Bye week comes at bad time for Matt Forte, Bears

LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Most NFL players treasure the bye week.

Not Matt Forte.

The Chicago Bears veteran tailback made it clear that he wanted no part of the off week after the club dropped a 37-34 overtime decision to Detroit.

“It’s frustrating. I’m pissed off about it,” Forte said. “I don’t want to go to the bye week. I want to focus on the next team.”

Forte’s frustration is understandable given the high number of chances Chicago squandered to finish off the winless Lions.

“The game was basically given to us,” Forte said. “We had a lot of opportunities to win that game.”

The loss killed the Bears’ momentum following two consecutive come-from-behind victories.

Adding insult to injury is that John Fox’s team failed to reach the .500 mark before the bye week. The Bears haven’t been .500 since Oct. 12 of last year when Jay Cutler passed for 381 yards and one touchdown in a 27-13 victory over Atlanta in the Georgia Dome.

The upcoming schedule is tricky. Chicago’s next five opponents have a combined 19-9 record: Minnesota (3-2), San Diego (2-4), St. Louis (2-3), Denver (6-0) and Green Bay (6-0). While the Chargers and Rams are vulnerable, the Bears play those games on the road.

Remember, St. Louis blew out the Bears 42-21 in their last meeting at The Edward Jones Dome in 2013. And San Diego is unchartered territory. The Bears have traveled to Southern California only six times in the regular season, with Chicago’s last victory occurring in 1999.

The Bears need to refocus and prepare for the difficult road ahead.

“Me personally, I’m about to go in the zone,” Bears outside linebacker Pernell McPhee. “Like I said, I’m on a mission, man, to dominate no matter what. We’ve just got to take this time to get ourselves healthy. We’ve got to come ready to go to work and get ready for Minnesota.”