Oftentimes, a losing streak doesn't end with a spectacular performance. It ends when a struggling team finally runs into an opponent that's going even worse. That was the case for the Bears Sunday, as they ended a four-game skid with an ugly 17-9 win over the 1-11 St. Louis Rams.
It's really getting to a point where we all might as well find something else to do with our Sunday afternoons. The Bears are not only bad, they are boring. I could have fallen asleep watching this lame "slugfest" with the Rams.
The game was basically over after the first quarter, as the Bears turned over a new leaf, started off fast and grabbed an early 10-0 advantage. The Bears quite literally made three good offensive plays all day. All of them came in the first quarter, and that was enough to win this game.
On the Bears' first possession, Jay Cutler hit Devin Hester on a 48-yard completion. That was good play No. 1. Moments later, Cutler threw a pass into the end zone intended for Johnny Knox that resulted in a pass interference penalty on St. Louis. There's good play No. 2, a 35-yard gain that gave the Bears 1st-and-goal. A couple plays later, Matt Forte scored to put Chicago ahead 7-0.
Later in the first quarter, Cutler hit Earl Bennett on a 71-yard pass play up the seam. That put the Bears in the red zone, where they stalled out as usual. Robbie Gould kicked a field goal to make it 10-0. Game. Set. Match.
I suppose I shouldn't have been counting my chickens that early in this game, but I just had a feeling 10 points would be enough. I was right. After all, the Rams have Kyle Boller (pictured) starting at quarterback. That's right: KYLE BOLLER. The fact of the matter is Boller is Chad Hutchinson-bad. Boller has lost the last 10 games he has started, and he's completely incapable of making any explosive plays in the passing game -- even against the Bears' horrid secondary.
After getting the 10-0 lead, all the Bears really needed to do was prevent St. Louis tailback Stephen Jackson from running wild. They were able to do that, in part because of an 18-tackle performance from backup linebacker Jamar Williams.
The final three quarters of yesterday's game were entirely unremarkable, much like the Bears season. Four more games and this silliness will be over. The only real questions that remain: Will the Bears do enough to save the jobs of GM Jerry Angelo and coach Lovie Smith? Or will they play so poorly down the stretch that the penny-pinchers at Halas Hall will be forced to make a change.