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Bears’ offense could get boost it needs - from Lions’ defense

Bears’ offense could get boost it needs - from Lions’ defense

suntimes.com ESPN.com Updated Dec 24, 2012
After another inconsistent performance in the Bears’ 28-13 victory Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals, coach Lovie Smith immediately tempered what he had hoped for from his inconsistent offense. “We didn’t expect to come in here and score 50 point
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  • Jay Cutler wants to avoid coordinator shuffle

    Jay Cutler wants to avoid coordinator shuffle

    suntimes.com Dec 24, 2012
    The potential upheaval if the Bears fail to make the playoffs could come with an unavoidable consequence - Jay Cutler’s fourth offensive coordinator in his fifth season with the Bears. Cutler, who has struggled with consistency on several levels throu
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  • Anthony Walters next man up for Bears’ battered secondary

    Anthony Walters next man up for Bears’ battered secondary

    suntimes.com Dec 24, 2012
    Losing starting free safety Chris Conte is just another blow to a defense that has suffered several injuries during a tough stretch. But second-year safety Anthony Walters said he’s up for the challenge. Walters took over for Conte after he pulled his h
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  • Urlacher tried to sneak a run in, chance he returns this week

    Urlacher tried to sneak a run in, chance he returns this week

    profootballtalk.com Dec 24, 2012
    The Bears are still holding out hope that linebacker Brian Urlacher can get back in time for this weekend’s finale against the Lions, and tried to get a secret workout in yesterday to gauge his progress. According to Fred Mitchell of the Chicago Tribune
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  • Matt Forte: I can’t see myself missing next week

    Matt Forte: I can’t see myself missing next week

    profootballtalk.com Dec 24, 2012
    The Bears lost running back Matt Forte to an ankle injury during their 28-13 win over the Cardinals on Sunday, a dark cloud over a win that kept their playoff hopes burning brightly heading into Week 17. Sean Jensen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports that…
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  • Free Head Exam: Detroit Lions

    Free Head Exam: Detroit Lions

    ESPN.com Dec 24, 2012
    After the Detroit Lions' 31-18 loss to the Atlanta Falcons, here are three issues that merit further examination: Benching a kick returner qualifies as a mild message at best, but nothing would be weaker than sending Stefan Logan back onto the field Sun…
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  • Slideshow: Week 16 NFC North fan pics

    Slideshow: Week 16 NFC North fan pics

    ESPN.com Dec 24, 2012
    Thanks for sending your Week 16 photos over the weekend, which produced what will be a wild Week 17. I can't wait to see your photos next weekend, considering how Chicago Bears fans will be forced to root for the Green Bay Packers to help their team's p…
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  • BBAO: Bears rooting for Packers!!!

    BBAO: Bears rooting for Packers!!!

    ESPN.com Dec 24, 2012
    We're Black and Blue All Over: So the stage is set for a wild conclusion to the 2012 season here in the NFC North. We know that the Green Bay Packers are still competing for a first-round playoff bye. The Minnesota Vikings have been handed a win-and-in …
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  • Video - NBA On Christmas Preview 00:54

    NBA On Christmas Preview

    Dec 24
    Jalen Rose and Bill Simmons share which NBA matchups they're looking forward to on Christmas Day.
  • Video - Jay Cutler Mailbag: Part 2 02:45

    Jay Cutler Mailbag: Part 2

    Dec 24
    Jay Cutler talks about the Bears' mindset heading into the final game of the regular season, and how it's difficult for offenses to succeed when continually changing coordinators
  • Video - Jay Cutler Mailbag: Part 1 01:23

    Jay Cutler Mailbag: Part 1

    Dec 24
    Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler talks about the scenarios for the Bears to get into the playoffs, and how he'll have to root for the Packers next week.

Sports Columnists

  • Coast to Coast - Miami Heat still have the winning combination

    Dec 24
    Despite the Thunder's great improvement, the Heat still have the winning formula: LeBron James and Dwyane Wade.
  • Coast to Coast - Kevin Durant still must best LeBron James

    Dec 24
    If Kevin Durant wants to be the best, he needs to beat the best -- LeBron James.
  • Clayton mailbag: Coaching changes are coming

    Dec 24
    While many are in the spirit of the holiday season, numerous coaches can't enjoy it because they're on the hot seat, writes John Clayton.