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Bears hope they aren't a part of 2018 NFL game in China

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Bears hope they aren't a part of 2018 NFL game in China

BOCA RATON, Fla. – The NFL is on course to roll out its first game in China in 2018. The Bears would just prefer to watch it, not play in it.

“My understanding is that we’re going to play a game in China in 2018,” said Bears Chairman George McCaskey, a member of the NFL’s International Committee.

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How open would he be to have the Bears take one of their home games to China?

“Not very.”

Because? "We want to play home games in Chicago and we think Bears fans deserve that."

He’ll have no quarrel from his head coach on that one.

“I’m gonna tell you how I referenced it,” said John Fox. “I said, ‘Are you kidding me? We’re going to go to China and we can’t get full-time officials?’ That was a little bit more for how I was pushing another area.”

The NFL will have three games this year in London and one in Mexico City. And the push to globalize the product is unmistakable.

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“We had a great presentation about how we need to take the game global,” McCaskey said. “It’s an ambitious undertaking. You’re seeing it in London, a very measured approach, seeing if we can build fan avidity. China, specifically, and Asia, generally, is a huge market, and something we feel we can tap into.

“We’re playing three games in London this year. We’re playing a game in Mexico City this year, and committed to playing a game in China in 2018.”

NFC North standings: Bears fall to last in division with Week 7 loss to Patriots

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NFC North standings: Bears fall to last in division with Week 7 loss to Patriots

The great Ricky Bobby once said, “If you ain’t first, you’re last.” Talladega Nights hit a little too close to home for the Bears in Week 7.

They came into Sunday at 3-2 at the top of the NFC North. After a 38-31 loss to the New England Patriots, they dropped to the bottom of the division.

The Detroit Lions defeated the Miami Dolphins 32-21 to improve to 3-3, leaving them tied with the Bears in the cellar.

The Minnesota Vikings’ 37-17 victory over the New York Jets jumped them to 4-2-1 overall and first place in the division over the 3-2-1 Green Bay Packers, who were off for their bye week.

The NFC North remains the most tightly contested division in the NFL, the only one with no teams under .500 through seven weeks of the season.

The final standings may not be decided until Week 17, and the Bears have already blown the early season cushion they built for themselves while the Vikings and Packers were struggling.

The divisional action will pick up in November, and Chicago only has a pair of games left to put it all together before back-to-back-to-back games against the Lions, Vikings and Lions again.    

Under Center Podcast: Bears lose 38-31 to the Patriots

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Under Center Podcast: Bears lose 38-31 to the Patriots

Matt Forte, Lance Briggs and Alex Brown join Laurence Holmes to break down the Bears 38-31 loss to the Patriots. What happened to the Bears defense over their bye week, and how did the special teams struggle so bad against New England? Plus – the guys debate Mitchell Trubisky’s decision making in the red zone and Matt weighs in on how the Bears should play his former team – the New York Jets – next week.

0:35– Special teams to blame for loss?

4:12– Where did the Bears pass rush go? 

5:27– Bad tackling followed Bears from Miami

7:25– Are the coaches to blame for the defense after the bye?

10:10– Evaluating Mitchell Trubisky’s game

11:55– Agree with Matt Nagy on Mitch’s “mental” game?

13:30– Trubisky’s red zone decision making

17:10– Are the Bears giving away games so Mitch can learn?

18:00– Bears need to run the ball more

21:04– Matt Forte scouts his former team, the New York Jets

Listen to the full podcast here or in the embedded player below.

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