Bears hard-luck losers in Big Easy

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Some questionable calls, a couple special teams gaffes, and an inability to finish on both sides of the ball added up to a disappointing 20-12 loss to the New Orleans Saints at the Superdome on Sunday. The Bears fall to 3-5 heading into their bye week while the Saints lead the NFC South with a 5-2 mark.

TE Zach Miller’s overturned touchdown catch and gruesome injury in the second half will no doubt headline the water cooler conversation, but the Bears made enough mistakes throughout the contest to have only themselves to blame.

Still, Chicago had a chance to win or tie the game late thanks to some opportunistic play from the defense, which kept Drew Brees from throwing a touchdown pass and forced a pair of fumbles. However, Bears rookie QB Mitch Trubisky’s interception with just over a minute remaining sealed Chicago’s fate and gave an aggressive Saints defense the hard-earned victory. READ MORE

Can Bears contain Saints attack?

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Seeking a to extend their modest two-game win streak, the Chicago Bears travel south to the bayou to face a high-flying New Orleans Saints (4-2) team.

The Bears (3-4), coming off two strong defensive efforts in wins against Baltimore and Carolina, step up in class to face the Drew Brees led Saints squad that paces the NFC South and appears rejuvenated after a trio of disappointing seasons.

Brees history against the Bears is impressive. He’s passed for 933 yards and 8 touchdowns in the clubs’ previous three meetings, all New Orleans victories. This year, a balanced attack that features Michael Thomas and Brandon Coleman on the outside is supplemented by the running of veteran Mark Ingram and rookie Alvin Kumara. INGRAM has 219 rush yards (109.5 per game) & 3 TDs in past 2. Has 539 scrimmage yards (107.8 per game) & 6 TDs (5 rush, 1 rec.) in past 5 at home. Had rush TD in last meeting. Rookie RB ALVIN KAMARA had 107 scrimmage yards in Week 7, his 1st career 100+ scrimmage yard game. Kumara ranks third among NFL rookies with 28 catches.

On the flip side, the Bears are establishing a defensive identity behind Akeem Hicks, Leonard Floyd, and an opportunistic secondary.  Rookie Eddie Jackson’s NFC Defensive Player of the Week award followed his two defensive touchdown performance against Carolina. CB Kyle Fuller is quietly putting together the kind of year the Bears hoped he would following two lackluster campaigns. While they can’t be expected to score every week, if the Bears can pick Brees or create enough pressure to throw him out of rhythm, things could become interesting. READ MORE

Inman boost to Bears WR corps

Newly acquired Bears WR Dontrelle Inman.

Newly acquired Bears WR Dontrelle Inman.

Desperate for help at the wide receiver position, the Chicago Bears trade for Dontrelle Inman adds depth and playmaking skills to a developing offensive unit. The Bears gave up a conditional seventh round pick to San Diego to acquire Inman. In a corresponding roster move, Chicago has released LB Jonathan Anderson.

Inman was stuck behind a stacked group of receivers in San Diego, namely Keenan Allen, Travis Benjamin, and first-round pick Mike Williams, but he flashed big play ability in 2016 when injuries ravaged the Chargers at that position.  He started all 16 games and caught 58 balls for  810 yards and four touchdowns. A self-made player who first entered the league as an undrafted free agent from Virginia and played in the CFL before landing in San Diego, Inman possesses good size (6-3), dependable hands, and enough speed to separate.  His modest stats this year- 4 catches for 9 yards,  don’t scream upgrade, but Inman was nicked up and inactive for two games and a healthy scratch for another.  He’ll easily become the Bears most experienced player with four seasons of NFL service under his belt. READ MORE