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Bears hope to continue momentum post bye

With a trip to South Beach awaiting, the NFC North division leading Chicago Bears seek to pick up where they left off before an early season bye.  The 3-1 Bears face a Miami squad (3-2) that has dropped consecutive games and badly needs a win in its own right.

The matchup pits an attacking Bears defense against a Dolphins offense that may be led by an injured Ryan Tannehill. In his past 4 home starts, he has completed 72 of 101 (71.3 pct.) for 999 yards with 11 TDs vs. 3 INTs for 126.6 rating. In his past 3 starts vs. NFC, is 3-0 with 8 pass TDs vs. 2 INTs for 114.8 rating. Tannehill was battered during Miami’s second half meltdown in a 27-17 loss to Cincinnati last week and was limited during practice this week.

Veteran running back Frank Gore and Kenyan Drake form a effective ground attack for Miami, but the Dolphins rely on explosive plays generated by wide receivers Kenny Stills and Jakeem Grant.  Grant is also a weapon on special teams, where he rambled for a  71-yard PR-TD last week. Grant is  1 of 2 players in NFL history (DANTE HALL, 2003) with 100+ yard KR-TD, 70+ yard PR-TD & 50+ yard TD catch in single season. READ MORE

Five Bears poised for breakouts post-bye week

As the 3-1 Chicago Bears get back to work Monday following an early-bye week, here are five Bears to watch the remainder of the season.

    1. Leonard Floyd…Floyd’s breakout was derailed in preseason when he suffered a broken hand in the team’s third exhibition game against Denver.  Forced to play with a club that made use of his hand non-existent, Floyd hasn’t been able to gain leverage or counter blockers who forced him strictly to the outside. He’s been more active the last two weeks with a smaller cast, but should be primed for a return to full health in the next couple of weeks. While Khalil Mack has been doing the heavy lifting, Floyd’s emergence and bookend support could make the Bears defense lethal.

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Trubisky, defense shine in Bears dominant victory

Five thoughts after Chicago Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky earned a place in Bears history and a tenacious defense provided the perfect compliment to a convincing 48-10 blowout of Tampa Bay.

1. Trubisky displayed the poise and accuracy missing in the sesson’s first three contests. The Bears offensive line stonewalled the Bucs defensive front, but Trubisky still had to execute. His delivery was crisp, smooth and with one exception of a light underthrow to Allen Robinson in the second half, arrived on the money.

“He made some special throws, which I thought was great,” said Bears Head coach Matt Nagy. “When you’re able to make those throws like he did today, good things happen.” READ MORE