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A win’s a win in the NFL... style points are not a part of the league standings, so I’ll take it.

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NFL: Chicago Bears at Arizona Cardinals
Arizona Cardinals quarterback Josh Rosen (3) and Chicago Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky (10) hug after the game at State Farm Stadium. 
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BEAR DOWN, CHICAGO BEARS, BEAR DOWN!!!!

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Wiederer: 3 keys revisited after the Bears beat the Cardinals 16-14 - Chicago Tribune - The Chicago Bears will try to improve to 2-1 with a win over the Arizona Cardinals in Week 3. To do so, Matt Nagy’s team will have to take control early, handle the Cardinals’ myriad blitzes and stay sound on special teams.

Finley: Bears beat Cardinals, 16-14, claim NFC North first place - Sun Times - They relied on three Cody Parkey field goals, including a 43-yarder with about four-and-a-half minutes to play, to beat the Cardinals, 16-14.

Finley: Cardinals QB Mike Glennon to sit vs Bears - Sun Times - Former Bears quarterback Mike Glennon is among the Cardinals’ inactives. Glennon is the team’s third quarterback, behind Sam Bradford and Josh Rosen.

Morrissey: First-place Bears take advantage of Cardinals’ gifts - Sun Times - The Cardinals stink, the Bears were a little better Sunday and guess what? They’re in first place in the NFC North with a 2-1 record. Who knew?

Zeglinski: A win is a win - on the strength of a dominant defense, the Bears are back in first place - The Blitz Network - Are these Bears good? Maybe. Will they probably be okay? I don’t know.

Zeglinski: These Bears aren’t who we thought they were yet - The Blitz Network - In October 2006, the Bears completed one of the most famous comebacks in NFL history...

All dried up: The Blitz Network staff makes it’s picks for Bears-Cardinals - The Blitz Network - - The last time the Bears met the Cardinals...

5 Takeaways from the Chicago Bears’ Week 3 win over Cardinals - Bears Wire - A look at five key takeaways from the Chicago Bears' win over the Arizona Cardinals in Week 3

Hoge: Bears Are A Quarterback Away From Being A Playoff Team - WGN Radio - The Bears might have the best defense in the NFL. And in this league, that usually gives you a shot to win a championship. Of course, Chicago knows better.

Mjullin: Bears learn more about themselves in slog to win over Arizona Cardinals - NBC Sports Chicago - The Bears defense carried the team to another win, but coach Matt Nagy learned a lot about his team in the way it rallied against the Cardinals.

Stankevitz: Bears follow the blueprint to first place in NFC North - NBC Sports Chicago - A dominant defense made enough plays to support an offense with a quarterback working through some serious growing pains.

Chicago Bears – Arizona Cardinals Postgame Show: Bears First in NFC North Despite Offensive Struggles - Da Bears Brothers Podcast - Listen as Da Bears Brothers share their comprehensive game recap with their instant analysis and insight on the Bears Week 4 victory against Arizona.

Wiederer: Khalil Mack's special talents help lift Bears to win over Cardinals - Chicago Tribune - Khalil Mack was once again a major game-changer, helping the Chicago Bears to a 16-14 defeat of the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday afternoon.

Kane: Bears kicker Cody Parkey’s mentality going from miss to winner - ‘Make the next one’ - Chicago Tribune - Cody Parkey figured he was part of the reason the Bears fell behind the Cardinals early Sunday at State Farm Stadium, so he needed to come through at crunch time.

Rosenbloom: Bears all alone in 1st place despite their coach and their QB - Chicago Tribune - That might’ve been the worst-looking move into sole possession of first place I’ve ever seen. The Bears’ 16-14 win came despite their coach and certainly despite their quarterback.

Kane: Bears seize first place with 16-14, comeback win at Arizona - Chicago Tribune - The Bears are above .500 for the first time since 2014, and alone in first place in the NFC North with a 2-1 record. The defense forced four turnovers in the victory.

Biggs: Bears' script for success is working; now it's time to carry out offensive plan through rest of game - Chicago Tribune - Bears coach Matt Nagy scripts the first 15 offensive plays, and it has been working as the team has scored opening-drive touchdowns in both games, something the Bears last did in consecutive games in 2013. The challenge is for the offense to play a complete game.

Bernstein: Resilient Bears Grab One Back - 670 The Score - Khalil Mack has helped transform the Bears, who now sit atop the NFC North.

Smith: First-place Bears beat Cardinals as Josh Rosen replaces Sam Bradford – ProFootballTalk - The Sam Bradford era appears to be over in Arizona, after just three games. Bradford was lousy in the Cardinals' loss to the Bears today, and he was eventually benched in favor of rookie Josh Rosen.

Haugh: Special Bears Defense Compensates For Offense, Mitchell Trubisky - 670 The Score - The Bears got away with one in a 16-14 win against the Cardinals on Sunday.

Eurich: Bears to reportedly bring in Sterling Moore for workout - 247Sports - The Chicago Bears could be in the market for a new cornerback this upcoming week.

Clark loves Mack's incredible impact - ESPN Video - Ryan Clark praises Khalil Mack's defensive impact after tallying two sacks in Chicago's Week 3 win against Arizona.

Bears vs. Cardinals - Game Recap - September 23, 2018 - ESPN - Get a recap of the Chicago Bears vs. Arizona Cardinals football game.

Dickerson: Bears' defense erases 14-point deficit, but better balance needed - ESPN - The Bears forced four turnovers to claw past the Cardinals and take over first place in the NFC North, but they need more from Mitchell Trubisky.

Medina: The First-Place Chicago Bears are in First Place - Bleacher Nation - It wasn't pretty, but a win is a win is a win. And it was well-earned.

Game Recap: Bears win thriller in Arizon - ChicagoBears.com - After a slow start, the defense generated takeaways on four straight possessions to open the second half, enabling the Bears to rally and beat the Cardinals 16-14.

Kaufman: Pace discusses defense, touts Nagy - ChicagoBears.com - Bears general manager Ryan Pace spoke to play-by-play announcer Jeff Joniak on WBBM Newsradio 780 AM and 105.9 FM prior to Sunday’s game against the Cardinals.

Chicago Bears in sole possession of 1st place in NFC North - Bears Wire - The Chicago Bears moved into sole possession of first place in the NFC North after Sunday's win over the Arizona Cardinals

POLISH SAUSAGE

Niners fear Jimmy Garoppolo suffered ACL injury - NFL.com - The San Francisco 49ers fear quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo suffered an ACL injury during the fourth quarter of Sunday’s 38-27 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, coach Kyle Shanahan told reporters. Ken’s Note: Hopefully, it’s not a tear... Garoppolo is fun to watch.

KNOW THY ENEMY

The Arizona Cardinals coaching staff are the only losers from their 16-14 loss to the Bears - Revenge of the Birds - The Cardinals coaching staff made some head scratching maneuvers and it may have cost them the game.

Arizona Cardinals bench Sam Bradford, bring in Josh Rosen late in fourth quarter, but fall 16-14 to Chicago Bears - Revenge of the Birds - The Cardinals finally pulled the trigger and benched Sam Bradford late in the fourth quarter.

Flags, Picks and Fumbles Do In Cardinals - Revenge of the Birds - First of all, I am happy that Steve Wilks finally went to Josh Rosen. I and many of you would have started the game today with Rosen—-and before anyone gets carried away with Sam Bradford’s two...

Stock Market Report: Bills - Daily Norseman - Boy, oh boy, let’s talk about this one

Buffalo Bills Embarrass Minnesota Vikings, 27-6 - Daily Norseman - Bills upset heavily favored Vikings 27-6

Packers 17, Washington 31: Crucial drops & penalties crush Green Bay in ugly loss - Acme Packing Company - The Packers couldn’t stop making mistakes throughout the game, giving away yardage and possessions consistently in their first loss of the year.

NFL: Clay Matthews hit on Alex Smith is “textbook” roughing the passer – ProFootballTalk - The NFL's new focus on roughing the passer has once again created a Sunday evening ruckus. And, once again, Packers linebacker Clay Matthews is smack dab in the middle of it all.

Matthews: NFL 'getting soft' with roughing penalties - NFL.com - For the second consecutive week, Clay Matthews was called for a controversial roughing the passer penalty. The linebacker was flagged for a questionable personal foul after sacking Alex Smith.

Josh Rosen replaces Sam Bradford late in Bears win - NFL.com - The Josh Rosen era appears to be underway in the desert. The Arizona Cardinals rookie quarterback replaced Sam Bradford for the final minutes of Sunday's 16-14 loss to the Chicago Bears.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Infante: Psst. The Bears are in first place in the NFC North! - Windy City Gridiron - Let’s throw out the fact that both of the Bears’ wins have been rather sloppy and celebrate the fact that they are, by a technicality, better than any other team in the NFC North.

Curl's 2018 NFL Week Three Postgame: Chicago Bears barely recover from a brutal beginning to secure a tenuous 16-14 win over the Arizona Cardinals - Windy City Gridiron - It was rarely pretty, but sometimes it was delightfully and ferociously ugly as the Bears impressive defense rallied to secure a road win.

Zeglinski: Windy City Gridiron’s staff picks Bears-Cardinals - Windy City Gridiron - A duel in the desert favors the Bears on paper. Here’s how WCG sees it playing out for Chicago.

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