Good, bad and worst: How the Bears fared in their 20-10 loss to Lions
Some weeks are better than others for the Bears:
Markus Wheaton lives! The veteran receiver, signed to a two-year, $11 million deal this offseason, doubled his season output. He had two catches for 42 yards Saturday, 10 weeks since his last — and only — catch of the season: a 4-yarder on the last play of the Vikings game.
“Just being on the field, I enjoy every moment,” he said. “It’s frustrating at the same time — not getting touches, not being involved.”
He said his chemistry with quarterback Mitch Trubisky is improving.
“Hopefully he’s starting to get a little more comfortable with me being out there,” he said.
Coming off their best week of the year, the Bears’ offensive line struggled.
Coach John Fox can blame injuries there, but still: left tackle Charles Leno had two penalties — a hold and a false start — and center Cody Whitehair had a 10-yard illegal use of hands flag. The Bears ran for only 43 yards on 15 tries, and quarterback Mitch Trubisky was sacked twice.
Dowell Loggains. The Lions had allowed 100-plus rushing yards in each of their past six games, and the coordinator’s Bears couldn’t muster half that.
The Bears’ offense, and identity, is based on establishing the run early.
“When we haven’t been able to do that,” Fox said, “it’s been some looks like (Saturday).”
Which is to say, ugly. Any hope of a strong offensive finish saving Loggains’ job — or Fox’s — probably vanished with each of quarterback Mitch Trubisky’s three interceptions.