Final Thoughts: The Bears are headed down a rough path

Final Thoughts: The Bears are headed down a rough path
ARLINGTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 25: Alfred Morris #46 of the Dallas Cowboys scores a touchdown against Leonard Floyd #94 of the Chicago Bears in the second quarter at AT&T Stadium on September 25, 2016 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

It wasn’t all ugly for the Bears on Sunday night in Dallas, in a losing effort, 31-17.

Yes, they lost their third straight game to open up the season, but Brian Hoyer moved the ball a bit especially in the second half and Zach Miller and Kevin White finally got going.

The defense struggled mightily at slowing down quarterback Dak Prescott and the Cowboys attack, allowing them to total 447 yards including 199 on the ground with three rushing touchdowns.

Again the Bears were dominated in the time of possession battle, 35:19 to 24:41 to be exact.

I thought Hoyer moved the ball well and in the final half of play, the Bears may have been desperate for point but the playbook was opened up. Alshon Jeffery was hampered with a knee injury as he wore a brace, but Miller, White and Jordan Howard looked good.

Offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains took way too long to get anything going offensively. The conservative approach just doesn’t cut it. The offensive line held up allowing just one quarterback hit and no sacks.

Moving onto a home meeting with Detroit next Sunday, the Bears offense should be able to move the ball down the field. Aaron Rodgers picked them apart this week in a 34-27 win in Green Bay.

Defensively, Sam Acho was the lone bright spot in the pass rushing aspect with the lone quarterback hit. Leonard Floyd was invisible much of the night and Willie Young, Cornelius Washington didn’t do much in the game.

The Bears are lacking much up front allowing 4.9 yards per rush and 10.3 yards per pass on the night. Injuries have derailed Vic Fangio’s unit, but this goes deeper than health issues.

The problems are more than just one position or one coach, Jay Cutler or John Fox won’t fix much or bring life back. Fox finally stood up and challenged two times, winning both. He showed some effort as a coach and that is good moving forward.

It’s time for the Bears to turn it around against a Lions team that is flat out bad on the defensive end. Matthew Stafford and wide receiver Marvin Jones Jr. have been a lethal combo but Tracy Porter has done a fine job against team’s No. 1 pass catchers.

Harold Jones-Quartey leaving with a concussion and Jeremy Langford exiting with an ankle injury hurts, but the Bears need Jones-Quartey badly on the backend. Howard can carry the load in the backfield if Langford is out for any period of time.

Figuring out what the Bears will be interesting because they have gone winless two straight seasons in September for the first time since 1997-98 when Dave Wannstedt was the head coach. Fox doesn’t want to be that guy or he may never get another head coaching gig in this league again.

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