With a bye this weekend, the Bears have two weeks to prepare for the winless Bills on Nov. 7 in Toronto. That might not be enough time.
The improvement has to begin with quarterback Jay Cutler and an offense that has produced a total of two touchdowns in the last two games, both home losses.
"Offensively, we need to make some steps," Cutler said. "It's very devastating right now, very disappointing. We have four picks and a couple fumbles, and that's the difference in the ballgame. It can't happen. The defense has just got to keep doing what they're doing. They're the reason we have four wins. The offense has got to get up to their level."
The Bears have a lot of work to do.
The Bears have already used five different O-line configurations this season. Louis started the first four games at right guard before a knee injury sidelined him and opened the door for Williams. The latest version didn't produce any better results for a unit that has struggled all season.
The Bears came in dead last in sack-percentage allowed and suffered four more against the Redskins, giving them a total of 31 for the season, including 27 of Cutler. That puts the Bears on pace for 71 sacks allowed, which would surpass the old record of 66 set in 2004.
Cutler has been sacked 19 times in his past 10 quarters of football (he didn't play in the second half of the Giants game), and he has one TD pass and five interceptions in that time.
"I feel that we all struggled on offense, which makes the quarterback look like he's struggling," center Olin Kreutz said. "The whole offense struggled, from the offensive line to everybody. We all have something to improve on, and we all need to start with ourselves."
Starting right tackle J'Marcus Webb is a rookie, Williams is a first-year player, and Louis did not play at all last year as a rookie, meaning the Bears can expect some growing pains up front.
"But you still have to find a way to win," Kreutz said.
What's the formula for that?
"Well, we haven't found one yet," Kreutz said, "so I wouldn't know. "We have to work on everything."
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