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Chicago Bears cornerback Bryce Callahan (37) intercepts a pass intended for Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Christian Kirk (13) during the second half at State Farm Stadium.
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Under Center Podcast: Bears in first place after ugly win | NBC Sports Chicago - Matt Forte, Lance Briggs, Alex Brown and Laurence Holmes discuss the good side of things (Khalil Mack and the Bears defense) and the bad (Mitchell Trubisky and the Bears offense).

Nabors: Breaking down the Bears' 16-14 win over the Cardinals - Pro Football Weekly - Defense saves the day with Trubisky struggling

Pompei: Observations From Bears-Cardinals - 670 The Score - Mitchell Trubisky isn't close to where he needs to be.

Holmes: Amazingly, Khalil Mack Is Exceeding High Expectations - 670 The Score - Don't become numb to what Khalil Mack is accomplishing -- it's truly special.

Emma: Matt Nagy Still Preaching Patience With Mitchell Trubisky, Bears Offense - 670 The Score - "I know people don't understand this: It takes time," Bears coach Matt Nagy said.

Bears in middle of 2018 NFL offensive scoring rankings - 247Sports - NFL Top Scoring offense

Emma: Bears Relish 'Resilient' Team Win Knowing Well They Can Be Better - 670 The Score - - The Bears are in first place in the NFC North after a 16-14 win against the Cardinals.

Bears open as 1.5-point favorites over Buccaneers - 247Sports - The Chicago Bears sit as the favorite over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 4.

Wiedman: Chicago Bears Matt Nagy on track his way - Our Turf Football - OTFBs Wanda Wiedman reports on Chicago Bears victory over the Arizona Cardinals and expectations for Matt Nagy as he coaches quarterback Mitch Trubisky.

Biggs: Bears receiver Anthony Miller day to day with left shoulder issue - Chicago Tribune - Bears rookie wide receiver Anthony Miller left Sunday's win over the Cardinals with a dislocated left shoulder. Coach Matt Nagy called him day to day. Miller missed the entire 2014 season at Memphis after surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder.

Wiederer & Campbell: A dominant defense and an uneven QB in Bears' Week 3 win - Chicago Tribune - Rich and Dan migrate to the Halas Hall media room to sing the praises of the Bears defense in the Week 2 win against the Seahawks (2:10 mark),...

'Eeekkk! Uuuuggghhhh! Yes!' Your 3-word reviews on the Bears' Week 3 win - Chicago Tribune - The Bears squeezed out a win at Arizona on Sunday. Here are fans' three-word reviews in the wake of that victory, which put the Bears in first place in the NFC North.

Biggs: This time in Arizona, the Bears let themselves off the hook - Chicago Tribune - The Bears offense doesn’t compare to the night made famous by the postgame rant by former Cardinals coach Dennis Green. The Cardinals didn’t “let them off the hook” this time in the Bears’ 16-14 victory Sunday afternoon.

Jahns' Bears vs. Cardinals: Five takeaways from the win, including a look at QB Mitch Trubisky - Sun Times - From Mitch Trubisky's errant throws downfield to more quick screens, here are five takeaways after watching film of the Bears' win in Arizona.

Potash: With Khalil Mack, Bears defense dominating, Matt Nagy confident offense will carry its share of the load - Sun Times - It’s early, but the disparity doesn’t appear to be skewed — the Bears are fifth in the NFL in total defense and 26th in total offense.

Finley: As Bears try to find run game, Jordan Howard heads backward - Sun Times - Fourteen of Howard’s 24 carries went for two yards or less Sunday. Four went for negative yards.

Leming: 10 thoughts from the Bears' 16-14 win over the Cardinals on Sunday - The Blitz Network - For the first time since Week 16 of the 2013 season, the Bears are in first place in the NFC North after a win over the Cardinals.

LeGere: Chicago Bears' McManis has a really special day - Pro Football Weekly - Special-teams star also contributes INT and sack

Stankevitz: Bears grades - A closer look at Mitch Trubisky, and another standout game for Khalil Mack - NBC Sports Chicago - Mitch Trubisky largely struggled over the course of Sunday's 16-14 win against the Arizona Cardinals.

Stankevitz: How good can the Bears’ offense be while Mitch Trubisky is a work in progress? - NBC Sports Chicago - If Mitch Trubisky isn't able to hit downfield throws, the Bears' offense needs to be able to sustain lengthy drives and finish with touchdowns, not field goals.

Mullin: Bears defense bends, then snaps back and breaks Cardinals in third straight dominant performance - NBC Sports Chicago - The Bears defense gave up 14 points in the first quarter, but bounced back with seven straight scoreless possessions.

Stankevitz: Bears offense still believes in its potential after another uneven showing - NBC Sports Chicago - The Bears offense struggled again and isn't showing signs of a breakout just yet. It remains a work in progress.

Bocker: Patience is a Must for Bears' Young and Inexperienced Offense - Da Bears Brothers Blog - Both Mitch Trubisky and Matt Nagy deserve time to get this right.

Talarico: For the Bears to Truly Contend, Trubisky Must Improve - Da Bears Brothers Blog - If this team wants to have a real chance at winning this division, it’s going to fall on the shoulders of Trubisky.

Campbell: 'This is who we are right now' - Matt Nagy mindful of team concept as Bears defense outperforms offense - Chicago Tribune - Bears coach Matt Nagy is mindful of managing the dynamic within a team that is receiving disproportionate contributions from the offense and defense.

Brad Biggs' 10 thoughts on the Bears' 16-14 win over the Cardinals - Chicago Tribune - Brad Biggs offers his 10 thoughts after the Bears rallied from 14 down to top the Cardinals 16-14 on Sunday and improve to 2-1, putting them above .500 for the first time in four years and sending them to the top of the NFC North.

Emma: Matt Nagy promised Mitch Trubisky will eventually break through. But do Bears fans share Nagy's faith? - Chicago Tribune - Bears coach Matt Nagy reiterated his faith in quarterback Mitch Trubisky after the second-year quarterback was 24-of-35 for 220 yards, one interception, one lost fumble and no touchdowns in the 16-14 comeback win over the Cardinals.

ESPN: Driven by Khalil Mack, Bears' defense starting to look special - ESPN - The Bears' defense is starting to take on the look of something special with Khalil Mack chasing quarterbacks and takeaways coming in droves.

Time to overreact to NFL 2018 Week 3 -- Are the Bears legit? - ESPN - Does Clay Matthews have a point about the league's direction? Does Dallas need a new QB? We have answers to the big questions.

Hughes: Bears in First Place After Three Weeks (Rapid Fire) - Da Bears Blog - Style points don’t matter. The first two months of the season are about accruing wins and positioning yourself for a potential postseason run. The Bears won a football game on a road. This fan base isn’t allowed to use the word “but”. A win is a win is a win.

Medina: The Bears' Comeback Wouldn't Have Happened Without the Game-Changing Contributions of … Sherrick McManis? - Bleacher Nation - Each week has produced a defensive standout for the Bears. Khalil Mack, Danny Trevathan, and now, Sherrick McManis.

Medina: Matt Nagy Preaches Patience with Mitch Trubisky, Who Was Mostly Bad (But Good Enough to Win) - Bleacher Nation - Here's something Bears fans are familiar with: preaching patience for an offense while the defense dominates.

Medina: Khalil Mack is as Thrilled as a Motherf … Um, Actually, We'll Let Him Finish That - Bleacher Nation - MACK! I love this guy. Luis Medina Quote you all must see: "And think about it this way: every Bears win pushes the first-round pick the Raiders acquired for the 2019 NFL Draft further down the board."

Mayer: Bears defense playing at elite level - - The Bears defense performed well last season, ranking ninth in the NFL in points allowed and 10th in total yards. But the unit is playing at an even higher level this year.

Perez: Stock up, stock down after Chicago Bears’ Week 3 win over Cardinals - Bears Wire - A look at which Chicago Bears players' stock is on the rise, and on the decline, after Week 3's win over the Arizona Cardinals

Bears unveil 2018 "Real Bears Fans Wear Pink" shirts - - The Bears on Monday unveiled the 2018 “Real Bears Fans Wear Pink” t-shirt design in partnership with Advocate Health Care, official health care partner of the Bears. Shirts are available for purchase online at for $30 each.

Mosher: Chicago Bears offense still struggling, but pass catchers doing their part - Pro Football Weekly - Miller, Burton and Robinson all made big plays in Week 3, but when will they get chances to do it consistently?


Jon Gruden: “It’s hard to trade one of the best players on your franchise” – ProFootballTalk - Raiders coach Jon Gruden is having a tough time in his return to coaching, and he acknowledges that his decision to trade Khalil Mack is a part of it.

49ers don’t have many great options at quarterback – ProFootballTalk - Whenever a starting quarterback goes down, the approach to filling the void becomes either “next man up” or “next man in.” The 49ers for now will elevate C.J. Beathard to the starting lineup, and also potentially promote Nick Mullens from the practice squad to the 53-man roster.

Raiders, Texans headline NFL teams with early reason to panic - - Jon Gruden’s Raiders are 0-3. “Trading Khalil Mack was an all-time horrendous, unforgivable move. A gaffe that soured Gruden’s first season back in Oakland before it even began. Oakland’s defense ranks last in the NFL in sacks (3) and takeaways (1). Shoot, Mack has four sacks, three forced fumbles and a pick all by himself.”


Packers DL Muhammad Wilkerson likely done for season with ankle injury - Acme Packing Company - One of the Packers’ big free-agent additions will probably miss the rest of the season with a severe ankle injury.

Washington loss continues Packers’ troubling trend of slow starts - Acme Packing Company - Once the hottest team in football to open games and halves, Green Bay has become too predictable and ineffective early in games.

NFL’s contact rules too difficult to officiate consistently and fairly - Acme Packing Company - The NFL’s contact rules don’t only frustrate defenders. Referees admit they cannot consistently and fairly enforce them.


Wiltfong: Bears vs. Cardinals Snap counts, stats, and more - Windy City Gridiron - We’ll list out the complete playing time breakdown, and spotlight a few individual and team statistics from the Chicago Bears in their come from behind win against the Arizona Cardinals.

Wiltfong: Bears’ Anthony Miller dislocated his shoulder - Windy City Gridiron - Anthony Miller dislocated his shoulder on Sunday in Arizona.

Infante: Bears vs. Cardinals - Notes from an underwhelming 16-14 victory - Windy City Gridiron - The first-place Bears picked up the win in a lackluster, yet victorious matchup with the Cardinals.

Leming: Another game ball for the Bears’ Khalil Mack - Windy City Gridiron - After their second win in six days, who received today’s game balls?


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