The Bears are considered one of the NFL's most quarterback-needy teams after Mitch Trubisky's uninspiring play through the first half of the 2019 season, but that doesn't mean they're searching for his replacement just yet.
Former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick will conduct a workout on Saturday in Atlanta and the Bears were considered to be one of the most likely landing spots for the one-time dual-threat. But according to Thursday's announcement by the league, Chicago isn't one of the 11 teams who have confirmed their attendance.
The clubs who will have a representative on-site are Arizona, Atlanta, Cleveland, Denver, Detroit, Miami, New England, NY Giants, NY Jets, Tampa Bay and Washington.
It's possible the Bears could confirm their attendance over the next few days, but at this point, it doesn't appear like there's much interest.
We'll continue to update the Kaepernick story as news breaks.
The Green Bay Packers are in the midst of a better-than-expected first season under coach Matt LaFleur, who despite inheriting a team with Aaron Rodgers under center, was projected to experience some struggles at least early in the year.
Instead, the Packers are 10-3 with a 1.5 game lead in the NFC North and can take a big step toward securing the division title on Sunday against the Bears.
Chicago (7-6) is a big underdog this week. Almost all of football media are picking the Packers to win, but there's at least one analyst who isn't convinced Green Bay is for real.
"They're winning games, but I would say they're a little bit of a fraudulent 10-3," NBC Sports' Chris Simms said Thursday. "Who has Green Bay really beat this year? I think maybe you can say their two most impressive wins of the year are the Bears in Week 1 and the Vikings in Week 2. They beat the Kansas City Chiefs without the Kansas City Chiefs' best player on their football team.
"I still have a lot of questions about this Green Bay team. There's not a lot of talent around Aaron Rodgers. I mean, who's there to be really scared about? Davante Adams is good, but he's not good to where teams want to double team him and do that. And he hasn't been as good ever since he hurt his toe. There's a lack of fire-power there."
One player Simms left out of his analysis of Green Bay's offense is running back Aaron Jones, who's been shouldering much of the big-play load for the Packers. Jones has 779 rushing yards, 425 receiving yards and 15 total touchdowns this year and is as much of a threat out of the backfield as any running back in the NFL right now. He'll challenge Chicago's pair of backup linebackers, Nick Kwiatkoski and Kevin Pierre-Louis, who've been thrust into starting action because of injuries to Roquan Smith (pec) and Danny Trevathan (elbow).
But Green Bay's barely average defense and the Bears' recent emergence on offense has these two clubs seemingly trending in different directions. It's a trend Simms sees continuing in Week 15.
"The way (the Packers) play and the way the Bears are playing right now? I'm picking the Bears to win this weekend."
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When the Bears announced their 2019 schedule, we decided to have some puppies reveal the opponents. Now, we have taken it a step further. We have a puppy that will make weekly picks for the Bears games.
It is Week 15 and it's all dairy in the studios at NBC Sports Chicago. Greek Town is famous in Chicago and if you have not had flaming cheese you have not lived. Saganaki (saga-KNOCK-ee) vs Cheddar cheese….(yawn) it is shredded...which is what the Bears are hoping to do to The Pack in Week 15.
We love going on Walter’s journey and enjoy seeing him grow up. He was hand-selected by the scouts at NBC Sports Chicago and hails from One Tail at a Time rescue. He came from a shelter in Alabama and was transported to Chicago. At just 7 weeks old and without his mom, he beat a deadly virus and spent some time in the doggie ER, where he healed and became strong again. Now, Walter has found a home of his own and is the king of the castle.
Walter will pick the games throughout the NFL season, including the playoffs and we hope that his nose follows the scent to the Bears every week, all the way to that magical game in Miami in February. Narrated by Jason Benetti, play-by-play announcer for the White Sox.
It is time for Puppy Pick ‘Em presented by Nissan.
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