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Suh: Nobody's seen a specimen like myself

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Suh: Nobody's seen a specimen like myself

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The Detroit Lions are not only on the cover of the upcoming Sports Illustrated, but defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh is declaring, Nobodys seen a specimen like myself.

He does qualify it by stating that he hates to say it that way but it kind of is that way.

Suh predicted the Lions would go 16-0 last season (which he presumably didnt hate to say) so he is hardly a stranger to overstatement.

He was the No. 2 overall pick of the 2010 draft and managed to draw a fine for a hit of Jay Cutler when the teams faced each other, which he considers a wrong call but one of those things that just happen because of how amazing he is.

When you combine speed and power, Suh says, things are going to look bad when I hit somebody.

Something for guards Chris Williams and Chris Spencer to look forward to Monday night.

Numbers-gaming

The Lions are the only team ranked in the top eight in points scored (No. 2, 135) and fewest allowed (No. 8, 76). Theyre also tied fior second in the NFL in takeaways with 11.

Award-winner

While voting plays out for Matt Fortes prospects to be named FedEx Ground player of the week, Devin Hester, in true Devin Hester style, isnt waiting around. Hester has been named the NFC Special Teams Player of the Week after his 69-yard punt return for an NFL-record 11th touchdown and a 73-yard kickoff return.

By now this is standard stuff for the greatest returner in league history. It is the 10th time Hester has won the award, most ever by a return specialist.

Positive thinking

GM Jerry Angelo has decided, after the review of the Carolina game, that it wasnt so much a case of the Bears defense being bad as the Panthers quarterback being so good.

Cam Newton eluded the rush about as well as Ive ever seen, Angelo told ChicagoBears.com, recalling difficulties the Bears have had with Tony Romo and Michael Vick. But Cam Newton might be the best of them all in that regard, so Ive got to give him credit.

John "Moon" Mullin is CSNChicago.com's Bears Insider and appears regularly on Bears Postgame Live and Chicago Tribune Live. Follow Moon on Twitter for up-to-the-minute Bears information.

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Who deserves the blame in the Bears loss to Miami?

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: Who deserves the blame in the Bears loss to Miami?

David Haugh, Adam Jahns and Patrick Finley join Kap on the panel. The Bears lose a rough one in Miami as Matt Nagy goes conservative at the end zone. Does the rookie coach deserve all of the blame? Dave Wannstedt joins the guys to discuss.

Plus the guys discuss the Cubs’ newest hitting coach/scapegoat, Brandon Saad’s upcoming healthy scratch and Bobby Portis betting on himself this season. 

Listen here or in the embedded player below!

Akiem Hicks makes Pro Football Focus Team of the Week after strong game against Dolphins

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Akiem Hicks makes Pro Football Focus Team of the Week after strong game against Dolphins

The Bears defense was not its usual self in their overtime loss to the Miami Dolphins on Sunday. The pass rush was minimal and tackling looked optional, and Brock Osweiler threw for almost 400 yards.

There was plenty of blame to go around, but a few individual defenders had success while their teammates struggled.

Defensive lineman Akiem Hicks made the Pro Football Focus Team of the Week for Week 6 with a 92.2 overall grade.

He recorded seven tackles that resulted in a defensive “stop,” the most of any defensive lineman according to PFF.

Chicago’s next highest-graded player was cornerback Kyle Fuller (78.2), who intercepted Osweiler twice but also missed two tackles.

Offensively, wide receiver Taylor Gabriel led the way with a 76.9 mark. PFF credited four of his five catches coming against Dolphins cornerback Torry McTyer in coverage.

Meanwhile, outside linebacker Khalil Mack had the lowest-graded game of his career (47.8), while linebacker Danny Trevathan (29.9) and safety Adrian Amos Jr. (47.5) each had their second-worst games.

Some of the Bears’ best players were at their worst in Miami. They’re going to need to get their act together for the New England Patriots on Sunday.