Chicago Bears head coach Matt Eberflus is trying to build a culture conducive to winning in his first year on the job.

Unfortunately, his Bears squad has been the subject of multiple excruciating losses this season. After Sunday’s 27-24 loss to the Atlanta Falcons, Chicago has now dropped six games by one score or less.

Part of establishing a winning environment is overcoming adversity.

“We know there’s always going to be ups and downs to a game,” Eberflus said after the loss. “There’s always going to be adversity as we go, and we’ve just got to know how to respond to those adversities. We don’t always come out on top, and we are going to respond the same way, we are going to have our eyes forward. It happens in every game, so how we respond to our adversities is very important to our football.”

The Bears had a rollercoaster of emotions throughout Sunday’s contest. Tight end Cole Kmet admitted that he felt momentum shift after Cairo Santos missed a 56-yard field goal towards the end of the first half.

“I thought we were a little low on energy after that,” Kmet noted. “I probably could point to that as a little bit of a turning point there. I thought when we tied the game there, energy was back up, but we have to be able to respond a little bit better than we did especially when the momentum swings like that.”

That has to be disappointing for Eberflus. A missed field goal in the second quarter shouldn’t be so deflating. After all, a 56-yarder field goal attempt is no layup.

It was Santos’ first miss on the season.

Perhaps this is a side effect from trading away veteran leaders like Roquan Smith and Robert Quinn. Either way, Chicago needs its leaders to maintain a high level of energy, even if things aren’t going their way.

All of these one-score losses are the humbling part of a rebuild. It’s easy for players to get down on themselves when the ball isn’t bouncing their way. However, in a league with as much parity as the NFL, that is bound to happen from time to time.

The Bears have been knocked down plenty of times, but it’s up to Eberflus to help pull his team off the mat.

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