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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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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

Jay Cutler #6 of the Chicago Bears passes against the Minnesota Vikings at Soldier Field on September 15, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Durkin’s Rapid Reaction: Bears 31, Vikings 30

Just like they planned it, right? It seems fitting that such an odd, back-and-forth, punch-counter punch, roller coaster ride of a game went down to the wire and was decided by one point.

670 The Score–09/15/2013

Russell Wilson. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Durkin: Week 2 NFL Picks

Flying pig skins filled the air in the opening weekend of NFL action. A record-setting 63 touchdown passes were thrown in Week 1. Here’s my take on how Week 2 will play out.

670 The Score–09/13/2013

Brandon Marshall. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Durkin’s Playbook: Cutler To Marshall Game-Winner

Surprisingly enough, the Bengals chose to double team tight end Martellus Bennett.

670 The Score–09/11/2013

Adrian Peterson and Christian Ponder.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Durkin: Know Your Opponent – Minnesota Vikings

Unfortunately for the Vikings, their pedestrian passing attack can’t keep defenses honest.

670 The Score–09/11/2013

Martellus Bennett #83 of the Chicago Bears catches the ball for a touchdown over George Iloka #43 of the Cincinnati Bengals at Soldier Field on September 8, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bears defeated the Bengals 24-21. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Durkin’s Rapid Reaction: Bears 24, Bengals 21

Despite a new regime and refreshed philosophy, the Bears season opener had several elements of years past. Here’s my rapid reaction to a gutsy performance by the Bears to get to 1-0 and win the first game of the Marc Trestman-era.

670 The Score–09/08/2013

Tom Brady and  Bill Belichick. (Credit: Getty Images)

Durkin: Week 1 NFL Picks

It’s here. It’s finally here. The NFL is back!

670 The Score–09/07/2013

Peyton Manning.  (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)

Durkin: NFL 2013 Predictions

Here’s my preseason prediction of how the 2013 NFL season will shake out.

670 The Score–09/05/2013

Andy Dalton.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Durkin: Know Your Opponent – Cincinnati Bengals

The Cincinnati Bengals are the NFL equivalent of a “butterface.”

670 The Score–09/04/2013

Adrian Peterson. (Photo by Andy Clayton King/Getty Images)

Durkin’s Football 101: Zone & Man Blocking Schemes

Today’s playbook topic focuses on zone and man blocking schemes, two different approaches to achieve a common goal of sealing off defenders to create running lanes.

670 The Score–08/29/2013

A view of the Bears offensive line and the Vikings defensive line. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

Durkin’s Football 101: Gaps, Techniques & Alignments

During an NFL broadcast you’re assured of hearing commentators reflexively dropping phrases like “gap integrity,” “run fits,” “alignments,” and “fronts,” assuming their audience is following along.

08/26/2013

Chicago Bears fans.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Durkin: Why Do You Love the NFL?

Baseball is considered America’s pastime, but more accurately, it’s America’s past time. From whatever prism you view it through – ratings, revenue, popularity – the NFL undeniably rules the land of American sports.

670 The Score–08/20/2013

Bears offensive line. (Credit: Brian Gertsch, CBS.)

Durkin’s Notes: Focus Remains On The Offensive Line

Here are some of my observations and impressions from the second-to-last practice in Bourbonnais.

670 The Score–08/13/2013

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