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NFC Wild Card Race: What Bears fans should be watching in Week 14

NFC Wild Card Race: What Bears fans should be watching in Week 14

The Bears did their part to keep their playoff hopes alive on Thursday night with a 31-24 victory over the Dallas Cowboys, thanks in large part to quarterback Mitch Trubisky's best game as a pro. But a slow start to the 2019 season and a 7-6 record means they still need a bunch of help to get into the postseason.

Here are the games Bears fans need to watch this Sunday.

Detroit Lions at Minnesota Vikings - 12 p.m. CT (Only available on NFL Sunday Ticket)

The Vikings (8-4) currently have possession of the final NFC wild card and should maintain their position after facing the Lions (3-8-1) on Sunday.

Detroit is an absolute mess. Third-string quarterback David Blough will make the second start of his career, and while he had some encouraging moments against the Bears on Thanksgiving Day, the Vikings (unlike Chicago, who found out he was starting just moments before the game) have had a full week to prepare for him. Expect a bunch of turnovers.

It would be nothing short of a miracle if Minnesota blows this one. Expect the Vikings to move to 9-4 and keep hold of their two-game lead over the Bears.

Los Angeles Rams vs. Seattle Seahawks - 7:20 p.m. CT on NBC (Click here to watch)

The other key matchup Bears fans should have an eye on in Week 14 is the Rams (7-5) vs. Seahawks (10-2). The Rams own the head-to-head tiebreaker over Chicago because of their 17-7 win in Week 11, which means Los Angeles has to lose two of their final four games against Seattle, Dallas, San Francisco and Arizona (and that's assuming the Bears win out).

The Rams should have little trouble defeating the Cowboys and Cardinals, so it's critical Seattle gives Bears fans one of those two necessary L.A. losses.

Green Bay Packers vs. Washington Redskins - 12 p.m. CT on FOX (Click here to watch)

Lastly, the Green Bay Packers (9-3) take on the Washington Redskins (3-9). Believe it or not, a Packers loss keeps hope alive for the Bears and an NFC North championship. A Redskins victory is highly unlikely, but they weren't supposed to defeat the Panthers last week, either.

It's pretty simple: Wins by the Lions, Seahawks and Redskins will make Week 15's game against the Packers one of the biggest regular-season games in a very, very long time.

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Bears injury report: Trubisky full practice participant "feels a lot better"

Bears injury report: Trubisky full practice participant "feels a lot better"

The Bears have released their injury report from Wednesday's practice ahead of Week 12’s contest against the New York Giants and there’s (finally) some good news. Well, there is good news if you want Mitch Trubisky to be under center for the Bears.

Trubisky was a full participant in practice today following a hip injury that removed him from the Bears Week 11 loss to the Los Angeles Rams.

This news comes after Matt Nagy’s insistence that if Trubisky is healthy, he will remain the Bears starting QB.

“We want him to be out there today at practice, we want him to be out there this week as our starter,” Nagy said of Trubisky earlier this week during a press conference.

It looks like Nagy will have his starting QB back in action this Sunday. Trubisky told reporters at Halas Hall today that he "feels a lot better." 

Other changes on the injured list: offensive lineman Bobby Massie was a full practice participant today after suffering a back injury. Tight end Adam Shaheen didn’t practice due to a foot injury. He has been on the injured list since Thursday of Week 11. Danny Trevathan didn’t practice due to an elbow injury he received during the Bears' game against the Lions in Week 10. Isaiah Irving was a limited participant after being on the injured list since Week 9 due to a quad injury. 

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Rams cornerback Jalen Ramsey talked smack to Bears wide receivers all game

Rams cornerback Jalen Ramsey talked smack to Bears wide receivers all game

Jalen Ramsey made his home debut for the Rams in Sunday’s win against the Bears and the former All-Pro cornerback was in a trash talking mood.

The Rams had him mic’d up for the game and made a video of Ramsey’s best quotes and moments. He came in pretty hot.

For starters, he went up against his former Jacksonville teammate, Allen Robinson, on a number of plays and enjoyed going up against him again.

“Big stop, A-Rob,” Ramsey said to Robinson after an incomplete pass. “Just like we used to do in practice, boy.”

“That double move was not it, A-Rob,” Ramsey said during another play when the ball was thrown elsewhere.

Then Taylor Gabriel became Ramsey’s target.

“Get your little ass over there,” Ramsey said to Gabriel after a break up.

When Ramsey got to the Rams sideline the trash talk continued to anyone who would listen.

“We’re not playing with nobody’s children today,” Ramsey said.

So it’s safe to say Ramsey was fired up. After the game, Ramsey talked more smack to Gabriel and got a dismissive hand gesture in response.

Good stuff, if not depressing for Bears fans.

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