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NFL announces Alshon Jeffery suspended for four games

NFL announces Alshon Jeffery suspended for four games

The NFL dropped a bombshell Monday afternoon, announcing Bears wide receiver Alshon Jeffery would be suspended for the next four games for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing substances.

Jeffery's suspension is effective immediately and runs through Dec. 12.

That means he will miss games against the New York Giants (Week 11), Tennesee Titans (Week 12), San Francisco 49ers (Week 13) and Detroit Lions (Week 14). There will only be three games left on the Bears' schedule once Jeffery returns.

[SHOP: Gear up Bears fans]

The Bears are 2-7 and only the Los Angeles Rams (139) have scored fewer points than the Bears' 141 through nine games. 

Jeffery is in the midst of his worst season as a pro, with only 40 catches for 630 yards and one touchdown.

He had four catches for 47 yards in the first quarter of the Bears' 36-10 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Sunday, but was shut out the rest of the game.

Jeffery is slated to become a free agent at the end of the season.

NFL betting odds: Bears open as only slight favorites over 49ers in Week 16

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NFL betting odds: Bears open as only slight favorites over 49ers in Week 16

The Bears are flying high as NFC North champions, riding back-to-back wins over the Los Angeles Rams and Green Bay Packers.

Now, they turn their attention to a potential first-round bye and deep playoff run.

With all of their recent success, it’s surprising that Las Vegas doesn’t see Chicago as a very big favorite over the San Francisco 49ers in Week 16.

As of Tuesday, the betting line stands at Bears by only four, according to Vegas Insiders.

The 49ers are coming off of a big, overtime win over the playoff-bound Seattle Seahawks on Sunday, but they still sit at just 4-10 on the season as they rely on No. 3 quarterback Nick Mullens.

The Bears were favored by more against Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers last week and covered the spread, but oddsmakers evidently like San Francisco’s chances to keep things closer.

In terms of point total, Vegas is expecting one of the weekend’s lower-scoring games with the over/under set at 42.5 at most sportsbooks.

Vic Fangio’s defense has kept Chicago out of shootouts this season, and San Francisco hasn’t exactly lit anyone up in a while.

The Bears could be in for another slug fest on Sunday, at least that’s what Las Vegas seems to be predicting.

 

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Power Rankings Roundup: A deep playoff run doesn't seem so far-fetched anymore

Power Rankings Roundup: A deep playoff run doesn't seem so far-fetched anymore

The Bears showed up in the top-3 of multiple Power Rankings this week, and rightfully so. Still - let that sink in, if you haven't already. The Bears now have real aspirations for not just a playoff appearance, but a playoff run. Here's what they're saying:

Ours: #5, up 1 - 
They did it! I can confidently claim the Bears are one of the NFL's best 5 teams. cough2seed?cough

NFL.com: #4, up 2 - 
On another note: If Mitch Trubisky plays like he did in the win over the Packers on Sunday, the Bears can beat anyone in the tournament. Nagy: A prime Coach of the Year candidate. Most importantly, I love the division title for Chicago fans.

USA Today: #3, up 3 - 
Newly crowned NFC North champs could wind up with a bye. You wouldn't want to face this defense ... rested ... in January ... in Chicago.

ESPN: #5, up 1 - 
The second overall pick of the 2017 draft, Trubisky passed for only 2,193 yards, seven touchdowns and seven interceptions last season as a rookie. But Trubisky is having a breakout second season, with 2,814 passing yards, 23 touchdowns, 12 interceptions and three rushing touchdowns in 12 appearances so far. Trubisky is flourishing thanks to improved talent at the Bears' skill positions and the coaching of Matt Nagy, who brought Andy Reid's highly successful Kansas City offense with him to Chicago.

Washington Post: #3, up 3 - 
The Bears have clinched the NFC North, and given the Rams’ recent struggles and the Cowboys’ performance Sunday, they might have emerged as the top threat to the Saints in the NFC. The key remains quarterback Mitch Trubisky. The Chicago defense will do its thing, and Trubisky must be good enough not to mess everything up.

Sporting News: #4, up 1 - 
The Bears' defense keeps getting the job done, and Matt Nagy has continued to show his coaching prowess by adjusting to a more running back-oriented attack in December. This team has a bit of a 2017 Eagles feel developing.