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December 22, 2013 | RedEye
Win and they clinch the NFC North. That was the situation for the Bears heading into Sunday night's game at Philadelphia after both Green Bay and Detroit lost earlier in the day. The message must not have gotten to their locker room, though, because the Bears looked downright awful in a 54-11 blowout loss. That means the winner of Sunday's season finale against Green Bay at Soldier Field is going to the playoffs. But before we can look ahead, let's take a look back at the Bears' "performance" against the Eagles.
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SPORTS
December 19, 2013 | By Matt Lindner, For RedEye
Pro quarterbacks—they're just like us! At least, they are after their playing days are over. For many of us, an updated LinkedIn profile is essential when it comes to the job search. The same can be said for a handful of former Bears quarterbacks from way back when. A search shows several are using the service much the same as we are, hoping to find new jobs, cultivate business opportunities or at the very least remind their professional contacts that they are, in fact, alive.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 19, 2013 | By Curt Wagner, @ShowPatrol and RedEye
Chicago Bears' cornerback Charles "Peanut" Tillman talks about being bullied as a child in the upcoming "NFL Characters Unite" documentary. "I was labeled as the geek, the loser," Tillman says in the documentary. "I didn't really fit in. " Tillman and seven other NFL players took part in USA Network's anti-bullying campaign, sharing their personal stories of of overcoming prejudice, bullying and discrimination with eight young people currently experiencing the same challenges. Each week, viewers can watch Tillman and the other players in webisodes posted at charactersunite.com and usanetwork.com . Webisodes featuring Tillman , Green Bay Packers wide receiver Randall Cobb and Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice already are on the sites.
SPORTS
December 19, 2013 | By Alex Quigley and For RedEye
Three Bears fans walk into a bar. Let's call them Trusty, Scaredy and Doubty: Trusty: So, Jay Cutler should start Sunday, right? Scaredy: Absolutely! Did you see that arm strength in the Cleveland game? He fits the football into windows that Josh McCown can't. No, no … that NO OTHER quarterback can! Doubty: Did you see him force throws in that same Cleveland game? Cripes, he cost the Bears 10 points on forced throws to Brandon Marshall, and simply got lucky that his lollipop of a toss to Alshon Jeffrey wasn't intercepted, either.
NEWS
December 19, 2013 | By Chris Sosa, @redeyesportschi
He doesn't have the rocket arm. Or the celebrity wife. Or even a Tumblr of him "smoking. " Josh McCown keeps his distance from all that noise. The 34-year-old Texas native's happy-to-be-here approach to his NFL career has helped Chicago embrace him as its "starting" quarterback. That, and his propensity to win games. When Jay Cutler went down with an injury, all McCown did was perform spectacularly--a far cry from, well, any other backup in Bears history. In an exclusive interview with RedEye, the Bears' backup-turned-starter-turned-backup-again dished about tuning out distractions, what he hated about his tattoo and whether he could take Cutler in the kitchen.
SPORTS
December 19, 2013 | By Jack M Silverstein and For RedEye
Once a rival, always a rival. With the Bears taking on Green Bay on Sunday in the season finale, RedEye spoke with retired Bears Jerry Azumah, Rashied Davis and Hunter Hillenmeyer to get their take on the Packers now that they're done playing. Spoiler alert: They're still not fans.   What was your knowledge of the rivalry before you came to the Bears? Azumah (drafted by Bears in 1999): I've always been a Chicago Bears fan. I was a fan of Walter Payton growing up, and my father watched two teams: Pittsburgh and the Bears.
SPORTS
December 17, 2013 | By Ben Johnson and For RedEye
On the surface, the Bears are having what seems to be another in an unending series of very Bearsy seasons. The team is on top of the NFC North with an 8-6 record by a paper-slim margin with two games to go. This could be anywhere between an 8-8 season in which a depleted roster fought bravely but narrowly missed the playoffs, or a valiant 10-6 run with a brutally cold home playoff victory that eventually, probably in playoff Round 2, ends somewhere...
SPORTS
December 15, 2013 | RedEye
And just like that, the Bears' quarterback debate is settled. Ha, we couldn't even write that with a straight face, much less say or think it. Jay Cutler did just enough in his latest comeback from injury this season, throwing for 265 yards and three touchdowns in the Bears' 38-31 win at Cleveland on Sunday. That's the good news, combined with the fact that at 8-6, the Bears are alone in first in the NFC North, pending Detroit's clash with Baltimore on Monday night. This is the part where we point out that because the Lions own the tiebreaker, the Bears must finish with a better record than Detroit to win the division.
SPORTS
December 10, 2013 | By Alex Quigley and For RedEye
The NFL broke a leaguewide scoring record last week, as all 32 teams combined for 859 points. And the gaudiest quarterback stat line wasn't put up by Peyton Manning, Tom Brady or Drew Brees. 34-year-old Josh McCown, the man with five other NFL teams in his rear-view mirror, totaled five touchdowns and completed 75 percent of his passes in a stadium cold enough to turn beer into slush. Some dude stole a fantasy football playoff win in your league using McCown. McCown has a 109.8 passer rating, third in the NFL. He should finish with the highest single-season rating in modern Bears history, and possibly ever.
NEWS
December 9, 2013 | By Chris Sosa, @redeyesportschi and RedEye
Daaaaaaaa hope. Among the fond memories Chicago has of Mike Ditka--the mustache, the screaming, the cigars--near the top of the list is that in most of the games he coached or played, the Bears found a way to win when he played on or coached the team. Scoring every time you have the ball is a pretty cool bonus. The Bears busted up Dallas on Monday night at Soldier Field, pulling into a first-place tie with Detroit in the NFC North for the time being. (The Bears must finish one game ahead of the Lions to win the division.)
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