Bears Get Montgomery Going, Stall In Red Zone

CHICAGO (670 The Score) -- The main storyline surrounding the Bears the past week was how coach Matt Nagy planned to get his team's stagnant running game moving. The results were buried in another disappointing loss Sunday.

The Bears fell to the Chargers 17-16 at Soldier Field despite their best rushing performance on the season. Rookie running back David Montgomery had a career-high 135 rushing yards on 27 carries as the Bears ran for 162 yards on 38 carries.

The result came a week after the Bears rushed a franchise-low seven times during a 36-25 loss to the Saints, after which Nagy was resolute in declaring his rushing game would be activated.

"There was more attempts," Nagy said postgame. "I felt like our guys were going pretty good. 

"(Montgomery), he ran hard. He runs hard. He's a hard runner."

The balance helped the Bears post a season-high 388 yards of total offense, the first time they'd surpassed the 300-yard mark this season. That was also far more than the Chargers' 231 yards of offense. Quarterback Mitchell Trubisky finished 23-of-35 for 253 yards and an interception.

What doomed the Bears was that they produced just one touchdown in five red-zone trips. They settled for field goals on three occasions after deep drives.

The Bears lost after kicker Eddy Pineiro missed a 41-yard field-goal attempt wide left as time expired. While Pineiro accepted his share of the blame for the miss, the Bears pointed to their ineffective work inside the 20-yard line.

"It was the run game wasn't working and the pass game," Nagy said. 

"We've got to be better."

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