Fresh Off Disappointing Day, Bears Set Sights On Bouncing Back

December 03, 2018 - 10:16 am

(670 The Score) The losses are starting to hurt more for the Bears, a group that believes it can and should win every game. It's part of creating a culture and represents the paradigm shift from bottom dweller to playoff contender.

The Bears (8-4) were disappointed in themselves after their 30-27 overtime loss to the Giants (4-8) on Sunday at MetLife Stadium because they believed that should've been their victory. There was no blaring music or disco ball inside the visiting locker room, just an overwhelming silence.

But once the team charter took off from nearby Newark back home to Chicago, the Bears could begin putting the letdown behind them and turning their attention to bouncing back against the Rams (11-1) in primetime next Sunday.

"It hurts and you never like to lose," defensive lineman Akiem Hicks said. "Shoot, half these guys in this room don't even like to lose at checkers. But we know who we are, we know what level we can play at, and we're going to come out next Sunday and do what we do."

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Confidence certainly isn't lacking in that Bears locker room, where each player seems to carry a belief the team is better than its record. It's why they were all honest with the self-evaluation from this game. Monday's film session sure will offer even more moments of truth.

There were plenty of swings in the wild game in the Meadowlands, and the Bears somehow found themselves in position to win on their final drive in overtime. But they didn't deserve the victory. Ultimately, the game went to the Giants because the Bears lost the turnover margin for the first time this season, struggled on offense with backup quarterback Chase Daniel and had two disastrous breakdowns on defense.

Coach Matt Nagy came away proud of his Bears' effort -- notably in overcoming a 10-point hole in the game's final 1:15 -- but also didn't mince words about their miscues.

"We need to play better," Nagy said. "We need to coach better. That's going to be the number one objective for next week."

The Bears will need to bring their best with the Rams coming to Soldier Field on Sunday night. Beating a team of that caliber requires a much cleaner performance than the Bears put forth against the Giants.

It seems that starting quarterback Mitchell Trubisky can return to action this week, having missed the previous two games with the injury to his right throwing shoulder. Trubisky has been throwing footballs since Friday, and Nagy sees him improving each day. The Bears' plan with Trubisky was unclear after the game Sunday, but he's still considered day-to-day.

Trubisky would provide the Bears with a big boost and create a more level playing field against Jared Goff and the Rams. But it will take much more than that for a win. The offense must regain its form with Trubisky back in charge, and the defense needs to figure out its breakdowns -- especially against a bright play-caller in Rams coach Sean McVay.

There's a lot of work to be done this week, and the Bears are eager to get back at it.

"We know what type of team we are, what type of team that we're going to be," linebacker Danny Trevathan said. "But we just got to hungry, stay motivated, hit the restart button and get back in that lab. It's a long season. We got a tough game in the next one. We're ready to get prepared for that."

Chris Emma covers the Bears, Chicago’s sports scene and more for Follow him on Twitter @CEmma670.​​