LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — The New Orleans Saints kept their sights set on a Super Bowl even after Drew Brees went down with an injury.
While their star quarterback continues to recover...
CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Bears came into the season with soaring expectations. They hit their bye staggering and vowing to get things right.
LONDON (AP) — Maybe it took a week in England for coach Jon Gruden's vision for the type of team he wants the Oakland Raiders to become to materialize.
LONDON (AP) — The problem for the Chicago Bears was more about their play in the trenches than when they arrived in London.
A Bears team known for its dominant defensive front was...
LONDON (AP) — All that pregame talk about Khalil Mack and the Monsters of the Midway defense only served as motivation for the Oakland Raiders.
Khalil Mack went all the way to Europe for a chance to sack his former teammate Derek Carr as the NFL kicks off the first of four games in London.
Khalil Mack's first game against his ex-teammates comes not with a Bay Area backdrop but in the land of Big Ben and Buckingham Palace.
The Chicago Bears and Oakland Raiders are playing the...
Khalil Mack delighted the Oakland Raiders for four seasons by racking up sacks, forced fumbles and other big plays as one of the NFL's top defenders.
EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — Even as the Minnesota Vikings had league-leading rushing totals the first three weeks of the season with Dalvin Cook, the team understood that, eventually, it would need...
ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — The last two weeks of Year 2 under Jon Gruden have looked an awfully lot like the first season did for the Oakland Raiders.
DENVER (AP) — This time, Vic Fangio knows exactly what he's getting in Khalil Mack's arrival.
The Denver Broncos first-year head coach swears he didn't know much about the superstar pass...
ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — The Oakland Raiders spent almost all of training camp and the week leading up to the season opener without star receiver Antonio Brown on the practice field.
Former Oakland Raiders linebacker Neiron Ball, who played college football at Florida after recovering from brain surgery, has died at age 27.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Oakland Raiders once again head into a season opener having just cut ties with their most talented player.
A year after dealing star pass rusher Khalil Mack to...
CHICAGO (AP) — Errant passes. Shaky blocking. Questionable play-calling.
It sure looked as if Mitchell Trubisky and company could have used more preseason work.
CHICAGO (AP) — Doug Gottfred stopped to take a picture of his son, Owen, on their way to Soldier Field. Wearing a No. 29 Tarik Cohen jersey, Owen stood tall while his dad used the city skyline for...
The hit HBO show "Game of Thrones" that racked up a record 32 Emmy nominations became such a cultural force that it even unintentionally spawned a slogan for one of the NFL's most tradition-rich...
CHICAGO BEARS (12-5)
New faces: Defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano, S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, CB Buster Skrine, WR Cordarrelle Patterson, K Eddy Pineiro, RB David Montgomery, RB Mike Davis, WR...
BOURBONNAIS, Ill. (AP) — Khalil Mack poured into the backfield Thursday at the Chicago Bears' practice, stretched up and deflected Mitchell Trubisky pass before making the interception.
BOURBONNAIS, Ill. (AP) — Almost a year ago linebacker Khalil Mack watched and read what people said about his contract situation with fascination.
CHICAGO BEARS (12-5)
OPEN CAMP: July 26, Bourbonnais, Illinois
LAST YEAR: In his first year, coach Matt Nagy took Bears to playoffs for first time since 2010 with NFC North title....
ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — Kerryon Johnson's rookie season was one of few bright spots for the Detroit Lions in 2018.
And even that ended sooner than the young running back would have...
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — In an abbreviated draft for the Chicago Bears, quarterback Mitchell Trubisky appears to be the big winner.
ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — Mike Mayock pulled off a bit of a shocker with his first pick as an NFL general manager that even surprised the player he selected.
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — General manager Ryan Pace understands the idea that the Chicago Bears need to draft a running back.
ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — Mike Mayock won't exactly get to ease into his new role as Oakland Raiders general manager after spending years as a draft analyst.
87. CHICAGO (12-5)
LAST SEASON: Bears made huge jump in first season under coach Matt Nagy, winning NFC North at 12-4 after four straight last-place finishes. Season ended with playoff loss...
For all those fans of the Raiders and Jets who believed in that rebuilding-program message, their teams have handed them a big "never mind" this week.
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — The Chicago Bears have hired former Indianapolis Colts defensive coordinator Ted Monachino as senior defensive assistant and outside linebackers coach.
Monachino worked for new Bears defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano in Indianapolis and with him on John Harbaugh's staff in Baltimore. He was a senior defensive analyst for Missouri last season and was hired as Kansas State's defensive coordinator and linebackers coach in December.
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — The Chicago Bears rode a dominant defense to the NFC North championship in a breakout season. They hope to keep it going with a new coordinator.
The Bears hired former Indianapolis Colts coach Chuck Pagano to replace Vic Fangio on Friday, hoping he can help them build on what they accomplished this season.
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — All Vic Fangio ever wanted to do was teach kids and become a head high school football coach, and he figured he was on his way when his first job out of college was tutoring linebackers at his alma mater, Dunmore High School in Pennsylvania in 1979.
Fangio proved too good for preps and quickly moved on to the pros, where he's spent 34 years as an assistant.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Mike Groh's transition from wide receivers coach to offensive coordinator for the Philadelphia Eagles has been bumpy.
His familiarity with Vic Fangio's defense could give the team a slight edge against the Chicago Bears.
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — The Chicago Bears are rolling into their first playoff appearance in eight years, with nine wins in 10 games and their sights set on a bigger prize after capturing the NFC North.
"This is where it gets real," coach Matt Nagy said Monday.
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — With a dominant defense behind him, Mitchell Trubisky knows the Chicago Bears' offense doesn't have to do too much to keep winning.
That formula has the Bears heading into the season finale with a chance to earn a first-round playoff bye.
Trubisky threw one TD pass and the Chicago defense used a couple of key late stops to keep San Francisco out of the end zone, leading the Bears to their eighth win in nine games, 14-9 over the 49ers on Sunday.
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Back before the season started and Khalil Mack was on the trading block from Oakland, the Chicago Bears and San Francisco 49ers were two of the teams in hottest pursuit of the star pass rusher.
The Bears won that competition and are headed to the playoffs for the first time in eight years, while the 49ers are headed to another disappointing finish thanks in part to a lack of defensive playmakers.
CHICAGO (AP) — Mitchell Trubisky threw for two touchdowns, Eddie Jackson ended Aaron Rodgers' NFL-record streak without an interception and the Chicago Bears clinched the NFC North with a 24-17 victory over the Green Bay Packers on Sunday.
The Bears (10-4) secured their first playoff appearance since the 2010 team won the division, and clinching with a rare victory over their heated rivals made it all the more sweet.
Matt Nagy is making an impressive first impression as an NFL head coach.
Nagy has helped develop second-year quarterback Mitchell Trubisky into a solid NFL starter, convinced Vic Fangio to stay on as defensive coordinator, and has the Chicago Bears in position to earn their first playoff berth since 2010 in his first year on the job.
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) — For nearly two full seasons, the Los Angeles Rams' offensive line has been the epitome of consistent excellence and the bedrock of a wildly prolific offense.
When the line failed to reach its own lofty standards last weekend, the Rams (11-2) were reminded just how much they rely on those five blockers to allow Jared Goff and Todd Gurley to do their thing.
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Packers right tackle Jason Spriggs saw no need to keep going on and on about Bears linebacker Khalil Mack.
There's plenty of film to watch. The rest of that Chicago defense is pretty good, too.
Now Green Bay must face the NFC's top-ranked unit on the road on Sunday, a week after Chicago tripped up the high-octane Los Angeles Rams at Soldier Field.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Want to get the New York Giants' attention this week? Just mention Chicago Bears linebacker Khalil Mack.
It's instant respect for one of the leading contenders for NFL Defensive Player of the Year.
Mack has been a force in his first year with the Bears (8-3). Despite missing two games, he leads the NFL with five forced fumbles and leads the team with eight sacks. That's gone a long way in helping NFL North-leading Chicago become the fourth-ranked defense.
Hall of Fame linebacker and former NFL coach Mike Singletary is back on the sidelines at a private school in Texas while at the same time preparing to coach the Memphis entry in the new Alliance of American Football league. Singletary talks to PodcastOne Sports Now about how it is often difficult for star players to become successful coaches, and what he's doing to try and change that.
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — With a tighter grip on the NFC North, the Chicago Bears are in unfamiliar territory and facing a different kind of challenge as the season heads toward its final stretch.
Learning to handle success.
"We have to make sure that we just continue to keep those blinders on, keep the earmuffs on, don't listen to anything and just keep playing our football," coach Matt Nagy said.
CHICAGO (AP) — No doubt about it now, the Bears really are serious about winning the NFC North.
Khalil Mack had a sack and fumble recovery, Eddie Jackson returned an interception for a touchdown and Chicago tightened its grip on the division with a 25-20 victory over the second-place Minnesota Vikings on Sunday night.
Mack and Jackson led a dominant effort by the defense. And Chicago (7-3) took a big step toward its first division championship since 2010.
CHICAGO (AP) — A suburban Chicago man has been charged with first-degree murder in the fatal shooting of a barber to Chicago Bears players.
Harvey Police Chief Gregory Thomas said Wednesday that Perry Gosa of Matteson was jealous of his ex-girlfriend's new boyfriend. The 27-year-old Gosa allegedly chased Mike Carney through Harvey in his vehicle before shooting the 26-year-old Carney in the parking lot of a Harvey gasoline station on Oct. 21.
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — Khalil Mack will save some secrets for the Detroit Lions on Sunday at Soldier Field.
Asked if he would be 100 percent healthy or hindered by the sprained right ankle he suffered Oct. 14, the Chicago Bears' pass rusher smiled on Friday, but hedged.
"You want me to give up everything?" Mack said. "When I get there, I'm going to try to be myself."
EAST HANOVER, N.J. (AP) — At 43, Baylor coach Matt Rhule is far removed from a playing career. That doesn't mean he won't run the gauntlet with his guys to prove a point.
When Rhule was helping turn around the program at Temple, he already had many of his players outfitted with XTECH shoulder pads, a revolutionary protective device that is gaining traction on all levels of football.
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — Two-time All-Pro pass rusher Khalil Mack and top receiver Allen Robinson look as if they're just about ready to return after missing the Chicago Bears' past two games because of injuries.
Both players practiced without limitations Thursday for the second consecutive day.
The NFC North-leading Bears hope to have them back in the lineup against the Detroit Lions at Soldier Field on Sunday.
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Linebacker Khalil Mack broke into a wide grin when it was pointed out the Chicago Bears defense didn't need him for a second straight week.
"Ha, I might be looking for another job here soon," Mack told The Associated Press.
Sidelined by a right ankle injury, Mack had plenty of reason to joke.