Bears offense sputters in a 36-25 loss to the undermanned SaintsOctober 21, 2019 3:46am

Oct. 20-- CHICAGO-Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky returned Sunday at Soldier Field, and so did the booing Bears fans.

After spending their bye week trying to fix the issues that plagued them over their first five games, particularly on offense, the Bears had nothing to show for it in a 36-25 loss to the Saints.

It was the worst loss of the Matt Nagy era and the first time since the Bears lost by more than a touchdown since he took over as coach in 2018.

Trubisky, returning from a dislocated left shoulder that kept him out for most of two games, completed 34 of 54 passes for 251 yards and two touchdowns, with most of that coming in garbage time. The Bears running game remained completely inept with seven carries for 17 yards.

At one point, the Bears went three-and-out on five of six drives from midway through the second quarter until the fourth quarter. The other drive ended after one play when running back David Montgomery fumbled.

The Bears offense didn't score until there was less than 3 minutes to play in the game. The Bears' only touchdown up until that point was Cordarrelle Patterson's 102-yard kickoff return for a score.

Forced to try to carry the load while on the field for nearly double the amount of time as the offense for much of the game, the Bears defense eventually broke, even though it was playing a Saints offense without quarterback Drew Brees and running back Alvin Kamara.

Up 12-10 at halftime, the Saints scored 24 unanswered second-half points on the way to a season high for a Bears opponent.

The Bears defense, playing without 2018 Pro Bowler Akiem Hicks, didn't record a takeaway and had only one sack against backup quarterback Teddy Bridgewater. They allowed a 100-yard rusher for the second straight game as Latavius Murray did his part to fill in for Kamara.

Murray scored two of the Saints' three touchdowns during their second-half run. Bridgewater threw for 281 yards as he improved to 5-0 while filling in for Brees.

Trubisky padded his stats late in the game, when he led drives that ended with a 7-yard touchdown pass to Allen Robinson and a 6-yard touchdown pass to Javon Wims.

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