Bears vs. Jets: Everything we know about Chicago’s Week 12 loss

The Bears suffered a 31-10 loss to the Jets on Sunday, where Chicago lost some key starters to injury. We break it down here:

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The Chicago Bears lost their fifth straight game, falling 31-10 to the New York Jets on Sunday. They are now 3-9 on the season and 0-2 at MetLife Stadium this season.

The Bears had more than just a loss on the schedule today. Safety Eddie Jackson (foot) and receiver Darnell Mooney (ankle) left the game with injuries, which is something to keep an eye on. Last week, Chicago lost quarterback Justin Fields due to a left shoulder injury. Now, they have potentially lost two additional key starters.

Here’s everything we know about Chicago’s Week 12 loss.

Studs and duds from Bears’ Week 12 loss vs. Jets

From David Montgomery to Larry Borom, we’re taking a look at the studs and duds in the Bears’ Week 12 loss against the Jets.

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The Chicago Bears (3-9) suffered a 31-10 loss to the New York Jets (7-4), which marked their fifth straight defeat.

It was a brutal game in many facets for Chicago. Not only were the Bears held scoreless in the second half, there were some significant injuries to key starters, including safety Eddie Jackson (foot) and receiver Darnell Mooney (ankle).

The good news? Justin Fields was inactive in this game, as Chicago decided to play it safe with their young QB, who’s battling a separated left shoulder. Also, the Bears did improve their draft stock with the loss, as they now hold the second overall pick in the 2023 draft.

There were no shortage of standout performances — both good and bad — in this loss. Here’s a look at our studs and duds from the Bears’ loss to the Jets.

5 Bold predictions for Bears vs. Jets

From Justin Fields’ status to his old college teammate Garrett Wilson having a career day, here’s our bold predictions for Bears vs. Jets.

The Chicago Bears return to the east coast for the final time this season when they get set to take on the New York Jets at the Meadowlands. The Bears (3-8) are coming off their fourth loss in a row after dropping a close one to the Atlanta Falcons in Week 11. The Jets (6-4) are also reeling, losing a heartbreaker to the New England Patriots and are looking to get back on track to stay in the playoff hunt.

These two teams will probably look much different than what everyone thought they would be just a week ago. A matchup that was set to feature two of the top quarterbacks from the 2022 NFL Draft might be all for not. Zach Wilson was benched after a poor performance was made worse with a terrible press conference. Fields, on the other hand, has been tearing up the league in recent weeks but a shoulder injury could keep him out. But it’s going to take a lot to keep Fields off the field and his status ties into this week’s bold predictions.

Bears vs. Falcons: Everything we know about Chicago’s Week 11 loss

The Bears suffered their fourth straight defeat in a 27-24 loss to the Falcons, where all three phases struggled. We recap the game:

The Chicago Bears lost another close game on the road in a 27-24 defeat to the Atlanta Falcons. The two teams went back and fourth, but the Falcons ultimately outlasted the Bears. Younghoe Koo kicked the game winning field goal with 1:47 remaining in the fourth quarter.

Despite a fantastic first half on the ground from quarterback Justin Fields, rushing 73 yards, he was held to just 12 yards in the second half. And, unfortunately, he also suffered a left shoulder injury at the end of the game.

The Bears went from a 17-point first half to finishing the game with 24 total points. Their offensive struggles against a bad Falcons defense was the difference maker on Sunday.

Here is everything we know about Chicago’s Week 11 loss:

Bears elevate RB Darrynton Evans to active roster before Falcons game

With Khalil Herbert on IR, the Bears activated RB Darrynton Evans to the active roster ahead of Sunday’s matchup against the Falcons.

The Chicago Bears have activated running back Darrynton Evans to the active roster from the practice squad ahead of Sunday’s matchup against the Atlanta Falcons.

The move comes after Khalil Herbert landed on injured reserve this week after suffering a hip injury in last week’s loss to the Detroit Lions. He’ll miss at least the next four games, and is eligible to return in Week 16 against the Buffalo Bills. Bears coach Matt Eberflus sounded optimistic that he’ll return before the end of the season.

Evans, a former third-round pick by the Tennessee Titans, was claimed off waivers back in Match, where he’s been a practice squad mainstay for the first 10 games.

In Herbert’s absence, David Montgomery will carry the workload with rookie Trestan Ebner also expected to see his share of reps. Ebner could also see opportunities returning kickoffs on special teams, as Herbert was Chicago’s primary kickoff returner.

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Bears HC Matt Eberflus believes RB Khalil Herbert will return this season

The Bears lost Khalil Herbert to a hip injury. But the good news is Matt Eberflus expects Herbert back before the end of the season.

The Bears will be without running back Khalil Herbert for at least the next month after landing on injured reserve with a hip injury.

The good news? Matt Eberflus doesn’t believe Herbert’s injury is season-ending, and he expects him back sometime this season.

While quarterback Justin Fields leads the team in rushing (749 yards), Herbert has been the Bears’ most productive running back this season. He’s gained 643 yards on 108 carries and four touchdowns.

“Whenever you lose a player like that, it’s always hard,” Eberflus said. “It’s hard to replace him. Khalil’s got a great style to him. You guys have seen the breakout runs, so it’s hard to replicate that. We’re just going to have to share the load with those guys. D-Mo’s (Montgomery) stepping up and doing some different things. [Herbert’s] certainly a talented back for sure.”

Luckily, Chicago has David Montgomery to carry the weight of the team’s top-ranked rushing attack, which is averaging just over 200 yards per game. Rookie Trestan Ebner should also see increased opportunities on offense in Herbert’s absence.

With Herbert landing on IR, he’s required to miss the next four games. That makes him eligible to return in Week 16, when Chicago hosts the Bills on Christmas Eve.

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Bears’ run game made NFL history vs. Lions

The Bears are the only team in NFL history to rush for 225-plus yards in five straight games.

No one has better at running the football than the Chicago Bears this season. The Bears are averaging 201.7 yards per game, and that’s with defenses well aware that Chicago intends to run the ball.

In Sunday’s loss to the Detroit Lions, the Bears rushed for 258 yards, which included 147 yards by quarterback Justin Fields. They made NFL history in the process.

The Bears are the first team in NFL history to rush for 225-plus yards in five consecutive games, according to NFL Research.

During that span, Chicago has rushed for 237 yards (vs. Commanders), 243 yards (vs. Patriots), 240 yards (vs. Cowboys), 252 yards (vs. Dolphins) and 258 yards (vs. Lions).

The Bears run game has thrived with Fields and running backs David Montgomery and Khalil Herbert. Fields leads the team in rushing with 749 yards. Herbert is second with 643 yards and Montgomery behind him with 434 yards.

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8 Takeaways from the Bears’ close loss to the Lions

From Justin Fields’ sustained success to the conservative defensive approach, here are our takeaways from Bears vs. Lions.

The Chicago Bears dropped another close game for the second week in a row, this time to their division rivals to the northeast in the Detroit Lions. The Bears lost 31-30 despite another impressive performance by the offense and quarterback Justin Fields. The second-year signal caller continued to dazzle, totaling four touchdowns on the day, two through the air and two on the ground.

Defensively, the Bears struggled to stop quarterback Jared Goff as the Lions scored 24 points and moved the ball with ease. The difference, however, was a pick six thrown by Fields and a missed extra point by Cairo Santos that gave the Lions a chance to win the game late in the fourth quarter. Fields and the offense were unable to mount one final scoring drive and the lions sealed the victory.

It was a frustrating loss to a divisional opponent that shows the Bears still have plenty of flaws that need to be addressed. Thankfully for the first time in years, quarterback is not one of them. Here are our takeaways from Sunday’s defeat.

5 Bold predictions for Bears vs. Lions

From the Bears dropping 40 points to David Montgomery’s resurgence, here are our bold predictions for Bears vs. Lions.

The Chicago Bears welcome in the Detroit Lions to Soldier Field for their first of two matchups of the 2022 season. The Bears (3-6) have dropped two games in a row, but have finally found a potent offense that’s capable of hanging with any team in the league. Meanwhile, the Lions (2-6), righted the ship after a five-game losing streak when they defeated another division rival in the Green Bay Packers in Week 9. Both teams are looking to stay out of the NFC North cellar with a win on Sunday.

This game could feature an explosion of offense. The Bears now have an ability to score points at will and the Lions are racking up a ton of yards when they have the ball. Add in the fact both defense have struggled at points this season and the conditions are right for fireworks on the lakefront. It also makes predicting this game a lot of fun, too. Here are our bold predictions ahead of Bears and Lions.

Fantasy Football: 11 utilization stats to know from Week 8

The most important utilization stats to know from Week 8 action.

With eight weeks of NFL action in the books, several intriguing players are starting to show signs of life as well as create developing trends.

Week 9 brings “bye-mageddon” with six squads on vacation, and gamers will be digging deep to fill key roles in their lineups. That means we’ll be forced to gamble a little more, and assessing some recent utilization data can help mine the waiver wire for a few unconventional plays.