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3 things that stood out in Bears loss

Taking a look at three things that stood out in the Bears' 29-14 loss to the Eagles Monday night:

(1) For the second time in as many games this season, the Bears offense failed to perform up to expectations and gave the team little if any chance to win.

After failing to score any points on seven possessions in the second half of their 23-14 Week 1 loss to the Texans, the Bears produced just one touchdown on 10 drives Monday night versus the Eagles. In two games, they've scored on just three of 22 possessions.

"Right now we're not playing as crisp as we need to on offense, and that includes everybody—the coaches, myself, the players," coach John Fox said Tuesday at Halas Hall. "All our signatures are on it. We've got to play better and that's everywhere."

One of eight winless teams two weeks into the season, the Bears rank 30th in the NFL in average points (14.0) and 31st in total yards (271.0). The offense has failed to score on all 12 of its second-half possessions this year, committing four turnovers and reaching the red zone just once.

"We've been our own worst enemy," Fox said. "We just haven't executed."

The Bears' rushing attack has produced just 137 yards on 38 carries in two games, with starting running back Jeremy Langford limited to 85 yards on 28 carries, a 3.0-yard average.

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(2) After struggling in Houston, the Bears defense showed signs of improvement Monday night before three turnovers by the offense enabled the Eagles to pull away.**

The defense made its greatest strides on third down. A week after allowing the Texans to repeatedly sustain drives by converting 12-of-20 third-down opportunities (60 percent), the unit held the Eagles to a 20 percent success rate (3-of-15).

The Bears made two key third-down stops in the first half to force the Eagles to settle for Caleb Sturgis field goals. Sam Acho was credited with a sack when he chased Carson Wentz out of bounds at the Chicago 7 for a three-yard loss. Deiondre Hall later broke up a pass intended for Trey Burton in the end zone on third-and-seven from the 11.

Earlier in the game, Bryce Callahan saved a touchdown by diving to break up Wentz's pass to Brent Celek. After a sub-par performance in the opener, Willie Young recorded seven tackles, one sack, two tackles-for-loss and one quarterback hit. Jerrell Freeman also was very active, registering five tackles, three tackles-for-loss and one pass breakup.

Jacoby Glenn, who started at cornerback in place of the injured Kyle Fuller for the second straight week, raced down the sideline after getting beat by receiver Nelson Agholor to break up a long pass from Wentz.

(3) The Bears training room no doubt was a busy place after seven players exited the game with injuries, and an eighth in Danny Trevathan suffered a sprained thumb.

Trevathan is scheduled to undergo surgery Wednesday. It is unclear when the inside linebacker will return to action, but Fox said Tuesday that it's not a season-ending injury.

Bears players who left the game were quarterback Jay Cutler (thumb), outside linebacker Lamarr Houston (knee), running back Ka'Deem Carey (hamstring), defensive tackle Eddie Goldman (ankle), safeties Adrian Amos (concussion) and Chris Prosinski (calf) and Callahan (concussion).

The Bears entered the contest with only Fuller on the injury report as he continues to recover from knee surgery. But the rash of injuries they suffered against the Eagles could deplete their roster at key positions as they prepare for Sunday night's game in Dallas.

It certainly will test the Bears' next-man-up approach, especially because they likely will have to rely on inexperienced players in a nationally-televised game they need to win to avoid starting the season 0-3.

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