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We haven't seen the best out of the Chicago Bears this season because they have struggled to put together a 60 minute, complete game of football.
The Bears have had leads worthy of "blowout" status, but allowed teams to crawl back in and make the game close.
A win is a win, but there is something about blowing a team out that can build your team's confidence and momentum.
The number one reason we haven't seen a complete game from the Chicago Bears, is their lack of third down conversion effectiveness.
The Bears are 28th in the NFL in third down conversion rate, and don't seem to be improving.
If the Bears are going to make the playoffs, this number will need to go up and the Bears will need to be able to convert first downs more effectively.
Converting on third down moves the chains and allows more and more time to run off the clock in blowouts. It allows for your offense to build confidence and score more points, and allows for your defense to rest on the sidelines, keeping them fresh and ready to go at all times.
It may seem like a simple fix, but figuring out our third down problem is going to be an important part of this team making the playoffs and an important part of seeing this team play their best football.