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Quick hits: Offense lacks consistency, rhythm in loss


GREEN BAY, Wis. – After producing seven touchdowns in back-to-back wins over the Lions and Cowboys the previous two weeks, the Bears offense struggled to put points on the board Sunday against the Packers.

"We just weren't consistent," quarterback Mitchell Trubisky said following a 21-13 loss at Lambeau Field. "We really didn't have a flow or rhythm throughout the game, sputtered a couple times, had some negative plays."

The Bears were held to three points through three quarters Sunday, extending their drought without a touchdown in two games against the Packers to seven periods this season. They twice settled for Eddy Piñeiro field goals after reaching the Green Bay 12 and 9.

The Bears finally got into the end zone midway through the fourth quarter when Trubisky rifled a 2-yard touchdown pass to Anthony Miller, cutting the deficit to 21-13. But the offense failed to score on its last three possessions.

"The plays we normally make, we just didn't," said Trubisky, who had thrown three TD passes in each of the past two games. "Some plays they made and we didn't and that's part of football. We didn't do enough today. The plays we didn't make, we either got out-executed or didn't do our jobs or weren't on the same page, making mistakes."

Dynamic duo: While the Bears scored only one touchdown, they generated a season-high 429 yards. They had two receivers each compile over 100 yards for the first time in a game this year in Miller (9 receptions for 118 yards) and Allen Robinson II (7-125).

"We are just trying to make plays," Robinson said. "Anthony Miller is a very competitive dude. He makes plays when he gets his chance. So for me I am just trying to do the same thing; make plays and give our offense a shot to move the ball and score some touchdowns."

Robinson's 125-yard performance increased his season total to 1,023 yards. He's the 11th receiver in Bears history to reach the 1,000-yard plateau and the first since Alshon Jeffery in 2014. It's the second 1,000-yard season of Robinson's career; he was voted to the Pro Bowl in 2015 when he caught 80 passes for 1,400 yards and 14 touchdowns while playing for the Jaguars.

Miller, meanwhile, posted his second 100-yard effort of the season and the third of his career. Over the last five games, the 2018 second-round pick has caught 32 passes for 431 yards and two touchdowns.

Nothing doing: Running back David Montgomery was limited to 39 yards on 14 carries with a long run of nine yards. "We just weren't really able to get the run game going early on," said coach Matt Nagy.

Costly miscues: Missed tackles by the Bears defense contributed to the Packers scoring touchdowns on their first two possessions of the second half.

First, running back Aaron Jones slipped out of Prince Amukamara's  grasp on a 21-yard touchdown run. And then Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Kyle Fuller and Kevin Pierre-Louis all missed tackles on a 49-yard reception by Jake Kumerow that set up Jones' 2-yard TD run.

"There were a few that I think you go back and you see that I know those guys will want back," Nagy said. "None of it's ever because of lack of effort. I know our guys will go back and say they could have made this tackle or that tackle."

Slow starters: The Bears were shut out in the first quarter Sunday for the seventh time in their last eight games. The last time they've led a game after the first 15 minutes was Week 4 when they were ahead of the Vikings 7-0 en route to a 16-6 win at Soldier Field.

Leg to stand on: Piñeiro made both of his field-goal attempts from 30 and 27 yards. After connecting on his first 9-of-10 tries this season and then missing his next 4-of-7, Pineiro has made his last six straight.

No change: Even though the Bears were eliminated from playoff contention, the NFL announced that their home game next Sunday night against the Chiefs would remain in prime time with a 7:20 p.m. (CT) kickoff.

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