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Bears dominating offense overpowers Bengals

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Unleashing a triple threat of running, passing, and receiving, the Chicago Bears amassed a season-high 482 total yards en route to a convincing 33-7 win over the injury-depleted Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium Sunday afternoon. The Bears snapped a five-game losing streak to improve to 4-9, while the Bengals slipped to 5-8.

Before a sparse crowd that included a nice contingent of Bears fans in the Queen City, Chicago took control midway through the second quarter and was never challenged the rest of the way.

QB Mitch Trubisky played his best game of his rookie campaign, engineering a balanced attack that punished the Bengals in the air and on the ground. Trubisky was sharp in completing 25-of-32 passes for 271 yards, including a four-yard touchdown scamper and a 1-yard scoring toss to TE Adam Shaheen. Unlike recent games, Trubisky displayed poise in the pocket, confidently delivering several throws in tight spaces. He formed a nice connection with WR Kendall Wright, who caught 10 balls for 107 yards.

Not to be outdone by the Bears rookie signal caller, second-year RB Jordan Howard rebounded from a couple of subpar outings with a strong game. Howard ran over and through a beleaguered Cincinnati defense that was already short-handed coming off Monday night’s disappointing loss to AFC North rival Pittsburgh.  Behind an offensive line that might have enjoyed its best game of the year, Howard pounded Bengal defenders between the tackles for 147 yards on 23 carries and 2 touchdowns. “We moved the ball with ease on them,” stated the former Indiana University star. “They didn’t know if we were running or throwing, so it felt pretty good.” READ MORE

Bears try to snap skid in Cincy

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With little to play for, the Chicago Bears limp into Cincinnati Sunday trying to stop a freefall that has resulted in a five game losing streak. Here are three things to watch as both teams go through the motions during the season’s final month.

1. Mitch Trubisky’s progress…Curiously, Bears head coach John Fox remarked that he thought Trubisky played his best game in last week’s disappointing 15-14 loss to San Francisco. In anyone else’s universe, observers saw Trubisky still struggling to read defenses and hanging on to the ball too long. Though he was accurate, Trubisky’s longest pass completion was merely 15 yards. He appears indecisive with pressure up the middle, not sure whether to step up into the pocket, tuck the ball and run or roll out.  Trubisky needs to perform better down the stretch to inspire confidence in him moving forward.

2. Will the team play hard down the stretch?….Fox usually has his teams ready to play, but starting with the post-bye matchup with Green Bay, the Bears appear unprepared and outcoached. With injuries mounting on both sides of the ball, it’s easy to understand some players checking out, knowing the Fox tenure is essentially over. Depth concerns reflect a roster still in transition, making the Bears talent deprived in many key areas. READ MORE

Bears sink to new low with loss to 49′ers

Bears drop second-straight, losing 26-18 to Saints.

Former Chicago Bear Robbie Gould kicked a 24-yard field goal in the closing seconds and homegrown QB Jimmy Garoppolo was efficient in leading the San Francisco 49′ers to a come-from-behind 15-14 victory over the hapless Bears Sunday afternoon at Soldier Field. The 49′ers won for only the second time (2-10) this season while the Bears dropped their fifth straight contest to fall to 3-9.

Gould, who was surprisingly let go prior to the beginning of the 2016 season, converted on five short kicks to account for all of the San Francisco scoring. He savored his return to the Windy City. “I wanted this one really bad,” Gould said. “I downplayed it all week for my own peace of mind, to be honest with you. I’m just happy it went this way.”

On a balmy December afternoon that saw Chicago temperatures hovering in the mid-50′s, San Francisco looked right at home as they dominated the offensive statistics (total yards, 388-147) and time of possession (38:47-21:13). Garoppolo, making his first 49′ers start after being acquired at the trade deadline from New England, displayed command in the pocket and an accurate arm as he repeatedly found soft spots in the middle of the Chicago defense.

Garoppolo kept the chains moving, frustrating the Bears attack unit with repeated third-down conversions.  Playing in front of many friends and family, the former Eastern Illinois passer who grew up as a Bears fan in the Chicago suburbs, completed 26-of-37 passes for 293 yards and one interception. He was particularly effective in rolling out, buying extra time to throw, and then finding a open 49′ers receiver downfield. The 49′ers marched from their own 8 to the Chicago 7 on the final drive. READ MORE