Inside the lines: three takeaways from Bears Thanksgiving day win

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The Chicago Bears displayed the kind of gritty determination good football teams show in earning a hard-fought 23-16 win over the Detroit Lions on Thanksgiving day at Ford Field.

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The 8-3 Bears won their fifth straight game, solidifying the hold on the NFC North division lead.

Here are three takeaways:

1. Safety Eddie Jackson is making a strong bid for Pro Bowl consideration after another key defensive play. Jackson’s pick six and eventual game-winning score broke a taut 16-16 contest. His instincts and ball-hawking ability complement a strong front seven. The Bears 20 interceptions exceed their team total from the last two seasons (8 in both 2016 and 2017). READ MORE

Daniel takes helm in Thanksgiving matinee


Career backup QB Chase Daniel takes center stage Thursday as the Chicago Bears make the short trip to Detroit to face the Lions as part of the NFL’s Thanksgiving Day festivities.

The well-paid ($28 million over his career) and little used ( two games over a 10 year stretch) Daniel takes over for an injured Mitch Trubisky (shoulder). His task is to continue the positive momentum for the streaking Bears, 7-3 and winners of four straight, against a familiar divisional foe that Chicago handled relatively easy two weeks ago. READ MORE

Bears defense shines in Sunday spotlight

Four takeaways after a night to relish the Chicago Bears hard-earned 25-20 win over the Minnesota Vikings Sunday night at raucous Soldier Field:

    1. Bears DT Akeem Hicks solidified his status as a Pro Bowler after thoroughly dominating the Minnesota offensive line.  Hicks has performed at a high-level in each of his three seasons in Chicago, but he turned it up a notch Sunday by displaying his versatility as a run stuffer and pass rusher.  He’s overshadowed by Khalil Mack, but Hicks has arguably been the Bears most consistent defender.

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Stage set for Bears-Vikes battle

After a week of dissecting the matchups and breaking down tape, the Chicago Bears try to make a statement in a key NFC North showdown with the Minnesota Vikings at Soldier Field.

The 6-3 Bears can establish themselves as the divisional favorite heading into the regular season’s final month with a victory. However, the 5-3-1 Vikings are the NFC North’s defending champions and may be hitting their stride after some early season stumbles.

The defense will take center stage Sunday evening when the Bears stingy attack unit faces a Minnesota offeense loaded with playmakers. With Kirk Cousins at the helm, the Vikings can score quickly, either on the ground or through the air. Dalvin Cook, Stefon Diggs, and Adam Thielen are a trio of potent weapons that will challenge a Chicago defense that appears to have regained its edge, particularly with OLB Khalil Mack back in the lineup. READ MORE