Sunday, November 8, 2009
Rapid Reaction: Cardinals 41, Bears 21
By Kevin Seifert
Posted by ESPN.com’s Kevin Seifert
CHICAGO -- No one should spend time celebrating Chicago for its mini-comeback Sunday at Soldier Field, one that allowed a blowout loss to appear somewhat less painful on the final scoreboard. The Bears got the living daylights beat out of them at home Sunday in a game that should call into question the viability of their organization from top to bottom.
Arizona led 34-7 early in the fourth quarter before the Bears closed the gap with two quick touchdowns. But Kurt Warner’s fifth touchdown pass of the game sealed the Cardinals’ victory with 4:30 remaining.
The Bears had no answer for the Cardinals’ passing game and gave up more than three times as many rushing yards (182) as Arizona has averaged on a per-game basis this season. The Bears offense was one-dimensional from the start, all but ignoring the running game, and even their normally-reliable special teams made a critical error.
Most alarming to me was the relative willingness with which the Bears seemed to accept their fate. A few players were mildly enthusiastic during the mini-comeback, but otherwise the team was totally flat in a key November game. It’s fair to ask, for the second time in three weeks, why coach Lovie Smith’s team seemed so ill-prepared.
Two weeks ago, you’ll remember, the Bears absorbed a 45-10 loss at Cincinnati. This stretch has dropped the Bears to 4-4 and a full three games behind Minnesota in the NFC North. They need to find answers quickly. They’re running out of time.