Dan Durkin

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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.

Bears defensive tackle Jeremiah Ratliff. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Bears-Lions: Jeremiah Ratliff Inactive

Full list of inactives for today’s Bears-Lions game.

CBS Chicago–11/27/2014

: Ndamukong Suh #90 of the Detroit Lions rushes Jay Cutler #6 of the Chicago Bears during the third quarter of the game at Ford Field on October 10, 2011 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

Durkin’s Preview: Bears-Lions

This game will come down to which offensive line can control the line of scrimmage.

CBS Chicago–11/26/2014

Ndamukong Suh. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

Durkin: Know Your Opponent – Detroit Lions

Thursday is a huge game for the Bears (5-6) and Lions (7-4).

CBS Chicago–11/26/2014

Chicago Bears v Detroit Lions

Bears Notes: Lions’ Pass Rush Has Bears’ Full Attention

The Lions defense is tops in the league in points allowed and rushing yards.

CBS Chicago–11/25/2014

Bears coach Marc Trestman. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Bears Notes: Offense ‘Disturbing,’ Trestman Says

The status of injured defenders Lance Briggs and Kyle Fuller remains unclear.

CBS Chicago–11/24/2014

Bears cornerback Demontre Hurst forced a third-quarter fumble against the Bucs that teammate Tim Jennings recovered. (Brian Kersey/Getty Images)

Durkin: Impressions from Bears-Bucs

Chicago’s game plan isn’t taking advantage of its offensive advantages.

CBS Chicago–11/24/2014

Bears defensive tackle Stephen Paea sacks Bucs quarterback Josh McCown in Chicago's 21-13 win at Soldier Field on Sunday. (Brian Kersey/Getty Images)

Durkin: Bears Were Simply Less Bad Than Bucs

It’s still hard to feel that things are on the upswing for the now 5-6 Bears.

CBS Chicago–11/23/2014

Jordan Mills. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Bears-Bucs: Jordan Mills Inactive

Full list of inactives for today’s Bears-Bucs game.

CBS Chicago–11/23/2014

Bears running back Matt Forte, left. (David Banks/Getty Images)

Durkin’s Preview: Bears-Bucs

Despite six combined wins between both teams, there are several storylines heading into Sunday’s game.

CBS Chicago–11/22/2014

Marc Mariani in 2011. (Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Bears Notes: Mariani Will Handle Return Duties

New Bear Marc Mariani is the team’s fourth returner in 11 games.

CBS Chicago–11/21/2014

Bucs receiver Mike Evans. (Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

Bears-Bucs: 5 Matchups To Watch

Tampa Bay will try to isolate big receiver Mike Evans and let him win 50/50 jump balls.

CBS Chicago–11/21/2014

Bears quarterback Jay Cutler. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Durkin: Bears Focused On Keeping The Pocket Moving

Jay Cutler hopes last week’s wrinkle in the game plan continues.

CBS Chicago–11/20/2014

Bears running back Matt Forte. (Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

Bears Notes: Patience Is Key Against Lovie’s Scheme

Tampa Bay’s defense is designed to make foes dink and dunk their way downfield.

CBS Chicago–11/20/2014

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Durkin’s Playbook: Bears’ Dagger Route Faces Tampa-2

It’s an all-22 look at how the Bears have attacked the Tampa-2 this year.

CBS Chicago–11/20/2014

Bears linebacker Lance Briggs. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Bears Notes: Defense Held Players-Only Film Session

Plus, Lance Briggs says Lovie Smith “should be remembered as one of the great coaches in Chicago.”

CBS Chicago–11/19/2014

Bucs coach Lovie Smith. (Cliff McBride/Getty Images)

Lovie Smith: Coaching Bears Was A ‘Dream Come True’

“I don’t need anything validated this week,” Smith says.

CBS Chicago–11/19/2014

Bucs coach Lovie Smith. (Cliff McBride/Getty Images)

Durkin: Know Your Opponent — Tampa Bay Buccaneers

A preseason sleeper, the Bucs’ 2-8 start has been a major disappointment.

CBS Chicago–11/19/2014

Bears receiver Brandon Marshall. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Bears Notes: ‘Still Wasn’t Good Enough,’ Marshall Says

Brandon Marshall isn’t under any illusions about Sunday’s winning performance.

CBS Chicago–11/17/2014

Bears receiver Brandon Marshall runs runs after a catch in Chicago's 21-13 win against Minnesota on Sunday at Soldier Field. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Durkin: Impressions From Bears-Vikings

Chicago beat an inferior opponent at home, which is what teams are supposed to do.

CBS Chicago–11/17/2014

Bears defensive end Jared Allen, left, rushes the passer Sunday in Chicago's 21-13 win against Minnesota at Soldier Field. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Bears Notes: Allen Gets First Win At Soldier Field; Trestman Explains Decisions

Jared Allen played his best game of the season against his former team.

CBS Chicago–11/16/2014

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