Next stop: Tampa Bay

LAKE FOREST -- It's quite simple for the Bears: Don't look back.

As frustrating as Sunday's 20-12 loss to the Packers was, Chicago must get ready for a trip to Tampa Bay to take on the Buccaneers.

The streak is over and it's time to move forward.

On Monday, Bears coach Dick Jauron refused to point fingers at anybody. He wouldn't blame offensive coordinator John Shoop's game plan, he didn't bark about the defenses lack of stopping anything, and he wouldn't criticize quarterback Jim Miller, even though he didn't take many chances with some deep balls against the Packers.

"I'm definitely satisfied with how we approached the game, how we coached the game, how we game-plan opponents and how we've played," Jauron said at Halas Hall. "I was not obviously satisfied with our execution (Sunday) in any area. We just didn't execute well enough to win.

"We did a lot of things well on both sides of the ball and special teams, but not enough to win."

Miller completed 28 of 47 passes against Green Bay, but threw for just 201 yards. Miller averaged only 7.1 yards a pass, and Shoop's shaky game plan included pounding the ball with rookie running back Anthony Thomas, who finished with just 45 yards on 22 carries (2.0 average).

"We threw the ball deep four times," Jauron said. "We threw comebacks about three times. We had a number of deep routes called, a number of them go to check downs. It's just a read progression by our quarterbacks.

"The fact is we just need to create more big plays."

The Packers (6-2) had plenty of big plays with Brett Favre behind center. He finished 19 of 32 for 268 yards and two touchdowns, including a 41-yard strike to Bill Schroeder.

Chicago had to settle for four field goals by Paul Edinger, and never got into the end zone.

"We didn't feel that we'd win the game with field goals," Jauron said. "We needed to score and that didn't happen either. We just need to improve, to get better, and we'll work on doing that. It was just a disappointing loss."

The Bears (6-2) had their six-game winning streak snapped. They must get refocused in a hurry for a big date in Tampa Bay (4-4), where the Bears haven't scored an offensive touchdown since 1997. The Bears have lost six of the last seven to the Bucs, including last year's humiliating 41-0 loss at Tampa.

"I don't know that it can get any more difficult than it was Sunday(against the Packers), but I think it will be definitely as hard," Jauron said. "Every week we play, once we started to win, will get harder and harder. Now we get into the divisional opponents.

"The second half is upon us now. We start with the division and we have every game in the division except Washington. So here we go."


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