It has been a struggle this year for Jay Cutler and company. They’ve suffered several three-game losing streaks and are currently sitting in last place place in the NFC North at 5-8 overall. They are now eliminate from playoff contention. They’re coming off of a disappointing Thanksgiving day performance against the Detroit Lions where they were held to just three points the entire second half of the game.
The Bears rank 10th worst in total offense and 5th worst in points scored this season in the NFL, with their highest point total being 27 against the New York Jets all the way back in Week Two. “We haven’t scored early so we’ve been behind from the get-go,” Cutler said in this week’s press conference. “I don’t think we’ve run the ball probably as well as we’ve wanted to. We haven’t really forced teams to come up and play us tight.”
The defense, usually a staple in Chicago, hasn’t been much better. The Bears rank dead-last in the league in pass defense and are the sixth worst in the league in points allowed. “I am confounded by what I’m seeing on that side of the ball,” head coach Marc Trestman said this week. “It needs to improve vastly.”
The Bears will get a chance to improve their record at home to .500 this Thursday when they face the 8-4 Dallas Cowboys from the NFC East. The game will kick off at 7:30 PM central time and will be a critical one to win if Chicago wants any chance of reaching the postseason.