There's no denying this NFL truth: good teams don't lose at home.
Especially twice in a row.
That's why the Bears were stinging after Sunday's 17-14 loss to the Washington Redskins. It's not like they were playing the Pittsburgh Steelers, or the New York Jets, two teams that are clearly among the league's elite.
The Bears lost to the Seattle Seahawks and Redskins, two obviously flawed teams. The St. Louis Rams -- while an improved team -- beat both the Seahawks and Redskins.
So the loss on Sunday was palpable to the Bears.
"Disappointing. Frustrating... whatever you want," Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher said. "We had a chance to win there."
Cornerback Charles Tillman said it was a "must-win" game.
"It was bad," he said. "We should have won. But the better team won today."
Bears linebacker Pisa Tinoisamoa provided a pretty solid breakdown of why the game was important.
"We're jockeying for position for the playoffs. I kind of felt like, if we win this game, we're at 5-2, atop the NFC, and then hopefully shooting for the top team in the AFC," he said. "We don't just want to be the best in the NFC. We want to be the best in the league."
But no one, certainly, is saying that after Sunday's game.
To his credit, Bears quarterback Jay Cutler acknowledged he played a key role in the ugly loss.
"Obviously, it's very discouraging right now," Cutler said after throwing four interceptions and losing a fumble on the goal line. "We let a game get away from us. Our defense had every right to be mad at us. We blew that game offensively. Most of that falls on my shoulders."
In a game they lost by a field goal, the Bears turned the ball over four times in Redskins' territory.
"That's the difference in the ballgame," Cutler said of the turnovers. "That can't happen. Defense just has to keep doing what they're doing. They're the reason we have four wins.
"Offense has to get up to that level."