage and had three big penalties.

The biggest dud of the day has to go to Soldier Field itself, which provided absolutely horrible playing conditions. There is no legitimate reason why the grass—which is consistently terrible, especially with the frequent weather issues in Chicago—has not been replaced by turf.

Injuries

Defensive tackle Stephen Paea left in the first half with a toe injury and did not return. Cornerback Tim Jennings briefly left the game in the fourth quarter with a stomach injury. Running back Matt Forte left the field and appeared to be shaken up on the last offensive play of the game.

What’s next

This was a huge win for the Chicago Bears as they improved to 6-4, and it took on added significance since the Detroit Lions also lost to fall to 6-4. The Lions beat the Bears twice this year, so they still are in first place in the NFC North due to the head-to-head tiebreaker, but Chicago’s chances of winning the division definitely improved today.

The Chicago Bears hit the road this week to take on the St. Louis Rams (4-6). This begins a crucial stretch in which the Bears have four of five games on the road, all against teams with sub-.500 records.  Road games are never easy, but the Bears will have to come out on top in the majority of those games if they want to make a late-season playoff run.

About the author(s)

Johnathan Wood is a passionate fan of the Chicago Bears, Bulls, Blackhawks, Cubs, and Northwestern Wildcats. He enjoys being the beat writer for the Bears at Water Cooler Sports and being obnoxiously unapologetic about how his favorite teams are more awesome than yours. Feel free to email him at if you have any comments or suggestions. Connect with .

3444 comments
SDL
SDL

And in the category of "Dumbest Shit of the Day" I nominate NST for this gem:

"t would be incredibly stupid for Rodgers to try and play by thanksgiving given the severity of his injury. Any fans rooting for that needs to rethink that hope unless they want Rodgers to actually break his collarbone instead of having a fracture"

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If anyone had the slightest doubt before this post, you have removed every shred.

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You have no fucking idea what you're talking about.

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Fact.  Period.

NightStalkerThief
NightStalkerThief

It would be incredibly stupid for Rodgers to try and play by thanksgiving given the severity of his injury. Any fans rooting for that needs to rethink that hope unless they want Rodgers to actually break his collarbone instead of having a fracture

thebaskett
thebaskett

the vikings left christen ponder on the field.. their true record is 8-2

andylet445
andylet445

the packers left 22 points on the field.  True Score Packers 35 giants 27.  t

true standing

1) bears

2) packers

3) lions

4) vikings.

Lions 49 Packers 7
Lions 49 Packers 7

Lions left 25 points on the field in the rain. True score Lions 52 Steelers 30

bp.
bp. moderator

 New post.  But quickly: apparently he break was not very severe, so recovery time is not that long, and if it recovers, then it recovers, and waiting another week doesn't matter, since it is already recovered.

So it all depends on recovery.

Capische?

Preparation_A
Preparation_A moderator

  

sigh...

a fracture is a break/a break is a fracture

bp.
bp. moderator

 Do I have to?

Tearloch
Tearloch

So, the Giants didn't leave any points on the field, or are you doing the LKP analysis (aka what if my team did something total different and the opponent did exactly the same thing).

Preparation_A
Preparation_A moderator

Fucking announcers during the Badger game on Saturday. After showing a clip of Darrel Bevell they then remarked on Tolzien starting this week for the Pack, and one said "You know, Wisconsin has produced a lot of underrated QBs in the last 15 or so years. Joel Stave, same thing."

No you assholes. Not even close. Stave sucks.

tmonson78
tmonson78 moderator

 the next Tom Brady.

LambeauOrWrigley
LambeauOrWrigley

 Did you know....Tolzien was....

6 for 6 on passes 15+ yards downfield.

All INTs on passes less than 10 yards

8 comp on 9 targets with Jordy

6 comp on 8 targets with Boykin

So....two things are not working

2 comp on 6 targets with Jones

Short passes...

bp.
bp. moderator

 Matt Flynn.

Kuato Face
Kuato Face moderator

 True score: Real fans 100, Lions homers 0

Lions 49 Packers 7
Lions 49 Packers 7

Rain caused overthrow to Bush, overthrow to Ogletree, overthrow to Pettigrew and poor throws from the 1 yard line 3 times. And of course fake FG never happens if one of those others is a score. It's a regular field goal.

52 points sucka

thenichels
thenichels

 Our faith in humanity has been restored.

NightStalkerThief
NightStalkerThief

A fracture is not the same as a complete break. Educate yourself

Lions 49 Packers 7
Lions 49 Packers 7

  Lions forced incompletions. Steelers got lucky with rain overthrows

andylet445
andylet445

  this comes directly from the book of LKP

bp.
bp. moderator

 True story bro.  Stave <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<< Tolzien <<< Wilson.

Preparation_A
Preparation_A moderator

So did Bevell. Tolzien may be the best of the three.

bp.
bp. moderator

  He was pretty good.  The issue was, when he threw an incompletion, it was an INT more often than not.

One of those was a great play by JPP.  Two were horrible decisions.  He needs help from the running game.

Donny33
Donny33

  because they totally didn't see longer passes coming because moobs.

NightStalkerThief
NightStalkerThief

I said actually break, let's try to use our context clues here

Preparation_A
Preparation_A moderator

  

Did this just happen? Do you have any idea what I do for a living?

And you didn't say "complete break".

SDL
SDL

  

... and his release is a mile long and in slow motion

Preparation_A
Preparation_A moderator

   

Nice!

Yeah this dude thought I was Sorgi but pretending not to be because I didn't want to talk to "my public".

bp.
bp. moderator

  That's a great story.

Yeah, I meant Sorgi.  I met him a few times because I roomed with an offensive lineman.  He loved Nelly, particularly "Ride wit me."

Preparation_A
Preparation_A moderator

   

Sorgi? Sucked. I was mistaken for him on State St once, and then called an asshole because I claimed not to be him.

bp.
bp. moderator

 Who was the guy who played for the Colts?  He may have been close to as bad as Stave.

Preparation_A
Preparation_A moderator

   

Stave's passes look like soft farts in the wind.

Kuato Face
Kuato Face moderator

  Lions expert predicted 16-0 Lions team last season if you go by his weekly predictions. They went 4-12. I am not inclined to believe anything that "Lions expert" says.

andylet445
andylet445

  wind, crowd noise, gloves, and now RAIN.  is there nothing that gets to stafford?

Lions 49 Packers 7
Lions 49 Packers 7

  Plus a non call PI on Ryan Clark on Calvin on 3rd and 5 before the fake FG. Total bullshit