Trounced the fading Bears 38-14. Only saw Red Zone highlights and there weren't many of those. They were down 14-7 at half and pounded them in the second half with 31 unanswered points.
1. The running game was shut down completely with 60 yards at 1.8 per carry. Lynch did come up with 2 TDs, but ended up with 20 carries for 42 yards.
2. Tarvaris continues his streak of good games going 19-31 for 227 yards and a TD and no picks again. He did to have his weekly fumble, this time on a dropback where he didn't get rid of the ball fast enough and got sacked. The good news was that was the only sack of the game (by Peppers) and the makeshift OL held up pretty well against the Bears pass rush.
3. Defense got 4 picks and a fumble, including 2 pick-6s with one by Red Bryant on a deflected pass attempt from Caleb Hanie by a blitzing KJ Wright. They held the Bears offense to 221 total yards although with their 2 best offensive players out and losing another key player (Knox) in the first quarter on a very ugly hit, I would have expected that. It probably would have been completely different with Cutler in there. They gave up 4.3 per carry to their backup running game, which is a little worrisome.
4. Penalties down to 6 for 36 yards. That's better, but still not anywhere near where they need to be.
5. They got out of the game relatively healthy, although they lost WR Mike Willams for the rest of the season with a broken ankle. I don't think they'll miss him much, Golden Tate has stepped up and played very well lately.
The playoff picture is looking bleak. With 2 games to go (home vs SF, @ Ariz), they are 2 games behind Atlanta and Detroit for the wild card spots. They lose a tiebreaker with Atlanta (since they lost HTH - and Det also lost to Atl so they lose a 3 team tiebreaker there as well), so that leaves Detroit losing their last two (vs. SD, @ GB) as their only chance to get in. They would beat virtually every other team in HTH tiebreakers (they beat the Giants and Bears, they'd eliminate Arizona by beating them, and beat Det based on conference record).
So the Redskins and Browns losses are really coming back to bite them and also fuck the Raiders, blowing a 2 TD lead in the 4th quarter, which would have made this more realistic.
Edited by DanoooME, 19 December 2011 - 10:17 AM.