This one hits differently.
The Chicago Bears have blown fourth-quarter leads under coach Matt Eberflus before. They had a doozy of a meltdown seven weeks ago when they led Denver 28-7 with a little more than 15 minutes to play at Soldier Field. The Broncos scored the final 24 points to escape with a victory.
The Broncos are middle of the pack, at best. The NFC North-rival Detroit Lions represent something the Bears want to become — a young and rugged team with swagger, physical players on both sides of the line and a knack for closing out ballgames.
This is the kind of game Eberflus and his coaching staff needed in the worst way. More than halfway through their second season, the group can’t point to a signature win.
Improvements have been made — and t...