The Chicago Bears have had their issues on offense over the past five games, in which they've gone 1-4, but the defense can share a lot of that blame. ESPN Chicago took a look at which side of the ball - offense or defense - has more to do with the recent skid that has caused the Bears, who were 7-1 at one point, to fall out of first place in the NFC North.
While there's plenty of arguments to be made for the lack of production from the offense, the lack of scoring production from the defense should be noted as well. Over the first nine games of the season, Chicago's defense accumulated 99.5 net expected points, the highest total in the NFL by far.
In weeks 10 through 14, the defense has added a total of three net expected points, much less than the two touchdowns per game they'd been averaging previously.
This is all due to a lack of turnovers. Through the first eight games, the Bears set a blistering pace with 28 turnovers, but have just seven in their past five games.