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Dan Durkin

Dan Durkin joined The Score’s columnist community after finishing runner-up in the 2011 Pepsi Max Score Search. He is 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). Dan is a longtime Scorehead, known as Dan in Wicker Park – even though he no longer resides in Wicker Park – who will be sharing NFL analysis and opinions. You can follow Dan on Twitter @djdurkin.

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Quarterback Josh McCown #12 of the Chicago Bears is hit by linebacker Perry Riley #56 of the Washington Redskins in the second quarter at FedExField on October 20, 2013 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

Durkin’s Rapid Reaction: Battered Bears Come Up Short

The bye week couldn’t arrive a better time for a battered Bears team.

670 The Score–10/20/2013

Peyton Manning. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Durkin: Week 7 NFL Picks

Here’s my take on how Week 7 plays out.

670 The Score–10/18/2013

Alfred Morris and Robert Griffin III. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

Durkin’s Playbook: Defending The Redskins Play-Action Passing Game

Like the mesh point on a zone-read play, Washington Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan has merged two styles of football – Bill Walsh’s West Coast offense, and Alex Gibbs’ zone-blocked running scheme – into nearly two decades of offensive success.

670 The Score–10/17/2013

Robert Griffin III. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

Durkin: Know Your Opponent – Washington Redskins

Not much has gone right for the Redskins in 2013.

670 The Score–10/16/2013

Drew Brees.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Durkin: Week 6 NFL Picks

Here’s Durkin’s take on how Week 6 will play out.

670 The Score–10/11/2013

Defensive back Zack Bowman #38 of the Chicago Bears intercepts a pass in the first quarter against the New York Giants during a game at Soldier Field on October 10, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Durkin’s Rapid Reaction: Bears Capitalize on Giants’ Mistakes

Nobody said it had to be pretty.

670 The Score–10/11/2013

Victor Cruz and Hakeem Nicks. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Durkin’s Playbook: Defending Cruz & Nicks On Switched Releases

Despite their 0-5 record, the New York Giants still have the pieces to form a potent passing attack.

CBS Chicago–10/10/2013

Eli Manning and Tom Coughlin.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Durkin: Know Your Opponent – New York Giants

Tom Coughlin’s 2013 Giants are in uncharted territory.

670 The Score–10/09/2013

Jay Cutler #6 of the Chicago Bears is hit after passing by Junior Galette #93 of the New Orleans Saints at Soldier Field on October 6, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Durkin’s Rapid Reaction: Miscues, Missed Opportunities Cost Bears

There’s a thin line between winning and losing in the NFL.

670 The Score–10/06/2013

Jay Cutler. (Credit: Getty Images.)

Durkin: Week 5 NFL Picks

After four weeks, five unbeaten teams remain. Here’s Durkin’s take on how Week 5 plays out.

670 The Score–10/04/2013

Drew Brees.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Durkin’s Playbook: Saints Passing Attack – Deception and Execution

Let’s go to the film room to look at how the Saints stay one step ahead of their opponents.

CBS Chicago–10/03/2013

Drew Brees and Sean Payton. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Durkin: Know Your Opponent – New Orleans Saints

Brees is an elite performer and a coach on the field, but undoubtedly, Payton is the leader.

670 The Score–10/02/2013

Calvin Johnson #81 of the Detroit Lions celebrates his second-quarter touchdown catch against the Chicago Bears at Ford Field on September 29, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Durkin’s Rapid Reaction: Lions 40, Bears 32

After three efficient performances, quarterback Jay Cutler took a step back in the Bears first loss of the 2013 season.

670 The Score–09/29/2013

Drew Brees #9 of the New Orleans Saints throws a pass against the Arizona Cardinals at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on September 22, 2013 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Durkin: Week 4 NFL Picks

After a wild Week 3, seven undefeated teams remain.

670 The Score–09/28/2013

Reggie Bush scores a 77-yard touchdown against the Vikings on a screen up the middle. (Credit: Leon Halip/Getty Images)

Durkin’s Playbook: Defending Reggie Bush On The Screen

Reggie Bush is healthy and will be a key weapon the Bears have to stop.

CBS Chicago–09/26/2013

Calvin Johnson.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Durkin: Know Your Opponent – Detroit Lions

It’s hard to understand why the Lions haven’t made finding a second receiver a bigger priority.

670 The Score–09/25/2013

D.J. Williams #58 celebrates with teammate Stephen Paea #92 of the Chicago Bears after sacking Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers during a game at Heinz Field on September 22, 2013 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Durkin’s Rapid Reaction: Bears 40, Steelers 23

By Dan Durkin- (CBS) – While it wasn’t pretty for four quarters, the Bears put together solid bookends on the road, defeating a desperate and prideful Pittsburgh Steelers team 40-23, running their record to 3-0. OFFENSE [...]

670 The Score–09/23/2013

Matt Forte.  (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

Durkin: Week 3 NFL Picks

The league-wide air raid continues. There have been 23 individual 300-yard performances through two weeks, tying an NFL record.

670 The Score–09/20/2013

Steelers defensive coordinator Dick Lebeau talks with Larry Foote. (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images)

Durkin’s Playbook: Steelers Zone Blitz

Pittsburgh Steelers defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau won’t take full credit for being the first coach to run the zone blitz scheme, as its roots trace back to Bill Arnsparger’s early 70’s Dolphins. But, undoubtedly, LeBeau was the first to perfect and commit to it as a defensive philosophy.

670 The Score–09/19/2013

Ben Roethlisberger.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Durkin: Know Your Opponent – Pittsburgh Steelers

The 2013 Steelers certainly aren’t your dad’s Pittsburgh Steelers.

670 The Score–09/18/2013

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