Even with Marshall and Cutler, Bears' offense isn't good enough

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Even with Marshall and Cutler, Bears' offense isn't good enough

Sometimes numbers tell the story and sometimes they don't. The Bears outgained the Vikings 438 to 248, had 22 first downs to Minnesota's 17 and held a struggling Christian Ponder to a paltry 91 yards passing.

However, the number that explains the Bears problems is seven, as in the seven touchdowns they have scored over five games, four of which they have lost. It's the anchor that is keeping this team from moving forward and perhaps will be the reason they miss the playoffs and are in the market for a new head coach -- a head coach that clearly doesn't have the ability to choose an offensive coordinator capable of simply making the Bears' offense average.

Everybody sees that this offense is one of the worst in the NFL. Time and time again they kill themselves. Sunday it was penalties, dropped balls and turnovers. Despite that, they still couldn't manage more than two touchdowns. After 13 games there is no identity and nothing that says they can turn it around.

It has been a one-man offense of Brandon Marshall and a whole bunch of spectators. Marshall has been putting up all-world type numbers like his franchise record 101 receptions, but it's almost as if nobody else in the offense is a part of the game plan.

If the offense continues this path of less that 14 points per game, the Bears will not be in the playoffs and major changes will follow in the offseason. Defense may win championships, but defenses are not supposed to score touchdowns every week in order for teams to win. There are too many good offenses in the NFL for the Bears to continually keep coming up with the short end of the stick. It's their history and one that needs to change.

If scoring less than two touchdowns a contest was acceptable, there would be no need to have Jay Cutler or Marshall on the team. These players were brought here to help put up points, but football is a team sport and it takes all 11 guys on one side of the ball to do their part. And as long as the Bears offense doesn't pull it's weight, the story will not change.

The numbers won't add up to championship caliber football.

Dwyane Wade gets a little help but saves the day defensively over Kings

Dwyane Wade gets a little help but saves the day defensively over Kings

It was a gift and the Bulls weren't going to look it in the mouth as Dwyane Wade was poised to finish off another one of his sterling defensive plays with a breakaway dunk with the game tied and Arron Afflalo and DeMarcus Cousins trailing.

Lightly touched by the small of his back by Cousins, Wade miscalculated his liftoff and missed the dunk but was bailed out by the refs for a foul with 14 seconds left.

Then, he bailed the Bulls out.

Wade had his fifth fourth-quarter defensive play, stripping Cousins on a steal on the ensuing possession with the Sacramento Kings having a chance to win, leading to a Michael Carter-Williams dunk and finishing a 102-99 win Saturday night at the United Center.

It was a clock-turning performance for Wade on both ends of the floor, even if his missed dunk is a reminder that he is 35 years old. But putting up 30 with six rebounds and four assists on the second night of a back-to-back is proof positive he took Friday's loss to Atlanta personally and used his play to back up those feelings.

He scored 13 in the fourth, along with the last of his four blocked shots and all three of his steals took place in the final 12.

Cousins dominated the game with 42 and 14 rebounds in 35 minutes, the only Kings player in double figures all night.

Back-to-back triples from Cousins gave him 40 and tied the game at 97, as a third one rimmed out with a little under two minutes left.

Cousins dominated the start of the third quarter, hitting midrange jumpers over Robin Lopez and taunting the Bulls bench after hitting a jumper to put the Kings ahead, 70-63 midway through the third.

It looked like the worst was over when the Bulls made a short run to end the third, surviving the onslaught from Cousins — and surviving their own experimenting as the Paul Zipser played heavy minutes and even finished out the game on the floor.

Zipser scored 13 and Nikola Mirotic scored 11 off the bench, with Jimmy Butler scoring 23 with seven assists and five rebounds in 39 minutes.

Phillips DT Chris Elmore commits to Syracuse

Phillips DT Chris Elmore commits to Syracuse

Phillips senior three-star ranked defensive tackle Chris Elmore (6-foot-0, 270 pounds) has given Syracuse his verbal commitment while on his official visit.

Elmore, who first announced his decision via his Twitter account, was asked why he decided to commit to the Orangemen.

"(Syracuse) is the place for me," according to Elmore via text. "I just feel it and I didn't want to pass up a chance to play for Syracuse and in the ACC."

Elmore, who originally gave then Western Michigan head coach PJ Fleck his verbal commitment back last summer reopened his recruiting process once Fleck left WMU to take the head coaching job at Minnesota.

Elmore is now the 20th known verbal commitment to Syracuse and the first from Chicagoland in the Class of 2017.