Bears looking to improve on first down

  • Quarterback Jay Cutler and the Bears are the worst team in the NFL on first downs, average 3.32 yards per snap through the first three games.

    Quarterback Jay Cutler and the Bears are the worst team in the NFL on first downs, average 3.32 yards per snap through the first three games. Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer

 
 
Updated 9/27/2012 8:06 PM

When it comes to getting off on the wrong foot, the Bears' offense has every other team in the league beaten, hands down. No team in the NFL is worse on first downs than the Bears, who average a skimpy 3.32 yards per snap, the lowest by a wide margin. Every other team averages at least 4.03 yards on first down; the NFL average is 5.35. "(When we're) putting ourselves in second-and-15, second-and-12, it's hard to call a game," said Jay Cutler, who has suffered when put in obvious, third-and-long passing situations.

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