No tricks, Bears back on practice field

The 6-1 Chicago Bears returned to the practice field Wednesday in preparation for their trip Sunday down to Nashville to face the Tennessee Titans (3-5).

Tight end Matt Spaeth was limited in workouts with a ankle injury, but Bears head coach Lovie Smith doesn’t expect it to linger and looks for  a quick return to practice. “Again, it is limited,” Smith said. “He’ll be good to go tomorrow.”


Bears good as Gould in narrow escape from Panthers

Robbie Gould’s 41-yard field goal as time ran out lifted the Chicago Bears to an improbable, head-scratching come-from-behind win over the lowly Carolina Panthers 23-22 at blustery Soldier Field Sunday afternoon. Gould’s kick, which atoned for an earlier miss from 33-yards, capped a 16 point rally in the fourth quarter and increases the Bears winning streak to five games. Chicago is 6-1 overall, ahead of both Green Bay and Minnesota at 5-3. Carolina dips to 1-6.

Bears head coach Lovie Smith wasn’t pleased with the execution, but he’ll take the win. “We talk always about playing 60 minutes,” said Smith. “You know, two halves to a game and all that coach talk, but it really did come down to that today. First off, you have to give the Carolina Panthers a lot of credit. Ron Rivera had them ready to play. They came out and played hard, like they’ve been playing all year. And a lot of things that went wrong for us early on were more what they were doing and them playing better football than we were. But after all these things happen late, we needed to play. I thought our fans were outstanding right before Tim Jennings intercepted the pass before the touchdown. That’s as loud as I’ve heard it in a long time. They did a great job giving us momentum with this. But that play was big and from there, defense couldn’t let them score anymore. And then at the end, it came down to a two-minute drive that we practice, of course, each week, but that’s why we say we have a special quarterback. Jay completing passes when we had to make a play. Brandon Marshall, of course, catching. The line worked a lot better that second half. There’s no such thing as an ugly win. To me, the team that deserves the win always ends up on top at the end. We’ll definitely cherish this.”