With their season at a crossroads and their sputtering offense creating more angst than points in Chicago, the Bears look to right themselves and get back into playoff contention in the NFC on Sunday when they host the struggling Chargers.
How to Watch:
When: Sunday, Oct. 27
Where: Soldier Field, Chicago, Ill.
Time: 1:00 p.m. ET
Live Stream: fuboTV (try for free)
A season that began with Super Bowl expectations has given way to frustration in Chicago (3–3), where third-year quarterback Mitch Trubisky has not made the jump to being one of the league’s elites at the position. He has struggled with consistency in the passing game, and the retooled offense with rookie running back David Montgomery and all-purpose back Tarik Cohen designed has failed to take hold.
The latest example of those woes came in last Sunday's 36–25 home loss to New Orleans, which was nowhere near as close as the final score shows considering the Bears scored a pair of meaningless touchdowns in the last 2:31. Chicago picked up 132 of its 252 yards on those scoring drives, and the ground game was non-existent as it finished with 17 yards on just seven rushes.
The late flurry gave Trubisky, who was back after a one-game absence with a dislocated non-throwing shoulder, respectable numbers. He completed 34 of 54 passes for 251 yards and a pair of touchdowns. However, he has just five touchdown passes in as many games, and his 82.8 passer rating ranks 28th among 29 quarterbacks with at least 50 pass attempts.
The stress on the defense finally proved too much to bear as New Orleans pounded Chicago for 424 yards–the most allowed by the Bears on the season. After holding opponents to 290.8 yards per game and 45 points in the first four contests, the Bears have been gashed for 822 yards and 60 points in their losses to Oakland and New Orleans.
While the Bears try to salvage their season, the Chargers may already be careening out of control. Los Angeles (2–5) has lost three straight games by a combined 17 points, but last Sunday's 23–20 loss at Tennessee is the second straight one that came following a change at quarterback by the opponent.
The Chargers failed to stop Ryan Tannehill, who threw for 312 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Philip Rivers did his best to cancel him out with 329 passing yards and a pair of scores and also gave his team a chance to win the game with a late drive that got to the Tennessee 1-yard line inside the final minute. A touchdown on first down by Melvin Gordon was reversed on replay, and his second-down carry resulted in a fumble that cost Los Angeles the victory.
Gordon's early-season holdout continues to have repercussions on the Chargers running game. Los Angeles finished with 39 yards–its third straight game with less than 40–and its season average of 74.3 yards ranks 27th in the league and well off its 2018 mark of 117.1 per game.
The Bears have won six of the last seven games between the teams, including a 22–19 victory in the most recent matchup in 2015. The Chargers lone victory in five games in the Windy City came in their first visit in 1970.