Podcast: Bears’ game plan vs. Lions was questionable at best

The Chicago Bears are coming off a 41-10 blowout by the Detroit Lions, which was easily their worst game of the 2022 season.

The losing streak is nothing new for the Bears, who have now lost nine straight games. But there was something different about this 13th loss, which felt unlike Matt Eberflus’ team.

Quite frankly, it didn’t look like the Bears showed up to play. There was a lack of effort noticeably absent, even for the second-worst team in the NFL. The one thing that we’ve been able to take away from this harsh season is that Eberflus has kept his team from spiraling when others would’ve.

Unfortunately, that wasn’t the case against Detroit, where the team fell apart after the first quarter. Chicago was outscored 34-0, the defense struggled and the passing game was the worst it’s been.

But perhaps the most egregious thing was that Eberflus kept quarterback Justin Fields in the game when he should’ve been pulled. It’s understandable that Eberflus wanted Fields to get valuable on-field reps. But there became a point when those reps were no longer valuable, when the Bears were getting blown out in the second half.

As the Bears gear up for their regular season finale, host Ryan O’Leary (@RyanO_Leary) and myself (@AlyssaBarbieri) discuss the dumpster fire that was the Lions game and preview Sunday’s matchup against Minnesota on the latest episode of our Bears Wire Podcast.

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