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Bears senior writer opens up on the Bears passing game against the Texans


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Vince Carbonneau
September 25, 2022  (8:07)
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The Bears will have to play a whole lot better on offense if they want to be able to have more success moving forward this season. Well, here is what Bears senior writer Larry Mayer had to say on the Bears' passing attack's chance.


(1) Will the Bears passing game be more productive?

The Bears rank eighth in the NFL in rushing, having compiled 99 yards on the ground against the 49ers and 180 yards versus the Packers. But they've attempted an NFL-low 28 passes and rank last in the league in total yards, passing yards and first downs.

One day after Justin Fields completed 7 of just 11 passes for 70 yards in a 27-10 loss in Green Bay, coach Matt Eberflus acknowledged Monday that the Bears need more production from their passing game, saying: "We're looking at that. I think that is a concern. We want to get better there. We want to improve. There's no question."

The Bears stuck with their running game in Green Bay because it was working; David Montgomery rushed for 122 yards on 15 carries, the third most productive outing of his four-year NFL career. But Eberflus conceded that his ideal offense is one that can both run and pass effectively.

"I just think you need balance," Eberflus said. "We'd like to be 50/50 in a game that you're able to do that and we want to have balance for sure because it keeps the defense honest."

The Bears will face a Texans team Sunday that's coached by Lovie Smith and features a 4-3 defense that's much like their own. The unit is led by defensive ends Jerry Hughes and Jonathan Greenard and linebacker Christian Kirksey.
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