Bears Post Worst Offensive Showing In Nagy Era

The Bears had just 164 yards of offense in a 22-14 loss to the Eagles on Sunday.

Chris Emma
November 03, 2019 - 5:05 pm
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PHILADELPHIA (670 The Score) -- The Bears reached a new low that they never could've imagined in a loss to the Eagles on Sunday, posting just nine yards of offense in the first half as part of their latest show of ineptitude.

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The yardage output was the lowest in a first half in 40 years in the NFL, according to ESPN Stats & Information. The lifeless first half kept the Bears from completing a second-half comeback, as they fell 22-14 to the Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field on Sunday. The Bears have dropped four straight games and are 3-5 in a spiraling season.

As they're no closer to getting their broken offense fixed and their season back on track, what's the Bears' level of frustration?

"It's losing," quarterback Mitchell Trubisky said. "It's not playing up to what we know we're capable of. It's making simple mistakes. It's getting out-executed. Getting outplayed when we know we're capable of much more. When we know we have more inside of us. When we know we're talented but still coming up short."

The Bears had 164 yards of total offense Sunday, by far their lowest mark since coach Matt Nagy took over in 2018. It was also the Bears' fewest yards of total offense since a 15-14 loss to the 49ers on Dec. 3, 2017, when they had 147 yards.

Trubisky was 10-of-21 for 125 yards while the Bears rushed 18 times for 62 yards. The Bears also lost 23 yards on three sacks of Trubisky. Each of Chicago's six possessions in the first half ended with a punt by Pat O'Donnell, who finished with eight in total.

"Just really, really sloppy," Nagy said of the first half. "Extremely sloppy."

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The Bears' biggest play of the game came early in the third quarter as Trubisky hit wide-open receiver Taylor Gabriel for a 53-yard connection. That set up David Montgomery for his first of two one-yard touchdown runs.

Despite the first-half struggles, the Bears only trailed 19-14 in the fourth quarter and had a chance to potentially take the lead with a scoring drive. But on second-and-9 with 8:58 left, Montgomery dropped a screen pass, then tight end Adam Shaheen couldn't catch a pass toward the sidelines.

Nagy elected to punt, and the Eagles embarked on a 16-play, 69-yard drive for a Jake Elliott field goal that took 8:14 off the clock. The Bears were positioned with one last chance with 22 seconds remaining, but Shaheen muffed the ensuing kickoff.

The Bears arrived in Philadelphia believing they had found more of an offensive identity by successfully committing to the running game a week prior. They departed town after their worst performance on offense and another loss under their belt.

"That's why you have this crappy feeling," Trubisky said. "That's where the frustration comes. Losing sucks. You can tell we don't like it. That's why it sucks."

Chris Emma covers the Bears, Chicago’s sports scene and more for 670TheScore.com. Follow him on Twitter @CEmma670.