3 and out: What mattered and what didn't in Bears' loss to Rams

                                                                                                                                                                                                   
  • Los Angeles Rams cornerback Troy Hill (22) tips a pass in the end zone intended for Chicago Bears wide receiver Darnell Mooney (11) during the second half of Monday's game in Inglewood, Calif. The ball was intercepted by Rams safety Taylor Rapp, behind, for a touchback.

    Los Angeles Rams cornerback Troy Hill (22) tips a pass in the end zone intended for Chicago Bears wide receiver Darnell Mooney (11) during the second half of Monday's game in Inglewood, Calif. The ball was intercepted by Rams safety Taylor Rapp, behind, for a touchback. Associated Press

 
By Kyle Nabors
Shaw Media
Updated 10/26/2020 10:38 PM

Takeaways following the Chicago Bears' 24-10 loss to the Los Angeles Rams.

Three moments that mattered

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

1. A gift for the Rams. The Bears were likely not coming back from a 14-point deficit with how the offense was playing, but Nick Foles extinguished any faint comeback hopes with a terrible decision with the Bears trailing, 17-3, in the third quarter. On 2nd-and-4 inside the Rams' 10-yard line, Foles tried to force the ball to Darnell Mooney. The pass was tipped and picked off in the end zone. The play was never there, and frankly, there's zero excuse for Foles to not fire that ball out of the back of the end zone.

2. What in the world, Tashaun Gipson? Gipson has been a solid addition to the Bears defense, but we have no idea what he was thinking when Jared Goff gift wrapped an interception late in the second quarter. Instead Gipson inexplicably volleyball spiked the football, erasing a golden opportunity for the Bears to put points on the board before halftime.

3. Somebody blow the whistle? We're usually grumbling about how quickly NFL officials blow plays dead, but it was the exact opposite when Roquan Smith wrapped up Malcolm Brown at the Bears' 5-yard line. The Rams piled more and more players on and eventually pushed Brown to the 1, where he would score to make it 17-3 on the next play. Somewhat humorously, Akiem Hicks actually was flagged for jumping on the pile.

Three things that worked

1. Stopping the Rams' pre-snap motion. Robert Woods did eventually break off a long run on a jet sweep, but overall the Bears did a quality job dealing with the Rams' motion. Mario Edwards Jr. and Roy Robertson-Harris each knifed into the backfield to turn jet sweeps into losses.

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2. Khalil Mack and Robert Quinn. It's fair to say Monday night wasn't the defense's finest performance (particularly the tackling), but Mack and Quinn did their jobs on the edge. Mack was his usual dominant self, including another sack and forced fumble, while Quinn was consistently bringing pressure and collapsing the pocket.

3. Progress for Darnell Mooney. Let's be honest, there wasn't much that worked in this game. Mooney was a bit of a bright spot on offense at least with three receptions for 40 yards. His best play didn't even result in a completion. The rookie flat-out beat Jalen Ramsey with a stutter move. It was an easy touchdown if Nick Foles put the football anywhere near Mooney's reach.

Three things that didn't

1. Anything to do with the offensive line. It started with Germain Ifedi killing the Bears' opening drive with a holding penalty. It continued with Rashaad Coward once again looking lost, former Bear Leonard Floyd blowing past Bobby Massie, and Charles Leno Jr. displaying his typical inability to do anything right.

2. Time to give Mitch another chance? We know. It's not a conversation anyone wants to have, but here we are. Foles was once again miserable Monday, tossing inexcusable picks, missing open receivers and checking down on third down time and time again.

3. What would you say you do here? Seriously. What exactly was Ted Ginn Jr. doing? Why have a returner deep for punts if they're not going to even field any of them? Why is he even on this roster?

What's next?

The Bears return to Chicago to host the New Orleans Saints at 3:25 p.m. Sunday. The Saints steamrollered the Bears, 36-25, with 425 total yards at Soldier Field last season. It was the second of four straight losses that essentially doomed the Bears' season.

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