Bears re-sign punter O’Donnell to 2-year deal
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — The Chicago Bears say they have re-signed veteran punter Pat O'Donnell to a two-year contract.
O'Donnell has spent all five of his seasons with Chicago and is the...
Bears agree to 1-year deals with WR Hall, DT Williams
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — The Chicago Bears have agreed to one-year contracts with receiver Marvin Hall and defensive tackle Nick Williams.
Hall had 12 receptions for 209 yards the past two...
Saints reach deal to keep quarterback Teddy Bridgewater
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The New Orleans Saints have agreed to terms on a deal with free agent quarterback Teddy Bridgewater to keep him as Drew Brees' main backup.
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Spielman: Vikings pick up 2020 option on Zimmer’s contract
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings have exercised their option on coach Mike Zimmer's contract for 2020.
General manager Rick Spielman made the announcement in Indianapolis at the NFL...
Bears’ Long agrees to restructure contract, free cap space
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — Chicago Bears guard Kyle Long has agreed to restructure his contract to free up salary-cap space for the team this offseason.
AP source: Bears release embattled kicker Cody Parkey
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — The Chicago Bears signed kicker Cody Parkey to a four-year contract in March hoping he would give them the consistency they have lacked ever since they let Robbie Gould...
Bears hire DeLeone as inside linebackers coach
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — The Chicago Bears have hired Mark DeLeone as inside linebackers coach.
DeLeone spent the past six seasons on Andy Reid's staff in Kansas City and worked with Bears coach Matt Nagy from 2013-17. DeLeone coached inside linebackers this season after serving as the Chiefs' assistant linebackers coach (2015-17) and defensive quality control coach (2013-14).
Bears sign RT Massie to 4-year extension through 2022
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — The Chicago Bears have signed right tackle Bobby Massie to a four-year contract extension through the 2022 season.
Massie has spent the past three years as Chicago's starting right tackle. He played with Arizona from 2012-15.
Pagano sees opportunity of lifetime leading Bears’ defense
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — Chuck Pagano is ready to embrace the "opportunity of a lifetime" as the Chicago Bears' defensive coordinator.
He inherits a group that ranked among the best in the NFL and helped Chicago win the NFC North after four straight last-place finishes. The Bears made the playoffs for the first time in eight years in their first season under coach Matt Nagy.
Bears hire Monachino as senior assistant, OLBs coach
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.
Bears hire former Steeler Townsend to coach defensive backs
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — The Chicago Bears have hired former Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Deshea Townsend as defensive backs coach.
Townsend played on two Super Bowl championship teams with Pittsburgh and has spent eight years on NFL and college staffs. He was the New York Giants' assistant defensive backs coach this season.
Bears GM won’t say if Parkey will be back next season
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — Chicago Bears general manager Ryan Pace wouldn't say if Cody Parkey will return for another season, and coach Matt Nagy called out the struggling kicker for appearing on the "Today" show last week.
Pace was adamant Monday that the Bears need improvement in the kicking game, calling it a "position of emphasis for us." When asked if Parkey will return for a second season, he said: "Those are things that need to play out as we go into it."
Bears hire Pagano as defensive coordinator to replace Fangio
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.
Bears’ Parkey off social media after missed field goal
CHICAGO (AP) — Kicker Cody Parkey is staying off social medial after his missed field goal at the end of the Chicago Bears' 16-15 wild-card loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.
Parkey told NBC's "Today" show Friday he feels "worse than anybody about missing that kick." He also says "football is what I do; it's not who I am."
Foles gives Eagles lift they need just in time to beat Bears
CHICAGO (AP) — The Philadelphia Eagles were desperately seeking a lift with little time left to save their season.
Nick Foles came through for the defending Super Bowl champions. And he did it just in time.
Foles threw a 2-yard touchdown pass to Golden Tate on fourth down in the final minute, and the Eagles hung on for a 16-15 wild-card victory over the Chicago Bears after Cody Parkey's missed field goal hit the upright and crossbar.
Rivers versus Brady in divisional round of NFL playoffs
CHICAGO (AP) — Philip Rivers has come up empty against Tom Brady every time.
He gets another shot next weekend.
Rivers directed the Los Angeles Chargers to a 23-17 playoff victory at Baltimore on Sunday, setting up another high-stakes matchup with Brady and the New England Patriots. For all of Rivers' success during his 15 years in the NFL, he is winless in seven career starts against Brady.
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Bears tight end Trey Burton sidelined by groin injury
CHICAGO (AP) — Bears tight end Trey Burton is inactive for Chicago's playoff game against Philadelphia after he was a late add to the team's injury report.
The NFC North champion Bears announced Burton's groin injury Saturday night, and they listed him as questionable.
The 27-year-old Burton spent his first three NFL seasons with the Eagles. He signed a $32 million, four-year contract with Chicago in March.
Burton set career highs with 54 receptions for 569 yards and six touchdowns this season.
After big jump, Bears look to KO defending champion Eagles
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — Not long after he was hired, Matt Nagy watched the Super Bowl with his wife at a bar near the Chicago Bears' practice facility. His good friend Doug Pederson was coaching the Philadelphia Eagles to their first Super Bowl championship.
The place was just about empty. He even had to ask for the game to be turned on.
Eagles OC Mike Groh has familiarity with Bears DC Vic Fangio
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.
Lions end worst year since 2012 in Patricia’s 1st season
ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — The Detroit Lions fired Jim Caldwell nearly a year ago to reach another level.
So far at least, they have gone in the wrong direction.
The Lions plummeted to 6-10 and last place in the NFC North in Matt Patricia's first season as head coach, their worst year since losing 12 games in 2012.
NFC North champion Bears look to keep rolling in playoffs
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.
Pedal-down Bears keep Vikings out of playoffs with 24-10 win
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — While taking the NFC North champion Chicago Bears to the playoffs for the first time in eight years, coach Matt Nagy has displayed an energetic personality and aggressive mindset throughout his debut.
Even with their postseason position all but set, the Bears refused to let up. They kept the rival Minnesota Vikings out of the playoffs in the process.
Bears activate Kyle Long from injured reserve
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — The Chicago Bears have activated right guard Kyle Long from injured reserve, clearing the way for the three-time Pro Bowl lineman to play in the regular-season finale at Minnesota.
Long has been out since Oct. 28, when he suffered a tendon injury in his right foot against the New York Jets. He had surgery and was placed on IR with an option to return.
Bears guard Kyle Long, out since Oct., likely to return
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — The Chicago Bears appear likely to get starting right guard Kyle Long back from injured reserve for Sunday's game against the Minnesota Vikings, although no final decision has yet been made.
Long has been out since Oct. 28, when he suffered a tendon injury in his right foot against the New York Jets.
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.
Finally, a Bears-Vikings finale in Minnesota with meaning
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — For the fourth time in the past five years, the Chicago Bears will visit the Minnesota Vikings in the last game on the schedule.
For once, this matchup has some meaning.
The Vikings, having already ceded the NFC North title to the Bears, have yet to secure a spot in the playoffs. The Bears could still improve their seed and snag that coveted first-round bye, if they win and the Los Angeles Rams also lose at home to San Francisco.
Bears still see room to grow with playoffs approaching
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — The NFC North champion Chicago Bears are rolling along with eight wins in nine games and their first playoff appearance in eight years approaching.
Coach Matt Nagy hopes they haven't hit their peak.
"I want us to get to a point where we literally don't peak until wherever our final game is of the year," he said Wednesday.
As Vikes face rematch with Bears, Cousins feels the pressure
EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings have reached the final week of the regular season with a spot in the playoffs still unsecured and a surging division rival boasting one of the NFL's best defenses on the schedule.
This is the type of game, then, for Kirk Cousins to make good on that $84 million in guaranteed money. The NFC North champion Chicago Bears will pose a stiff challenge, as the Vikings are well aware from their previous matchup last month.
Bears head into finale seeking first-round playoff bye
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — The Chicago Bears head into their final regular-season game with a shot at an opening-round bye and some extra rest for their first playoff appearance in eight years.
Consider those sweet incentives for the NFC North champions.
A victory at Minnesota combined with a loss by the Los Angeles Rams to the San Francisco 49ers would give the Bears the second seed in the conference and a bye.
"You have to be realistic in some of this," Coach Matt Nagy said Monday.
Bears rule out Jackson, Lynch for game against 49ers
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — The NFC North champion Chicago Bears have ruled out injured Pro Bowl safety Eddie Jackson and linebacker Aaron Lynch out for their game at San Francisco on Sunday.
The Bears said Saturday neither player traveled with the team.
49ers get to see what they missed when they face Mack, Bears
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.
Bears, Texans give last-place teams hope for 2019
There's hope in 2019 for the Jaguars, Raiders, Giants and other teams who will finish last in the division this year.
The Chicago Bears (10-4) already won the NFC North to complete a worst-to-first turnaround, and the Houston Texans (10-4) are on the verge of securing the AFC South to become the second team to do it this season.
Bears looking to tune up while dancing into playoffs
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — No one can accuse quarterback Mitchell Trubisky and the Chicago Bears of forgetting to stop and smell the roses during their run to a 10-4 record.
Or it might be more appropriate to say they've danced their way to the NFC North title.
With division in hand, Bears going for first-round bye
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — Coach Matt Nagy is saving the big celebrations for later.
He opted instead to spend "quality time" at home with his four sons, ate sushi, consumed "one beverage" and kept his eyes on the prizes still out there after the Chicago Bears clinched the NFC North.
One he would love, though it probably won't come gift-wrapped: A first-round bye.
"You wanna ask me if I want the first-round bye, or the No. 1 seed? Absolutely, give it to me right now," he said.
Bears clinch NFC North with 24-17 victory over Packers
CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Bears clinched the NFC North and helped knock Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers out of playoff contention.
They could not have asked for a sweeter scenario.
Mitchell Trubisky threw for two touchdowns, Eddie Jackson ended Rodgers' NFL-record streak without an interception and Chicago clinched the division with a 24-17 victory over the Packers on Sunday.
Bears clinch 1st playoff berth since 2010, beat Packers
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.
The Latest: Steelers beat Pats for first time since ’11
The Latest on NFL's Week 15 (all times Eastern):
The Pittsburgh Steelers have beaten the New England Patriots for the first time since 2011.
The Steelers' 17-10 win at Heinz Field kept the Steelers (8-5-1) ahead of the Ravens (8-6) in the NFC North. A loss would have put them on the outside of the playoff picture with two weeks remaining.
The Patriots were denied their 10th consecutive AFC East title.
Rodgers throws interception as Packers lose 24-17 to Bears
CHICAGO (AP) — Aaron Rodgers missed a couple of open receivers. He got picked off. He came up empty when the Green Bay Packers needed a big play.
Nothing like his usual work against the Chicago Bears.
Rodgers looked shaky in Green Bay's 24-17 loss to Chicago on Sunday, throwing an interception for the first time since September and failing to throw a touchdown pass for the first time in more than a year.
Chicago’s Matt Nagy picked by AP writers top coach in 2018
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.
Bills wary of Lions QB Stafford despite drop in production
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Bills safety Micah Hyde can't forget the one and only time he picked off Detroit's Matthew Stafford.
It happened in the final minutes of Hyde's final regular-season game with the Packers, when he intercepted Stafford's attempt to Golden Tate at the goal line and helped seal Green Bay's NFC North-clinching 31-24 victory on Jan. 1, 2017.
Lions still have slim hopes for postseason
ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — No, Glover Quin isn't worrying about Detroit's draft position for next season.
The Lions are 5-8 and in last place in the NFC North, but last weekend, they went on the road and beat Arizona .
Next up is a trip to Buffalo for another winnable game, so talk radio has been ablaze with chatter about whether more victories are even desirable at this point.
Bears’ sweet scenario: Clinch North, beat Packers to do it
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — Clinch the NFC North championship and beat a heated rival to do it? The Chicago Bears couldn't have asked for a sweeter scenario.
That's exactly the opportunity they're staring at when they host Aaron Rodgers and the fading Green Bay Packers on Sunday afternoon.
"It would be very exciting," quarterback Mitchell Trubisky said. "We know this is a big week for us, and a lot comes with it."
After breakthrough from Howard, Bears seek more ground gains
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — Jordan Howard picked the perfect time to break through for the Chicago Bears.
The running back was at his best on a night when quarterback Mitchell Trubisky struggled, running for a season-high 101 yards to help the NFC North leaders beat the NFC West champion Los Angeles Rams 15-6 last week.
Yes, the defense dominated, stopping Jared Goff and a high-powered offense.
Packers look to keep momentum going under Philbin
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — One week, one win for Packers interim head coach Joe Philbin.
Now, the self-effacing, self-deprecating Philbin wants to keep the momentum going from Sunday's win over the Atlanta Falcons to keep alive Green Bay's slim playoff hopes. At the least, there are positive vibes in the locker room as the Packers begin preparing for NFC North-leading Chicago next week.
Bears on verge of playoffs after ‘D’ dominates against Rams
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — The Chicago Bears were in trouble, leading by nine with the Rams in prime position following a big interception return by Joe Johnson III on an overthrown ball by Mitchell Trubisky.
On the next play, with Los Angeles at the 27, Kyle Fuller picked off a wobbly pass by Jared Goff. In a flash, the threat was over and the Bears could breathe a little easier.
That sequence late in the third quarter pretty much summed up the game.
Goldman, dominant defense leads Bears over Rams 15-6
CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Bears harassed Jared Goff and squashed the Los Angeles Rams' high-powered offense while shuffling their way to a surprising victory over the team that came in with the NFL's best record.
In a season of huge strides, this might be their biggest one yet.
Eddie Goldman led a dominant effort by the defense and the NFC North-leading Bears beat the NFC West champion Rams 15-6 on Sunday night.
"Our play on defense — all I can say is wow," coach Matt Nagy said.
With NFC West in hand, Rams look to grab bye against Bears
With a second straight division title in hand, Jared Goff and the Los Angeles Rams would love to grab a few more prizes.
Another one is there for the taking.
The NFC West champion Rams look to clinch a first-round playoff bye when they visit the NFC North-leading Chicago Bears in a prime-time matchup Sunday.
Trubisky expects to return when Bears host Rams
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — Mitchell Trubisky is just about ready to return to the Chicago Bears' lineup.
Trubisky said he is "really close to 100 percent" and expects to play against the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday night after missing the past two games because of a right shoulder injury.
He went through a full practice on Wednesday. Assuming no setbacks, he figures to start when the NFC North leaders host the NFC West champions.