Chicago Bears defensive end Jared Allen said the team still believes it can make the playoffs despite a three-game losing streak, the St. Paul Pioneer Press' Chris Tomasson reports.
The Bears dropped to 3-6 with a 55-14 loss to the Green Bay Packers on Sunday, the second-straight game they have allowed at least 50 points.
The 32-year-old Allen, who is in his first season with the Bears, said the team still has a chance to contend this season.
"It's tough," Allen said. "Obviously, it's not what you foresee. Obviously, I came to Chicago for a reason. I thought we had all the pieces, and we still do. We just have to be consistent. But you know what, we're still not out of this."
Allen, who is No. 12 all-time in sacks, has just 1.5 sacks this season and missed time earlier this year while battling pneumonia. Despite his low total, the Bears are No. 8 in the league with 41.0 sacks.
However, Chicago is last in the league in yards allowed and No. 26 in scoring defense. The team's offense is No. 22 in yards and No. 15 in points. Quarterback Jay Cutler has completed 66.4 percent of his passes for 2,365 yards and 18 touchdowns, but has also thrown 10 interceptions and lost five fumbles.
The Bears host Allen's former team, the Minnesota Vikings, on Sunday at 1 p.m. ET.
- Paul Palladino