The Bears' terrible, awful, no good, very bad first half

·Yahoo Sports Columnist

The Chicago Bears entered Week 9 with the 29th-ranked offense in the NFL in terms of total yards, averaging under 250 per game, nearly 100 yards below the league average.

In the first half of Sunday’s game against the Philadelphia Eagles, the bad Bears offense was non-existent.

The Bears' ugly first-half statistics. (NFLGSIS screengrab)
The Bears' ugly first-half statistics. (NFLGSIS screengrab)

Six possessions, 9 yards

Chicago was lucky to be down just 12-0 at halftime.

The Bears had six first-half possessions and ran just 20 plays: they went three-and-out on their first five drives, then ran five plays on their sixth before punting again. Quarterback Mitchell Trubisky got the team’s first first down with 48 seconds left in the first half.

Even worse: Chicago went backward on half of those six possessions.

Twenty plays totaling 9 yards is ... yikes.

Trubisky completed six of 13 passes, but his yards per attempt is an almost unbelievable 1.8.

Philadelphia gained 202 first-half yards.

The last time a team finished a game with less than 50 yards of offense was Dec. 12, 2004, when the Cleveland Browns managed just 26 in a 37-7 loss to the Buffalo Bills.

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