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Jay Cutler throws a pass against the Minnesota Vikings on November 25 at Soldier Field. (Credit: Johnathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Durkin: Week 17 NFL Picks

The NFL’s plan of making Week 17 significant by scheduling 16 divisional games worked precisely as designed. The AFC is all set, with only the top four seeds to be determined. In the NFC, the East division title and the No. 6 seed are up for grabs. Here’s how I think the regular season finale will play out.

CBS Chicago–12/28/2012

Josh Brent. (Credit: Getty)

Cowboys’ Brent Indicted In Crash Killing Teammate

A grand jury in Texas has formally indicted Dallas Cowboys nose tackle Josh Brent on one count of intoxication manslaughter.

670 The Score–12/26/2012

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

Durkin: Week 16 NFL Picks

Huge games in Seattle and Baltimore, and Adrian Peterson steps closer to history. Here’s my take on how this weekend’s action will shake out.

CBS Chicago–12/21/2012

Ray Lewis and Eli Manning talk in 2010. (Photo by Larry French/Getty Images)

Silverman: Bears’ Playoff Hopes Could Ride On Sunday’s Giants-Ravens Game

The Bears’ best chance of getting the help they need most likely rests in the hands of the Baltimore Ravens, who host the New York Giants Sunday.

CBS Chicago–12/18/2012

Aaron Rodgers. (Credit: Getty Images.)

Durkin: Week 15 NFL Picks

It’s officially crunch time in the NFL, and Week 15 is chock-full of crucial games with playoff implications. Four current playoff teams in the NFC square off and there’s a potential Super Bowl preview in Foxboro. Here’s my take on how this weekend’s action will shake out.

CBS Chicago–12/14/2012

Josh Brent. (Credit: Getty)

Jerry Brown’s Mother Wants Josh Brent To Sit With Her Family At Her Son’s Funeral

In an incredible act of forgiveness, the mother of former Dallas Cowboys linebacker Jerry Brown, who was killed by teammate Josh Brent in a drunken driving accident, is asking that Brent be present with the family at Brown’s memorial service.

670 The Score–12/11/2012

Josh Brent. (Credit: Getty)

Dallas Cowboys’ Josh Brent Arrested For Manslaughter

Brent is facing an intoxication manslaughter charge after a one-vehicle accident that killed linebacker Jerry Brown, a member of the team’s practice squad.


Robert Griffin III. (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)

Durkin: Week 13 NFL Picks

With five games remaining, playoff pretenders are starting to drop out and contenders are battling for position. Two bitter rivals meet in Baltimore, and a potential playoff matchup in Chicago headline Week 13 action. Here’s my take on how the games will play out.

CBS Chicago–11/30/2012

Jerry Jones

Cowboys Fan Petitions Obama To Remove Jerry Jones

The Cowboys, led by owner and GM Jerry Jones, haven’t won a Super Bowl since 1995.

670 The Score–11/27/2012

Robert Griffin III #10 of the Washington Redskins throws the ball against the Dallas Cowboys during a Thanksgiving Day game at Cowboys Stadium on November 22, 2012 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Griffin Shines, Redskins Hold Off Cowboys, 38-31

Robert Griffin III threw for 311 yards and four touchdowns, helping the Washington Redskins beat the Dallas Cowboys 38-31 on Thursday.


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

Durkin: Week 11 NFL Picks

With Week 11 upon us, contenders are starting to separate themselves from pretenders. There are a few heavyweight bouts in the Sunday and Monday night games, featuring four very physical teams. Here’s my take on how this weekend’s action is going to play out.

CBS Chicago–11/16/2012

Eli Manning. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

Durkin: Week 10 NFL Picks

Week 10 features some intriguing matchups, none larger than the Sunday Night match-up at Soldier Field featuring two 7-1 squads.

670 The Score–11/09/2012

Jay Cutler

Durkin: Week 8 NFL Picks

The NFL is looking to create parity across the league, but 2012 is starting to look a lot like 2011.

CBS Chicago–10/26/2012

Nate Collins. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Durkin’s Playbook: Defending Newton’s Zone-Read Option

Nonetheless, the Bears must be prepared for the Panthers zone-read option attack this weekend, which I break down in this week’s playbook.

CBS Chicago–10/25/2012

Matt Forte & Micahel Bush. (Credit: Getty Images.)

Harris: Tandem Trouble – Fantasy Running Back Advice

Before the season, I wrote a guide to having a successful draft, and rule number six was to always draft your stud running back’s backup

CBS Chicago–10/17/2012

Troy Aikman. (Getty Images)

Aikman Rips Cowboys Fans

Troy Aikman won three Super Bowls for the Cowboys, but now, the Hall of Fame quarterback is questioning the passion of the Dallas fans base.

670 The Score–10/11/2012

Major Wright. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Durkin’s Playbook: Wright’s Improved Technique Paying Dividends

Using NFL GameRewind, let’s take a look at a few plays involving Major Wright to compare and contrast his technique and discipline week to week.

CBS Chicago–10/04/2012

Sam Hurd. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Hurd Pleads Not Guilty To New Charges

Former NFL receiver Sam Hurd has pleaded not guilty to a new indictment in the drug case that derailed his career.

CBS Chicago–10/03/2012

Mike Tice

Tice: All Good With Cutler

Two days after ESPN cameras caught Jay Cutler blatantly ignoring offensive coordinator Mike Tice creating a dash of media-driven controversy, all is well between the quarterback and OC.

670 The Score–10/03/2012

Major Wright  reacts after he intercepted a pass in the third quarter against the Dallas Cowboys. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

24 Hours Later: Laurence Holmes Breaks Down Bears-Cowboys

Time offers the opportunity for perspective, so I thought it would be a good idea to wait each week to give my thoughts on the Bears game.

CBS Chicago–10/02/2012