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Pressure intensifies on embattled Bears kicker Connor Barth

CHICAGO -- Bears kicker Connor Barth has been under close scrutiny most of the season.

The pressure on Barth is now expected to intensify after he pushed a game-tying 46-yard field goal attempt wide right with eight seconds left in regulation on Sunday.

“I think I hit the ground a little bit, left it right,” Barth said following Chicago’s 27-24 loss to Detroit.

“That’s just the way it is. I signed up for this. You’re going to make some; you’re going to miss some -- that’s the way it is.”

The Bears infamously claimed former Tampa Bay kicker Roberto Aguayo off waivers over the summer to challenge Barth, who replaced the franchise's all-time leading scorer (Robbie Gould) back in 2016.

Barth easily won the head-to-head competition against the struggling Aguayo, but Chicago has still periodically brought in kickers for tryouts.

Barth is perfect on PAT attempts in 2017, but he’s just 11-of-16 on field goal tries. Last year, Barth got off to a shaky start but finished 18-of-23 on field goal attempts and 31-of-32 on extra points.

“We are a production-based business,” said Bears coach John Fox, whose record in Chicago stands at 12-30. “That’s what we get paid to do, whether it’s winning games as a head coach or whether it’s making kicks as a kicker. We will evaluate it. Like I said, every time we go out there, we will do everything we can to put the best team we can out there.”