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The day after: three takeaways from Bears victory over Lions

The Chicago Bears snapped a ten game NFC North losing streak and maintained control of first place in the division with a relatively easy 34-22 win Sunday afternoon at sun-splashed but chilly Soldier Field.

Here are three takeaways after a night to sleep on it:

1. Welcome back Khalil Mack. The Bears attack unit posted six sacks and three takeaways, including a pair of sacks by Mack in his return to the lineup following two missed games due to an ankle injury. “Our defense becomes better when he’s in there,” stated Bears head coach Matt Nagy.  “So the biggest question of him coming into this game was how was he going to hold up health-wise, and it seemed liked he did pretty well.” READ MORE

Bears can’t afford to overlook wounded Lions

The Chicago Bears enter a pivotal stretch with three consecutive NFC North matchups beginning Sunday at Soldier Field against a wounded, but dangerous Detroit Lions team that has had the Bears number.

The Lions have won the past three meetings and nine out of the last ten contests. At 3-5, Detroit is likely playing for its season and will have a chance to derail the Bears post-season dreams with two games in the next 11 days,

The 5-3 Bears hope to build on the momentum of two straight victories where the defense appears to righted itself and the offense is efficient, if not totally effective.  The return of OLB Khalil Mack and WR Allen Robinson should provide a sparks on both sides of the ball. READ MORE

Bears takeaways key Buffalo romp

Defensive touchdown returns by Eddie Jackson and Leonard Floyd highlighted a 28 point first half and the Chicago Bears rolled to an easy 41-9 win over the Buffalo Bills Sunday afternoon. It was the second straight victory for the Bears (5-3) and keeps them atop the NFC North standings.

Jackson’s 65-yard scoop and score on a fumble return and Floyd’s 19-yard interception return were indicative of a dominating defensive performance by the Bears. Chicago’s attack unit flew around the field, displaying the speed and instincts to range sideline-to-sideline. Bears inside linebackers Danny Trevathan and rookie Roquan Smith posted outstanding games, shutting down the Bills rushing efforts. They were aided by an aggressive scheme that harassed Buffalo QB Nathan Peterman, sacking him four times and intercepting three balls.

Bears cornerback Kyle Fuller was in the thick of the action. Fuller collected an interception and was responsible for a handful of pass breakups, displaying the instincts and tight coverage skills that Chicago envisioned after selecting him in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft. “I don’t think any of us are surprised,” cornerback Prince Amukamara observed. “Kyle is very ball aware. That’s why they signed him to what they did — and I think they got a steal. But [it’s] great for him, and he’s definitely a leader for our team and for years to come.” READ MORE