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

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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."

NFC North standings: Bears fall to last in division with Week 7 loss to Patriots

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NFC North standings: Bears fall to last in division with Week 7 loss to Patriots

The great Ricky Bobby once said, “If you ain’t first, you’re last.” Talladega Nights hit a little too close to home for the Bears in Week 7.

They came into Sunday at 3-2 at the top of the NFC North. After a 38-31 loss to the New England Patriots, they dropped to the bottom of the division.

The Detroit Lions defeated the Miami Dolphins 32-21 to improve to 3-3, leaving them tied with the Bears in the cellar.

The Minnesota Vikings’ 37-17 victory over the New York Jets jumped them to 4-2-1 overall and first place in the division over the 3-2-1 Green Bay Packers, who were off for their bye week.

The NFC North remains the most tightly contested division in the NFL, the only one with no teams under .500 through seven weeks of the season.

The final standings may not be decided until Week 17, and the Bears have already blown the early season cushion they built for themselves while the Vikings and Packers were struggling.

The divisional action will pick up in November, and Chicago only has a pair of games left to put it all together before back-to-back-to-back games against the Lions, Vikings and Lions again.    

Under Center Podcast: Bears lose 38-31 to the Patriots

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Under Center Podcast: Bears lose 38-31 to the Patriots

Matt Forte, Lance Briggs and Alex Brown join Laurence Holmes to break down the Bears 38-31 loss to the Patriots. What happened to the Bears defense over their bye week, and how did the special teams struggle so bad against New England? Plus – the guys debate Mitchell Trubisky’s decision making in the red zone and Matt weighs in on how the Bears should play his former team – the New York Jets – next week.

0:35– Special teams to blame for loss?

4:12– Where did the Bears pass rush go? 

5:27– Bad tackling followed Bears from Miami

7:25– Are the coaches to blame for the defense after the bye?

10:10– Evaluating Mitchell Trubisky’s game

11:55– Agree with Matt Nagy on Mitch’s “mental” game?

13:30– Trubisky’s red zone decision making

17:10– Are the Bears giving away games so Mitch can learn?

18:00– Bears need to run the ball more

21:04– Matt Forte scouts his former team, the New York Jets

Listen to the full podcast here or in the embedded player below.

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