Bears claw past Cardinals

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The Chicago Bears scored 16 consecutive points after falling behind 14-0 in the first half to defeat the Arizona Cardinals 16-14 Sunday afternoon in Glendale, Arizona.  A strong defensive effort led by Khalil Mack keyed a stingy Bears attack unit that turned back numerous Cardinal drives, and K Cody Parkey’s 43-yard field goal propelled the Bears into first place in the NFC North (2-1). Meanwhile, Arizona fell to 0-3.

On an afternoon when the Bears and QB Mitch Trubisky struggled to move the ball with any consistency, Chicago’s prowess on defense turned away Arizona repeatedly in the second half to keep the Bears in the game and eventually allow them to eke out the win.

The Bears attack unit accumulated four straight turnovers against Arizona and stonewalled the Cardinals on its final possession to solidify the victory. Eddie Jackson, Sherrick McManis, and Bryce Callahan each picked off Arizona quarterbacks.  Mack’s forced fumble recovered by LB Danny Trevathan accounted for the Bears other takeaway.

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On offense, it was slow going as Ari

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zona stacked the box and blitzed frequently.  Trubisky completed 24 of 35 passes for 220 yards, an interception, and a lost fumble. He struggled again with accuracy and throwing deep. Despite those troubles, he did engineer a pair of scoring drives at crunch time with the Bears trailing 14-3.

Jordan Howard also found it tough sledding against the active Cardinals defense, but still managed to crank out 61-yards on 24 carries. Howard’s 1-yard run with 6 minutes left in the third quarter cut the Chicago deficit to 14-10.

The Bears, NFC North leaders for the first time since 2013, return home Sunday to host the Tampa Bay Bucs.

Extra Points: Mack became the first player to record a sack and forced fumble in three straight games since he turned the trick in 2016. He was credited with five stops, including two sacks and a forced fumble….Bears snapped skid where they followed a win with a loss. Chicago was just 1-7 over the last two seasons in that category…Parker converted on 20, 43, and 41 field goal attempts but missed from 46-yards…CB Prince Amukamara left late in the contest with a minor hamstring injury. His status is unknown.  Undrafted rookie free agent Kevin Tolliver of LSU  replaced Amukamara and surrendered a couple of first down catches but no big plays….Bears inactives included DB’s Marcus Cooper, DeAndre Houston-Carson OLB Kylie Fitts, OLB Isaiah Irving, DL Nick Williams, and WR Javon Wims.

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