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Best Bears-Packers game since 2000 | Instant News

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Bear 21, Packers 10

19 September 2004

When former Bear head coach Lovie Smith was first introduced to the media in 2004, she laid out her goals and what she wanted to achieve. The first? Defeat the Green Bay Packers. Of course the others were a little taller, like winning the division and taking the Super Bowl title, but Smith understood the importance of beating their arch-rivals. And he did that in his second game as head coach.

Smith and the Bears beat the Packers in the second week of the 2004 season, 21-10 thanks to a defense that created turnovers, something that would become a calling card at a later date. Quarterback Packers Brett Favre threw two interceptions and ran back. Ahman Green fumbled in the red thanks to Hall of Fame midfielder Brian Urlacher’s strike. Safety Bear Mike Brown took the ball back for a touchdown, but he was about to rupture his Achilles tendon at the end of his season. On the offense, Thomas Jones ran back wild for 152 yards and a touchdown.

Despite Brown’s injury, the victory feels like the beginning of a new era and the Bears believe a monkey has slipped off their back. Unfortunately, the magic didn’t carry over to the rest of the season as they only won four more games in the remainder of the season.


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7 points from the Bears’ first 10 games of the season | Instant News

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There’s no reason to judge draft classes in the middle of the season, but Bear rookies have definitely produced mixed results so far. While six of their seven draft picks have seen playing time, some have started while others have struggled to find playing time.

Their top two picks, strict Cole Kmet and cornerback Jaylon Johnson are perfect examples. Kmet had limited success, but was not much on target in passing games and is still behind veteran Jimmy Graham in targets and clashes. Meanwhile, Johnson has started every game for the Bears and although he’s been beaten frequently, he’s been doing very well so far in 2020 and looks set to be another building block for defense.

The same ups and downs can be seen in the team’s fifth round trio pick. Outside midfielder Trevis Gipson has only played two games and has been off to a great start over the other eight and cornerback Kindle Vildor has contributed mainly to special teams. Darnell Mooney’s wide receiver, however, has become one of the WR2’s key weapons to attack and de facto. He is second in line to receive yards and has been a serious threat.

The Bears’ seventh round offensive linemen also had their ups and downs. Arlington Hambright started the game for the Bears and did quite well at left guard. Lachavious Simmons, however, has been in the training squad for most of the season and missed the one game he was supposed to activate due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Again, it’s too early to judge anything about this class, but there are good moments and moments that aren’t so great. Hopefully as the season progresses, players like Gipson and Vildor can see more playing time while Kmet gets more involved in the offense.


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Rank the rest of Bear games from easiest to most difficult | Instant News

While the Chicago Bears’ offense continues to stutter out of control, at least one good thing has come of this season – the Bears have finally found their kicker.

While Cairo Santos was originally a contingency plan, he has since been the kicker plan with the Bears, as he’s had a pretty impressive season filling in with injured Eddy Pineiro.

Even if Pineiro is in good health – which he will most likely do after two and a half months – there is no turning back from Santos, who has scored his last 15 field goals and missed only twice this season.

Santos has connected on the 17-of-19 field …


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How many games will the Chicago Bears win in the last round? | Instant News

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Records Remaining: 3-3

Final Record: 8-8

It’s hard to have confidence about this Bears team, even with a top five defense. If Chicago could get a win and some momentum against the Vikings, I would easily say they would have won at least four of the last six games, maybe even a win against the Packers. But with the chaos that the Bears fouled, it was hard to believe they could score enough points to win more than three games if they were lucky.

Chicago’s recent stretch has been somewhat favorable as they have only had two games against the winning team – the Packers – in the last four weeks. They also have one game left against NFC North opponents, Lions and Viking and have two winnable matches against stumbling Texas and Jaguar.

Ultimately, it’s the offense that will determine how many wins this Bears team can accumulate over the last six weeks of the regular season. Maybe a switch back to quarterback Mitchell Trubisky could trigger this foul. After all, the offense is best when Trubisky is down the middle. Which could be due to the fact that not only is he mobile, but the Bears are committing their offense differently. They took advantage of more shots from down-center and action play, which seemed to be helping Trubisky and the offensive line. Not that Trubisky’s return will fix everything. But it’s time to start holding Nick Foles to the same standards as Trubisky before he sat down.

It’s hard to believe that this Bears team has ever been the top seed on NFC this season. But bad wins against bad teams only last long. Now, four successive defeats have crushed their playoff hopes. Instead of controlling their own destiny, they will now have to rely on other teams if they are to lock up post-season berth.


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The 5 big questions ahead of Bears’ Week 10 vs. Vikings | Instant News

There were concerns about running depth back for the Chicago Bears ahead of the regular season. But by starting to run backwards David Montgomery ruled out a concussion for Monday night’s game against the Minnesota Vikings, which left Chicago without being proven running back on the roster.

Until now.

The Bears plan to promote veteran running Lamar Miller back from the training squad to the active roster for the Viking game, according to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network.

With Montgomery out, the Slender Bears ran back with Cordarrelle Patterson, Ryan Nall, Artavis Pierce and Miller.

Patterson told reporters …


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