Chicago comes off a loss, yes. But today shouldn’t be a panic Monday, considering the Bears lost to what I’d consider to be a legitimate Super Bowl contender in the New Orleans Saints; one of the NFL's elite.
As we get into today’s Bears Essentials, it’s worth mentioning we’re barely a quarter of the way through the season, and there’s still time for the Bears to right the ship. But they’ll need to do it quickly with the winless New York Giants set to come to town Thursday night for a matchup at Soldier Field.
Three consecutive losses for the Bears would be disastrous, but that's really not a scenario I see playing out for this team.
Let's get into some links.
-- Chicago’s offense looks promising, but there are still growing pains to endure, writes ESPNChicago.com’s Jon Greenberg.
Greenberg writes: “This was the Bears' second loss in a row following a 3-0 start, and it wasn't as close as the score indicates. The good vibes of the first three weeks have been replaced with the stark realization that this offense is still finding its rhythm under head coach Marc Trestman. The Bears' defense finally failed to get a takeaway, making it harder for the offense to gain an edge.”
The Bears did a poor job recognizing blitzes and several players seemed to lose focus when presented with the football, from fumbles to dropped passes.
"I think it's all about us, quite frankly," Trestman said. "And it usually is."
-- ESPNChicago.com’s Jeff Dickerson grades the team’s performance in the loss to the Saints.
-- Dickerson also discusses five things we learned about the Bears from this game.
-- Rich Campbell of the Chicago Tribune gives a thorough rundown of all the mistakes made by the Bears.
-- The Bears are left to wonder who they really are after Sunday’s loss, writes Rick Morrissey of the Chicago Sun-Times.