The Bears were without two of their offensive linchpins — running back Matt Forte (knee) and wide receiver Alshon Jeffery (groin, shoulder) — in last Sunday's loss to the Denver Broncos.
Without Matt Forte (knee) the Bears turned again to rookie Jeremy Langford and Ka’Deem Carey but with considerably less impact than the pair provided last weekend in St. Louis.
After seven straight games with passer rating of 88.0 or better, Jay Cutler had a game not good enough for a team entertaining playoff thoughts, even with major mitigating personnel factors.
Alshon Jeffery was questionable at the end of last week going into the St. Louis Rams game, bothered by a groin injury that hindered his effectiveness.
Matt Forte's future in Chicago has been a topic of conversation all season, with plenty of fans and observers speculating as to whether this is Forte's final season in a Bears uniform.