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Chalk Talk: Will Bears keep throwing deep?

Wondering about a player, a past game or another issue involving the Bears? Senior writer Larry Mayer answers a variety of questions from fans on ChicagoBears.com.

The Bears haven't had a lot of success throwing deep passes so far this season. Mitchell Trubisky's longest pass against the Seahawks was intercepted and he didn't connect on some deep throws in Green Bay. Do you think they will keep throwing long?
Ross D.
Crystal Lake, Illinois

Yes, coach Matt Nagy believes in pushing the ball down the field and will continue to call long passes. Even if they aren't completed, they stretch the defense, creating more space for underneath throws. Here's what Nagy said Tuesday about whether the Bears will continue to throw the ball deep downfield: "You keep going with it. That's going to be our message. We're not going to stop doing that. When you start just dinking and dunking and going short throws or trying to run the ball too much, then it's advantage defense. You've got to be able to make them use the whole field, so we're never going to stop doing that."

When was the last time the Bears were at or above the .500 mark?
Robert K.
Muskegon, Michigan

Monday night's win over the Seahawks gave the Bears a .500 record for the first time since they were 3-3 in 2014 in Marc Trestman's second and final year as coach. They haven't been above .500 since they were 2-1 that season. Here's hoping they achieve that same record Sunday with a win over the Cardinals in Arizona.

Have the Bears ever returned interceptions for touchdowns in the first two games of a season?
Danny G.
Ankeny, Iowa

This year marks the first time the Bears have accomplished that feat since 1950 when linebacker Gerald "Bones" Weatherly did it himself with interception returns for touchdowns of 35 yards and 23 yards in road wins over the Los Angeles Rams and San Francisco 49ers, respectively. This season, outside linebacker Khalil Mack and cornerback Prince Amukamara have pick-sixes of 27 and 49 yards versus the Packers and Seahawks, respectively.

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