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Even in a down year, experts agree Bears should dominate Giants in Week 12

Even in a down year, experts agree Bears should dominate Giants in Week 12

The Bears aren't having a good year. But it could always be worse; just ask the New York Giants.

Chicago (4-6) welcomes the lowly G-Men (2-8) to Soldier Field on Sunday win what used to be a classic NFC slugfest between two of the NFL's most historic franchises. Sadly, in 2019, it's a game between two clubs that still haven't figured out how to get back on the winning track.

Unlike the Giants, the Bears weren't supposed to be here. They were supposed to be jockeying for home-field advantage throughout the playoffs and were expected to have a borderline historic defense and a third-year breakout quarterback who would make 2019 a truly special year.

It just wasn't meant to be.

But despite how big of a disappointment the season's been for Chicago, there's still enough confidence in Trubisky to bring home the win over rookie quarterback Daniel Jones and Big Blue. Trubisky, who began the week in doubt because of a hip pointer that forced him out of Week 11's loss to the Rams, needs a strong finish in order to keep his gig in 2020. If the experts are right, that strong finish starts on Sunday.

The Bears are an overwhelmingly popular pick this week — 88 percent of experts polled picked Chicago to win. It makes sense, too. The Bears do still have elite talent on defense, and while Jones has done some nice things for the Giants in his first season as a pro, he hasn't had to stare down the barrel of a pass-rush led by Khalil Mack. That, alone, should force him off his game.

Look, if the Bears don't come away with a victory, the problems run even deeper than anyone could've imagined. It's one thing to lose to the Rams; Los Angeles, on paper, is still a good team. But if Matt Nagy can't get this team ready to beat the Giants, then questions about sweeping changes beyond just the quarterback must be raised.

For the sake of the immediate future of this team, let's hope the experts are right.

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Devin Hester one of six specialists to make the NFL 100 All-Time Team

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Devin Hester one of six specialists to make the NFL 100 All-Time Team

The NFL 100 All-Time Team just got a serious influx of speed and athleticism. Former Bears' legend and arguably the greatest special teams player of all time, Devin Hester, was named to the squad on Friday.

Hester played with the Bears from 2006 to 2013, racking up an incredible 31 return touchdowns (18 on kick returns, 13 on punt returns). Over his 11 season career, Hester collected a total of 11,028 return yards between kick and punt returns. Hester made four Pro Bowls and three All-Pro teams over his career. 

The 2006 No. 57 overall pick out of Miami (FL) dazzled from the start of his NFL career, collecting 1,128 combined punt/kick return yards and 5 touchdowns. 

But just as impressive as his overall effectiveness, was his penchant for rising to the moment. Hester's clutch moments included an 80+ yard punt return for a touchdown against the Arizona Cardinals in the infamous, "They are who we thought they were game".

And, of course, all NFL fans remember how Hester became the first player in NFL history to take the opening kickoff of a Super Bowl back to the house for a touchdown. 

Hester was a shoo-in to make the NFL 100 All-Time Team, as he is the NFL's all-time leader in kick and punt return touchdowns but even, so his game was about so much more than just the numbers. 

Devin Hester's unparalleled combination of speed and creativity in the open field delighted NFL fans in a way that perhaps no other player in history did or ever will. 

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Sports Talk Live Podcast: Bears win again as they trounce the Cowboys

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Sports Talk Live Podcast: Bears win again as they trounce the Cowboys

Sam Panayotovick and Seth Gruen join Kap on the show.

0:00 - The Bears win again as they trounce the Cowboys. So did Mitch Trubisky save his job or was it just one good game?

12:00 - The Bulls look for their third straight win with the Warriors in town. Plus, Sam gives out his best bets for the weekend as the guys preview the college football conference title games.

17:00 - Comedian Steve Rannazzisi joins Kap to talk about the dumpster fire that is his Knicks. Plus Kap thanks his Giants for helping turn the Bears season around.

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