Bears Let Late Lead Slip Away Against Colts

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The Colts score 10 points in the last four minutes of the game in a 29-23 win over the Bears.

After picking up their first win of the season in Week 4 against Detroit the Bears hoped to start the second quarter of the season with their second victory in a row. But instead they were handed their fourth loss of the season.

There were many positive things Chicago accomplished in this game. Brian Hoyer continues to make the Bears decision to make Jay Cutler the starter when he fully recovers from his thumb injury a difficult one. Hoyer threw for 397 yards, and a pair of touchdowns. Hoyer has thrown over 300 yards in each of his three starts.

The biggest recipient of Hoyer’s 300-yard performance was second-year receiver Cameron Meredith. The wide out made nine catches for 130 yards and a touchdown. With Kevin White our for the foreseeable future the Bears are going to need Meredith to continue to produce in the passing game.

Jordan Howard continues to show he can be the productive running back the Bears desperately need. Howard ran for over 100 yards for the second week in a row. He also found the endzone on a 21-yard catch and run. Jeremy Langford might find it hard to get snaps when he returns from injury.

The defense had an up and down performance. They did a good job of putting pressure on Luck and taking advantage of the Colts mediocre offensive line. The Bears sacked Andrew Luck five times, three of them came from Willie Young. Young came into the game with only one sack. But the secondary struggled to cover Luck’s top target TY Hilton. Hilton caught 10 balls for 171 yards scoring the touchdown of the game that made it 26-23 with 3:43 left in the fourth.

The Bears had one last shot to win the game after the Colts added a field goal to make it a 29-23 game. But Hoyer threw behind Meredith on 4th and 8 from the Colts’ 28 yard-line with just over a minute left to seal things for Indianapolis.

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