After a sixth loss in seven games, the 4-10 Bears host the winless Browns on Christmas Eve Day with plenty of questions still to be unwrapped.
1. How badly will Mitch Trubisky's confidence be shaken by his first 3-interception game?
After the game he said: "It's a next-play mentality. You're always going to have that. Everyone throws picks. I respond to it. We still have a chance."
Trubisky already knows other teammates take their cues from him and his attitude. It's possible he's a bit shaken and will regret a couple of throws during film review. But it'll be forgotten long before next Sunday's game.
2. Why is the Bears' run game so infuriatingly inconsistent?
The Bears have four games of better than 220 rushing yards. No other team in the NFL has more than one, and only seven teams have one. But the Bears rushed for just 43 yards against a Lions defense that isn't exactly smothering when it comes to stopping the run. The Bears also have had games where they rushed for 6 yards, 20 yards and 55 yards. If the run isn't working from the outset, that means nothing is working, and it leads to frequent possessions of three plays and a punt, preventing any type of rhythm. On Saturday, the Bears ran just 22 plays in the first half.
3. What can the Bears do to save the jobs of head coach John Fox and his staff?
That race has been run, and the Bears lost. If they defeat the winless Browns on Christmas Eve, so what? And the only way they win at Minnesota in the finale is if the Vikings can afford to coast and they let backup quarterback Teddy Bridgewater get some playing time.
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