CHICAGO (670 The Score) -- Rock bottom was a little bit lower than we realized for these Bears, who blew a 10-point lead late in the fourth quarter of a 34-30 loss to the Lions at Soldier Field on Sunday.
Here are the observations from Chicago's sixth straight loss.
It starts with Nagy
When Bears defensive lineman Bilal Nichols swept through blockers to pick off an ill-advised screen pass from Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford in the fourth quarter, it seemed to set Chicago on its path to sure victory.
Instead, this is how the Bears began to blow this game after taking over on first-and-10 at the Lions' 46-yard line with 9:22 left. It started with a blatant holding penalty by veteran left tackle Charles Leno Jr., turning a first-down run by running back David Montgomery into a second-and-11 situation. The Bears then failed to move the chains, and coach Matt Nagy elected to punt on fourth-and-4 from the Lions' 40-yard line.
The Surrender Index, a Twitter-based metrics system that all punts in the NFL, placed that decision by Nagy in the 94th percentile of all "cowardly" punts this season. It swung the game for the Lions.
Had the Bears converted on fourth down, they would've had the opportunity to bleed more clock and produce a score to seal the game. In that moment, Nagy didn't show the "aggressive" mentality that he later had. While the Lions and Bears traded three-and-outs on their following drives, Stafford then marched Detroit on a seven-play, 96-yard touchdown drive to cut Chicago's lead to 30-27.
Perhaps the Bears' most perplexing decision of the game came with 2:24 remaining. As the Lions continued to kick away from dangerous returner Cordarrelle Patterson, the Bears moved rookie receiver Darnell Mooney deep for the first time in his career. Patters