Bears fall in overtime as Lions get first win


Bears fall in overtime as Lions get first win

The Bears' winning streak is over, and the Lions are no longer without a win in 2015.

After the Bears won back-to-back games with late comebacks over the Raiders and Chiefs, they made another come-from-behind effort Sunday at Ford Field, but it was the Lions walking away with the 37-34 win thanks to Matt Prater's game-winning field goal in overtime.

Trailing by eight entering the fourth quarter, the Bears got two touchdowns in the first seven and a half minutes of the period — one on a pass from Jay Cutler to Alshon Jeffery and another from Matt Forte — to take a 31-24 lead with less than eight minutes to play.

But a Prater field goal shaved that lead to just four points, and Matthew Stafford, after a strange sequence in the final minute featuring a pair of penalties, hit Calvin Johnson from six yards out for a go-ahead touchdown with 21 seconds left.

The Bears had another comeback in them. Cutler completed back-to-back passes to Jeffery for a total of 49 yards, and a Lions pass-interference penalty set up Robbie Gould's game-tying field goal from 29 yards away as regulation ended.

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In overtime, the Bears and Lions traded two punts each before Stafford led a 77-yard drive, setting up Prater's game-winning kick with a 57-yard pass to Johnson.

Cutler completed 26 of his 41 passing attempts for 353 yards and had both a touchdown and an interception. Jeffery, in just his second game of the season, caught eight passes for 147 yards and a touchdown. Forte rushed 24 times for 69 yards and a touchdown.

Stafford passed for 405 yards and four touchdowns, also throwing an interception. Johnson caught six passes for 166 yards and a touchdown, while Lance Moore caught five passes for 106 yards and a touchdown. The Lions amassed 546 total offensive yards on the afternoon.

The Bears sank to 2-4 with the loss, while the Lions captured their first win of the season following an 0-5 start.

Predicting the value of Roquan Smith's rookie contract with Bears

Predicting the value of Roquan Smith's rookie contract with Bears

Chicago Bears first-round pick Roquan Smith remains unsigned, a situation that prior to the rookie wage scale would've been cause for concern. With contracts now based on slotting, or where a first-round pick is selected, there's little reason or room for agents to haggle over terms. A holdout isn't expected.

There have been some exceptions to this general principle, however. Joey Bosa, who was selected with the third pick by the Chargers in 2016, held out until August 29 over offset language and his signing bonus. So, while a holdout for Smith is unlikely, it's not impossible.

Assuming he agrees to a contract on time, here's what the terms of his deal should look like, according to CBS Sports:

2018 Cap Number: $3,349,485
Signing Bonus: $11,517,940
Four-year value: $18,477,168

If the numbers are correct, Smith will have the 17th-highest cap hit for the Bears in 2018, according to Spotrac. By comparison, Danny Trevathan has a $7.15 million cap hit this season.

Drafting well is critical for long-term success. If a general manager misses on first-round picks, the cap consequences mount over time. Consider Kevin White, the seventh-overall pick in 2015. He has zero touchdowns in his pro career but has a $5.27 million cap hit this year. Leonard Floyd, the team's first-rounder in 2016, has a $4.30 million cap hit and Mitch Trubisky, last year's second pick overall, is $6.59 million. Pace's four first-round picks, when counting Smith's expected deal, are four of the top-17 paid players on the payroll even though none of them have the production to back it up.

Smith, however, is as close to a bust-free prospect as the Bears have drafted in Pace's tenure. He was considered one of the best pure football players in the entire 2018 draft class and will start immediately alongside Trevathan as a rookie, assuming he's under contract in time to contribute in Week 1.

Which Bears have the highest player rating in Madden 19?

Which Bears have the highest player rating in Madden 19?

The time has come to start counting down to the release of Madden 19. The most popular football video game franchise of all-time is set to release in early August and as is a tradition with the weeks leading up to the game appearing on store shelves, leaks about features and player ratings have started.

Here are the highest rated Bears players in this year's edition:

Adrian Amos leads the way with an 88 rating, followed by Akiem Hicks (85) and Allen Robinson (85). 

Chicago's offense received a 75 overall rating, which should result in a significant challenge for Bears fans trying to score virtual points later this summer. The defense, however, will be stout, coming in with an overall rating of 81. Amos and Hicks have a lot to do with that.

Ratings are subject to change due to injury. Madden 19 is scheduled for release on August 10.