The Bears are officially out of the running for the playoffs.
Chicago fell to the Minnesota Vikings 17-9 on Monday Night Football, the team’s third straight loss.
“I think we saw it coming,” said James “Big Cat” Williams, former offensive lineman for the Chicago Bears from 1991 to 2002. “When you talk about the injuries the Bears have sustained on defense, the lack of offensive production, you kind of saw this in their future. At the beginning of the season, we had high expectations, but things just fell apart along the way.”
Rookie QB Justin Fields continued to struggle in the game against the Vikings, but Williams cautions that Fields is a natural athlete with a great deal of potential.
“Anytime you’re dealing with a rookie, you’re looking for change week to week. You’re looking for things to get better, things that he did in the prior week not to come back and do those two or three times in the next game. I think we’ve seen some of those things. Have we seen enough of those things? I’m not sure, but I don’t think it’s time to give up on the young quarterback yet,” Williams said.
Despite another tough loss, the Bears’ season isn’t over – they face the 5-9 Seattle Seahawks this Sunday. Williams predicts a Seattle win with a score of 17-16, but says the Bears may yet have a shot at a win.
“Neither one of the teams has played up to expectations this year. I think defensively the Bears are going to have to come out (and) play another solid game. The cornerbacks and secondaries are going to be challenged ... (but Seattle’s) offensive line is a little banged up and they haven’t given (QB Russell Wilson) very much protection this season,” Williams said.
The Bears face the Seahawks at 3:05 p.m. Sunday on Fox.