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Bears' Vic Fangio predicts Cubs will win World Series

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Bears' Vic Fangio predicts Cubs will win World Series

While Bears defensive coordinator Vic Fangio was in San Francisco, heading up the 49ers defense, the San Francisco Giants won three World Series championships. He noted this fact while dialing down any civic angst over the Cubs’ chances in the one-game playoffs play in against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Fangio was Houston Texans defensive coordinator in 2005 when the Astros reached their only World Series (and lost to the White Sox).

So when Vic Fangio talks baseball prognostication.

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“It's in the bag, don't even worry about it,” Fangio stated on Wednesday. “Just like the Red Sox ended their curse by going through their archrival, the Yankees in the playoffs, the Cubs have done the same they went through the Cardinals.”

Fangio also brings geography into his insights. He is a native of Dunsmore in northeastern Pennsylvania, not that far from Hazleton, Pa., which provided the Cubs with additional help.

“Plus, you've got another guy from northeastern PA., where I'm from,” Fangio said. “Joe Maddon, leading the team.”

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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