Bears’ fourth-down gamble fails

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In his first season in Chicago, Bears coach Marc Trestman has shown a willingness to take calculated risks.

On Sunday, he took one that didn’t work out for his club.

Trailing 24-14 in the third quarter at St. Louis, the Bears faced a 4th-and-goal from the St. Louis one-yard-line. The Bears kept the offense on the field, and tailback Michael Bush was stuffed for a loss off the left side.

Three plays earlier, Bush dropped what seemed likely to be a touchdown on a swing pass to the right.

After the fourth-down stop, the Rams drove down and hit a field goal, extending their lead to 27-14 with 3:59 left in the third quarter.

It’s been a frustrating day for the Bears thus far. Their defense has struggled, and the offense missed a key third-quarter scoring opportunity.