It hasn’t been “home sweet home” for the Chicago Bears in 2015. Following Sunday’s 26-20 loss to the San Francisco 49ers, the Bears are just 1-5 at Soldier Field this season.
With two home games remaining, the Bears are in danger of failing to win more than two home games in back-to-back seasons. Since the NFL switched to its 16-game schedule in 1978, the Bears have failed to win fewer than two home games a total of three times.
Those seasons came in 1997 (4-12 overall), 2004 (5-11) and 2014 (5-11).
It’s tough to tell what’s wrong with the Bears at home this season, other than the fact they can’t seem to close out games. The Bears held fourth-quarter leads against the Minnesota Vikings in Week 8 and against the 49ers in Week 13. They also had a chance to tie the Denver Broncos late in the fourth quarter in Week 11 at Soldier Field.
With games against the Washington Redskins and Detroit Lions left on the home schedule, the Bears will need to win out to avoid another two-win season at home. If they lose both, it will be the first time since 1978 the Bears have failed to win more than one game at home.
Other stats of note
- Kicker Robbie Gould has struggled this season and Sunday may have just been the icing on the cake. Gould missed a 36-yard-field goal as time expired Sunday; giving him his second miss of fewer than 40 yards this season. He’s now only missed two field goals fewer than 40 yards in a season twice, with the other being in 2006.
- Jay Cutler posted a 64.2 quarterback rating in Sunday’s loss, which was the worst of his 2015 season. Prior to Sunday, he posted a quarterback rating of 71 or fewer just two other times this season.
- The Bears’ loss on Sunday was their third this year when they have held a lead with under two minutes remaining in the fourth quarter. The only team with more fourth-quarter collapses is the New York Giants (5), while the Seattle Seahawks also have three.
- Blaine Gabbert’s 44-yard touchdown run late in Sunday’s game was the longest run given up by the Bears this season. The previous long was 29 yards by Eddie Lacy in Week 12.
- Matt Forte has a chance at history as he looks to become the 12th player in NFL annals to record 8,000 rushing and 4,000 receiving yards in their career. Forte needs just six receiving yards to accomplish the feat.
- Deonte Thompson’s 74-yard kickoff return in the fourth quarter was the longest by a Bears returner this season. The previous long was just 38 yards by Marc Mariani.
- The Bears have struggled against their upcoming opponent, the Washington Redskins. In their last 16 meetings, the Bears are 3-13 against the Redskins, including a loss in Washington in 2013. In those meetings, the Bears are 3-1 when they score at least 20 points.