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Four downs with Mike Ditka
1. Bears coach Lovie Smith continues to be on the hot seat, at least with fans. What could he have done differently to keep the Bears on track after a 7-1 start? I don’t think the start was all that terrific at 7-1. A lot of the start was the way they gUpvote Share Tweet
Chalk talk: Falcons’ template may be Bears’ best bet against LionsBears wide receiver Brandon Marshall is sure of one thing heading into Sunday’s do-or-die game against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field: Scoring one touchdown, as the Bears did in the teams’ first meeting, won’t be good enough. ‘‘If we score moreUpvote Share TweetLinebacker Nick Roach likes being the Bears’ man in the middle. He likes the added responsibilities and the added attention. ‘‘I enjoy it,’’ Roach said. ‘‘You get a chance do a lot more in terms of making plays. .”‰.”‰. You don’t haveUpvote Share Tweet
Division couldn’t run any deeper in contentious NFC NorthJust how adversarial is the NFC North? Bears defensive tackle Henry Melton suggested that the Green Bay Packers would intentionally lose to another rival, the Minnesota Vikings, just so the Bears wouldn’t make the playoffs. ‘‘I wouldn’t be surprisUpvote Share TweetIn more than 30 years as an NFL player and coach, Mike Tice has experienced all the highs and lows and everything in between. That includes a must-win game with playoff implications - the scenario the Bears face this Sunday when they meet the Detroit LiUpvote Share TweetCNNSI.com Updated Dec 28, 2012LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) -- Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte expects to start Sunday against the Bears despite an ankle injury suffered last week.Upvote Share TweetESPN.com Updated Dec 28, 2012Five nuggets of knowledge on Week 17: Tough task: Excitement has been at a season high in the Upper Midwest, where a Minnesota Vikings victory against the rival Green Bay Packers would clinch a playoff berth. (The Vikings can also clinch with losses by …Upvote Share Tweetprofootballtalk.com Updated Dec 28, 2012The Bears can get to the playoffs only if they beat the Lions and if the Packers knock off the Vikings. But that won’t make Bears receiver Brandon Marshall buy a share of Packers non-stock stock. “I’m not cheering for anybody but the Bears,” MarUpvote Share Tweet
Week 17 Picks: Redskins, Bears should earn playoff berthsyahoo.com Updated Dec 28, 2012Dallas Cowboys at Washington Redskins In his first game against the Cowboys, Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin completed 19-of-27 pass attempts for 304 yards and four touchdowns in a 38-31 win on Thanksgiving. Griffin is not 100 percent, but neither a…Upvote Share Tweet
TELANDER: Bears’ season has been impossible to figure outCould this season be any more confusing? The Bears started 7-1, Jay Cutler-to-Brandon Marshall was Peyton Manning-to-Reggie Wayne, the defense was a ticking bomb, the Super Bowl beckoned, then .”‰.”‰. Well, here is linebacker Lance Briggs before us ThurUpvote Share Tweet
NFL Kickoff OT: Week 17 PredictionsDec 28NFL Kickoff OT breaks down the key matchups for the final week of the regular season.
'Playbook': Chicago Bears vs. Detroit LionsDec 28The "Playbook" guys break down the Chicago Bears defense and discuss why Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford leads the league in pass attempts.
Will Trash Talk Backfire On Bears?Dec 28"First Take" debates if the Bears' recent trash talk will come back to haunt them and will motivate the Lions.
Peter King: Cowboys on familiar ground with win-or-go-home Week 17Dec 28In the offseason, Dallas coach Jason Garrett visited the Yankees' spring-training home in Tampa, and sought out Derek Jeter. Garrett was raised in Yankee country, so he has great respect for the Yankee shortstop, and he wanted to ask him about leadershi…
NFL - John Clayton's five most cherished NFL recordsDec 28Football records might not resonate like those in baseball, but there are five NFL records that stand above the rest, John Clayton writes.
The Sports Guy powers through a damaged laptop to make his Week 17 picksDec 28The Sports Guy's computer is on the fritz, but that didn't stop him from making his Week 17 picks.