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Nagy has 'all the faith in the world' in Piñeiro


Eddy Piñeiro was nearly perfect through the Bears' first six games of the season, making 9-of-10 field-goal attempts and 11-of-11 extra-point tries.

The first-year kicker struggled for the first time in Sunday's 17-16 loss to the Chargers, missing 2-of-5 field-goal attempts. He hit the right upright on a 33-yarder in the first quarter and missed a 41-yarder wide left as time expired that would have given the Bears the win.

Moving forward, coach Matt Nagy is confident that Piñero will rebound.

"Because I know who he is as a person," Nagy said. "And we've seen it in practice and we've seen him nail a 53-yard game-winner in Denver."

Piñeiro was named NFC special teams player of the week following a 16-14 win over the Broncos Sept. 15 after making all three field goals he attempted, including a game-winning 53-yarder as time expired.

Sunday marked only the second time that Piñeiro has missed multiple field-goal attempts in a college or pro game. In his second game at Florida in 2016, he made a 54-yarder but missed from 42 and 48 yards in a 45-7 win over Kentucky.

Piñeiro's only miss this season before Sunday had come on a 44-yard attempt in a Week 3 win over the Redskins, three days after he had injured his right knee while lifting weights at Halas Hall.

"We love Eddy," Nagy said. "We have all the faith in the world in him. We know he's going to bounce back. Ask anybody on the team."