(670 The Score) The Bears are in a spiral, losing five straight games to drop to 5-6. Their hopes are growing bleaker each week, and the futures of general manager Ryan Pace and coach Matt Nagy are in question.
Save for a poor defensive effort in a 41-25 loss to the Packers on Sunday night, the Bears’ main trouble has been an anemic offense that ranks 29th in scoring and 31st in yardage the NFL. It’s obvious to any viewer that the Bears offense has been awful, but a few eye-opening numbers drive the point home further. The offense has been so abysmal that the Bears are often playing from behind, but when Chicago is ahead on any given occasion, it usually does little to maintain that advantage.
Consider this: Of the 216 points the Bears have scored this season, 166 of them have come while they trailed. That means the Bears have scored 76.9% of their points while playing from behind.
Of the 50 points the Bears have scored while not playing from behind, 29 of them have come while they were leading (the other 21 came with the score tied at the time). Those 29 points came in the form of a touchdown and a field goal against the Giants in Week 2, a touchdown and three field goals against the Panthers in Week 6 and a field goal against the Saints in Week 8.
Let’s repeat that, for emphasis: The Bears have scored just two touchdowns this season when currently leading in a game.
The Bears have held a lead of some sort in seven of their 11 games this season. In two of those contests, the Bears only held a lead late and then at the final buzzer, as they authored come-from-behind wins against the Lions in their season opener and then against the Falcons two weeks later.
The season-long struggles have all added up to a growing uncertainty and a possible housecleaning looming at season’s end.