Coverage breakdowns were too numerous to count, accentuated by repeated failures to tackle and come up quickly enough in run support.
The first group charged with stopping the run failed badly and often, getting out of assigned gaps and then being blocked even further out of plays.
It is a little unusual for a team not to start its No. 1 wide receiver, especially when it was that team’s top draft choice, but then Tavon Austin is a little unusual.
The football seasons of Chicago and St. Louis have turned and will continue to turn for the time being at least, on backup quarterbacks.