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.

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Seahawks blow past Bears in second half

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Tyler Lockett’s 105-yard kickoff return for a touchdown to open the second half broke up a tight game, and Seattle cruised from there, shutting out the Chicago Bears 26-0 at Century Link Field in the great Northwest.

The Bears remain winless  (0-3) and their punchless offense set records for futility. Chicago became the first team in NFL history to punt on its first ten possessions. The Bears crossed midfield just
once, advancing to the Seahawks 47-yard line before mistakes bogged down a 11-play drive.

Despite some strong early running from RB Matt Forte, Jimmy Clausen, filling in for the injured Jay Cutler, never found a groove and the noisy conditions created havoc in running the offense. Clausen appeared as shaky as he did in last week’s relief duty, holding the ball too long and checking down to outlet receivers in order to avoid pressure.

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Three and out: Bears lay egg against Cards

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The Chicago Bears hopes for their first victory of the season went down with QB Jay Cutler Sunday. Here are notes, quotes, and observations on a game that tied or set several records…none of them positive for the Bears in a 48-23 beatdown.

1. Bears tied a franchise record with 170-yards in penalties (previously set in 1944 versus Philadelphia). The infractions included multiple pass-interference  flags on Bears cornerbacks and offensive miscues which again led to stalled redzone possessions. READ MORE