CHICAGO (CBS) — The Bears’ defense struggled to stop big plays as the team lost their season opener to the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday – but the Bears’ offense also didn’t have too many big plays of their own.

Bears fans were probably thinking, “Here we go!” after David Montgomery’s 41-yard run on the opening drive Sunday. But after the loss, that turned into: “Oh, just great. Here we go.”

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While quarterback Andy Dalton wasn’t bad, there was far more horizontal action than vertical action in the play calling in general – and in the passing game in particular.

Of the 38 passes Dalton threw Sunday, only two were beyond 10 yards in the air, and none wer beyond 14 yards.

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So just how tough is it when there is no downfield threat?

“It’s challenging, but I mean, you’ve just got to work with what you get,” said Bears wide receiver Marquise Goodwin. “I don’t control the plays that are called. I don’t control anything but just going out there and doing my job, and I just do it the best that I know how – fast.”

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And the Bears need to figure this out – fast. Only 30 0-2 teams have made the playoffs since 1990.

Marshall Harris