Bears' Andy Dalton explains appreciation for David Montgomery

Montgomery rushed for 108 yards in the Bears' loss to the Rams on Sunday in their season opener.

(670 The Score) The Bears' offense had moderate success in their 34-14 loss to the Rams on Sunday against a foe that boasted the NFL's top-ranked defense in 2020.

The Bears were led offensively by third-year running back David Montgomery, who had 16 carries for 108 yards and a touchdown. For quarterback Andy Dalton, Montgomery's performance matched the demeanor he had sensed from him since joining the organization in March.

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"I've appreciated him from the moment I got here," Dalton told reporters Wednesday at Halas Hall. "To see the way he works, the way he prepares, the way he practices, then to see it in a game shows what he's able to do. It's been fun to just see his ability and how he keeps fighting, finding ways to get extra yards, make some explosive plays for us."

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The Bears had 322 yards of offense in their loss and averaged 4.7 yards per play, but they expressed confidence in continued improvement.

Montgomery, 24, rushed for 1,070 yards and eight touchdowns in 2020, his second NFL season. The Bears (0-1) host the Bengals (1-0) on Sunday at Soldier Field.