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Instant Reactions: Tyson Bagent and the Chicago Bears give away game in loss to Saints

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November 5, 2023

Tyson Bagent threw three interceptions and fumbled once as the Chicago Bears committed five total turnovers and lost to the New Orleans Saints 24-17 on Sunday.

The Bears are now 2-7, heading into Thursday night’s game against the Carolina Panthers at Soldier Field.

Here are our thoughts from Sunday’s game …

Adam Hoge

The Bears lost the turnover battle 5-0 and the penalty battle 8-1. You can’t win football games that way. This absolutely felt like one the Bears could have won, but they keep proving that they don’t know how to win football games. Bad teams find ways to lose, and that’s what the Bears are until they prove otherwise.

Nicholas Moreano

Usually the team that wins the turnover battle is the one that wins the game. The Bears turned the ball over five times – two fumbles and three Tyson Bagent interceptionss. The Saints finished with no turnovers and also committed just one penalty for five yards compared to the Bears’ eight penalties for 71 yards. The Bears needed to play clean and disciplined to win this matchup, but did the exact opposite. Now the team will have to quickly turn things around for their Week 10 matchup against the Panthers on Thursday Night Football. Hopefully, Justin Fields can make a much-needed return.

Will DeWitt

That game went just about as expected. Turnovers on the road will cost you and the Bears learned the price here today. You can’t expect to turn the ball over that much and still win. They had multiple chances, but just couldn’t find a way to get it done. 

Mark Carman

The Tyson Bagent roller coaster is real. A great throw to Kmet for the first touchdown followed by an interception followed by another touchdown to Kmet. Bagent’s two interceptions in the fourth quarter were killer along with the fumble as was the DJ Moore fumble. Moore also dropped a TD pass albeit not an easy play on a high point ball in double coverage. Another nauseating defeat.

Greg Braggs Jr.

Admirable effort from the Bears. They made it a game. But still, a D2 undrafted free agent rookie quarterback exposing himself of exactly that with three interceptions. NFL windows aren’t easy to throw in and Bagent throwing behind Tyler Scott sealed the game. Even if he had some really nice moments, a tough ask for Tyson to win a shootout. More importantly, I’m still questioning some coaching decisions. Why is the Bears defense playing so far off their receivers on the goal line? And why is Luke Getsy still leaning on WR screens on third and long? And why not run behind Darnell Wright to the right side instead of consistently running to the left the whole fourth quarter? Still not seeing the necessary adjustments from the coaching staff to help a flawed team win another very winnable game.

Kevin Kaduk

Cole Kmet had a game. Tyson Bagent had a good first half. A few defensive players flashed. Everything else mostly sucked. Thursday night’s matchup against the Carolina Panthers is going to be something.

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