Bears' home woes reach low point in finale: 'That's really bad'


Bears' home woes reach low point in finale: 'That's really bad'

The term "homefield advantage" didn't apply to the Bears at all in 2015.

They finished the regular season just 1-7 at home following Sunday's 24-20 loss to the Detroit Lions in the finale.

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The Bears were 5-3 on the road, but just could never get things going at Soldier Field.

"That's really bad," Bears tackle Kyle Long said after the loss to the Lions. "There's good, bad and really bad, and that falls under the 'really bad' category.

"Luckily, it wasn't like we were blown out in every game at home. We had a lot of close games, a lot of very tight contests."

Long's right - six of the Bears' seven losses in Chicago were decided by one possession, with the average margin of defeat just 4.3 points.

The only blowout at Soldier Field came against the Arizona Cardinals in Week 2, a 48-23 shellacking against a Super Bowl contender in a game in which Jay Cutler left with an injury.

On the other hand, the Bears' only win by the lake was on a last-second field goal by Robbie Gould to beat the Oakland Raiders 22-20 in Week 4.

Bears cornerback Tracy Porter doesn't really care what city the Bears are playing in; he just wants to win.

"It's disappointing to lose, period," Porter said. "Home, away, it doesn't mean anything. Doesn't matter where you're playing. If you lose, it sucks."

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Obviously fans can relate to the "it sucks" feeling, but the Bears insist they're going to turn things around.

"I know it's frustrating to go 1-7 here at Soldier Field," head coach John Fox said, "but we will get better."

Long echoed his coach's thoughts.

"I think, with this regime, they'll be able to add more pieces into place that they think are beneficial to this team," Long said. "And we'll be able to close that gap and turn those into wins."

Mitch Trubisky becomes first Bears QB named to the Pro Bowl since 1986

Mitch Trubisky becomes first Bears QB named to the Pro Bowl since 1986

Mitch Trubisky is going to the Pro Bowl, with the Bears' quarterback replacing Jared Goff on the NFC roster with the Rams advancing to the Super Bowl.

Trubisky was previously named a Pro Bowl alternate after throwing for 3,223 yards with 24 touchdowns, 12 interceptions and a passer rating of 95.4. Trubisky's passer rating ranked 10th in the NFC, behind Drew Brees, Russell Wilson (who replaced Aaron Rodgers on the NFC roster), Matt Ryan, Carson Wentz (who's injured), Goff, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Kirk Cousins, Rodgers and Dad Prescott. Trubisky's 3,223 yards rank 11th in the conference, while only three NFC quarterbacks threw more interceptions than Trubisky (Jameis Winston, Josh Rosen and Cam Newton). 

Still, the Bears will take Trubisky's invite to the Pro Bowl as a positive marker in his development even if his production wasn't in the top half of quarterbacks in his own conference. He's the first Bears quarterback to be named to a Pro Bowl since Jim McMahon in 1986. 

In the aftermath of the Bears' first-round playoff exit, coach Matt Nagy, general manager Ryan Pace and Trubisky's teammates said they were pleased with the growth Trubisky made in 2018

“We're lucky to have him," Nagy said. "I'm looking forward to the future. I really am, with him, because the city of Chicago is lucky to have that kid at quarterback.”

Trubisky will join defensive tackle Akiem Hicks, cornerback Kyle Fuller, safety Eddie Jackson and returner Tarik Cohen at the Pro Bowl, with linebacker Khalil Mack dropping out after tweaking his knee against the Philadelphia Eagles. Jackson's inclusion in the Bears' press release about Trubisky would seem to indicate he'll be going to Orlando after missing the Bears' final three games of the season with a sprained ankle. 

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The Bears are headed to London next year to play the Raiders

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The Bears are headed to London next year to play the Raiders

Time to readjust that 2019 Bears' games budget. 

On Monday morning, the Bears announced that they'll be headed to London next season: 

It'll be the first time the Bears have played in London since October 2011, when they beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 24-18. 

It's one of 5 international games next season, all of which were announced this morning: 

Get ready for some 9am Bears football!