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Three Bears necessities to a win over the Seahawks

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Three Bears necessities to a win over the Seahawks

Din-scipline

Bears offensive linemen have committed nine of the team’s 20 penalties through two games (seven by Jermon Bushrod and Vlad Ducasse). That’s not encouraging heading into the loudest building in the league, where the 12th Man has drawn an average of almost two opposing false starts per game over the last five years. The Same Page on The Silent Count will be as big a test as any, to say the least. It may be tough to execute the offense against a charged-up Legion, but the offense has to at least give itself a chance.

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Matt & Marty

Adam Gase and Jimmy Clausen both talked about finding ways to make positive plays and get into an early rhythm. Without Jay Cutler’s big arm and Alshon Jeffery’s field-stretching ability vs. that uber-talented defensive backfield, getting Matt Forte going against what’s been a middling defensive line to this point would be a start. Following that up with play action and short tosses to Martellus Bennett into intermediate zones just might … might … create that.

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Mob Marshawn

I have serious doubt that this Bears defense has a player capable of shadowing Russell Wilson on his rollouts, and that’s how Seattle was most effective in taking a fourth quarter lead last Sunday night in Green Bay. They’re certain to try to get Jimmy Graham more involved, and the sense here is damage will come from those “Dange-Russ” adventures out of the pocket. But Marshawn Lynch is averaging just 3.5 yards a carry. Can Vic Fangio’s guys at least keep him to that average for another week to remove that dimension? The run defense hasn’t allowed a play longer than 16 yards, even though they’re giving up 124 per game (tied for 22nd). It’ll help if they keep seismologists from checking their meters.

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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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