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If the Bears are going to mount a turnaround, it begins with addressing an offense that’s proven one-dimensional under coordinator Mike Martz’s pass-happy style, and has made quarterback Jay Cutler an easy target for opposing defenses.

Cutler was knocked out with a concussion late in a 17-3 loss to the New York Giants on Oct. 3, and missed the following week’s game. It didn’t get much better upon his return.

In his past two games, Cutler has been sacked 10 times and thrown four interceptions _ all to Washington’s DeAngelo Hall in a 17-14 loss on Oct. 24.

“We’ve been kind of inconsistent offensively,” Cutler said. “We get some big chunks and then we’ll have a turnover or a sack and kind of throw ourselves back. That’s kind of what we’ve been fighting this year.”

Martz described Cutler’s struggles as “a phase” every quarterback goes through.

“We’ll get him squared away,” he said.

As for his offensive approach, Martz added, “Absolutely, we need to run the ball more.”

A run-first approach has certainly worked against a porous Bills defense. Buffalo’s allowing a league-worst 188.7 yards rushing a game, and has already given up 200 more yards four time this season _ including a season-worst 274 against Kansas City.

Smith doesn’t consider the Bills the pushovers their record might reflect. What encourages him is having the game played at Toronto, where he expects to have a large contingent of Bears fans in the stands.

“We definitely like playing there instead of Buffalo,” Smith said. “Hopefully, it will be more of a neutral site.”

The Bills are well aware of their struggles in Toronto. A less than capacity crowd watched them lose 19-13 to the New York Jets last year. And then there was their 16-3 loss to Miami in 2008, a game in which the Dolphins got nearly as many cheers did the Bills.

With a winless record, there’s a concern about how they might be greeted on Sunday.

“Well, like an 0-7 team,” receiver Lee Evans said. “I mean, it’s been a tough start to the season to say the least. But I still think they’ll be excited for us to come up there and hopefully get a win.”

It would be a start.