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Bears have had big problem with short yardage

Updated: January 9, 2014 6:29AM



The Bears’ offense is ranked eighth in the NFL in total yards, but not when things get tight.

Losses to the Rams and Vikings were marked not only by defensive lapses, but the inability to produce in short-yardage situations. With one yard to go, the Bears converted 5 of 13 plays for a first down or a touchdown in the last two games, including
3 of 9 on running plays.

So while the Bears are fourth in the NFL with an average of 4.9 yards per rush with 10 yards or more to go, they are 31st in converting with one yard to go (15 of 29), including Matt Forte’s loss from the 1-yard line on the ill-fated conversion attempt against the Lions.

The Bears have converted just 50 percent of their rushing plays with one yard to go.

‘‘It’s a good question,’’ coach Marc Trestman said. ‘‘Everybody’s got to be working in the same direction on those plays, and we’ve taken turns not getting that done.

‘‘It’s difficult to do in practice. We try to simulate that as much as we can with cards and walk-throughs.’’

Injury report

Safety Major Wright (hamstring) is expected to start. Guard Kyle Long (ankle) and wide receiver Brandon Marshall (quad) are also probable.

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