This space is usually reserved to address four things we learned in the most recent Bears game. Unfortunately, it was just more of the same mistakes in Monday night's 31-15 loss to the Saints.
As has been the case throughout the season, the offense was plagued by penalties, costly turnovers and the inability to score. The defense allowed Drew Brees to throw for 375 yards and three touchdowns with a 137.8 passer rating. And the special teams had only 10 players on the field on a failed fake punt.
The Bears have lost three straight and six of their last eight to fall to 5-9, assuring them of their first losing season since 2009. They've continued to make the same mistakes, but have no answers.
"I really don't know," defensive tackle Jeremiah Ratliff said following Monday night's loss. "I'm at a loss of words to be completely honest with you. I'm not going to sit up here and B.S. you and give you some kind of crazy speech. I don't got it for you."
Quarterback Jay Cutler shared a similar sentiment, saying: "Absolutely it's frustrating. We're trying to say the same thing different ways after games. You get to a point where you don't have the answer. I think that's where we're at."
Midway through the third quarter, the Saints led 21-0 and held decisive advantages in total yards (325-92) and first downs (20-5). In their last two games, the Bears have been outscored 56-7 through the first three periods.
The offense continued to struggle Monday night, failing to score on its first nine drives that resulted in three interceptions, five punts and an unsuccessful fake punt that led to a turnover on downs.
"We don't really have a flow or a rhythm," said tight end Martellus Bennett. "I think there's some positions on the team that need to step up with leadership and things like that around the club. But overall, we need passion to come from certain places and I don't think the passion is always there all the time. But overall, it just hasn't been there."