Bears searching for answers

The fingers weren't pointed at any certain person late Monday night. <P> Try everybody.

The Bears can't seem to find much success doing anything these days, whether it's on offense, defense or special teams. Monday night's 38-23 loss to Green Bay at "new" Soldier Field put the Bears at 0-3 on the season and looking like there's no win in sight.

"We are at the highest level of football because we are great players, not because we are bums," Bears quarterback Kordell Stewart said. "This isn't (offensive coordinator) John Shoop's fault. That's BS. We need to buckle down and get the (darn) thing done. Period."

The Packers jumped out to first-half leads of 17-0 and 24-3 before toying with the Bears in the second half, finally winning by 15 points in a games that wasn't that close.

Green Bay's Ahman Green had almost as many yards on the ground (176) as Brett Favre did through the air (179) against a Bears defense that couldn't stop the big play, or slow down the Packers on crucial downs.

Green, who averaged 9.3 yards a carry Monday night, scored on a 60-yard run in the first quarter and later broke loose on a key 32-yard run on third-and-1 from the Bears' 45 when the Packers trailed 24-16.

The Packers scored three plays later, when Favre hit a wide-open Javon Walker on a 9-yard TD pass, and never looked back.

"We dug ourselves a huge hole in that first half and then fought our way back and then let them out again," Bears coach Dick Jauron said Tuesday. "If there was anything that was good it was the fact that we fought back in the second half, and with 12 minutes to go in the game were down eight. But then it got away again.

"So we've got a ways to go. We've got a good deal of work to do."

Green finished with a career-high 176 yards on 19 carries and two scores, and the Packers rolled up close to 200 yards rushing against the NFL's worst run defense.

To throw salt on the wounds, the Bears are the only winless team in the NFC and have been outscored 111-43.

It doesn't get any easier. Oakland comes to town Sunday, while the Bears follow with road games against New Orleans and Seattle. The Bears still have to travel to Denver, Green Bay and Kansas City while hosting St. Louis, Minnesota and Washington.

While the Bears showed some life in the second half, they still proved they're not a very good football team -- arguably the worst in the NFL at this point.

Green had more than 100 yards in the first half. The Bears' special teams had their third punt blocked in as many games. The final stats were about even, but that's because the Bears scored 14 meaningless points in the fourth quarter, when the Packers had the game well in hand.

"We're going to just keeping working," Stewart said. "We have tolerance, we have patience and we'll get this thing done. We want to go out and win games and all that good stuff, but right now we're not good enough to be winning games.

"It involves, me, my teammates -- all the way through. We've got to dig down and find a way to win."

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