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Bears vs. Texans defense a key for Chicago

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Bears vs. Texans defense a key for Chicago

The second half of the Bears' schedule is filled with big and meaningful games, but for now none looms larger than the Sunday night showdown with Houston.
Both teams will kick off the night with identical 7-1 records, and it could perhaps be a Super Bowl preview.For the Bears, nothing is going to be more important offensively than protecting the football and keeping Jay Cutler safe.
In order to do that they'll need to slow down NFL sack leader J.J. Watt and a very talented and aggressive front seven.
Watt is a 6-foot-5, 295-pound ball of fire that is unlike any player the Bears have seen this season.
The Houston defense actually ranks ahead of the Bears in some key statistical categories.
-- Total defense: Texans 3rd; Bears 6th-- Rush defense: Texans 2nd; Bears 6th-- Pass defense: Texans 4th; Bears 16th
It could be a game that Jay Cutler and company have to show patience and not force the ball when plays are not there. This is not a game they can get behind and expect to deliver a big comeback.
The next two games will tell a lot about where the Bears stack up against two of the other teams considered the best in the NFL. It also may be an indication of how the offense handles two defenses that really create havoc for the opposition.

Podcast: Albert Almora Jr. dishes on his role and the Cubs’ unsung hero that keeps things loose behind the scenes

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Podcast: Albert Almora Jr. dishes on his role and the Cubs’ unsung hero that keeps things loose behind the scenes

Albert Almora Jr. joins Kelly Crull on the Cubs Talk Podcast to weigh in on a variety of topics, including his budding bromance with rumored Cubs target Manny Machado, his expanded role and how he spends his time off away from the ballpark.

Plus, Almora has a surprise pick for the organization’s unsung hero, stating the Cubs would’ve never won the World Series without this guy.

Listen to the full Cubs Talk Podcast right here:

Bulls Talk Podcast: How NBA Draft combine impacted mock drafts

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Bulls Talk Podcast: How NBA Draft combine impacted mock drafts

On this edition of the Bulls Talk Podcast, Mark Schanowski and Kendall Gill discuss the NBA Draft and what happened at the NBA combine that shifted most experts mock drafts.

Kendall also explains why a "promise" to draft a player isn’t guaranteed. He also shares his experience on getting drafted by the Hornets and why he initially felt they were the wrong team for him.

North Carolina "News and Observer" Duke basketball beat writer Jonathan Alexander gives us his opinion on Wendell Carter and the other Duke draft prospects including why he thinks Carter will be a future all-star. Also includes an interview with Carter from the draft combine.

Listen to the full Bulls Talk Podcast right here: