“What in the Wild World of Sports is a-going on here?” No, unfortunately this isn’t “Blazing Saddles”, but the Chicago Bears did put up a comedic performance on offense for a majority of the game.

All the hype and lead up to the start of the NFL 100 season celebration had us all excited, energized, dreaming of redemption from how last season ended. The reports out of training camp were positive. The offense looked better in training camp than last season, the defense was swarming, the fan base was buzzing with optimism not seen since many a moon ago. The Bears offense comes out and puts up 3 points. To paraphrase “Major League”, “3 points? We only scored 3 God Damn points?!?!”

Far from the offensive explosion many fans may have anticipated, the Bears offense looked out of sync and never was able to establish any type of sustained rhythm for the entire game. Even when there were signs of hope in the 4th quarter, ill timed penalties thwarted any momentum and left everyone in attendance and on the sidelines a bit shell-shocked.

Mitchell Trubisky looked all the part of a nervous rookie, bouncing passes off of linemen, staring down receivers, throwing into triple coverage, and giving more credence to the national narrative, that he isn’t that good a quarterback. While he did have a few sustained drives, and his connection with Allen Robinson is vastly improved from last season. His inability to spread the ball around to other receivers and a solid game plan from Green Bay Defensive Coordinator Mike Pettine, led to his dismal performance. While the offense was the opposite of what we expected, the defensive unit came to play.

Roquan Smith was all over the field today, and save for a pass interference call in the second half, he played like a man possessed. Leonard Floyd continued his dominance against Green Bay with 2 sacks and 4 tackles. The entire defensive front consistently pressured Aaron Rodgers sacking him 5 times and forcing him to throw the ball away on at least 4 other occasions. The unit was aggressive and attacking just as Chuck Pagano promised in his introductory press conference giving fits to Rodgers and the Green Bay offense for most of the night. They also proved the depth, specifically in the secondary, could be an issue, should the injury bug arise. On Green Bay’s first scoring drive, Deon Bush was in for Ha-Ha Clinton-Dix and was out of position on the deep completion to Marquez Valdes-Scantling. Soon thereafter Bush was victimized again, when Rodgers lofted a pass to Jimmy Graham for a touchdown that Bush couldn’t get his head around to find and as a result, failed to make a play on the ball. While he played a mostly solid¬† game, Kyle Fuller had an inopportune illegal contact penalty that negated a sack on Rodgers and would have forced 4th down. Instead, Green Bay gets an automatic first down and drives down to tack on 3 final points on a Mason Crosby field goal.

In spite of their lackluster and uninspiring effort up to that point, the offense got the ball with five minutes and all three time outs to try and tie up the game. Shades of the Divisional Playoff game against the Eagles came about as Trubisky moved the team down the field with well timed throws to Robinson, a previously non-existent Taylor Gabriel, with a sprinkling from David Montgomery and Tarik Cohen. Trubisky then fell into an old habit of staring down a receiver which allowed Adrian Amos to drift away from his responsibility and intercept a pass intended for Allen Robinson in the end zone, extinguishing any legitimate hope the Bears had for pulling this game out.

Yet, I’m still a believer in this team and coaching staff. Cris Collinsworth blamed some of the offensive issues on the fact that none of them played in the preseason so they haven’t been able to establish a rhythm or timing with one another. While this comment could hold some merit, I still would rather ALL starters sit in the preseason rather than play and risk any type of injury. I’d much rather have a putrid performance like this and lose on national television than lose an offensive starter for the season in a game that doesn’t matter. Matt Nagy is already pissed off at himself (and the offense I’m sure) for the “inexcusable performance” they showed the world. Who better to take it out on than our old buddy Vic Fangio. Nagy is going to dial up some plays and formations that the Broncos will struggle to cover and restore that offensive swagger we saw at times last season. Defensively, they will continue to attack and the statue Joe Flacco won’t have any choice but to throw the ball away or to check down routes for minimal to no gain. This team is going to be even more fired up against Denver because they have to live with this one for a few extra days.

So, our boys will bounce back and bounce back in style handing Fangio and the Broncos a good old fashioned tail whupping.