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Khalil Mack on NFC North race: 'A dog that poop fast don't poop for long'

Khalil Mack on NFC North race: 'A dog that poop fast don't poop for long'

Khalil Mack is the best player on the Chicago Bears, and it isn't particularly close. He also provides some of the team's best one-liners.

Mack, who said shortly after Chicago's 16-6 victory over the Vikings that he's already looking forward to facing his former team next week in the Bears' game against the Raiders in London, acknowledged that Week 4's win over Minnesota was huge for the season-long battle in the NFC North.

"A dog that poop fast don't poop for long," Mack said from Soldier Field. "It's a good division, there's gonna be a lot of games we gotta win down the stretch, but the most important one is the next one. We can't be watching what's going on too much."

Point taken, Khalil.

The Bears began Week 4 with questions about whether they were a legitimate contender after two uninspiring games to start the season against the Packers and Broncos, and a generally incomplete performance against the Redskins, even though they won by a wide margin. Sunday's beatdown of the Vikings answered many of those concerns and has Chicago's standing in the NFC North on the rise. They're currently 0.5 games behind the Packers and are in position to enter their bye week (Week 6) in sole possession of first place.

"We warming up man, we warming up. We warming up," Mack said of the defense. "I'm looking forward to next week already."

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Ranking the Bears' NFL Draft needs in the aftermath of free agency

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Ranking the Bears' NFL Draft needs in the aftermath of free agency

Ryan Pace always says he drafts the best player available and doesn’t draft for need. It’s the right thing to say. It wouldn’t exactly send a good message if he said the Bears drafted for need because that implies he passed up on a better player to fill a hole on the roster. 

But David Montgomery was a “need” pick last year. So were James Daniels and Anthony Miller in 2018. You can argue Roquan Smith and Mitch Trubisky filled positions of need in 2017 and 2018, too. The point is, Pace does use his highest picks to fill needs, often paired with cheap, short-term free agent signings. 

So let’s follow the money and see if we can find a roadmap for the direction Pace will take, specifically with the Bears’ two second-round picks (Nos. 43 and 50) in April’s NFL Draft. We'll start with the least likely position and move on to the most likely in the gallery here:

Ranking the positions the Bears will target in the NFL Draft

NFL Owners vote to confirm an expanded playoff field for the 2020 season

NFL Owners vote to confirm an expanded playoff field for the 2020 season

Here's a bit of good news for football fans who haven't heard much lately

Playoff expansion has long been discussed by owners, and it's not a surprising bit of news given the recent approval of a new collective bargaining agreement that focuses heavily on the expansion of not just the playoffs, but the regular season as well. 

Starting this season, seven teams will make the playoffs, with only the #1 seed earning a first-round bye. It also means that Wild Card weekend will feature three games per day, which fans certainly aren't going to complain about. So the good news is that more football is coming – the bad news is that we don't necessarily know when.  

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