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Bears vs. Patriots Live Blog: Score, highlights, analysis from NFL Week 4 game

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Bears vs. Patriots Live Blog: Score, highlights, analysis from NFL Week 4 game

WE"LL DO IT LIVE. 

Welcome back, gang. It feels like only a week ago we were all in Miami, watching one of the drunkest Bears games we've seen in a while. No rest for the weary, though, and the Bears are back in Chicago and oh god they're playing Tom Brady and the Patriots. Khalil Mack WILL play, though, and Rob Gronkowski will NOT. One step at a time. 

As always, J.J. Stankevitz will be your eyes and ears from Soldier; give him a follow. Lorin Cox's tweets are also worth your time. 

4TH QUARTER

305 - TOUCHDOWN BEARS. We've still got us a game at Soldier. Trubisky to Burton. PATRIOTS 38, BEARS 31. 

250 - Touchdown, Patriots. James White gets in after a big play from Josh Gordon. PATRIOTS 38, BEARS 24. 

245 - and when we said one-bad-INT per game, we meant TWO-bad-INTs-per game. Trubisky lofts up another pick and the Pats are suddenly threatening to go up 2 scores. 

3RD QUARTER

230- and there's Trubisky's pattented one-bad-INT-per-game. To his credit, Bellamy didn't do much to fight for the ball.

220- and the Pats block a punt and take it back to the house for a score. Which is a weird way of referring to a touchdown. Anyways, PATS 31, BEARS 24

215 - our dear friend robert (please be our dear friend, robert) with some RATIONAL THOUGHTS: 

202 - TOUCHDOWN BEARS. Chicago takes the first drive of the second half down the field and THATS WHAT THE LEAD SMELLS LIKE. Cohen scrambles in from six out. BEARS 24, PATRIOTS 21. 


2ND QUARTER

130 - honestly do not know how to feel about this: 

125 - Touchdown Patriots. Brady hits James White from about 10 out and it's PATRIOTS 24, BEARS 17. 

121- terrific! 

107- aaaaaannnddd the Pats return the ensuing kickoff for a TD of their own. BEARS 17, PATS 14. Might this game be drunk??

107 - TOUCHDOWN BEARS! Jordan Howard gets in from 2 yards out and it's BEARS 17, PATRIOTS 7. 

1ST QUARTER

1240 - TOUCHDOWN BEARS. After the Bears recover a fumble on the kickoff, Trubisky runs in the silliest QB "sneak" you'll see in a while. BEARS 10, PATRIOTS 7. 

1235 - CODY PARKEY FROM 46 YARDS STRAIGHT CASH. PATRIOTS 7, BEARS 3. 

1230 - Trubisky is like, the entire offense right now. Up to 37 yards rushing. Whatever works! 

1217 - look at this absolute unit: 

1210 - Touchdown Pats. New England sort of did whatever they wanted to on that drive. It begins. PATRIOTS 7, BEARS 0. 

1205 - Bears kickoff to the Pats and we're underway here. So far NE's pass-catching backs are as good as advertised. 

PREGAME

Inactives are out! Check them all out right here. 

PREGAME READS

Three Keys and a Prediction

Final Thoughts on Bears-Pats

(Too) Bold Predictions

Bears' O should hang with Pats' D

The Trubisky-Brady Comparisons

Looking to upgrade RB, Bears have more options than draft alone

Looking to upgrade RB, Bears have more options than draft alone

If the 2018 offseason is any sort of indicator, the question before the Bears heading into the unofficial “start” of the offseason – the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis – is less which position group they upgrade – the surprise will be if running back is not priority No. 1 – but how they go about it.

By way of background perspective, first consider what was done last offseason in terms of starter-grade moves:
 
QB2          Chase Daniel
WR           3: Taylor Gabriel, Anthony Miller, Allen Robinson
TE             Trey Burton
OL             James Daniels
DL             Bilal Nichols
OLB          Khalil Mack
ILB            Roquan Smith.
And there was also the matter of head coach.

Missing from the list is the secondary, although the pricey re-signings of Prince Amukamara and Kyle Fuller more than count toward commitment to roster-building; and running back, although whispers around the NFL was that the Bears were open to dealing Jordan Howard, which obviously didn’t happen.

The Bears have operated with the requisite “best player available” philosophy in drafting and other personnel acquisitions. How they accomplish that at running back will be among the most closely watched roster efforts of this offseason.

Some options

With no draft choice currently before the third round, the roll call and mock workups coming out of the Combine will feature a spectrum of players rather than one or two, the way if has been with the Bears picking in the top-10 range in the last four drafts.

But GM Ryan Pace has been the picture of aggressive with draft choices, specifically dealing them en masse for deals the included moving up for quarterback Mitchell Trubisky, to a lesser extent for Leonard Floyd, and dramatically in the trade for Khalil Mack.

The trade possibility should be watched, once the draft begins, and before.

The Cleveland Browns struck dramatically with the signing of Kareem Hunt, which abruptly gave them a crowded backfield of starter-grade talent: Nick Chubb, 23, coming off averaging 5.2 ypc in his rookie season; and Duke Johnson, 25, never a full-time starter but who’s averaged 4.3 ypc in four seasons with a very bad football team.

But Pace hasn’t used his actual No. 3 the past two drafts, dealing away his 2017 and 2018 No. 3’s as part of the move for Trubisky. This time he has a No. 3, but the surprise would be if he uses it where it now sits.

Would the Browns part with Chubb or Johnson for a No. 3? How about for a 4 or 5?  

Moving up?

The biggest reason to stay tuned in the second round when the draft arrives is Pace’s willingness to target and trade up to go get a player. He did it with Floyd and Trubisky in first rounds. He did it for wideout Miller in last year’s draft, dipping into 2019 to do it in the form of giving this year’s second-rounder (plus a No. 4) to move up from No. 70 (third round) to 51 (second).

Maybe Pace had some idea what would play out last season and its effect on this next draft. The 2019 Bears No. 2, now belonging to New England, is way down at 24th in the round after the 12-4 season (and would’ve been even lower if Cody Parkey makes his last kick vs. Philadelphia).

The Bears’ first scheduled pick in round three happens to be the 24th pick of the round; not high. Pace stayed put in the third rounds of his first two drafts, taking Hroniss Grasu (2015) and Jonathan Bullard (2016).

Brad Biggs over at the Tribune did a nice workup of some prospects likely to be around late on day two when the Bears’ turn comes at some point in the mid rounds. These become relevant because Pace and his staff have established an aptitude for finding NFL talent at running back down in the draft:

2015, 4th round           Jeremy Langford, now with Atlanta after stops on the Ravens, Jets and Dolphins practice squads;
2016, 5th round           Howard;
2017, 4th round           Tarik Cohen.
 

It sure sounds like the 49ers have plans to keep kicker Robbie Gould

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It sure sounds like the 49ers have plans to keep kicker Robbie Gould

The Robbie Gould Redemption Tour may be short-lived afterall. 

Today, NBC Sports Bay Area reporter Matt Maiocco wrote about 49'ers plans for kicker Robbie Gould. In the piece, Maiocco makes some assertions that surely won't sit well with Bears fans looking for a reunion: 

If the 49ers are unable to work out a multi-year contract extension with kicker Robbie Gould, it would be a major surprise if the club did not use the tag to restrict his ability to sign with another team. The 49ers have not used the franchise tag designation since 2012 with safety Dashon Goldson. The 49ers have plenty of salary-cap space to absorb a significant pay raise for Gould. The club is expected to have $67.5 million in cap room at the start of the new league year, according to figures from the NFL Players Association and overthecap.com. The franchise tag for a kicker is expected to be approximately $5 million for one season. Gould signed a two-year, $4 million contract with the 49ers on the first day of free agency in 2017.

Though the assumption is more speculatory in nature than actual reporting, it stands to reason that Maiocco would know the inner workings of San Fransisco's front office. It also echoes several other reports that the Niners plan on using the franchise tag on Gould. Sorry Bears fans! 

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