Under Center Podcast: Akiem Hicks' Return Imminent and a path to the playoffs?

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Under Center Podcast: Akiem Hicks' Return Imminent and a path to the playoffs?

Laurence Holmes is joined by JJ Stankevitz and Cam Ellis from Halas Hall to discuss Akiem Hicks' return to practice and more. The trio debates whether Hicks is the most important member of the Bears' defense (5:15), discusses the team's mindset going into Thursday's game against Dallas (9:15) and how important it is for the team to finish the season strong (12:15).

Finally, the crew maps out a potential path to the playoffs, however unlikely it may be (15:15) and wonder whether we've seen the last of Adam Shaheen as a Bear (18:15).

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Under Center Podcast: Bears Classics - 1980 Thanksgiving Walk-Off

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Under Center Podcast: Bears Classics - 1980 Thanksgiving Walk-Off

In this Thanksgiving Week special edition, we flash back to the Bears/Lions game on Nov. 27, 1980. A furious 4th-quarter rally led to overtime, where Dave Williams returned the opening kickoff for the fastest-ever OT win at the time. A huge cast of characters takes you through the game and everything that led up to it, including QB Vince Evans, LB Otis Wilson, Lions RB Billy Sims, and many more. Topics include the history of the NFL playing on Thanksgiving (1:50), the winding roads to the NFL for Evans and Sims (12:30), the first half of the game where everything went wrong for the Bears (23:00), the furious 4th-quarter rally (34:30), and the epic OT heroics from Williams (41:00).

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Under Center Podcast: Aftershow Thanksgiving reactions

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Under Center Podcast: Aftershow Thanksgiving reactions

The Football Aftershow crew reacts to the Bears comeback win over the Lions on Thanksgiving. They talk playoffs? Playoffs? Trubisky's big game, why did Blough do so well and what they took away from Matt Nagy and Mitch Trubisky's press conferences.

0:30 - Instant game reax....At 6-6, do the Bears have a chance at the playoffs?

5:40 - Trubisky performance reax - ball placement, late drives, leveling up his play

9:50 - Forte and the crew talk about run game and there still not being enough in that area

16:45 - Defensive performance evaluation - what can they do better? why did Blough do so well?

22:40 - Nagy calls Trubisky's performance 'special' after the game - is Nagy publicly saying things different than what he privately?

24:45 - Crew reacts to Trubisky's press conference and liked what he said

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