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WATCH: Bears share video of post-game celebration after win over Cardinals

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WATCH: Bears share video of post-game celebration after win over Cardinals

The Bears are in first place in the NFC North for the first time since 2014, and they’re enjoying it. The Green Bay Packers and Minnesota Vikings were both upset in Week 3, so an ugly win over the Arizona Cardinals was enough to put Chicago at the top.

Even though they were on the road, the Bears were still able to celebrate their victory with a disco ball dance party in the locker room and smiles all around.

The team shared a video of the post-game celebration, and it’s easy to see how much they cherish every win they can get.

The video also shows a locker room speech from Matt Nagy, and he specifically pointed out Eddie Jackson for his strong performance.

The second-year safety intercepted Sam Bradford and almost had a pick six off of Josh Rosen, but it was called back due to an offsides penalty on the defense.

The Bears know they still have a lot more work to do, but they’re going to enjoy this week’s win a little longer and then get back to work for Week 4 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Bears are nearly touchdown favorites over Cardinals for Week 3

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Bears are nearly touchdown favorites over Cardinals for Week 3

After facing a pair of elite quarterbacks to start the season, the Bears get a little bit of an easier matchup with the Arizona Cardinals in Week 3.

Sam Bradford has struggled under center so far this season, and fans have been clamoring for rookie quarterback Josh Rosen to get the start. The team could possible turn to Mike Glennon too.

The 0-2 Cardinals are among the worst teams in the NFL thus far, and so Las Vegas sportsbooks see the Bears earning win No. 2 on Sunday.

Chicago favored by six points against Arizona, according to Vegas Insider, and that might even be selling them short.

The Cardinals have scored six points total in two games this season, with their one touchdown coming in Week 1 against Washington. They were shutout last week against the Los Angeles Rams.

Las Vegas is expecting a low-scoring game regardless, with the lowest over/under (38 points) set for any game this week.

If Bradford can right the ship, the Arizona can give the Bears a run for their money this week, but if not, a QB change could be in store for the Cardinals.

Imperfect 10: How will Senior Bowl, Kirk Cousins' availability affect the Bears' draft plans?

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Imperfect 10: How will Senior Bowl, Kirk Cousins' availability affect the Bears' draft plans?

With both the Senior Bowl and Super Bowl completed, it’s time for another mock draft as teams begin preparing for the draft and free agency in earnest. Check out John "Moon" Mullin and my first mock here, which came before the Senior Bowl. 

1. Cleveland Browns: Sam Darnold, QB, USC
1/22 mock: Darnold

No change here, as Darnold — despite a relatively disappointing 2017 at USC — will head to the NFL Combine later this month as the best quarterback on the board. 

2. New York Giants: Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA
1/22 mock: Josh Allen, QB, Wyoming

Allen struggled at times during practices leading up to the Senior Bowl, but then completed nine of 13 passes for 158 yards and two touchdowns in the actual game. He probably has the best arm in this class, and the rest of his physical tools are off the charts, but accuracy was issue No. 1 for him in Mobile. So for now, I’m sending Rosen to New York, which should be an excellent landing place for a quarterback to develop under Pat Shurmur and Eli Manning. 

3. Indianapolis Colts: Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State
1/22 mock: Bradley Chubb, DE, N.C. State

The Colts have holes to fill on both sides of the ball, but since there’s not a tackle worth going this high, the next best thing Chris Ballard could do to help Andrew Luck is draft the best running back in this class. 

4. Cleveland Browns (from Houston): Minkah Fitzpatrick, DB, Alabama
1/22 mock: Barkley

If the Colts move to take Barkley, the Browns could look at the measly seven interceptions their secondary had in 2017 and try to address that with Fitzpatrick, who picked off nine passes in three years at Alabama. 

5. Denver Broncos: Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma
1/22 mock: Quenton Nelson, OL, Notre Dame

I though Mayfield did a lot to boost his stock during Senior Bowl practices, which is worth noting because he was working with the Broncos’ coaching staff. Getting that direct Mayfield-to-Allen comparison in January could help sway them toward the 2017 Heisman winner come April. 

6. New York Jets: Bradley Chubb, DE, N.C. State
1/22 mock: Rosen

Kirk Cousins will be playing somewhere besides Washington in 2018, and the Jets have loads of cap space to blow. So in this scenario, Cousins winds up in New York, solving the Jets’ quarterback quandary, and they’re able to add the best pass-rusher in the draft to a defense that only generated 28 sacks in 2017. 

7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Marcus Davenport, DE, UTSA
1/22 mock: Nelson

Davenport got off to a slow start at the Senior Bowl, but he’s a freak athlete with loads of raw skill that may push him into being a top 10 pick come April. Tampa Bay had the fewest sacks (22) in the NFL last year. 

8. Chicago Bears: Quenton Nelson, OL, Notre Dame
1/22 mock: Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama

Is No. 8 too high to take a guard? That’s the bigger question with Nelson than how good he is. The Bears would need to cut a veteran offensive lineman to make this pick work (Josh Sitton or, if they were to shuffle Kyle Long back to tackle, Bobby Massie), but upgrading the offensive line is an important piece of Ryan Pace’s offseason puzzle. Offensive line coach Harry Hiestand developed Nelson at Notre Dame and it’s not unreasonable to think pairing the two back together could produce a Pro Bowl offensive lineman from Day 1 in Chicago. The other thought here: If Allen is still on the board, could the Bears trade down to a team in the market for a young quarterback, like the Arizona Cardinals?

9. San Francisco 49ers: Courtland Sutton, WR, SMU
1/22 mock: Sutton

If Ridley is still on the board, he could be the guy here, but Sutton was hugely productive in college and would be a huge get for Jimmy Garoppolo and Kyle Shanahan’s offense. 

10. Oakland Raiders: Roquan Smith, LB, Georgia
1/22 mock: Smith

No change here, either, as the Raiders spring for an elite inside ‘backer to plug into their defense.