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How the Bears can target the Lions' weaknesses

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How the Bears can target the Lions' weaknesses

The 165th meeting between the Bears and Lions should be a good one as the stage of playing on Monday night should only intensify what has become a heated battle in recent years.
 
The Bears have won seven of the last eight meetings between the two teams, but tonight both teams will go in with a clean slate.
 
Offensively, the key for the Bears is easy: Handle Detroit's front four. The Lions are much improved on the defensive side of the ball, but their one weakness is giving up points. They ranked 24th in points allowed prior to this weekend's round of games.
 
The weather could very well play a factor, which may give an edge to the Bears' running game. You can be certain Mike Tice has a game plan to get the ball out of Jay Cutler's hand quickly. He does not want to risk the types of hits Ndamukong Suh and company are capable of delivering.
 
Defensively, the Bears have to avoid big plays in the Lions' passing game, which may be what hurts Detroit. If it is rainy and windy, those deep throws down the field become much less effective. In their last meeting of 2011 at Soldier Field, the Bears forced six takeaways, including two interceptions returned for touchdowns. Turnovers could be key once again as they usually are in every NFL game.
 
If it's really a messy, field expect both teams to play for filed position.

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!

Cubs executive Jason McLeod reportedly linked to Giants' GM opening

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Cubs executive Jason McLeod reportedly linked to Giants' GM opening

Is this the offseason that Cubs executive Jason McLeod finally becomes an MLB general manager?

According to Bruce Levine, the Giants are reportedly interested in McLeod, the Cubs senior vice president of scouting and player development, for their vacant general manager position.

McLeod joined the Cubs' front office in 2011 alongside Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer. Before the Cubs, he spent six years in the Red Sox front office and two in the Padres' (with Hoyer, who was San Diego's general manager from 2010-2011). 

Of course, the Giants' reported interest in McLeod doesn't necessarily mean that he will interview for the job. However, it's worth noting that McLeod interviewed for the Twins' general manager job in 2016; he also withdrew his name from consideration for the Padres' general manager job in 2014. 

In addition to the Giants, McLeod's name has been linked to the Mets' general manager vacancy. This is more speculation, but the point is that it seems to be only a matter of time before McLeod is hired as general manager elsewhere.

For what it's worth, though, McLeod is under contract through 2021 and has previously said that he is grateful to be with the Cubs. 

“I’m exceptionally grateful,” McLeod said. “All of us are. Look at where we are at this moment in time with this team," McLeod said in 2016. "I can’t imagine a better environment, a better culture to work at in baseball.

"We’ve been together a long time. We’re friends. We’re good. We embrace the fact that we are good. And we challenge ourselves to be even better.”