With the bye this weekend, the Bears will have two weeks to work on their many offensive shortcomings, but that might not be nearly enough time.
In two games this season the Bears' offense has produced a
total of just 335 yards, the worst back-to-back offensive performances by far
since Dick Jauron became coach in 1999.
"We're not scoring
enough points," Jauron said. "You can't win football games scoring 13 points.
Clearly we need to look at that and do whatever we think is necessary to get
more points on the board and move the football."
yardage output, it's almost a pleasant surprise that the Bears have managed to
score a total of 20 points this season. Among teams that have played two games,
only the Eagles (10) and Browns (19) have scored fewer points.
Even during last season's 4-12 debacle, the worst two-game stretch on offense
still produced 404 yards. Not even Dave Wannstedt's last two Bears teams, both
of which finished 4-12, came close to the current offensive
In 2001, the Bears' lowest offensive total in
consecutive games was 411 yards. The lowest back-to-back yardage total in 2000
was 390, in 1999 it was 533, in '98 it was 434, and in '97 it was
The Bears' two-game total is just 6 1/2 yards more than the
328.4 yards that NFL teams averaged per game last season.
been nearly 11 years since any Bears team combined for fewer yards in
back-to-back games than during the current drought. In the last two games of
Mike Ditka's reign, his offense managed only 334 yards in season-ending losses
to the Lions 16-3 and the Cowboys, 27-14.
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