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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.

Tony Romo. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Durkin: Know Your Opponent – Dallas Cowboys

The Cowboys have been in this situation before. Win out, and they’re in the playoffs. Yet, in back-to-back seasons, they’ve fallen at the finish line.

670 The Score–12/04/2013

Russell Wilson. (Credit: Andy Lyons, Getty)

Durkin: Week 13 NFL Picks

Entering Week 13, 24 teams remain in or within one game of a playoff bid.

670 The Score–11/30/2013

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

Durkin: Week 12 NFL Picks

Heading into Week 12, 23 teams are either in or within one game of a playoff bid. A marquee matchup between two old foes is rekindled on Sunday night.

670 The Score–11/22/2013

Zac Stacy.  (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

Durkin’s Playbook: Rams Power Running Attack

Nine weeks ago, Rams rookie running back Zac Stacy was a healthy scratch.

670 The Score–11/21/2013

Jeff Fisher.  (Photo by Michael Thomas/Getty Images)

Durkin: Know Your Opponent – St. Louis Rams

While the pace may be glacial, the Rams are making progress.

670 The Score–11/20/2013

Matt Forte dives over Chris Canty of the Baltimore Ravens to score a touchdown  (Credit:  Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Durkin’s Rapid Reaction: Resilient Bears Down Ravens

The Bears weathered the storm, literally and figuratively, in a 23-20 marathon win over the Baltimore Ravens.

670 The Score–11/17/2013

Peyton Manning. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)

Durkin: Week 11 NFL Picks

Ten weeks in the books and 23 teams remain in or within one-and-a-half games of a playoff bid. Week 11 is highlighted by two marquee, prime time matchups.

670 The Score–11/16/2013

Torrey Smith. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

Durkin’s Playbook: Containing Torrey Smith

Collectively, the Baltimore Ravens offense has struggled to move the ball and score points. However, one bright spot has been wide receiver Torrey Smith.

670 The Score–11/14/2013

Joe Flacco. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Durkin: Know Your Opponent – Baltimore Ravens

It’s hard to write off a team that’s been to the playoffs five straight years.

670 The Score–11/13/2013

Alshon Jeffery reacts after not being able to make a catch in the end zone against the Detroit Lions. (Credit: David Banks/Getty)

Durkin’s Rapid Reaction: Missed Opportunities Cost Bears

Just six days ago, Bears head coach Marc Trestman was the toast of the town after a gutsy 4th-and-1 conversion that helped seal a victory against the Green Bay Packers.

670 The Score–11/10/2013

Frank Gore of the San Francisco 49ers (Credit:  Michael Regan)

Durkin: Week 10 NFL Picks

Nine weeks into the season, there have been several notable turnarounds.

670 The Score–11/09/2013

Matt Forte. (Photo by Mike McGinnis/Getty Images)

Durkin’s Playbook: Inside The Bears’ Game-Changing 4th-And-1

If the Bears find themselves still playing football next January, their conversion on a 4th-and-inches at their own 33-yard line against the Packers may have been the on-ramp in their road to the playoffs.

670 The Score–11/06/2013

Quarterback Josh McCown #12 of the Chicago Bears looks to pass in the third quarter against the Washington Redskins at FedExField on October 20, 2013 in Landover, Maryland. The Washington Redskins won, 45-41. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

Durkin: Week 9 NFL Picks

Only one game on the Week 9 docket features two teams with winning records, the Monday night matchup between the Bears and Packers.

670 The Score–11/01/2013

Eddie Lacy.  (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

Durkin’s Playbook: Explaining The Packers Revamped Running Game

When you have the best available quarterback in a passing league, running the ball seems unnecessary.

670 The Score–10/31/2013

Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers.  (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

Durkin: Know Your Opponent – Green Bay Packers

The 186 games played between the Green Bay Packers and Chicago Bears qualifies it as the oldest rivalry in the NFL. But the recent history suggests this series has devolved into a “rino,” a rivalry in name only.

670 The Score–10/30/2013

Running back Jamaal Charles  of the Kansas City Chiefs rushes past defensive end Tim Jamison  of the Houston Texans  (Photo by Peter Aiken/Getty Images)

Durkin: Week 8 NFL Picks

And then there was one. With the Broncos falling to the Colts, only the Chiefs remain unbeaten.

670 The Score–10/26/2013

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

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