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It's hard to think positively after a loss, but the Bears did give fans a reason for optimism.
Their offense wasn't nearly what it has been in almost every game this season, but there's a reason for that. Before Cutler was injured, he easily led the Bears to a touchdown drive. When he was replaced by McCown, McCown did the same.
There's certainly reason to believe that had the Bears had a quarterback who was physically able for most of this game, they wouldn't have had much trouble scoring and winning.
The biggest reason to be optimistic is the play of the Bears defense, which had arguably its best performance of the season.
While they gave up far too much in the running game, the Bears did a good job of not breaking. The Bears came into the game giving up over 28 points per game and the Lions had averaged 27.4 points per game, yet they scored just 21.
The Bears defense held strong despite getting next to nothing from the offense. In many ways, it was a throwback game. The difference between this game and past seasons is that we know what the Bears offense is capable of.
More good news is that Jeremiah Ratliff (formerly known as Jay Ratliff) should be ready to play soon. If he's capable of being anywhere near the dominant force he once was, the Bears defensive line could be good. They're also getting Lance Briggs back at some point.
While teams may be running all over them now, it doesn't appear likely that that is going to continue when they get back to full strength.
While their safety play has been nothing short of awful, the Bears did get a big play from Chris Conte. His interception would've been a game-changing play if the offense had been able to punch the ball into the end zone.
While nothing will be easy, only two opponents left on the Bears schedule have winning records. There's plenty of reason to think the Bears can finish with a winning record and still contend for the playoffs.
This was a bad game; they lost to a team it seemed they were better than. If the Bears can get healthy and execute better in the future, good things should happen for them.