Bears’ defense bounces back from adversity to get hot
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — Defensive end Akiem Hicks refers to the Chicago Bears' defense as dominant.
Resilient might be a more appropriate description.
The NFC North champion Bears (11-4) keep bouncing back from difficult situations to bring the heat on defense, and are within sight of achieving one major goal they set before the season as they head to Minnesota for Sunday's regular-season finale with the Vikings (8-6-1).
"Dominant, that's it," Hicks said. "We are aggressive. We like to hit.
Bears’ Trubisky doubtful, likely to miss 2nd straight game
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — Chicago Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky was listed as doubtful Friday and likely will miss his second straight game because of a right shoulder injury when the NFC North leaders visit the New York Giants on Sunday.
Trubisky was hurt sliding late in a win over Minnesota on Nov. 18. He was hit by the Vikings' Harrison Smith on the left side, resulting in his throwing shoulder getting driven into the ground.
Bears defensive end Akiem Hicks relieved to avoid suspension
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — Defensive end Akiem Hicks takes pride in being a leader for the Chicago Bears' defense.
So an ejection against Tampa Bay on Sept. 30 for making contact with an NFL official during an altercation caused Hicks to reflect, and avoiding suspension left him feeling fortunate.
Hicks was fined $33,425, and will be available to play Sunday for the Bears (3-1) against the Miami Dolphins (3-2).
Bears DE Hicks fined $33,425 by NFL for bumping official
NEW YORK (AP) — Chicago Bears defensive end Akiem Hicks has been fined $33,425 by the NFL for bumping an official in last Sunday's win over Tampa Bay.
Hicks was not suspended although he was ejected from the Bucs game.
Hicks pushed down judge Mike Carr while he was attempting to separate Hicks and Buccaneers guard Ali Marpet after Eddie Jackson intercepted a pass.
Late addition of Mack adds new wrinkle to Bears-Packers
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — A blockbuster deal brought a new wrinkle to the NFL's oldest rivalry.
The Chicago Bears visit Lambeau Field on Sunday night, just in time for star pass-rusher Khalil Mack to potentially make his debut in the season opener against the Green Bay Packers.
The combination of end Akiem Hicks and nose tackle Eddie Goldman gives the Bears the beginnings of an excellent defensive line in their base 3-4.
By most accounts, Hicks has been the team’s defensive MVP in each of his two seasons since leaving the Patriots as an unrestricted free agent after the 2015 season. Always a strong run defender, the 6-foot-5, 336-pound Hicks had a career-best seven sacks in 2016. He exceeded that with team bests of 8½ sacks and 20 quarterback pressures in 2017.
Hub Arkush: Chicago Bears fans can take solace in gift that’s the winless Browns on Christmas Eve
LAKE FOREST, Ill. — It is almost impossible to imagine a “must-win” game for a 4-10 football team, but their meeting with the Cleveland Browns is that game for the Chicago Bears because they simply cannot afford to be that team, the one that gives the Browns their only win of the 2017 season.
A loss to the 0-14 Browns — who are also 1-29 under head coach Hue Jackson — would make the Bears the laughingstock of the NFL.
LAKE FOREST, Ill. — Wednesday at Halas Hall was a day for Chicago Bears coaches and players to talk about Pro Bowl snubs and once again . . . injuries.
There was nothing stunning about the NFC and AFC Pro Bowl teams announced Tuesday night but it had to be disappointing for Akiem Hicks, Jordan Howard and Kyle Fuller.
Breaking down the Bears' 20-10 loss to the Detroit Lions Saturday, which clinched their fourth straight season with at least 10 losses.
THREE MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
1. After forcing a fumble to set up a field goal just before halftime, the Bears were primed to cut into their 13-3 deficit to start the second half. Instead, quarterback Mitchell Trubisky was picked off by Darius Slay on the second play of the third quarter, and the Lions then quickly extended their advantage to 20-3.
James Hawkins of The Detroit News breaks down Saturday's Lions-Bears game at Ford Field (4:30 p.m., NFL Network/760).
BEARS TO WATCH
Jordan Howard, RB: The second-year pro is one of five backs who already has topped 1,000 yards with three regular-season games to go and is tied for fourth with seven rushing scores. Howard gashed the Lions in their Week 11 meeting with 125 yards rushing and a season-high 8.3 yards per carry. Another healthy dose of Howard is likely on tap.
James Hawkins of The Detroit News breaks down Sunday's Lions-Bears game at Soldier Field (1 p.m. Fox/ WJR 760).
CHICAGO — By what ultimately is the NFL’s most important measuring stick, one can argue the 2017 Chicago Bears are twice as good this year as they were last year.
One year ago at the halfway point in the season, the Bears were a 2-6 football team that would go on to lose six of its final seven games and finish 3-13.
PFW Chicago podcast 089: Can Bears get to .500 with win over Saints?
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Defense making big plays to lead Bears to back-back wins
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — Chicago Bears defensive end Akiem Hicks had just sacked Carolina's Cam Newton.
Then he paid tribute to an injured teammate.
Hicks waved his arms as if he were casting a fishing rod, just as outside linebacker Willie Young does when he's the one taking down the quarterback.
Bears defenders have reeled in plenty of big plays the past two weeks, enough to carry Chicago to back-to-back wins.
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Bears beat Ravens 27-24 in OT
BALTIMORE (AP) — When the Chicago Bears weigh the good and bad facets of their performance against the Baltimore Ravens, it's likely they will come up with this conclusion:
Who cares? We won.
After blowing a 14-point lead, allowing two long kick returns and committing two turnovers, the Bears used a 40-yard field goal by Connor Barth in overtime to secure a 27-24 victory Sunday.
Rib injury will test Packers’ RB Ty Montgomery
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Packers running back Ty Montgomery will prepare this week as if he will play on Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys.
His broken ribs might keep him out, though.
On the first play of the Packers' 35-14 victory over the Chicago Bears on Thursday night, Montgomery gained 5 yards before being tackled by linebacker Danny Trevathan. As Montgomery and Trevathan hit the turf, defensive lineman Akiem Hicks fell on Trevathan's knee.
Packers’ David Bakhtiari, Bryan Bulaga will miss Bears game
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Packers offensive tackles David Bakhtiari and Bryan Bulaga will miss Green Bay's game Thursday night against the Chicago Bears.
The Packers will dig deep on the depth chart at the tackle positions with their top three backups already on injured reserve.
If Chicago Bears are better, defense is the difference
CHICAGO — In the newspaper business we call it burying the lede, and it occurs to me the media covering the Chicago Bears this past week have been doing a lot of it.
DE Hicks agrees to 4-year extension with Bears
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — Defensive end Akiem Hicks and the Chicago Bears have agreed to a four-year contract extension through the 2021 season.
The team announced the agreement on Saturday. Agent Drew Rosenhaus said it's a $48 million deal with $30 million guaranteed, confirming an ESPN report.
Bears Preview Capsule
CHICAGO BEARS (3-13)
New faces: QB Mike Glennon, QB Mitchell Trubisky, QB Mark Sanchez, WR Markus Wheaton, TE Dion Sims, CB Prince Amukamara, CB Marcus Cooper, S Quintin Demps.
Key losses: QB Jay Cutler, WR Alshon Jeffery, WR Eddie Royal, CB Tracy Porter.
Arkush: Reasons for optimism abound in new-look Chicago Bears secondary
BOURBONNAIS — There is more than a little buzz around the Chicago Bears defense this summer, and the possibility it might just take a significant step forward.
The front seven is re-stocked and locked with Akiem Hicks, Eddie Goldman and Jaye Howard up front and Leonard Floyd, Jerrell Freeman, Danny Trevathan, Willie Young, Lamarr Houston and Nick Kwiatkoski all hoping to make a difference at the second level.
If Pernell McPhee makes it back, so much the better.
Hub Arkush: Howard, Houston could be big for Chicago Bears ‘D’ if recovered from injuries
To hear most folks tell it, you’d think wide receiver Kevin White was the only promising Chicago Bear trying to overcome injuries and finally break through on the field.
Apparently, those guys haven’t been paying attention.
The fortunes of the Bears defense could also very well turn on the recovery and rehab from injuries of a few key players.
Chicago Bears Preview Capsule
CHICAGO BEARS (6-10)
New faces: DL Akiem Hicks, ILB Danny Trevathan, ILB Jerrell Freeman, RT Bobby Massie, QB Brian Hoyer, OLB Leonard Floyd, G Cody Whitehair, OL Ted Larsen.
Key losses: RB Matt Forte, TE Martellus Bennett, S Antrel Rolle, G Matt Slauson, LT Jermon Bushrod, offensive coordinator Adam Gase.
New England Patriots Preview Capsule
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (13-5)
New faces: TE Martellus Bennett, WR Chris Hogan, OL Jonathan Cooper, LB Barkevious Mingo, CB Cyrus Jones, OL Joe Thuney, QB Jacoby Brissett.
Key losses: DE Chandler Jones, DT Akiem Hicks, DT Dominique Easley, WR Brandon LaFell.