Bears kicker Connor Barth missed a field goal Sunday. (AP)

Good, bad and worse: How the Bears fared in 20-12 loss to Saints

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Some weeks are better than others for the Bears:

Good week

Tre McBride had three catches for 92 yards, including a 45-yarder on a crossing route that led to the Bears’ first field goal.

“I beat the safety across the face, and there was nobody open,” McBride said. Mitch [Trubisky] put a dime right on the money, I caught it, got everything that I could and we’re moving on down the field.”

McBride had the team’s best receiving-yardage output since Christmas Eve despite playing only 63 percent of the snaps. Tanner Gentry, by contrast, played all but two plays and had no catches on one target.

“The chemistry? Yeah, it definitely clicks — you start to feel more comfortable,” McBride said. “You start to be able to anticipate more based on previous plays and how they came out, the outcome of those plays”


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Bad week

The offensive line lost right guard Kyle Long (left hand) and center Cody Whitehair (right elbow) to injury Sunday. Coach John Fox praised their replacements, but right guard Tom Compton gave up one hit and three hurries, according to Pro Football Focus.

Worst week

Kicker Connor Barth’s missed field goal made him 7-for-11 for the season and 25-for-34 since he took Robbie Gould’s place to start the 2016 season. His 73.5 percent field-goal clip with the Bears is 10 percentage points lower than his average in five seasons with the Buccaneers.

With a bye week coming up, the Bears have ample time to find his replacement, if they so choose.

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