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Bears 3, Chargers 0: Kyle Fuller's interception sets up an Eddy Pineiro 22-yard field goal

Chicago Tribune logo Chicago Tribune 10/27/2019 By Colleen Kane, Chicago Tribune

Oct. 27--Live updates from Soldier Field as the 3-3 Chicago Bears try to shake off a two-game slump when they host the 2-5 Los Angeles Chargers.

2nd quarter: Bears 3, Chargers 0

Eddy Pineiro made a 22-yard field goal to give the Bears a 3-0 lead against the Chargers to open the second quarter.

The Bears started their drive at the 4-yard line after Kyle Fuller intercepted Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers on third-and-9 from the Chargers' 24-yard line.

Fuller grabbed the pass intended for Chargers running back Melvin Gordon and returned it 29 yards to the Bears' 4. It was Fuller's third interception of the season.

But Cordarrelle Patterson gained no yards on first down, and Mitch Trubisky threw incomplete passes on second and third down.

1st quarter: Pineiro's 33-yard doink keeps it scoreless

Eddy Pineiro had his first doink of the Bears regular season, and the Bears and Chargers remained scoreless late in the first quarter.

Pineiro missed a 33-yard field-goal attempt off the right upright with 2 minutes, 14 seconds to play in the first quarter.

That ended a Bears drive that had seemed promising when quarterback Mitch Trubisky hit Anthony Miller and Tarik Cohen with back-to-back passes of 24 and 31 yards.

But after that, David Montgomery ran for 2 yards and two passes to Cohen only gained 6 yards, forcing the Bears to turn to Pineiro.

Week 8 inactives announced

Bears starters are full go for today's game against the Chargers, except for Akiem Hicks and Kyle Long, who are both on injured reserve.

The Bears had only one player on their injury report for most of the week leading up to the game in safety Sherrick McManis, who was in concussion protocol after taking a hit to the head against the Saints. But McManis was cleared to practice Friday and he is active.

Cornerback Duke Shelley, linebackers Josh Woods and Kevin Pierre-Louis, offensive lineman Alex Bars, tight end Bradley Sowell, wide receiver Riley Ridley and defensive lineman Brent Urban are inactive for the Bears.

For the Chargers, quarterback Easton Stick, kicker Michael Badgley, running back Justin Jackson, linebacker Jatavis Brown and defensive linemen Cortez Broughton, Brandon Mebane and Justin Jones are inactive.

Pregame

Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky returns for his second game since injuring his left shoulder. The Bears need him to be better than he was in the 36-25 loss to the Saints, when he completed 34 of 54 passes for 251 yards and two touchdowns -- most of that in garbage time after the game was well out of reach.

Bears coach Matt Nagy also vowed the Bears would run the ball more than they did against the Saints, when they totaled a franchise-low seven carries.

The defense, meanwhile, is trying to regroup after giving up 60 points and 822 yards -- with one sack and no interceptions -- over the losses to the Raiders and Saints.

"We don't want to be 3-3, but we are," Nagy said. "You can't continue to look back and just say, 'What if?' All you can do is practice hard. All you can do is listen to your coaches. And then all you can do is put it on the field on game day because all the talk -- everything we talk about -- only matters when we do it on the field."

Catch up on our previous coverage before the noon kickoff

-- Can the Bears beat the Chargers on Sunday? Our writers make their picks.

-- How Allen Robinson's quiet edge has made him the best part of the Bears offense: "He can be that savage if you want him to"

-- Bears Sunday storylines: Mitch Trubisky's ill-fated RPO, a slow start investigation and the Chargers' terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day

-- Column: Where do the Bears turn if Mitch Trubisky can't turn it around? GM Ryan Pace has multiple avenues -- but none of them are clear.

-- 5 takeaways from Bears coordinators, including Chuck Pagano's vague assessment of Roquan Smith and Mark Helfrich not calling Matt Nagy an idiot

-- 3 keys for the Bears heading into Sunday's game against the Chargers at Soldier Field

-- Khalil Mack and Roquan Smith remain silent publicly as the Bears deal with a defensive slump

-- Column: Mitch Trubisky -- and the trade up to draft him --has never looked worse. Can the Bears straighten him out?

-- The floundering Bears are reviving Chicago's worst nightmare. This can't be 2014 -- and Marc Trestman -- all over again, can it?

-- The 3-3 Bears and 2-5 Chargers both are struggling entering Sunday's game. These numbers tell the story.

-- Matt Nagy must make sure the Bears don't unravel amid mounting frustration: "Stay off the Twitter"

-- Can the Bears actually throw more to catch the Chargers off guard? 3 things we learned at Halas Hall

-- 4 things we learned at Halas Hall, including Matt Nagy will continue to call plays for the Bears

-- 3 things we heard from the Bears, including a players-only meeting and Khalil Mack's vocal leadership

-- Bears Q&A: Is it too soon for GM Ryan Pace to be on the hot seat? Has Mitch Trubisky been told not to run?

-- Is it scheme or execution? Putting one failed Bears run under the microscope

-- Matt Nagy on the offense's struggles: "I know we need to run the ball more. I'm not an idiot."

-- 5 observations from rewatching the Bears' meltdown against the Saints, including Mitch Trubisky's short-circuited instincts and the broken running game

-- NFL power rankings for Week 8: Bears take another dip, while the Packers climb to No. 4

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