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Gould honored as NFC Special Teams Player of Week

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Robbie Gould’s three field goals, including the game-winner for the Chicago Bears, didn’t go unnoticed. He was named the NFC Special Teams Player of the Week Wednesday for his contributions in the Bears 22-20 win over Oakland.

The Bears press release announcing the honor follows:

Chicago Bears K Robbie Gould was named NFC Special Teams Player of the Week after connecting on all three field goals in the Bears 22-20 win over Oakland in Week 4, including a game winner from 49 yards out with two seconds remaining in the contest.


Gould’s kick lifts Bears to first win

Jay CutlerRobbie Gould’s 49-yard field goal with two seconds remaining gave the Chicago Bears their first win, a 22-20 victory over the Oakland Raiders Sunday afternoon at Solider Field. The victory gave head coach John Fox his first in Chicago and improved the Bears to 1-3. The Raiders fell to 2-2.

Gould’s heroics were set up by an efficient two-minute drive engineered by Jay Cutler.

Cutler, back in action after sitting out last week with a hamstring and not completely healthy, turned in a gutty, inspired effort save for a late game interception that almost proved costly. He completed 28-of-43 passes for 281 yards and two touchdowns. His precision passing early in the game and then in the final two minutes kept a Bears offense moving that was still missing Alshon Jeffery.


Bears part ways with Allen

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Citing depth at linebacker, the Chicago Bears traded veteran DE Jared Allen to the Carolina Panthers for a reported sixth-round draft pick in next spring’s NFL Draft.

On an otherwise quiet day at Halas Hall where players and coaches were reviewing game film from yesterday’s 26-0 loss at Seattle, the Bears sent minor shock waves through the locker room and the NFL community when they dealt the popular Allen.

The veteran defender was considered a coup when then General Manager Phil Emery signed him to a big money contract in 2014, but he never flashed the explosive first step that made him such a feared pass rusher while with the Vikings.