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Bears offense struggles again in defeat


The Bears offense remained stuck in neutral Monday night, spinning its wheels for the second time in as many games in a disappointing 29-14 loss to the visiting Eagles.

After failing to score any points on seven possessions in the second half of their Week 1 loss to the Texans, the Bears produced just one touchdown on 10 drives Monday night.

The other nine possessions resulted in two lost fumbles, one interception, one missed field goal, four punts and one turnover on downs.

"We didn't play well," said tight end Zach Miller, who caught four passes for 33 yards. "The defense kept us in it early. We didn't do enough offensively to win that football game. We have to fix it. We've got to correct it. It's Week 2; you can't panic. We have an entire season left, but right now it's not good and we know that."

Jay Cutler, who exited Monday night's game with a thumb injury late in the third quarter after completing 12 of 17 passes for 157 yards, had trouble explaining what's ailing the offense.

"I don't know, but it's not where it should be," said Cutler, "I think everyone's probably a little taken back by what happened during that game. We had a good game plan. I know [offensive coordinator] Dowell [Loggains] and the coaches are putting together good game plans, they're calling good games. It's kind of one thing after another that kills drives. So we've got to figure it out obviously."

The Bears committed turnovers on three straight drives in the second half as Cutler lost a fumble and threw an interception and running back Jeremy Langford lost a fumble.

"We need to get better, there's no doubt about it," said coach John Fox. "Turning the ball over tonight was very problematic, and that's something we've got to get cleaned up."

To the house: Eddie Royal's 65-yard punt return touchdown was the first by the Bears since Devin Hester's 81-yarder against the Redskins in Washington on Oct. 20, 2013.

It was the third punt-return TD of Royal's nine-year NFL career. The previous two came when he played for the Broncos—a 71-yarder against the Chargers on Oct. 19, 2009 and an 85-yarder versus the Raiders on Nov. 6, 2011.

Backfield in motion: Bears fifth-round pick Jordan Howard made his NFL debut, rushing for 22 yards on three carries. Starter Jeremy Langford gained 28 yards on 11 attempts, while Ka'Deem Carey had one rush for nine yards before exiting with a hamstring injury.

Roster notes: Cornerback Kyle Fuller (knee) missed his second straight game. Jacoby Glenn started in his place—leading the Bears with seven tackles according to press box statistics—and rookie fourth-round pick Deiondre' Hall also played.

Other Bears inactives were cornerback Cre'von LeBlanc, safety Deon Bush, linebacker Nick Kwiatkoski, center Eric Kush, receiver Cameron Meredith and defensive end Cornelius Washington.

News and notes: The Eagles scored 26 unanswered points, turning a 7-3 deficit into a 29-7 lead. ... After allowing the Texans to convert 12-of-20 third-down opportunities in the season opener, the Bears defense limited Philadelphia to 3-of-15 on third down. ... The Eagles held a decisive edge in time of possession of 36:05-23:55. ... Outside linebackers Willie Young and Sam Acho both recorded sacks for the Bears.

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