Bears' offensive momentum vanishes in sloppy loss to Lions

DETROIT -- Whatever momentum the Chicago Bears' offense gained last week went out the window at Ford Field.

For all the promise Mitchell Trubisky showed in Cincinnati, the rookie quarterback was bitten by the turnover bug in Chicago's 20-10 loss to the Lions on Saturday. Trubisky was guilty of throwing three interceptions, including a fourth-quarter pick in the end zone on third-and-goal from the 5-yard line that killed any chance of a rally. Trubisky also tossed an interception on the game's final drive, but the outcome had long been decided.

The problems, though, ran deeper than just the quarterback's.

The Bears rushed for 222 yards on Nov. 19 in their first meeting against the Lions, the most Detroit has given up in a game this season, according to ESPN Stats & Information data.

What did the Bears do for an encore?

They rushed for 19 yards in the first half on Saturday and finished the game with 43.

Chicago's offensive line took a hit with injuries to starting guards Tom Compton and Josh Sitton -- and rookie tight end Adam Shaheen (chest) was inactive -- but the offense was so sloppy, it was hard to watch at times.

What it means: The Bears (4-10) have now lost 10-plus games in four straight seasons. Time is running out on head coach John Fox, whose record stands at 13-33. Not many people expected the Bears to upset the Lions, but fans definitely expected a closer game. The Bears had built up a little goodwill with their 33-7 victory over the Bengals -- but that is now completely gone.

What I liked: The defense fought hard and even forced a turnover at the end of the first half to set up a field goal. Tarik Cohen had a spectacular 90-yard kickoff return, but it was negated by another special-teams penalty. That's about the extent of the positives.

What I didn't like: Fox's decision to punt on fourth-and-1 on his own 45-yard line when Detroit led 6-0 in the second quarter. Fox is way too conservative. The Bears have four wins. Four wins! What's the point of playing it so safe? Fox wasted an opportunity to build confidence on offense. To make things worse, the Lions marched 92 yards on 10 plays on the next possession and scored a touchdown.

Fantasy fallout: Trubisky racked up numbers in garbage time (314 passing yards, one touchdown). That's the silver lining for fantasy owners. Jordan Howard rushed for only 37 yards. Ouch.

End of the road? Bears outside linebacker Pernell McPhee left Saturday's game with another shoulder injury. McPhee, who will soon be 29, has battled injuries since he arrived in Chicago three years ago. He can earn $7.575 million next year, if he collects his roster and workout bonuses, but none of the money is guaranteed. It's hard to envision McPhee back at that price -- if at all.

Non-comeback kings The Bears are now 3-54 when facing a 17-point deficit at any point in a game since 2001, per ESPN Stats & Information research. The good news is those three comeback wins are memorable: 2001 versus the 49ers (the Mike Brown game), 2006 versus the Cardinals (the Denny Green "Crown 'Em" game) and 2014 versus the 49ers (Jay Cutler had three touchdowns in the fourth quarter).

What's next: The Bears host the winless Cleveland Browns (0-13) on Christmas Eve. There's a real chance the Bears can lose to Cleveland. The most compelling part of next weekend will be counting the empty seats at Soldier Field.