Dan Durkin

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Dan Durkin has been a football writer for CBSChicago.com since 2011, when he joined the company after finishing runner-up in the Pepsi Max Score Search. He was CBSChicago.com’s lead Bears reporter in 2014 and now serves as an NFL columnist. 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.

Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith, left. (Getty Images)

Durkin: What To Watch For During Bears-Chiefs

Seeking their first road win, the Chicago is a heavy underdog heading to Kansas City.

CBS Chicago–12 hours ago

Bears right end Martellus Bennett celebrates with teammates after scoring a touchdown. (Getty Images)

Durkin’s Playbook: Martellus Bennett’s Become The Bears’ Go-To Guy

In Alshon Jeffery’s absence, Bennett is stepping up.

CBS Chicago–10/07/2015

Bears linerback Pernell McPhee (92) celebrates with teammate Sam Acho (49) after intercepting a pass. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Durkin: Impressions From Bears-Raiders

Despite being 1-3, the Bears have developed a new identity under John Fox.

CBS Chicago–10/06/2015

Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning. (Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)

Durkin: Week 4 NFL Picks

Dan Durkin picks the winners of the Week 4 NFL schedule.

CBS Chicago–10/02/2015

Raiders quarterback Derek Carr. (Getty Images)

Durkin: What To Watch For During Bears-Raiders

For the first time in three years, the Oakland Raiders are favorites on the road.

CBS Chicago–10/01/2015


Durkin’s Playbook: Bears’ Kickoff Coverage Struggles

The Bears’ kickoff coverage team has been an issue all season, giving up points and field position.

CBS Chicago–09/30/2015

Seahawks defensive end Frank Clark pressures Bears quarterback Jimmy Clausen. (Getty Images)

Durkin: Impressions From Bears-Seahawks

The offense can’t get any worse, so there’s no reason not to play David Fales at quarterback.

CBS Chicago–09/29/2015

Panthers quarterback Cam Newton. (Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

Durkin: Week 3 NFL Picks

Dan Durkin picks the winners of the Week 3 NFL schedule.

CBS Chicago–09/25/2015

Russell Wilson. (Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

Durkin: What To Watch For During Bears-Seahawks

Here are a few storylines to focus on during Sunday’s action.

CBS Chicago–09/24/2015

Bears cornerback Kyle Fuller, right. (Getty Images)

Durkin’s Playbook: Spotlight’s On Kyle Fuller

Kyle Fuller’s tough start comes down to sloppy technique and lost fundamentals.

CBS Chicago–09/23/2015

Bears quarterback Jay Cutler, right. (Getty Images)

Durkin: Impressions From Bears-Cardinals

With Jay Cutler, the Bears looked competitive. Without him, they looked incompetent.

CBS Chicago–09/22/2015

Jermaine Kearse catches a game-winning touchdown pass to lift the Seahawks over the Packers in the NFC Championship Game in January 2015. (Getty Images)

Durkin: Week 2 NFL Picks

Dan Durkin picks the winners of the Week 2 NFL schedule.

CBS Chicago–09/18/2015

Bears running back Matt Forte. (Getty Images)

Durkin: What To Watch For During Bears-Cardinals

Chicago has set itself up for opportunities in the play-action game.

CBS Chicago–09/17/2015


Durkin’s Playbook: Arizona’s Deep Passing Attack

The Bears must be quick with their post-snap reads against a dangerous Cardinals vertical attack.

CBS Chicago–09/16/2015

Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, left. (Getty Images)

Durkin: Impressions From Bears-Packers

The Bears have closed the coaching gap in the NFC North, but the talent gap remains.

CBS Chicago–09/15/2015

Colts quarterback Andrew Luck. (Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Durkin: Week 1 NFL Picks

Dan Durkin picks the winners of the Week 1 NFL schedule.

CBS Chicago–09/11/2015

Bears quarterback Jay Cutler, left, and Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers. (Getty Images)

Durkin: What To Watch For During Bears-Packers

When the Packers use their no-huddle offense, communication will be vital for the Bears’ defense.

CBS Chicago–09/10/2015

6. Green Bay Packers (4-2)

Durkin’s Playbook: How To Create Safe Pressure On Aaron Rodgers

Dan Durkin looks closely at the film to reveal a tendency in the Packers’ protection scheme.

CBS Chicago–09/09/2015

Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, left, and Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. (Getty Images)

Durkin: 2015 NFL Season Predictions

Dan Durkin shares his division winners, award winners and Super Bowl pick.

CBS Chicago–09/08/2015

Quarterback Zac Dysert. (Getty Images)

Durkin: What To Watch For During Bears-Browns

With final cut-downs on Saturday, here are some positions to focus on during the Bears-Browns game.

CBS Chicago–09/02/2015