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.
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.
Entering Week 13, 24 teams remain in or within one game of a playoff bid.
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.
Nine weeks ago, Rams rookie running back Zac Stacy was a healthy scratch.
While the pace may be glacial, the Rams are making progress.
The Bears weathered the storm, literally and figuratively, in a 23-20 marathon win over the Baltimore Ravens.
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.
Collectively, the Baltimore Ravens offense has struggled to move the ball and score points. However, one bright spot has been wide receiver Torrey Smith.
It’s hard to write off a team that’s been to the playoffs five straight years.
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.
Nine weeks into the season, there have been several notable turnarounds.
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.
Only one game on the Week 9 docket features two teams with winning records, the Monday night matchup between the Bears and Packers.
When you have the best available quarterback in a passing league, running the ball seems unnecessary.
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.
And then there was one. With the Broncos falling to the Colts, only the Chiefs remain unbeaten.
The bye week couldn’t arrive a better time for a battered Bears team.
Here’s my take on how Week 7 plays out.
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.
Not much has gone right for the Redskins in 2013.