The optimism surrounding the Bears’ encouraging Week 5 loss was short-lived as Chicago put up a stinker in their 12-7 defeat to the Commanders on Thursday Night Football.

Quarterback Justin Fields had another rough outing, where he was under duress all night and didn’t get a lot of help from his receivers, who were dropping passes. Fields himself had his share of mistakes, including missing a wide open Ryan Griffin for a touchdown in the fourth quarter.

Fields took hit after hit — where there were times you held your breath wondering if this was the hit that would sideline him — behind the league’s worst offensive line. The offense had three chances to score inside Washington’s 5-yard line, and they failed to come away with any points.

When Bears coach Matt Eberflus was asked if he think Fields took a step back in this game, he countered with his belief that Fields “took a step forward.” In a loss. An ugly loss.

So what was his reasoning?