Three days after their 15-14 loss to the San Francisco 49ers, the Bears return to the practice field Wednesday to begin preparing for Sunday’s game against the Bengals in Cincinnati.
Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky drops back to attempt a pass against the 49ers.
The Bears (3-9) have lost five straight games and seven of nine since a Week 3 overtime win over the Steelers at Soldier Field. They have dropped 12 of 13 road games since the start of last season, with their only win during that span coming Oct. 15 in Baltimore.
The Bengals (5-7) blew a 17-0 lead in losing to the Steelers 23-20 Monday night in Cincinnati. Pittsburgh overcame a 20-10 deficit entering the fourth quarter, eventually winning the game on Chris Boswell’s 38-yard field goal as time expired.
Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton has completed 61.7 percent of his passes for 2,606 yards with 20 touchdowns, eight interceptions and a 92.9 passer rating that ranks 15th in the NFL. His top target is receiver A.J. Green, who has 60 catches for 886 yards and eight touchdowns.
The Bears trail the all-time series with the Bengals 6-4 and have lost two of the last three matchups. The Bears won the last meeting 24-21 on Sept. 8, 2013 at Soldier Field. In Marc Trestman’s first game as coach, the Bears rallied from a 21-10 third-quarter deficit with a pair of touchdowns on Matt Forte’s 1-yard run and Jay Cutler’s 19-yard pass to Brandon Marshall.
Entering Week 14 the Bears rank 32nd in offense (tied for 12th rushing and 32nd passing) and 14th in defense (15th against the run and 12th versus the pass). The Bengals rank 31st in offense (30th rushing and 26th passing) and 16th in defense (28th against the run and 8th versus the pass).
ChicagoBears.com will provide all the latest news throughout the week from Halas Hall. Coach John Fox will address the media Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Quarterback Mitchell Trubisky and offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains will be available Wednesday, while defensive coordinator Vic Fangio and special-teams coordinator Jeff Rodgers will speak Thursday.