Following the ninth round of the 2020/21 NFL season, the Chicago Bears are 5-4 following the 24-17 loss against Tennessee Titans. That result still sees them sitting second in the NFC North but they are some way behind the leaders, Green Bay Packers. The Chicago Bears are currently sitting in 8th place in the overall NFC standings, outside of the wildcard positions. The question is, can the Bears turn things around this season?
If they are going to produce better results going forward, Chicago Bears must make offensive improvements in much of the game, where they have been disappointing. They appear to have little trouble in scoring in the final quarter of games, as was shown in the defeat against the Titans. The Bears held the ball for nearly 34 minutes in total and scored 17 points in the fourth quarter of the game, which is a strong performance by anyone’s standards. Nick Foles threw for 335 yards and two touchdowns and the Bears outgained the Titans 375-228.
Failing to score a single point for three-quarters of the game is a huge problem and something the Bears are going to have to fix if they are to turn the season around. If you believe they have what it takes to produce the goods as we head into the second half of November and into December, you will find great odds at BetRivers Illinois. This was the first online sportsbook to open in Illinois, having previously launched online in Indiana, Pennsylvania, and Colorado.
This season, the Bears have outscored their opponents 92-33 in the fourth quarter, so the talent is clearly there. In the opening weekend victory over Detroit Lions, the Bears scored 21 points in the fourth quarter of the game, having managed to score only 6 points throughout the rest of the game, failing to register a single point in the third quarter. In the victory over Atlanta Falcons, Chicago scored 10 points in the first three-quarters of the game only to register 20 points in the fourth quarter.
Only twice in nine games this season have Chicago Bears scored over 7 points in the first quarter of the game. Eight times they have failed to score a point in the third quarter and this is leading to extreme pressure in the final quarter of games to score big points. The Bears ran 24 plays in the third quarter at Tennessee, held the ball for over 12 minutes, and came away without any points. If they can make the breakthrough in the third quarter of games, the Bears could turn things around.
Speaking after the defeat against Tennessee, Foles said, “I don’t know what y’all expect me to say, but other than I believe that we have to keep working at it and keep grinding and keep figuring out what we want to do and how we want to do it, and that’s the only way to be because, quite frankly, we’re the ones in it.”
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