Sep 8, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bears tight end Martellus Bennett (83) dives for and misses a pass with Cincinnati Bengals middle linebacker Rey Maualuga (58) defending during the first quarter at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports
The Cincinnati Bengals played good enough to win Sunday, but mistakes and dumb penalties doomed them vs the Chicago Bears in a game they lost by a mere three points.
Cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick drew a critical 15-yard penalty for a personal foul that set up Chicago’s 58-yard field goal to close the first-half.
The worst offense though effectively iced the game. With the Bears set to punt the ball with 1:06 to go, middle linebacker Rey Maualuga, who was voted a team captain last season, threw a Bears player to the ground, drawing a penalty that let Chicago run out the clock.
While both offenses were costly concerning the outcome of the game, neither was egregious enough to cost them any game-checks:
Simple mistakes they cannot make, especially the veteran Maualga.