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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.

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

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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

The Bengals sack Bears quarterback Jay Cutler. (Getty Images)

Durkin: Impressions From Bears-Bengals

With the Packers looming in two weeks, the Bears aren’t ready for the regular season to kick off.

CBS Chicago–08/31/2015

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

Durkin: What To Watch For During Bears-Bengals

Chicago’s first string hasn’t run the ball well yet in the preseason.

CBS Chicago–08/28/2015

Bears linebacker Pernell McPhee sacks Colts quarterback Andrew Luck. (Getty Images)

Durkin: Impressions From Bears-Colts

The Bears made progress against the Colts, but there are lingering issues and concerns.

CBS Chicago–08/24/2015

Kyle Fuller runs back an interception against the San Francisco 49ers in 2014. (Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Durkin: What To Watch For During Bears-Colts

Here are a few players and position battles to focus on during Saturday night’s Bears-Colts game.

CBS Chicago–08/21/2015

Bears quarterback Jay Cutler is tackled by Dolphins defensive end Cameron Wake. (Getty Images)

Durkin: Impressions From Bears-Dolphins

Despite the final score, there are some big-picture concerns with the Bears.

CBS Chicago–08/14/2015

Bears quarterback Jay Cutler (6). (Getty Images)

Durkin: Viewing The NFL Through A Different Lens

Durkin breaks down the pre-snap chess match that takes place.

CBS Chicago–08/13/2015

Bears safety Ryan Mundy. (Getty Images)

Durkin: 5 Takeaways From Bears’ Initial Depth Chart

The Bears are still searching for depth on the offensive and defensive lines.

CBS Chicago–08/12/2015

Bears quarterback Jay Cutler. (Elsa/Getty Images)

Durkin: The Bears Must Move Jay Cutler Around

Adam Gase recognizes the need to move the pocket to maximize Jay Cutler’s strengths.

CBS Chicago–08/11/2015

Alshon Jeffery.  (Photo by Mike McGinnis/Getty Images)

Durkin: With Contract Year Ahead, How Much Will Alshon Jeffery Be Worth?

Assuming Jeffery’s productivity continues, the Bears should be proactive in retaining him.

CBS Chicago–08/04/2015

Pat O'Donnell, left, and Robbie Gould, right. (Jason Miller/Getty Images)

Durkin’s 2015 Bears Position Preview: Special Teams

The Bears’ special teams need a big bounce back from their dismal 2014 performance.

CBS Chicago–07/27/2015

Bears quarterback Jay Cutler. (David Banks/Getty Images)

Durkin’s 2015 Bears Position Preview: Quarterback

This could be Jay Cutler’s make-or-break year in Chicago.

CBS Chicago–07/22/2015

Bears tight end Martellus Bennett. (Alex Goodlett/Getty Images)

Durkin’s 2015 Bears Position Preview: Tight End

For the third straight season, the tight end position is Martellus Bennett or bust.

CBS Chicago–07/21/2015

Bears quarterback Jay Cutler gives offensive linemen Jermon Bushrod,  (Getty Images)

Durkin’s 2015 Bears Position Preview: Offensive Line

The big question: Will Kyle Long remain at guard or move outside to tackle?

CBS Chicago–07/20/2015

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Durkin’s 2015 Bears Position Preview: Running Back

Once again, Matt Forte will be the centerpiece, but which other back is ready to contribute this fall?

CBS Chicago–07/16/2015

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