With quarterback Jay Cutler expected to miss significant time with a thumb injury, the Bears are going to need to rely on their running backs to get them through most contests.

Following Monday night’s 29-14 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, I’m not so sure the ground game is going to be much help.

Jeremy Langford rushed just 11 times for 28 yards, a 2.5-yard average. Ka’Deem Carey rushed twice for just 3 yards. Rookie Jordan Howard was a bit more of a bright spot, carrying the ball three times for 22 yards, including a long of 10 yards.

It’s difficult to admit that in an era when NFL teams are passing the ball more often in lieu of the run game, the Bears are going to have to carry the ball 20-30 times or more to take pressure off backup quarterback Brian Hoyer.

All of this talk about running the ball more is merely hopeful speculation as none of the three running backs will have much success if the offensive line doesn’t show signs of improvement.