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    Chicago Bears coach Matt Eberflus and players met with reporters Monday after going over film of the 23-20 win over the Houston Texans on Sunday at Soldier Field. Here are four things we learned as they turn the page to their Week 4 game against the New York Giants. 1. Cole Kmet was happy to get his first two catches but emphasized the Bears need more from all parties in the passing game. Kmet had gone nearly 10 quarters without a catch when he reeled in Justin Fields’ throw and rumbled a few more yards for a 24-yard gain late in the second quarter. Along with a 16-yard catch in the fourth quarter, Kmet finished with two catches for 40 yards on three targets, the other a poorly thrown interception by Fields. For a player looking to break out in his third season, the catches were a long time coming. Kmet was targeted twice in the first two games and had a glaring drop against the Green Bay Packers. “It obviously took way longer than I thought it would,” Kmet...
    Getty Bears WR Darnell Mooney has less than 20 yards receiving through three games. The Chicago Bears, like in many seasons prior, are struggling to develop an aerial attack. Through three games, the team is ranked last in the NFL in passing, averaging 78.3 yards per game through the air, while Justin Fields also has the worst passing grade (38.0) among all 32 starting quarterbacks, according to Pro Football Focus. The rushing game, however, has been lights out. The Bears are second in the NFL behind the Cleveland Browns, averaging 186.7 yards per game on the ground, and they have a strong duo emerging. Khalil Herbert has 240 yards rushing and three scores (80 yards per game average, 7.3 yards per carry), while David Montgomery has 159 yards (53.0 yards per game, 4.5 yards per carry). The Bears also currently have the second-worst receiving grade in the league (59.0), per PFF, and their leading receiver, Equanimeous St. Brown, has a total of 77 yards. “This isn’t a winning formula in today’s NFL,” Heavy’s NFL insider Matt Lombardo wrote...
    Getty Bears RB David Montgomery is helped off the field after being injured against the Houston Texans. The Chicago Bears had multiple starters go down in their Week 3 victory over the Houston Texans. The Bears won the game, 23-20, but lost a few key players when running back David Montgomery left with a lower leg injury and wide receiver Byron Pringle suffered a calf injury. Both went down in the first quarter and did not return. Pringle’s injury appears to be more serious. According to Patrick Finley of The Chicago Sun-Times, Pringle “had a walking boot on his right calf after the game.” That’s not ideal as Pringle also missed time throughout training camp and the preseason with a quadriceps injury. The Bears have not confirmed the severity of Pringle’s injury, nor have they given a diagnosis. If Pringle is set to miss multiple weeks, expect the Bears to be active in the wide receiver market, as Jonathan Jones of CBS Sports reported.Pringle Had WR2 HopesPringle, 28, has caught two passes on three targets for 33 yards in...
    Roquan Smith came up with a big play just when the Chicago Bears needed it Sunday afternoon at Soldier Field. Smith jumped in front of Houston Texans quarterback Davis Mills’ pass to Rex Burkhead for an interception and returned it 18 yards to the 12-yard line with just more than a minute to play. Kicker Cairo Santos followed with a 30-yard field goal to give the Bears a 23-20 victory to improve to 2-1. With the score tied at 20, the Texans committed a holding penalty on a punt return and got the ball at their 17-yard line with a chance to take the lead. But three plays into the drive, Smith came up with the play on a pass that defensive lineman Angelo Blackson defended. It helped seal a game in which the Bears rushed for 281 yards but the passing game again struggled. Filling in for injured David Montgomery, running back Khalil Herbert had 20 carries for 157 yards and two touchdowns. Bears quarterback Justin Fields completed 8 of 17 passes for 106 yards with no touchdowns and...
    10 thoughts after the Chicago Bears ran for 281 yards — the most they’ve piled up in a single game since Walter Payton was leading the way 38 years ago — and got some key takeaways to defeat the Houston Texans 23-20 on Cairo Santos’ 30-yard field goal as time expired. 1. The ‘Pay Roquan Smith’ crowd, which was pretty quiet after the Week 2 loss in Green Bay, has new fuel for the cause. Smith had a dynamite performance against the Texans, leading the team with 16 tackles, two stops for losses and an interception in the closing moments that made the Bears a winner. It’s tied for the second-most tackles in a game in Smith’s career, one shy of the 17 he had in a home loss to the Baltimore Ravens last season, and ought to put him in the running for NFC defensive player of the week honors. Smith played well despite missing all three practices last week with a hip injury he sustained in the Packers game. Playing in Sunday’s game was important to him, and...
    An argument can be made that the most impressive throw by a Chicago Bears player Sunday came with 1 minute, 5 seconds remaining, a 40-yard bomb launched near Soldier Field’s south end zone. The throw came from a linebacker — why not? — during a stoppage of play immediately after the game’s biggest moment. With his adrenaline pumping after a clutch interception, Roquan Smith wound up and heaved the football deep into the seats, aware that his Bears were moments away from defeating the Houston Texans 23-20 on a walk-off, chip-shot field goal. “I tried to stop him,” safety Eddie Jackson said. “That’s a game-winning pick. You’ve got to keep that!” Smith, though, didn’t need the football as much as he needed an emotional release. So he let it fly. “To all my supporters,” he said with a big smile. “I threw that to all of them. And (I was) saying ‘F you’ to all that don’t.” Yes, Chicago, your majorly flawed but still feisty Bears are 2-1, outlasting the winless Texans in such a Bears-like way, with Smith and...
    Khalil Herbert stood at his Soldier Field locker about a half an hour after the Chicago Bears squeaked out a 23-20 win over the Houston Texans and gave a one-word answer for how he felt. “Sore,” he said with a smile. But sore in the best way. The second-year Bears running back rushed for a career-high 157 yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries as the Bears piled up 281 yards on the ground. It was the Bears’ best rushing performance since 1984, according to the team, and a much-needed lift for an offense as the passing game continues to struggle under quarterback Justin Fields. Herbert spent the first two games of the season as the second option to running back David Montgomery and totaled 13 carries for 83 yards. But on the Bears’ second drive, Montgomery’s right leg was caught awkwardly under a Texans defender, and he was out the remainder of the game with what the Bears announced as knee and ankle injuries. Herbert didn’t miss a beat. On the next play, Herbert rushed for eight yards. Two...
    The 1-1 Chicago Bears will host the 0-1-1 Houston Texans at Soldier Field in a Week 3 matchup. Here’s the latest updates. Get our free Bears alerts | Get Brad Biggs’ 10 thoughts on the Bears first | More Bears news At halftime As the clock ran out in the second quarter with the Texans leading the Bears 14-13 some boos could be heard across Soldier Field. Bears quarterback Justin Fields completed just 4 of 11 passes for 45 yards, no touchdowns, an interception and an 11.6 passer rating in the half, which ended with the Texans’ third sack as time ran out. The Bears had timeouts to use but didn’t to try to get in a deep shot. Playing without David Montgomery, who left in the first quarter with right knee and ankle injuries, running back Khalil Herbert rushed for 64 yards and rookie Trestan Ebner rushed for 23 yards. Fields also had 47 yards rushing. The Bears were threatening to retake the lead late in the second quarter but couldn’t come up with a big play. On third-and-5,...
    Getty Bears general manager Ryan Poles is expected to add a WR before the trade deadline. Just ahead of the Chicago Bears‘ Week 3 matchup against the Houston Texans, CBS Sports insider Jonathan Jones dropped an interesting nugget when discussing quarterback Justin Fields and the Bears’ offense. In The NFL Today’s Eye on the NFL segment on September 25, Jones noted Chicago will be looking to add a wide receiver via trade before the deadline hits on November 1. “Expect the Bears to be active in the receiver market in a few weeks before the trade deadline,” Jones said during the live broadcast. The Bears ranked dead last in the league in passing heading into Week 3, averaging 76.5 yards per game through the air, and the injury bug has been biting their receivers’ room since training camp began in late July. Chicago’s lone third-round pick, wideout Velus Jones Jr., played in just one preseason game and has yet to play three weeks into the regular season. Wideout N’Keal Harry went down with an ankle injury in August...
    The 1-1 Chicago Bears will host the 0-1-1 Houston Texans at Soldier Field in a Week 3 matchup. Here’s the latest updates. Get our free Bears alerts | Get Brad Biggs’ 10 thoughts on the Bears first | More Bears news Injury update David Montgomery went down with a right leg injury midway through the first quarter. After the trainers tended to him for a few minutes, he walked off the field on his own into the medical tent. He then left the tent to go to the locker room. The Bears announced Montgomery has a knee and ankle injury and is doubtful to return. Wide receiver Byron Pringle also is doubtful to return because of a calf injury. Running back Khalil Herbert entered the game after Montgomery left and had carries of 8 and 11 yards and then scored on an 11-yard touchdown run to put the Bears up 10-0 midway through the first quarter. Week 3 inactives announced Bears cornerback Jaylon Johnson will miss Sunday’s game against the Texans with a quad injury he suffered in practice Thursday....
    David Montgomery has suffered a knee/ankle injury, and fans of the Chicago Bears are in a rightful state of panic.  Late in the first quarter against the Houston Texans, Chicago Bears running back David Montgomery suffered a lower-body injury. #Bears RB David Montgomery shaken up after Justin Fields was sandwiched. — Brad Biggs (@BradBiggs) September 25, 2022 Chicago’s backup running back, Khalil Herbert, entered the game and helped the Bears take a 10-0 lead, but Montgomery left the blue medical tent and headed slowly to the locker room. #Bears RB David Montgomery is going from the blue medical tent to the locker room — Brad Biggs (@BradBiggs) September 25, 2022 You never want to see any player injured, but Chicago already was without several key contributors, including Jaylon Johnson, who didn’t dress for the game. Additionally, Byron Pringle also left during the early part of the game.David Montgomery injury updateSo far this season, Montgomery has been the focal point of the Chicago Bears offense, despite the pleas for Justin Fields to throw the ball more. Against San Francisco...
    The 1-1 Chicago Bears will host the 0-1-1 Houston Texans at Soldier Field in a Week 3 matchup. Here’s what you need to know before kickoff (noon, CBS). Get our free Bears alerts | Get Brad Biggs’ 10 thoughts on the Bears first | More Bears news Injury updates Bears linebacker Roquan Smith and cornerback Jaylon Johnson are listed as questionable to play. Smith didn’t practice all week as he recovers from a hip injury suffered in the Week 2 loss to the Packers. Coach Matt Eberflus said listing Smith as questionable means he’s at a 51% chance of playing. Rookie wide receiver/returner Velus Jones Jr. was limited in practice for a second straight day as he recovers from a hamstring injury but is listed as doubtful. He’s missed the first two games of the season. Tight end Ryan Griffin (Achilles) and safety Dane Cruikshank (hamstring) were declared out. Read the full story here. OC defends the Bears’ run-pass balance The comparisons were all over social media this week. Chicago Bears quarterback Justin Fields has 28 pass attempts in two...
    It has been a rough week for Justin Fields, so much so the Chicago Bears quarterback went out of his way to clarify comments that required no explanation. Fields said after Sunday’s 27-10 loss to the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field that the loss hurt in the locker room more than it did for Bears fans. “At the end of the day,” he said of fans, “they aren’t putting in any work.” Sure, maybe Fields could have omitted the final part, but no clarification was needed — and any grief he received since should be performance-based, not the result of a perceived slight. This is miles away from when former Bears first-round pick Cade McNown in 2000 suggested disgruntled fans at Soldier Field “save their boos for TV” following a three-interception game. Imagine if that occurred during the age of social media. Fields didn’t commit a turnover in the Week 2 loss to the Packers, but he attempted only 11 passes, threw for just 70 yards and was sacked three times. The Packers did a good job of pinning...
    Chicago Bears linebacker Roquan Smith and cornerback Jaylon Johnson are listed as questionable to play in Sunday’s game against the Houston Texans as they deal with injuries. Smith didn’t practice all week as he recovers from a hip injury suffered in the Week 2 loss to the Green Bay Packers. He was in uniform stretching with the team during the portion of Friday’s practice open to the media at Halas Hall, but the Bears listed him as “did not practice” based on not taking reps in team drills. Coach Matt Eberflus said listing Smith as questionable means he’s at a 51% chance of playing. “We’re excited he’s there at that point through the course of the week, and we’ll have to see if he’s going to be up or down,” Eberflus said. “He’s working toward the game, and we’re hopeful that he’ll be there.” The Bears already will be thin at linebacker because they will be without Matt Adams, who played 31% of the defensive snaps against the Packers but suffered a hamstring injury in practice this week. The Bears...
    Getty Offensive lineman Michael Schofield has been named as a potential trade chip for the Chicago Bears. The Chicago Bears recently re-signed veteran offensive lineman Michael Schofield III to their 53-man roster after placing second-year OL Alex Leatherwood on the non-football/illness (NFI) list. Leatherwood will be out at least four weeks with mono, and while Schofield wasn’t active for the team’s Week 2 contest against the Green Bay Packers, one analyst thinks the Bears might be able to shop the veteran O-Lineman to a very needy Cincinnati Bengals team. Schofield, 31, started 12 games for the Los Angeles Chargers last year, appearing in 15. He has played in 102 NFL games (81 starts) since entering the league in 2015, but he didn’t look good in the preseason and the Bears wound up releasing him as part of their final roster cuts. The Bengals attempted to revamp their offensive line this offseason, adding veteran La’el Collins and rookie left guard Cordell Volson, among others, but the unit has already given up 13 sacks over two games, and Collins has...
    For much of the NFL, the game Sunday between the Chicago Bears and Houston Texans at Soldier Field is an afterthought, a clash between two bottom-tier teams, each with new coaches and scrapping to make the steep climb back toward relevance. But there’s still plenty of intrigue folded in as the Bears look to improve to 2-1 under Matt Eberflus and determined to prove last week’s 17-point rivalry loss to the Green Bay Packers was a small speed bump in their growth process. Former Bears coach Lovie Smith, meanwhile, brings his Texans to Chicago with plenty of hunger after they tied the Indianapolis Colts in Week 1 and were edged 16-9 by the Denver Broncos on Sunday. As kickoff approaches, here’s our snapshot look at Sunday’s game. 1. Pressing question Can Luke Getsy find answers to stimulate the Bears’ passing attack? By now, you know the attention-grabbling numbers from last week’s loss to the Packers. The Bears attempted only 11 passes, completed seven and managed just 48 net passing yards. Through two weeks, they have an NFL-worst 153 passing yards....
    For much of the NFL, the game Sunday between the Chicago Bears and Houston Texans at Soldier Field is an afterthought, a clash between two bottom-tier teams, each with new coaches and scrapping to make the steep climb back toward relevance. But there’s still plenty of intrigue folded in as the Bears look to improve to 2-1 under Matt Eberflus and determined to prove last week’s 17-point rivalry loss to the Green Bay Packers was a small speed bump in their growth process. Former Bears coach Lovie Smith, meanwhile, brings his Texans to Chicago with plenty of hunger after they tied the Indianapolis Colts in Week 1 and were edged 16-9 by the Denver Broncos on Sunday. As kickoff approaches, here’s our snapshot look at Sunday’s game. 1. Pressing question Can Luke Getsy find answers to stimulate the Bears’ passing attack? By now, you know the attention-grabbling numbers from last week’s loss to the Packers. The Bears attempted only 11 passes, completed seven and managed just 48 net passing yards. Through two weeks, they have an NFL-worst 153 passing yards....
    The comparisons were all over social media this week. Chicago Bears quarterback Justin Fields has 28 pass attempts in two games this season. Every other team in the league has at least 28 completions and 52 attempts. New York Jets quarterback Joe Flacco has 103 pass attempts. Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Cooper Kupp has been targeted more times (29) than Fields has attempted a pass. And on and on. The Bears’ measly passing-game numbers, which total 15 completions and 191 yards, have dominated talk at Halas Hall in the lead-up to Sunday’s game against the Houston Texans at Soldier Field, with coach Matt Eberflus saying the Bears need to strive for a better balance in the running and passing games. Bears offensive coordinator Luke Getsy understands it: “I love to throw because I’m a quarterback guy, right?” And surely Getsy knows Fields needs to throw to develop in his second season. But Getsy also believes in following a plan tailored to what a defense is presenting them. “I truly believe in evaluating the matchups each week and saying, ‘OK,...
    Skip Bayless rebuked Justin Fields because he flip-flopped on his dig at Chicago Bears fans after backlash led Fields to clear the air on his comments. The discussion came up on Fox Sports’ Undisputed after Fields apologized Wednesday for comments he made on Sunday night after the Bears’ loss to the Green Bay Packers. “I don’t have any problem with what he said the first time,” Bayless told co-host Shannon Sharpe. “I didn’t need him to walk it back.” Bayless blamed the heat of the moment Fields faced when walking off the field into the locker room after the Bears lost to the Packers embarrassingly 27-10. “It’s hard to gather yourself after an emotional game, especially after you lost,” Bayless added. “How many players have said things in anger after games that they wanted to take back?” Bayless believed that if a player is too emotional after the game, they should not speak to the media at all. “I spent years and years diving into locker rooms like five minutes after the game because we all have deadlines,” Bayless said....
    Getty Ex-Bears WR Tajae Sharpe worked out for the Arizona Cardinals this week. The Arizona Cardinals‘ practice squad is quickly filling up with former Chicago Bears players. A week after signing ex-Bears wide receiver Javon Wims, the Cards have added former Bears offensive lineman Lachavious “Pig” Simmons to their practice squad, according to the NFL’s September 20 waiver wire. Arizona is also showing interest in another ex-Bear, bringing recently-released Bears receiver Tajae Sharpe in for a tryout. The Bears waived Simmons on his birthday this year (September 12), and he worked out for the New England Patriots before landing with the Cardinals. Sharpe was released with an injury settlement on September 9. We’ll see if he did enough to impress the Cardinals during his workout.Simmons Spent the Last 2 Years With the BearsThe Bears drafted Simmons out of Tennessee State in the seventh round (227th overall) in 2020, and he has served primarily as a depth addition over the last two seasons, appearing in two games and starting one. The 6-foot-5, 319-pound Simmons is widely referred to by...
    Matt Eberflus reinforced the obvious Wednesday afternoon before the Chicago Bears went back to work on the practice field at Halas Hall. The offense needs to achieve balance with play distribution if it’s going to have any chance to get rolling. “I don’t think that’s really a force issue,” the coach said. “That’s what we need to have. We need to have balance in your offense, in the run/pass calls, and we’ll get that.” The Bears attempted only 11 passes Sunday in a 27-10 loss to the Green Bay Packers, only the second time since the beginning of the Mike Ditka era in 1982 the team put the ball in the air less than 13 times. An offense that had a critical lack of explosive plays in 2021 has picked up where it left, and while the sample size is small, the start does not paint a picture of progress. Here’s where the Bears offense ranks after two games: Plays: 31st Yards: 32nd Yards per play: 29th Third down: 27th Scoring: T-26th Passing yards: 32nd Yards per passing attempt:...
    Lovie Smith is on his way back to Chicago. In his first season as Houston Texans coach, Smith’s trip into town this weekend to face the Bears will be all business, even if it comes on a stage at Soldier Field that produced an abundance of great memories over his nine seasons. The Bears are 3-point favorites Sunday. But it’s far from a gimme win as two bottom-tier teams work to find themselves on the final weekend of September. In the lead-up to the game, here are a handful of eye-catching facts and figures. 1-4 The Bears’ all-time record versus the Texans, including a blowout 36-7 victory in the last meeting in December 2020 at Soldier Field. Running back David Montgomery had an 80-yard touchdown run on the Bears’ first play from scrimmage as the offense rolled up 410 total yards and cruised. 8.1 Montgomery’s per-carry average Sunday in the Bears’ 27-10 loss to the Green Bay Packers. He amassed 122 yards on 15 rushes, the third highest total of his career. In his eight 100-yard rushing games, Montgomery has...
    Chicago Bears quarterback Justin Fields clarified comments post-game in Week 2, stressing that he did not call out the fanbase. The Chicago Bears suffered their first loss of the season in Week 2, as they fell to the rival Green Bay Packers 27-10. Following the game, quarterback Justin Fields comments caught the attention of fans and media when he was asked if losing to the Packers stings more because of the rivalry and how much Bears fans want to win the game. The question was cut out of a clip that circulated on social media, which saw Fields say “It hurts more in the locker room than the Bears fans. At the end of the day, they aren’t putting in any work.” Without the question added to the clip, it led to some backlash from fans. While meeting with the media on Wednesday, Fields clarified the comments he made a few days prior, saying he did not mean to disrespect the fanbase. You can listen to Fields’ full comments in the Bears’ tweet below. [email protected]: "I respect every fan that...
    The Chicago Bears regrouped Wednesday at Halas Hall from their Week 2 loss to the Green Bay Packers and began preparing for Sunday’s game against the Houston Texans. Along with quarterback Justin Fields’ comments about jump-starting the offense and a social media controversy, here are four things we learned from Bears coach Matt Eberflus and his players. 1. Lucas Patrick practiced without the cast he wore in the first two games. As he continued his recovery from surgery on his right hand, Patrick — whom the Bears signed in the offseason to be their center — wore a club on his hand in Weeks 1 and 2 that prevented him from snapping. So the Bears started Sam Mustipher at center and put Patrick in a right guard rotation with Teven Jenkins. But Patrick was spotted without the cast during the portion of practice open to the media, and he snapped a couple of times. If Patrick can snap the ball consistently, it raises the question of how the Bears will handle those two positions. Eberflus and offensive coordinator Luke Getsy...
    Ninety seconds into his postgame news conference Sunday night at Lambeau Field, Justin Fields was thrown a slow-breaking curveball, one he wasn’t quite prepared for as he continued digesting the Chicago Bears’ 27-10 loss to the Green Bay Packers. Reporter: Losing against this team, does it sting more because of the rivalry and you know how much Bears fans want to win this game? Fields: Yeah. I mean, it hurts more in the locker room than for the Bears fans. At the end of the day, they’re not putting in any work. I see the guys in the locker room every day. I see how much work they put in. So just coming out with a disappointing loss like this, it hurts. Now we just have to respond. Seemed innocuous. Pretty harmless. Enough so that Fields didn’t receive a single follow-up question about it. His postgame Q&A session continued with a query about what is missing in the Bears passing game. Fields was simply trying to express that no fan could care more about the Bears winning than he did....
    Arlington Heights officials rejected a petition to ban village financial incentives for the Chicago Bears or any other business, stating that the petition didn’t have enough valid signatures — and warning that such a move would hurt businesses and taxpayers. The petition calls for the village to create an “Anti-Corporate Welfare Ordinance” that would prohibit any financial or other incentive to a business to operate in the village. The petition was submitted by Americans for Prosperity Illinois, part of a libertarian group backed by the conservative Koch brothers. Mayor Tom Hayes called the proposal “a terrible idea,” saying it would prohibit any kind of tax break or even public parking that could be considered a financial incentive for business. He added that any suggestion of cronyism among village officials was “patently false and baseless.” Last year, the Bears entered a preliminary purchase agreement to buy Arlington International Racecourse from Churchill Downs Inc. for $197 million. The team is going through due diligence to see whether the 326-acre site would meet all requirements before closing the deal late this year or...
    After the Chicago Bears threw the ball only 11 times in a 27-10 loss to the Green Bay Packers in Week 2, readers want to know if the coaches doubt quarterback Justin Fields’ ability in the passing game — as well as questions about Kyler Gordon’s rookie struggles and whether Week 3 against the Houston Texans is a “must-win.” Brad Biggs answers those questions and more in his weekly mailbag. Aaron Rodgers seemed to target receivers matched up against rookie Kyler Gordon. He was also ineffective in run support. What was his performance grading in the game? How long will this coaching staff be patient with a rookie CB that needs development? — Ryan Y., Libertyville There were a handful of questions about Gordon, the second-round pick from Washington, this week and that wasn’t surprising because he had a rough go Sunday night at Lambeau Field. Gordon also made some nice plays in the game and no one asked about some of the better snaps he had, such as the pass breakup in the corner of the end zone when...
    Chris Faltin’s new vehicle comes with all the bells and whistles. It also has an outdoor emergency lighting system. And with all the space inside, it’s well suited for its next incarnation and at least one trip to Soldier Field, where Faltin plans to use it for tailgating at this Sunday’s Bears game. “I enjoy watching the game in warm weather,” Faltin said. “This will be the perfect vehicle for it.” He purchased the 2005 International Road Rescue 4300 ambulance Sept. 13 for his towing company, paying $10,000 for it after hearing the Palos Fire Protection District posted it on Municibid, an online site that auctions government surplus items. His Mokena-based towing company plans to gut it out and then use it to help heavy duty vehicles such as trucks broken down on the road. “The unit will be loaded with oil dry and other adsorbents, cones, tools, air compressors, things like that,” he said. The Palos fire department removed all of its logos as part of the process of preparing the vehicle for sale, but the emergency lights remain....
    Getty As it stands, Bears general manager Ryan Poles looks smart for not paying LB Roquan Smith top dollar. Chicago Bears linebacker Roquan Smith said prior to the start of the 2022 regular season that he was going to “bet on himself” this coming year when it came to earning a new contract. Over Chicago’s first two games, that’s not going so well. While Smith has continued to be a tackling machine (he has 20 total stops so far), the fifth-year linebacker has already missed three tackles, per PFF, and he has had significant difficulty getting off blocks. The bulk of his stops have been after positive yardage had already been gained. Roquan Smith is having a tough game out there tonight. He hasn't been able to shed blocks to save his life these last two weeks. Hasn't been impressive in a crucial contract year. #Bears — Jacob Infante (@jacobinfante24) September 19, 2022 Bears head coach Matt Eberflus said he thought Smith played “solid” in Chicago’s Week 2 loss to the Green Bay Packers, but several fans and...
    Getty Head coach Matt Eberflus of the Chicago Bears says Darnell Mooney and Cole Kmet should be more involved in the passing game in the weeks to come. Two weeks have passed in the 2022 NFL regular season, and the Chicago Bears are sitting at 1-1, along with every other team in the NFC North. The Bears have two potentially winnable games coming up over the next few weeks: at home against a winless Houston Texans (0-1-1) team Week 3, and on the road week against the surprising 2-0 New York Giants Week 4. While Chicago managed to earn a hard-fought Week 1 win over the San Francisco 49ers, the team’s luck ran out the following Sunday night in Green Bay. The Bears fell to the Packers, 27-10, and there were two glaring issues for Chicago when the final seconds ticked off the clock: a porous run defense and an anemic passing attack. Green Bay running backs Aaron Jones and AJ Dillon gashed the Bears defense for 191 yards on the ground, but an arguably bigger problem was...
    Getty Justin Fields has had a slow start to the 2022 season. The Chicago Bears suffered yet another loss at the hands of the Green Bay Packers on September 18, falling at Lambeau Field, 27-10. It was a particularly ugly game for second-year quarterback Justin Fields and the offense. Fields went 7-11 for 70 yards, no touchdowns and an interception, also rushing for 20 yards and a score. With yardage adjusted after the 3.0 sacks Fields took, the team finished with 48 net passing yards. Stats aside, concerns about Fields began to mount after Chicago’s Week 2 loss. It’s early, and few if any have written the young signal-caller off yet, but over two games this season, it’s fair to say Fields has played only two solid quarters of football (see: the second half of Chicago’s Week 1 win over the San Francisco 49ers). He looked uncomfortable during the entire game against Green Bay, save for the opening drive, and he hasn’t yet shown the kind of poise you need your starter to have. The Bears and their...
    The pass was delivered with recognizable purpose and precision. Shotgun snap, quick play fake, then a short shuffle left and a decisive release. With his top receiver making a crisp break on a slant route, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers threw a fastball into Lambeau Field’s north end zone Sunday night. Allen Lazard, with inside leverage on Chicago Bears rookie cornerback Kyler Gordon, snatched it with relative ease. Five-yard touchdown. Celebratory fireworks exploded in the fall sky. Then a small end-zone soiree broke out. Surrounded by teammates, Lazard used the football as a kettle and began pouring a few cups of a mystery drink. Offensive linemen Yosh Nijman and Jon Runyan Jr. took fake swigs from their imaginary cups, became woozy, then pretended to pass out in the end zone. Same for receivers Randall Cobb and Sammy Watkins. “Just drinking some tea,” Cobb told reporters after the game. It was a tongue-in-cheek nod to Rodgers’ summer revelation that he experienced an awakening during an ayahuasca tea high in 2020 in Peru, with the psychoactive drink taking him on a...
    Chicago Bears quarterback Justin Fields took a swipe at his own team's fanbase after suffering a 27-10 loss to the Green Bay Packers on Sunday Night Football, insisting that players are more affected by a game's outcome than supporters.  The 23-year-old was initially asked the following question: 'Does losing to this team, does it sting more because of this rivalry, and how much Bears fans want to win this game?'  'I mean it hurts more in the locker room than for Bears fans, at the end of the day, they're not putting in any work. I see the guys in the locker room everyday and how much they put in so...,' Fields replied in a postgame press conference.  Chicago Bears QB Justin Fields insisted players care more about a game's outcome than fans “It hurts more in the locker room than for Bears fans… They aren’t putting in any work.”Bears fans may not like this one from Justin Fields…. pic.twitter.com/TTnjDNSuZ3— Barstool Sports (@barstoolsports) September 19, 2022 A Bears fan who goes by the name MikeyBets shared a snippet from Fields'...
    Chicago Bears coaches and players spent Monday at Halas Hall going over what went wrong in Sunday night’s 27-10 loss to the Green Bay Packers. Here’s what we heard from coach Matt Eberflus as the Bears get ready to turn the page to a Week 3 meeting with the Houston Texans. 1. Eberflus spoke with cornerback Kyler Gordon about the ebb and flow he will face in his rookie season. Gordon, a second-round pick out of Washington, had some rough moments Sunday as Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers picked on him. He was at the center of several of the Packers’ biggest plays, starting with Rodgers’ 14-yard pass to Sammy Watkins and 8-yard pass to Allen Lazard on their first drive. While Gordon had a nice pass breakup in the end zone against Lazard on that drive, Lazard beat Gordon on a 5-yard touchdown catch that put the Packers up 24-7 at halftime. Watkins also got behind Gordon and safety Eddie Jackson on a 55-yard pass during the Packers’ game-sealing field-goal drive. Eberflus said he wants Gordon to study his mistakes...
    Aaron Rodgers not only owns the Chicago Bears, but he is keeping tabs on all the Green Bay Packers’ victories over them, past, present and potentially in the future. Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers owns the Chicago Bears and everyone knows it. With these NFC North rivals squaring off at Lambeau Field on Sunday Night Football in Week 2, everybody outside of Chicagoland knew this game was over before toe even met leather. The two-time reigning NFL MVP vs. a second-year quarterback and a first-time head coach in Green Bay. Give me a break, dude. The Packers won easily 27-10, resulting in another primetime snooze fest. Not only is Rodgers an elite quarterback, he is otherworldly at Packers-Bears win/loss accounting. Aaron Rodgers own the Chicago Bears and is keeping track of all of the winsThis was a great get-right game for the Packers. They looked out of sorts vs. the division rival Minnesota Vikings last week. While losing in Minneapolis to a playoff-caliber Vikings team is not the end of the world, dropping to 0-2 vs. a lowly Bears...
    The slow-motion replay aired again and again on the video board and TVs around Lambeau Field. On fourth-and-goal at the 1-yard line with the Chicago Bears trailing the Green Bay Packers by two touchdowns, Bears quarterback Justin Fields caught a shotgun snap and clawed his way toward the goal line. A wall of Packers players stopped his progress, and officials ruled him short. Bears coach Matt Eberflus threw the challenge flag, but after several minutes of looking at the replay, the call stood. The Bears could not make it a one-score game, and they couldn’t recover. The Packers pulled off a 27-10 win, their seventh straight in the rivalry. One play earlier, Fields was ruled to have scrambled for a 6-yard touchdown, but that replay showed his knee was down before he hit the pylon with the football. That set up the fourth-and-1 play, a big moment after a rough start. The Bears’ offensive production dried up in the first half after they scored on their opening drive. But they found momentum in the second half behind running backs David...
    Like so many Chicago Bears coaches before him, Matt Eberflus came to the visitor’s news conference room inside Lambeau Field late Sunday in a dour state. Eberflus had a lopsided loss to digest and a boatload of concerning issues to sort through. His young and hungry team couldn’t survive on intangibles alone in Week 2, struggling to tackle and failing to generate much offensive momentum. On a prime-time stage, the Bears were exposed by the reigning NFC North kings as flawed, error-prone and clearly overmatched. A 27-10 loss to the Green Bay Packers landed like a cement pillar to the gut. “When this happens and you have adversity, it stings,” Eberflus said. “It hurts. And you have to soak that in.” Like so many Bears quarterbacks before him, Justin Fields fielded questions about the deficiencies of the offense he’s tasked with running. With the Bears netting only 48 passing yards on a perfect fall evening in a game they trailed by double digits for the final 34 minutes, Fields was asked what’s missing. “I’m not sure what’s missing in the...
    10 thoughts after the Chicago Bears ran the ball hard — and ran it effectively — while essentially abandoning the passing game in a 27-10 loss to the Green Bay Packers Sunday night at Lambeau Field. 1. I would be surprised if offensive coordinator Luke Getsy doubles down on the call to run Justin Fields from the shotgun formation on fourth-and-goal from inside the 1-yard line. The Bears called quarterback power with right guard Lucas Patrick pulling on the play, and Fields was stopped short of the goalline with 8:07 remaining in the game and the Bears down two touchdowns. It’s a bad call because it didn’t work. And it’s a bad call because the ball was less than two feet from the goalline. Getsy doesn’t speak until Thursday, and we’ll get into that decision by him and what the Packers were expecting on the play in a little bit. On a wild Sunday in the NFL with some roller coaster comebacks, I don’t think the Bears were rallying for victory here even if referee Craig Wrolstad ruled it a...
    Chicago Bears quarterback Justin Fields was firm when asked about the critical fourth-and-1 play in the Green Bay Packers’ 27-10 victory Sunday night at Lambeau Field. Did Fields think he crossed the goal line midway through the fourth quarter? “Yeah,” Fields said. How much would it have changed the game if the officials agreed? “It changes everything,” he said. The Bears were trailing 24-10 with 8 minutes, 13 seconds left when they lined up inside the 1-yard line. Fields took a shotgun snap and surged forward behind a scrum of players that included right guard Lucas Patrick, tight end Cole Kmet and running back David Montgomery. Fields wriggled forward toward the line, but officials ruled he didn’t make it across. Bears coach Matt Eberflus challenged the ruling, and the replay was shown over and over on the video board and TVs in the stadium. Ultimately, the call on the field stood, and the Packers went on to eat up more than five minutes before Mason Crosby’s 28-yard field goal made it a three-score game. Any chance for a Bears rally...
    Like so many Chicago Bears coaches before him, Matt Eberflus came to the visitor’s news conference room inside Lambeau Field late Sunday in a dour state. Eberflus had a lopsided loss to digest and a boatload of concerning issues to sort through. His young and hungry team couldn’t survive on intangibles alone in Week 2, struggling to tackle and failing to generate much offensive momentum. On a prime-time stage, the Bears were exposed by the reigning NFC North kings as flawed, error-prone and clearly overmatched. A 27-10 loss to the Green Bay Packers landed like a cement pillar to the gut. “When this happens and you have adversity, it stings,” Eberflus said. “It hurts. And you have to soak that in.” Like so many Bears quarterbacks before him, Justin Fields fielded questions about the deficiencies of the offense he’s tasked with running. With the Bears netting only 48 passing yards on a perfect fall evening in a game they trailed by double digits for the final 34 minutes, Fields was asked what’s missing. “I’m not sure what’s missing in the...
    The Chicago Bears are facing the usual challenge at Lambeau Field against the Green Bay Packers, who have won six straight and 11 of the last 12 meetings. Here’s what you need to know about the Week 2 game. Halftime: Rodgers leads Packers back from early deficit Aaron Rodgers threw for 162 yards and two touchdowns, and Aaron Jones rushed for 54 yards and a score and also had a touchdown catch to push the Green Bay Packers to a 24-7 halftime lead against the Chicago Bears on Sunday night at Lambeau Field. Quarterback Justin Fields led a touchdown drive on the Bears’ first series, but the offense went three-and-out on their next three drives. Fields completed 5 of 6 passes for 45 yards in the half. Rodgers threw his 450th career touchdown pass in the second quarter on a short pass to Jones, who turned it into an 8-yard touchdown to put the Packers up 17-7. The Bears had the Packers pushed back to second-and-28 at the 42-yard line after a holding penalty and Trevis Gipson’s second sack. But...
    Getty Head coach Matt Eberflus and the Chicago Bears are still being encouraged to trade Teven Jenkins. The Teven Jenkins trade rumors just won’t quit. The second-year offensive lineman for the Chicago Bears has gone from third-string tackle to the team’s starting right guard in a matter of months, and through it all, he dealt with whispers around the league that he’d be traded. In August, the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport and Mike Garafolo reported that Chicago had gotten trade inquiries from other teams about Jenkins, but general manager Ryan Poles has denied wanting to trade him. The interest from other teams was there, however. In a September 1 appearance on the Hoge and Jahns podcast, Poles confirmed other teams had called him wanting to add Jenkins via trade, but says he never tried to shop the 2021 second-rounder. That hasn’t stopped some analysts from urging the Bears to still trade the young O-Lineman.Poles Says He Rebuffed Other Teams Interested in Trading for Jenkins“It actually kind of blew my mind a little bit,” Poles told hosts Adam Hoge...
    Dominique Robinson was bummed after the 2019 MAC championship game. The Miami (Ohio) RedHawks won the game, upsetting Central Michigan, but playing time was becoming increasingly inconsistent for the junior wide receiver. He figured it was time to ask about switching positions. After all, pretty much every position coach in the program had asked him multiple times to come join their room. Robinson was going to wait until after the season, but the RedHawks landed in the LendingTree Bowl on Jan. 6, a full month later, so he texted coach Chuck Martin and wide receivers coach Israel Woolfork and asked for a meeting. I really want to try playing defensive end. Robinson sensed instant relief on the face of Martin when he made the request. He hadn’t told the coaches what he wanted to talk about and figured they might wonder if he was fixing to transfer. “I said, ‘I was thinking H-back but I love the idea of defensive end,’ ” Martin recalled. “We had told him all along, you can basically go wherever you want.” The group decided...
    Chicago Bears defensive end Robert Quinn stated the team’s mentality for their “Sunday Night Football” meeting with the Green Bay Packers in five words: “Last week is last week.” The Packers may have made costly mistakes in their 23-7 loss to the Minnesota Vikings in Week 1. But the Bears are preparing for the usual challenge at Lambeau Field against their NFC North rivals, who have won six straight and 11 of the last 12 meetings. “I’m sure they’ve got a little chip on their shoulder coming off a loss,” Quinn said. “We’re not really concerned about them. We’re concerned about ourselves and what we have to do to win the game. They took a loss, and we won last week. But last week is last week. We’ve just got to prepare for this week and see if we can keep something great going in this locker room.” So much about this game is in Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers’ element. He had a 113.8 passer rating in eight home starts last year, owns a 109.1 rating in Sunday night games...
    Getty Center Dieter Eiselen has been elevated to the Chicago Bears' roster again Week 2. A day before their September 18 prime time matchup against the Green Bay Packers, the Chicago Bears elevated offensive lineman Dieter Eiselen from the practice squad. The Bears also officially released two veterans, wide receiver David Moore and defensive back Tavon Young, from the injured reserve list with received injury settlements. All three moves were announced via the NFL’s September 17 waiver wire. Young, 28, spent four seasons on the Baltimore Ravens‘ active roster before landing in Chicago this offseason. He dealt with a lower-leg injury throughout the month of August, when the team initially placed him on IR. In 50 games (24 starts) with the Ravens, Young had 127 total tackles (111 solo, 11 for loss), four interceptions, 16 passes defensed, six QB hits, 4.0 sacks and three fumble recoveries (stats courtesy of Pro Football Reference). Moore, 27, signed a one-year contract with the Bears in April of 2022, but his tenure in the Windy City was bumpy from the get-go. The...
    Chicago Bears defensive end Robert Quinn stated the team’s mentality for their “Sunday Night Football” meeting with the Green Bay Packers in five words: “Last week is last week.” The Packers may have made costly mistakes in their 23-7 loss to the Minnesota Vikings in Week 1. But the Bears are preparing for the usual challenge at Lambeau Field against their NFC North rivals, who have won six straight and 11 of the last 12 meetings. “I’m sure they’ve got a little chip on their shoulder coming off a loss,” Quinn said. “We’re not really concerned about them. We’re concerned about ourselves and what we have to do to win the game. They took a loss, and we won last week. But last week is last week. We’ve just got to prepare for this week and see if we can keep something great going in this locker room.” So much about this game is in Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers’ element. He had a 113.8 passer rating in eight home starts last year, owns a 109.1 rating in Sunday night games...
    Green Bay Packers safety Jaire Alexander took a hilarious shot at Chicago Bears fans before the latest edition of their rivalry game. Green Bay plays the Bears on Sunday at Lambeau Field, and will attempt to avoid an 0-2 start for the first time in recent history with Aaron Rodgers behind center. The Packers are favored by nearly 10 points per most sports books, though Chicago’s already pulled off one upset this season. Why not another? As for Alexander, he had some fun at the expense of Bears fans. One of the more historic franchises in the NFL, Chicago has seen its ups and downs of late. Jaire is just thankful he’s not one of the thousands of fans slated to root against him on Sunday. “It’s fun. It’s exciting,” Alexander said, per USA Today’s Ryan Wood. “I always say, ‘Things could be a lot worse. I could be a Bears fan.’” Woof.Packers: Jaire Alexander takes shot at Bears fansAlexander has been outspoken to begin the year. The newly-extended Pro Bowl safety is confident in his ability, and felt he...