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Blowout loss a carbon copy for Bears


This space is usually reserved to address four things we learned in the most recent Bears game.

Unfortunately, there were so many similarities between their lopsided losses Oct. 26 in New England and Sunday night in Green Bay that there wasn't a whole lot new to learn.

In both cases, the Bears got picked apart by one of the best quarterbacks in NFL history. First it was the Patriots' Tom Brady who passed for 354 yards and five touchdowns in a 51-23 romp. And then it was Aaron Rodgers who threw for 315 yards and six TDs in a 55-14 drubbing.

The Bears were outscored in the second quarter 31-7 by the Patriots and 28-0 by the Packers en route to trailing at halftime 38-7 in New England and 42-0 in Green Bay.

What bothered coach Marc Trestman the most was that the Bears were unable to improve upon their performance against the Patriots despite having a bye week before facing the Packers.

"I think the most disappointed I've been is coming off the bye to play the way we did yesterday," Trestman said Monday. "That's probably the most disappointing part of this year."

On Sunday, the Bears allowed Rodgers to throw TD passes on Green Bay's first five possessions. Chicago's offense, meanwhile, was blanked in the first half for the second time in three games.

"We finished yesterday as not a very good football team," Trestman said. "We had another slow start. We've seen ourselves when we don't have slow starts and we've had a litany of them over the last three weeks and certainly that's unacceptable.

"Certainly we came up against two very great quarterbacks. But that doesn't have anything to do with anything we're doing offensively."

Trestman acknowledged knowing that Bears fans are upset with what's transpired this season and is concentrating on preparing the team for Sunday's home game against the Vikings.

"I think that their passion for this football team speaks for itself," Trestman said. "I don't [hear] a lot of it; I try to keep the noise out. I certainly can imagine the depth of their passion right now at our lack of productivity on the football field. I get all that and I accept that sitting in this position.

"Our focus has to be on Minnesota and working out of this mess we've gotten ourselves into. I think our guys will come back and be ready to do the things they need to do in the course of the week to be ready to play the Vikings on Sunday."

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