There’s an adage in football about how leaving points on the field can come back around to bite you. The Chicago Bears embodied it Sunday when they kicked three field goals to take a 16-7 lead on the Jacksonville Jaguars with less than 9 minutes to go before allowing a wild comeback and losing 17-16 to fall to 1-5.
After the game, Alshon Jeffery summed up the issue.
“We have to score f***ing touchdowns,” he said, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. “That’s it. Period. Touchdowns win games. See what three points get us?”
For the extremely soft-spoken Jeffery, this was stepping out of the box a little, but it’s been easy to see his frustration this season. Video went viral of him the week before throwing his hands up in frustration as quarterback Brian Hoyer didn’t spot him open on a fourth-down attempt late in the loss to the Indianapolis Colts.
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— ⓂarcusD2.0 (@_MarcusD2_) October 9, 2016
In that game, the Bears kicked three field goals and lost 29-23. For the season, the Bears rank 7th in the NFL in yards but dead last in points.
Jeffery is playing out this season on the franchise tag after he and the team did not come to agreement on a long-term deal last summer. He’s been expected to depart after season’s end, but the season-ending fibula injury to former No. 7 overall pick Kevin White could complicate the decision for the Bears. This season, Jeffery leads the Bears with 29 receptions for 487 yards but has not scored a touchdown.