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Four downs: Bears try to shake off frustrating loss

A day following the Chicago Bears blew another fourth-quarter lead and lost to Miami in overtime, here are four thoughts and observations:
1. Shoddy tackling, particularly in the secondary, reared its ugly head for the second time this young season. Both Miami’s Albert Wilson and Green Bay’s Randall Cobb made the Bears deep patrol pay after catching short passes and improvising their way for long gainers. Bears safety Eddie Jackson missed badly and appeared to let up as Wilson zig-zagged his way to the tying touchdown late in the fourth quarter Sunday.

It’s cause for concern with solid playmakers for New England, the Rams, Minnesota, and even Detroit upcoming on the schedule. Chicago CB Prince Amukamara’s hamstring injury means rookie Kevin Tolliver needs to step up and contribute. READ MORE

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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