Step by step, the Chicago Bears think they're eliminating possible problems leading to defeats.
Turnovers? They've made only one the last three games.
No running game? Jordan Howard has run for more than 100 yards in two of the last three games and Ka'Deem Carey returned from an injury to average 5.6 yards in Sunday's 17-16 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Quarterback Brian Hoyer can't find Alshon Jeffery in the passing game? Against the Jaguars, Jeffery had 90 first-half receiving yards on six catches.
Toss in how the defense has begun making big plays, like Willie Young's fourth-quarter strip sack and a first-quarter interception by Tracy Porter in the end zone.
The Bears have become more and more consistent and it still hasn't paid off in the victory column. At 1-5, they keep finding ways to lose as they head into a short work week for Thursday's game in Green Bay.
"I think our guys can see how close we are," coach John Fox said Monday. "Yesterday was no different than the week before against Indy. Just like the week before winning a close game (against Detroit).
"The difference: it's four or five plays."
On defense, they suffered through poor third-down conversion rates early in the year. And in the last three games, they've allowed an outstanding 26 percent (9-for-34).
"I mean, we gave away a couple plays but all in all we're getting better every week and it's showing out there," linebacker Danny Trevathan said. "Turnovers, execution -- but it's just a couple plays here and there that we have to minimize."
Sunday's game-winning touchdown typified a snake-bit team.
Receiver Arrelious Benn falls to the ground making a catch, but Tracy Porter slips in coverage and is unable to recover in time to touch Benn down. Benn gets up and runs to the end zone.
Offensively, the red zone remains a huge problem. On Sunday, they converted just 1 of 4 trips there into touchdowns after going 1-for-3 the previous week.
"We've got to score (deleted) touchdowns," wide receiver Alshon Jeffery said. "That's what it is. That's period.
"Touchdowns win games. You see what three points gets us."
Frustration and inconsistency are popular words at Halas Hall these days.
"I don't know what it is, but I know that there are spurts where we play well enough to win, and there are spurts where it looks like we don't know what the hell we're doing," guard Kyle Long said.
The bottom line now is closing out games they lead after watching potential victories slip away in consecutive weeks.
"We know that we can compete against any team," linebacker Willie Young said. "It's never a case where we haven't had an opportunity to win. It's just closing it out."
Young said the inability to do it is possibly a by-product of inexperience.
"We've got a lot of young guys," he said. "I can't say guys aren't giving it their all every snap. I can't say that.
"But we definitely have got a lot of young guys in place right now. So we'll see what happens."
At 1-5, Fox is still trying to keep the Bears pointed toward staying mentally in the fray. He's bringing up NFL history for support.
"They're pros," Fox said. "I think you remind yourself that it's a long season. We're not even halfway through. You bring up examples.
"You know, a team a year ago, the Kansas City Chiefs, started 1-5 and they made the playoffs. So all of those things are possible but if you lay down your sword, not so much."