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  • Imrem: Luck such a big factor in NFL Sep 6, 2014 9:33 PM
    Here's a prediction of the Bears' final regular-season record but, to be honest, going into the opener your guess is as good as anybody's.

  • Bears will fall short of playoffs again Sep 5, 2014 10:52 AM
    Mike North expects some big numbers on offense this year for the Chicago Bears, but he isn’t sure if the defense and special teams will hold up. And he isn't convinced that Marc Trestman is head coaching material.

  • Rozner: Flawed Bears have real shot at playoffs Sep 5, 2014 5:20 AM
    Look at any NFL season and you will find seriously-flawed teams that reach the postseason, warts and all. With 10 victories, it says here that the Bears will be one of those teams in 2014. Of course, no Bears season would be comfortable without the discomfort of worry, and rest assured there is much to worry about.

  • Despite questions, Trestman rarin’ to go Sep 5, 2014 8:20 PM
    Like most other NFL teams, the Bears and coach Marc Trestman have high hopes for this season, but there are also questions marks, many of which will be answered in Sunday's opener against the Bills.

  • Mike North video: Where will the Bears finish? Sep 4, 2014 10:22 AM
    With the leniency of head coach Marc Trestman, Mike North thinks the Bears will have a tough year. He makes his prediction for the NFC North standings.

  • Some tips for when fantasy football trade winds blow Sep 4, 2014 8:15 PM
    Sitting down to breakfast the other day, I heard a “buzz, buzz” coming from the table. Turns out it’s my son’s cellphone with a trade offer coming through: “Dietz, I will give you Vincent Jackson and Marques Colston for A.J. Green.”

  • Spellman’s Scorecard: My math says 10-6 for Bears Sep 4, 2014 10:18 PM
    If my math doesn't fail me, and it hasn't in more than three days, the Bears will go 10-6 and be playoff-bound.

  • Seahawks dominate Green Bay 36-16 to start season Sep 4, 2014 11:18 PM
    The Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks started 2014 the same way they finished last season, with a convincing blowout win. Lynch rushed for 110 yards and a pair of touchdowns, Harvin had 100 combined yards rushing and receiving, and the Seahawks stymied Aaron Rodgers’ up-tempo offense in a 36-16 win over the Green Bay Packers to kick off the regular season.

  • Bears can’t let Spiller, Jackson get loose Sep 4, 2014 8:06 PM
    The No. 1 priority for the Bears' defense in Sunday's season opener is slowing down the Buffalo Bills' running game, which features Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller and was No. 2 in the league last year in yards.

  • Conte knows it won’t be easy with Bears fans Sep 4, 2014 9:01 PM
    Safety Chris Conte will be back on the field in Sunday's season opener, following off-season shoulder surgery and a concussion two weeks ago, but he's not sure how he'll be received by fans at Soldier Field, who may have blamed him for more than his share of the defense's problems last season.

  • Sam’s 2nd chance comes on Dallas practice squad Sep 3, 2014 6:01 PM
    Michael Sam waded through a crowd of reporters and was settling in front of yet another bank of cameras when someone asked if this was what it was like in St. Louis. “The heat?” Sam said, drawing laughter from two dozen or so people surrounding him as he stood in front of a large Dallas Cowboys star on a wall just outside the locker room.

  • Browns LB Kirksey shrunk by video game glitch Sep 3, 2014 6:11 PM
    Browns rookie Chris Kirksey is the incredible shrinking linebacker. A glitch in the popular Madden 15 video game has reduced Kirksey from a 6-foot-2, 235-pounder to a 14-inch player, running around on the field among giants. Kirksey has always played the video game with his brothers and friends and he’s taken the mistake — and attention he’s gotten from it — in stride.

  • Game of musical chairs for Bears at safety Sep 3, 2014 9:12 PM
    The ongoing evaluation at safety will go on a little longer for the Bears, who intend to rotate three or four players at the safety positions Sunday in the regular-season opener against the Buffalo Bills at Soldier Field.

  • Imrem: Bears, Briggs serve up some controversy Sep 4, 2014 12:24 PM
    Defensive star Lance Briggs went on the offensive, offensive guru Marc Trestman went on the defensive and the Bears' controversy officially became a "gate." Maybe you heard that Briggs received permission to take a personal day and skip Monday's practice. Maybe you also heard — though apparently Bears management didn't until after the fact — that Briggs went to California for the opening of his Double Nickel barbecue restaurant.

  • Bears' Briggs tackles day off controversy Sep 4, 2014 5:41 AM
    Lance Briggs and coach Marc Trestman took turns on Wednesday explaining the seven-time Pro Bowl linebacker's absence from practice Monday so that he could attend the grand opening of his restaurant in California. “Over 12 years (with the Bears,) I've poured my heart out on the field every game and every play,” Briggs said. “If you're questioning whether I care more to be there than to be here, my history has always spoken for me.”

  • NFL suspends Colts owner Irsay for 6 games Sep 2, 2014 5:54 PM
    The NFL suspended Jim Irsay for the first six games of the season and fined him $500,000 for violating its personal conduct policy, coming down hard on the Indianapolis Colts owner Tuesday just hours after he pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor stemming from an embarrassing March traffic stop.

  • Imrem: Time for Bears' Cutler to show he's all grown up Sep 2, 2014 4:59 AM
    Jay Cutler isn't a kid anymore. If the Bears' want to fulfill their championship aspirations anytime soon, their quarterback will have to play like he's all grown up, Mike Imrem says. And why not? Cutler has the right head coach in Marc Trestman, a talented supporting cast and a franchise quarterback's contract.

  • Source: Broncos’ Welker banned 4 games for amphetamines Sep 2, 2014 7:57 PM
    Denver Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker was suspended for the first four games of the National Football League season after testing positive for amphetamines, a violation of the league’s substance-abuse policy, according to a person with direct knowledge of the penalty. Welker, 33, is a five-time All-Pro entering his second year with the Broncos.

  • Imrem: It’s easy these days to appreciate the McCaskeys Sep 3, 2014 10:18 AM
    Recent embarrassments involving Jim Irsay and Jerry Jones inspire a new appreciation of the McCaskeys as people, and maybe even as owners of the Bears.

  • Mills eager to get back at it for Bears Sep 2, 2014 8:09 PM
    Second-year offensive right tackle Jordan Mills missed the entire preseason with a foot injury, but he's confident he will make a smooth transition back into the starting lineup Sunday in the regular-season opener against the Buffalo Bills at Soldier Field.

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