Bears 30, Falcons 26. For those who didn’t carefully apply the N.F.L. weekend motion, you may wager it was once a tight sport, carefully contested. However hidden underneath the ranking was once a very unlikely sport, performed via two groups whose fortunes are actually on tremendously other trajectories.
The Atlanta Falcons and the Chicago Bears had been anticipated to be OK this season, in all probability .500. Closing 12 months they had been 7-Nine and Eight-Eight. They are going to nonetheless finish up round the ones marks, however their begins display that one crew is reeling and the opposite appears to be flying top, despite the fact that there are ripples of shock.
After shut victories over the Detroit Lions and the Giants, the Bears had been as regards to shedding their best possible report on Sunday, falling in the back of the Falcons, 16-10, on the part and 26-10 via 3 quarters.
Input Nick Foles. Signed within the low season to a large contract, Foles unaccountably have been crushed out for the beginning quarterback process via the three-year incumbent, Mitch Trubisky, who has electrified few in Chicago in his tenure.
The Bears determined to show to Foles within the 3rd quarter, nonetheless down, 26-10, with greater than 9 mins left. However 3 landing passes later, the Bears had finished an incredible comeback. Foles even had two different landing passes overturned.
Foles remains to be absolute best remembered for subbing for an injured Carson Wentz and main the Philadelphia Eagles to their simplest Tremendous Bowl victory, within the 2017 season. Many enthusiasts are nonetheless ruing his departure, particularly as Wentz has led that crew to an uninspiring Zero-2-1 get started.
“It more or less took place out of nowhere,” Trubisky told reporters of his abrupt benching. “I just accepted the news.”
“Sometimes there’s a gut feeling on when to do it, and that seemed like the right time,” Bears Coach Matt Nagy said. Monday afternoon, his gut told him to name Foles the team’s starting quarterback.
That should end the 3-0 Bears’ quarterback controversy but it’s still unclear what kind of team Foles is inheriting after a perfect start that’s been less than worldbeating. The Bears beat the Lions in Week 1 only after Detroit running back D’Andre Swift dropped a potential game-winning pass in the end zone. They beat the Giants in Week 2 after receiver Golden Tate was called for pushing off a defender, nearing a late touchdown.
After Sunday’s action, there were still eight unbeaten N.F.L. teams. Computer rankings understandably put the Baltimore Ravens and Kansas City Chiefs, who meet Monday night, at the top. Of the unbeatens, the Bears rank last, even behind the Bills. Though the Bears are tied at the top of the N.F.C. North with the Packers, another team that nominally came into the season with questions about its quarterback, Green Bay’s 3-0 season looks a lot more impressive.
Of course, even if the Bears revert to mediocrity, they still could go, say, 7-6, the rest of the way and comfortably make the playoffs, which were expanded to 14 teams this season.
That’s true even though a glance down Chicago’s roster seems to show little in the way of star power. The Bears have a strong defensive unit on paper, but the skill offensive positions are not chock-full of talent. Historically, 3-0 teams make the playoffs much more often than not, but you might not be wise to bet on the Bears at even money.
For the Falcons, things are more unambiguous. The thing about sports is, for every comeback, there’s a collapse. And, yeah, the Falcons collapsed on Sunday. For the second week in a row.
Unlike the Bears, Atlanta came into the season with the reliable Matt Ryan entrenched at quarterback and a good receiving corps that includes the seven-time Pro Bowl selection Julio Jones. They also added running back Todd Gurley.
But after dropping their opener to the Seahawks, the Falcons had a nightmare against the Cowboys, blowing a 39-24 lead in the last eight minutes of the game. The debacle was capped by an onside kick by Dallas that several Falcons merely watched as it rolled by before the Cowboys recovered, a phenomenon that had the team’s owner convinced that players did not know the rules and its coach arguing on talk radio that they definitely did.
Even before this week, Coach Dan Quinn was considered one of the most likely coaches to be fired, perhaps trailing only Adam Gase of the Jets. Sunday’s game may have moved him to No. 1.
It was the first time in 20 years a team blew two 15-point-plus leads in the fourth quarter in the same season, The Associated Press reported. ESPN’s reside GameCast gave the Falcons as much as a 99 % likelihood of profitable overdue in either one of the ones video games.
Just like the Bears, the Falcons may just nonetheless exchange the direction in their season. Given their shut losses and the questions across the Bears, you should most probably even make a contrarian case that they’re the simpler crew.
However the secret’s, the groups each have a three of their data after 3 video games. And the Bears are the crew with the three at the higher facet.