After going on a five game winning streak and coming together in all three phases, the Bears have dropped out of the NFC playoff picture rather quickly.
Jay Cutler, Matt Forte, Johnny Knox, Chris Conte, and Major Wright have all been seriously injured during the four game skid.
Don’t blame the injuries as the sole problem for the Bears recent losses, but it certainly hasn’t helped.
The coaching has been dreadful and will likely lead to some major changes at Halas Hall next season.
Caleb Hanie has been ineffective tossing nine interceptions in four starts for the injured Cutler.
Veteran Josh McCown relieved Hanie today, but didn’t fair too much better, tossing an interception almost immediately after entering the game in the fourth quarter.
The Bears held a 14-7 at the half after the Bears defense came up with fumble return for a touchdown and Caleb Hanie led the offense down the field for a score.
The third quarter wasn’t friendly for them though. The Seahawks put 21 points on the scoreboard and over 200 yards of offense.
The Bears offense turned the ball over five times. They fell in the game 38-14.
The Bears offense was able to run for 132 yards. Kahlil Bell had 65 yards rushing, while Marion Barber had 33 and Hanie had 34.
Bell also reeled in 43 receiving yards, including a 25 yard touchdown reception.
The Bears travel next week to Lambeau for a Christmas matchup against the 13-1 Green Bay Packers.
The Packers fell to the Kyle Orton led Chiefs today in Kansas City.
The Bears will likely provide updates on their two injured players from today’s game. Johnny Knox was hit hard and lost a fumble in the first quarter. He was carried out on a stretcher, but was said to have a minor back injury.
Safety Chris Conte left before the first half with what seemed to be a foot injury.
At 7-7 the Bears season isn’t over, but it would be a miracle if they finished at 9-7, even with that the playoffs wouldn’t be a definite.
These next two games are important either way. The Bears need to evaluate everyone in the organization including coaches and their young talent.
Maybe rookie QB Nathan Enderle will get some playing time these next two weeks.
Don’t expect Jay Cutler or Matt Forte to rush back from their serious injuries anytime soon.
The Bears, who were once playoff favorites sitting at 7-3 four weeks ago, are now on the outside looking in.
Every Bears fan should be upset, but change could be coming soon for this organization and that can only be a good thing for this team’s future success.
Jake Perper is the owner and head writer for Bearsbacker.com. He is also the Chicago Bears writer for NFLTouchdown.com. Follow him on Twitter, @Bearsbacker and on Facebook for up to the minute news about the Bears.