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Five keys to Bears-Rams tilt

As kickoff approaches for the highly-anticipated Chicago Bears-Los Angeles Rams matchup at Soldier Field Sunday night, here are five keys to watch as the Bears try to make a statement.

  1. Contain Rams RB Todd Gurley…Gurley leads the NFL with 19 touchdowns this season and 1175 yards. He’s a throwback to the great running backs of yesterday, possessing a lethal dose of size, power, and speed. Not to be sacrilegious, but some observers have mentioned Gurley in the same sentence as the late, great Walter Payton.

Gurley will surely get his share of touches and yards, but the Chicago defense needs to prevent him from ripping          off a game-changing play. As good as the Bears attack unit has been this season, they’ve struggled stopping the             run in all four of their losses.

2. Prevent Aaron Donald from being a game-wrecker…Donald enters the game leading the NFL with 16.5 sacks and         has garnered at least two sacks in each of his last three contests.  The Bears interior of center Cody Whitehair               and guards James Daniels and Bryan Witzmann will have their hands full.  Daniels is still learning in his rookie          while Witzmann has struggled trying to fill the spot vacated by the injured Kyle Long.  For a Chicago offense that       doesn’t run the ball effectively and needs to protect quarterback Mitch Trubisky, this spells danger. READ MORE

Three takeaways from Bears overtime loss to Giants

In a game full of twists and turns that ultimately proved frustrating, the Chicago Bears fell 30-27 to the New York Giants in overtime Sunday afternoon in East Rutherford, NJ.

Here are three takeaways from the deflating defeat:
1. The Bears need Mitch Trubisky. Backup Chase Daniel performed admirably in the Thanksgiving day victory over Detroit, but struggled badly with ball security against the Giants. His pick six on the second play of scrimmage provided the Giants early confidence. Later, Daniel threw another interception as the Bears were marching into the red zone. Though damp and misty conditions lingered throughout the game, Daniel fumbled four times (Chicago recovered all four) and held onto the ball too long on several ocassions, leading to sacks. READ MORE

Inside the lines: three takeaways from Bears Thanksgiving day win

The Chicago Bears displayed the kind of gritty determination good football teams show in earning a hard-fought 23-16 win over the Detroit Lions on Thanksgiving day at Ford Field.

The 8-3 Bears won their fifth straight game, solidifying the hold on the NFC North division lead.

Here are three takeaways:

1. Safety Eddie Jackson is making a strong bid for Pro Bowl consideration after another key defensive play. Jackson’s pick six and eventual game-winning score broke a taut 16-16 contest. His instincts and ball-hawking ability complement a strong front seven. The Bears 20 interceptions exceed their team total from the last two seasons (8 in both 2016 and 2017). READ MORE