Bears running back Matt Forte, who averaged a dismal 2.4 yards per run Sunday, credited the Houston Texans defense for his forgettable night.
"It's kind of like we ran the ball at the time when it was kind of like obvious we were going to run the ball," Forte said. "Plus, it was a sloppy game.
"I don't know. You got to give them credit; they got a good defense, too. We have to establish the run more."
The Bears finished the 13-6 loss with 115 rushing yards on 23 carries, a solid five-yard average. But quarterback Jay Cutler earned 37 of those on three runs.
Forte's 39 rushing yards is his lowest output in a game in which he played. The low (31 yards) came against the Green Bay Packers, when he injured his ankle.
Forte, though, isn't frustrated.
"It's only half way so I'm not too frustrated about that. I know I'm going to receive the ball when my time comes," he said.
Forte said offensive coordinator Mike Tice is still trying to figure out how to use his assorted weapons.
"Once we figure that out," Forte said, "I think we'll be OK."
Forte was at Park Grill Chicago, where he treated players from the Tilden High School Football team to lunch. The team has just 16 players, and they've won just one game in four seasons. Forte was encouraging them for their perseverance, surprising the players with laptop computers.
"I'm going to pay Santa Claus today," Forte said before the lunch.
Forte said the losing has to be "demoralizing," but he wanted to emphasize to the players that they are doing things the right way.
"Even if they don't [win], if they play hard and work hard, it's still worth it," he said. "You can still be successful."