Following the first game of the season, the general consensus around the 2015 Chicago Bears was that they were noticeably smarter and more disciplined than last year’s team.
That all went out the window Sunday.
Against the Cardinals, the Bears set a franchise rec0rd for the amount of penalty yards they accrued through the game. Early in the fourth quarter the Bears already tied the record at 165 penalty yards.
They did! And we were here to witness it. https://t.co/yeQ46NpOtu— Kevin Fishbain (@kfishbain) September 20, 2015
The most yards the Bears have been penalized in one game ever was 165 in 1951. They had 163 penalty yards in Green Bay last season.— Kevin Fishbain (@kfishbain) September 20, 2015
The sloppy performance helped the Bears on their way to an ugly game against the Cardinals. For most of the game, the Bears had more penalty yards than the total passing yards for Carson Palmer.
Statistically, the Bears were almost perfectly even in every statistical category with Arizona, other than penalties. Even after Jay Cutler left with an injury, the offense was able to move, only to be killed by penalties.
Cardinals take the lead in Chicago thanks in part to this pass INT penalty #Bears #ARIvsCHI https://t.co/z7JXjzFHml— 𝙰𝚕𝚍𝚘 𝙶𝚊𝚗𝚍𝚒𝚊 (@AldoBarkeeper) September 20, 2015
The Bears finished with a total of 14 penalties for 170 yards. They lost 48-23 and fell to 0-2 for the first time since 2003.