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Alshon Jeffery: We need to score touchdowns

CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 16: Jalen Ramsey #20 of the Jacksonville Jaguars defends a pass to Alshon Jeffery #17 of the Chicago Bears in the first quarter of the game at Soldier Field on October 16, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images) Getty Images

The Bears moved the ball well several times and they got the ball inside the 30 after a Jaguars fumble in the fourth quarter on Sunday, but they only scored one touchdown while opening up a 16-7 lead with 8:28 left to play in the game.

The failure to get more points on the board came back to bite the Bears as the Jaguars drove for a pair of scores over the next five-plus minutes to take a 17-16 lead they wouldn’t relinquish before the final whistle. The Bears also kicked three field goals in their Week Five loss to the Colts and the Bears have scored the fewest points in the league this season, which left wide receiver Alshon Jeffery to draw a pretty simple conclusion about what needs to change if Chicago’s going to win more games this season.

“We have to score f—ing touchdowns,” Jeffery said, via the Chicago Sun-Times. “That’s it. period. Touchdowns win games. See what three points get us?”

The issue for the Bears right now is whether there’s enough talent on hand to make a significant difference on the scoreboard. Things were a bit better on the scoring front last year, but the Bears still finished 6-10 and this year’s roster isn’t noticeably better with injuries keeping several starters off the field for some or all of the year.

Changing that isn’t going to be an overnight process and that likely means some more rough sailing over the rest of the season.

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24 Responses to “Alshon Jeffery: We need to score touchdowns”
  1. doe22us says: Oct 17, 2016 12:00 PM

    Dont know the status of Cutler’s health but he is not afraid to sling it, they better put him back there, because Hoyer just plays caution ball.

  2. runningoutofboundsisforgringos says: Oct 17, 2016 12:13 PM

    Well, he seems to have hit the nail right on the head

  3. bassplucker says: Oct 17, 2016 12:14 PM

    Sorry to say but I’m pretty sure the only way Alshon is back as a Bear in 2017 is if he gets tagged again. He strikes me as a guy that values more than just the numbers on his paycheck. If a team comes along offering him the total package – not just huge money but also winning and good team chemistry – why would he not take it?

  4. spdy34 says: Oct 17, 2016 12:15 PM

    If Chicago is going to lose the games anyway might as well put Cutler back in. At least it would be more entertaining than seeing Hoyer and his 5 yard passes.

  5. bombacim says: Oct 17, 2016 12:16 PM

    Yes there is a simple solution. You put in 6 back under center. It is that simple. Hoyer is not as talented and cannot throw all of the throws to get into the endzone. Cutler has 21 comebacks in his career. Enough for top 20 all time. He would have been 19th all time if he had been in the last two games. Say what you want about INT’s or whatever. But 6 wins games when put in those situations.

  6. firejerry says: Oct 17, 2016 12:17 PM

    Pace should look into the mirror…….the roster that he has put together is junk. Congratulations on building one of the worst rosters in the NFL.

  7. mickmars says: Oct 17, 2016 12:18 PM

    Alshon also stated that Chicago is very cold in the winter, and that Donald Trump is a touch egotistical in his rambling nod to Captain Obvious….

  8. snaponrules says: Oct 17, 2016 12:21 PM

    For the idiot Cutler haters, here is what you have always asked for.

    A noodle armed QB who so careful with the ball he throws nothing but safe passes. He is so worried about hitting the safe checkdown that he scores no points. Has zero ability to read a defense in the red zone and zero ability to fit the ball in tight spots. The guy just folds in any pressure situation.

    He has not been able to pull out wins against two of the worst teams in the NFL.

    Lots of great stats, lots of yards and lots of losses to lesser opponents.

    Enjoy it, your wish has come true.

  9. snaponrules says: Oct 17, 2016 12:22 PM

    For the Cutler haters, here is what you have always asked for.

    A noodle armed QB who so careful with the ball he throws nothing but safe passes. He is so worried about hitting the safe checkdown that he scores no points. Has zero ability to read a defense in the red and zero ability to fit the ball in tight spots. Fold under any pressure situation.

    He has not been able to pull out wins against two of the worst teams in the NFL.

    Lots of great stats, lots of yards and lots of losses to lesser opponents.

    Enjoy it, your wish has come true.

  10. leatherface2012 says: Oct 17, 2016 12:28 PM

    I have always said……..you don’t need td’s if you kick 16 field goals per game

  11. leatherface2012 says: Oct 17, 2016 12:30 PM

    don’t need td’s if u kick 15 field goals per game

  12. mistyzhang says: Oct 17, 2016 12:37 PM

    Excellent observation Alshon.

  13. Purple People Eaters says: Oct 17, 2016 12:42 PM

    Luckily, you got the Packers next…

  14. Indybear says: Oct 17, 2016 12:48 PM

    This is exactly what Brian Hoyer gives you. Nice, safe individual stats with losing team records. AJ gets my vote for this year’s Einstein Award, by the way.

  15. corchamp says: Oct 17, 2016 12:49 PM

    Maybe you should’ve played a better second half instead of letting a rookie DB shut you out

  16. boiler72 says: Oct 17, 2016 12:53 PM

    The Packers better steamroll the Bears this week, or McCarthy should be fired immediately.

  17. vetdana says: Oct 17, 2016 1:03 PM

    Alshon Jeffery…..his scoring acumen equals his vocabulary….the Bears are no better in their second year under Fox.They are a joke in the League and very difficult to watch, and even less difficult to support ! Put a fork in it….Da …Bears are all done !…whatever happened to the monsters of the midway ?

  18. metalhead65 says: Oct 17, 2016 1:13 PM

    at this point if Cutler is not ready to play or they do not want to then stick Matt Barkley in and see what he can do, can’t be any worse than captain checkdown and his 5 yard passes on 3rd and 7. the guy can’t read defenses and constantly ignores guys who are open but not in the play call. he does not turn the ball over but does not win games either. he chokes the min. there is any pressure on him to deliver in the clutch. the game was over yesterday as soon as the jags scored because there was pressure on hoyer to make a play to keep drives alive and he could not do it. 2 weeks in a row they have lost to teams they should have and would have won if Cutler were in the game. hate him all you want the record without him says it all.

  19. thevza says: Oct 17, 2016 2:00 PM

    It’s really a shame that Connor Shaw went on IR during the preseason. The only time I’ve seen some real energy in the Bears offense since July was when he closed out preseason games. Would have loved to see him start a few this season and evaluate his potential.

  20. mallethead329 says: Oct 17, 2016 2:22 PM

    This is the answer. RUN THE BALL! RUN THE BALL! RUN THE BALL! Eventually the Bears will get better than they are. You are losing anyway, so RUN THE BALL! Try being the BEARS that everyone knows. I am sick of this throwing the ball all over the place. Run the ball and keep it out of the hands of the other team.

  21. mallethead329 says: Oct 17, 2016 2:24 PM

    This is the answer. RUN THE BALL! RUN THE BALL! RUN THE BALL! Eventually the Bears will get better than they are. You are losing anyway, so RUN THE BALL! Try being the BEARS that everyone knows. I am sick of this throwing the ball all over the place. Give the ball to Howard and run. Run the ball and keep it out of the hands of the other team.

  22. cheapseater says: Oct 17, 2016 2:26 PM

    Alshon could have also kept balling instead of letting rookie Jalen Ramsey shut him down in the second half.

  23. pkrjones says: Oct 17, 2016 2:32 PM

    Lucky you, Alshon, you get the Packers on Thursday night. Looks like you’re due for a 200+ yd night and a couple of TD’s!

  24. frank booth says: Oct 17, 2016 2:39 PM

    Touchdowns? Let’s tap the brakes a bit. How about first downs? When it’s 3rd and 7, how about not throwing 5 yard passes right in front of two defenders waiting to make the tackle?

    A game with no redeeming value- even if the Bears had won. A boring game on both sides. Sluggish, disinterested fans (and rightly so), hungover from the Cubs game. An ugly day with uncomfortable humidity. Topped off by moronic fans from both sides fighting outside Soldier Field.

    There’s nothing more valiant than some idiot fans of two crappy teams with no existing rivalry punching and kicking each other in the head after a game. The good news was that there wasn’t even any passion in the beatings that I saw, and they were very short.

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