Three-and-Out: Bears defense has many missed tackles to regret

11 Sep , 2017 Sports

Three quick thoughts and observations from the Bears’ 23-17 loss to the Falcons on Sunday.

1. Tackling issues

Falcons tight end Austin Hooper’s 88-yard touchdown catch against the Bears – the longest ever by a tight end in a season opener NFL history – will be remembered because of his strong stiff arm on safety Quintin Demps.

But Demps isn’t the only Bears player who will shudder during the film review of their 23-17 loss on Sunday. Hooper also stiff-armed cornerback Kyle Fuller and ran through rookie safety Eddie Jackson on a 40-yard catch-and-run in the fourth quarter.

There were more missed tackles in the game, too.

Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan also escaped the pocket for a first-down run to the Bears’ 5 on a 2nd-and-13 play. Running back Devonta Freeman scored on the ensuing play.

2. A missed opportunity

New Bears cornerback Marcus Cooper held his own against Falcons star receiver Julio Jones (four catches, 66 yards), but he missed his chance to change the game.

And he knows it.

Cooper jumped Jones’ curl route during a first-down play at the Bears’ 25 in the fourth quarter. He broke up the pass, but he thought he should have had an interception – maybe a pick-six.

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Source:: Chicago Sun-Times – Sports

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