Dan Durkin became CBSChicago.com’s lead Bears reporter in August 2014 after being an NFL columnist for the site for three years. Durkin originally joined the company after finishing runner-up in the 2011 Pepsi Max Score Search. He’s a graduate of the University of Illinois, where he was a member of the men’s football team (despite his best efforts to join the women’s team). You can follow Dan on Twitter @djdurkin.
The Lions defense is tops in the league in points allowed and rushing yards.
The status of injured defenders Lance Briggs and Kyle Fuller remains unclear.
Chicago’s game plan isn’t taking advantage of its offensive advantages.
It’s still hard to feel that things are on the upswing for the now 5-6 Bears.
Full list of inactives for today’s Bears-Bucs game.
Despite six combined wins between both teams, there are several storylines heading into Sunday’s game.
New Bear Marc Mariani is the team’s fourth returner in 11 games.
Tampa Bay will try to isolate big receiver Mike Evans and let him win 50/50 jump balls.
Jay Cutler hopes last week’s wrinkle in the game plan continues.
Tampa Bay’s defense is designed to make foes dink and dunk their way downfield.
It’s an all-22 look at how the Bears have attacked the Tampa-2 this year.
Plus, Lance Briggs says Lovie Smith “should be remembered as one of the great coaches in Chicago.”
“I don’t need anything validated this week,” Smith says.
A preseason sleeper, the Bucs’ 2-8 start has been a major disappointment.
Brandon Marshall isn’t under any illusions about Sunday’s winning performance.
Chicago beat an inferior opponent at home, which is what teams are supposed to do.
Jared Allen played his best game of the season against his former team.
“We realized we have a better team in that locker room than we are playing with,” Jay Cutler says.
Here’s the full list of inactives for today’s Bears-Vikings game.
The Bears face yet another must-win game this Sunday versus the Vikings.