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Martellus Bennett: Bears 'could easily be 0-5'

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Martellus Bennett: Bears 'could easily be 0-5'

Martellus Bennett, who landed on Friday’s injury report with a quad injury that has the tight end questionable for Sunday’s game against the Detroit Lions, has little difficulty being blunt. And Bennett’s perspective on playing an 0-5 team (Detroit) is not that the Lions are abysmal so much is that but for a handful of plays, a 2-3 Bears team might have been looking at precisely that record.

“It's the NFL,” Bennett said. “I mean, we could easily be 0-5 right now. There's just a couple plays here and there.”

Which is typically the way in the NFL, any year. And those plays involve turnovers for the most part.

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Of the 18 teams with a zero or minus- turnover ratio, only one (Indianapolis 3-2) has a winning record after five weeks of NFL season. And the Colts have undefeated New England coming up Sunday night.

The Lions are 30th in turnover ratio at minus-6; the Bears, whose four takeaways are tied for third-fewest in the NFL, are at minus-3.

“I think turnovers probably hurt them a little bit,” Bennett said, not specifically mentioning quarterback Matthew Stafford’s three interceptions and benching last Sunday in Detroit’s loss to Arizona.

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The Lions had their way with the Bears the past two seasons, winning four straight. Coincidentally perhaps, the first of those was a 40-32 unraveling, at Detroit, after the Bears had opened the Marc Trestman era with three straight wins. That game featured three Jay Cutler interceptions and the Bears losing one of two fumbles.

“It's a division game so records really don't count,” Bennett said. “The last couple of years they have had our number so I'm hoping that this isn't a game that Matthew and Calvin [Johnson] and all those guys start clicking. So we're going to try to go in there and get another win.”

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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