The Bears Week 1 Offense Was A Mirage

The Packers host the Bears in Week 2, but a lot of Chicago fans are puffy-chested about beating the 49ers in Week 1.

They’re particularly giddy about their new offense, especially in light of the Packers struggles against Minnesota.

The Packers offense had a dropped touchdown on the first play of the game, got stopped on 4th down a couple feet from the end zone, and ended another drive on 4th down in the red zone. They moved the ball well and came up short at the wrong times – all while playing with an offensive line from the last of misfit toys.

The Bears put up 19 points in a monsoon against the 49ers… put was it really impressive?

Let’s check out their drives. Chicago’s first drive went for -7 yards and the punted. They picked up a first down on their second drive and had an interception. Then, they punted from their own 21, punted from their own 10, and then crossed midfield to punt again. They had 5 first downs and 68 yards total in the first half.

Then, they found success in the second half.

Following a 30 yard kickoff return, Justin Fields scrambled around on 3rd and 10 until the 49ers secondary broke down. He dumped the ball off to Dante Pettis, who ran for a 51 yard score with basically no defense.

On their next drive, they had a nice pass to get started, then failed to convert 3rd down, but got a holding penalty for an automatic 1st down. On the next 3rd down, they got a 15 yard personal foul. Then they got the Equanimeous St. Brown touchdown when the 49ers decided not to cover him.

Another drive that was more about defensive breakdowns than an imposing offense.

The Bears defense returned an interception to the 21 yard line. The Bears ran a bunch of plays, got a first via another penalty, and punched it in after a couple runs from the 3.

Their last drive (aside from kneel downs) went for 0 yards and a punt.

Sure, the Bears put up 19 points in a monsoon, but they only had 204 total yards and I’d argue they would have fared far worse in better conditions. Defensive breakdowns gave them their points.

I’m not worried about the Bears offense.

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