NFL Championship Games Preview
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by Sean Holland
3d ago
Well the NFL’s Divisional playoff round was a lot less compelling than a very exciting Wildcard weekend the week before. Only the matchup between the Cowboys and the 49ers was really in doubt in the final minutes. That being said, the AFC and the NFC Championship games look to be classic contests. 2. 49ers vs 1. Eagles Sunday, January 29 at 2:00pm CT on FOX: The 49ers (15-4) outlasted a scrappy Cowboys team to take home an ugly 19-12 victory in the Divisional round. The defense intercepted quarterback Dak Prescott two times and held Dallas to just a single touchdown. Rookie QB Brock Purdy was ..read more
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NFL Divisional Playoff Preview
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by Sean Holland
1w ago
Well it was an eventful Wildcard weekend with six, mostly exciting, playoff games setting the stage for this week’s divisional round. The Jaguars staged a miracle comeback to take out the Los Angeles Chargers. The Bills and Bengals withstood surprisingly close challenges to win their games. The 49ers and Cowboys cruised to victories in their matchups, while the Giants finally snapped the Vikings streak of good luck. Now a look ahead to the four games this weekend, including, the first playoff games for the Eagles and Chiefs. 4. Jaguars vs 1. Chiefs Saturday, January 21 at 3:30pm CT on NBC: The ..read more
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First & Long: Poles Planning 2023 Roster Moves, Bears Officially Replace Ted Phillips, Lamar Jackson’s Availability Could Impact Draft Pick Trade Scenarios
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by Michael Canter
1w ago
Before I start, I want to point out that I’ve now written 500 posts for Bears Insider, a historic milestone. I’m looking forward to the next half-stack, which I assume I’ll complete by this time next year. I also want to ask everybody to take all of the trade rumors with a grain of salt, especially those involving the Colts, at least for now. Indianapolis hasn’t even hired a head coach yet – the smart money is on Dan Quinn – so let’s call their thirst for the top pick a little more than speculation, for now. There is no doubt they want to move up and grab Bryce Young or CJ Stroud, but they nee ..read more
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Bears Introduce Kevin Warren as New President and CEO
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by Michael Canter
1w ago
Ted Phillips has officially retired, and the Bears introduced Kevin Warren as the team’s new President and CEO. The McCaskeys began their search for a replacement last year, with Phillips leading the interview process. The organization included a search firm – Nolan Partners – and a search team consisting of George McCaskey, senior vice president of diversity, equity, and inclusion Tanesha Wade, and Bears vice president of human resources Liz Geist. Warren’s hiring is another progressive hire for the NFL’s oldest franchise. Now, four of the most powerful people at Halas Hall are Black, and one ..read more
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Re-Grading Chicago’s 2022 Draft
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by Michael Canter
2w ago
Now that the season has ended, it’s time to take a look back at the new regime’s first draft class. The front office did very well at the top end but struggled with some of the lower picks. That said, three rookies were recognized as the best among their peers at their positions. That gives Chicago a foundation to build upon next year. CB Kyler Gordon (B+) Pick Number: 39 Five Picked Before Gordon: DE Arnold Ebiketie Falcons, S Jalen Pitre Texans, RB Breece Hall Jets, CB Roger McCreary Titans, and WR Christian Watson Packers Five picked After Gordon: OLB Boye Mafe Seahawks, RB Kenneth Walker ..read more
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NFL Wildcard Weekend Preview
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by Sean Holland
2w ago
While Bears fans continue to prepare mock drafts and think about trade options with the number one pick in the 2023 NFL draft, 14 other teams are preparing for the playoffs. I thought I would briefly break down the six wild card games this weekend for those of you who can pull yourself away from Mel Kiper interviews. 7. Seahawks vs 2. 49ers Saturday, January 14 at 3:30pm CT on FOX: The Seahawks (9-8) struggled down the stretch and just barely made the playoffs thanks to an overtime win over the Rams on the final week of the season. Quarterback Geno Smith was surprisingly effective taking over ..read more
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Post-Game Overreaction: Putting Bears’ Offseason Plan Into Place
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by Michael Canter
3w ago
The Bears may have pulled off the best tank job in the history of professional sports. Rookie GM Ryan Poles now controls the draft board. Give Lovie Smith the assist, he could have gone for the tie against the Colts on Sunday and locked up the top spot of the 2023 draft. Smith went for the win, and Houston succeeded on its end-of-game two-point conversion, giving Chicago the league’s worst record at 3-14 (.176). ON 4TH AND 20… @HOUSTONTEXANS TOUCHDOWN! pic.twitter.com/POhLDaLMuL — NFL (@NFL) January 8, 2023 The Bears already have their franchise quarterback in Justin Fields. Poles has approx ..read more
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Chicago Bears Score and Recap (Week 18): Vikings 29, Bears 13 – Bears Lose Secure Top Draft Pick
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by Sean Holland
3w ago
The Bears finished up a disappointing season at home against the Vikings on Sunday afternoon. Chicago would end up losing again but would come out ahead thanks to old friend Lovie Smith. The Vikings rushed ahead to a 16-0 advantage after touchdowns by Adam Thielen and Alexander Mattison. Chicago was able to respond when rookie Velus Jones Jr took an end around for 42-yards and a touchdown. A failed two-point conversion and a botched Minnesota field goal kept the score at 16-6 after the first half. The Vikings backup players came in in the third quarter and were able to score a touchdown on ano ..read more
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Bears Secure Top Pick in 2023 Draft
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by Michael Canter
3w ago
The combination of the Bears’ 29-13 loss to the Vikings and the Texans’ 32-31 win over the Colts gives Chicago the top pick in the 2023 NFL Draft. The Bears finished the season with a record of 3-14, while Houston finished 3-13-1. The Colts and Texans tied 20-20 in Week 1, and that proved to be the difference in giving Chicago a worse record. The Texans beat the Colts by converting a two-point attempt with 50 seconds left in the game. Thank you, Lovie Smith. What a WILD afternoon of football for two teams that are a few years away from making the playoffs. If the Bears do not trade the top pic ..read more
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Watch: Nathan Peterman Hits Cole Kmet for TD
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by Michael Canter
3w ago
Nathan Peterman hit Cole Kmet for an 11-yard touchdown pass to pull the Bears to within 23-13 of the Vikings. Cairo Santos connected on the extra point. The touchdown pass was the first for Peterman since October 2018 when he played for the Bills. Kmet has now set career highs in touchdown catches, yards-per-catch, and completion percentage. Both teams are liberally substituting their backups. Teh Vikings are hoping to rest their starters ahead of next week’s Wild Card tilt, and the Bears are trying to get one final look at their end-of-the-bench players. The Texans currently lead the Colts 24 ..read more
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