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Jay Cutler. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Expert Picks: It’s Not Unanimous, But Bears Win In Pittsburgh

It’s not quite unanimous, but all but one of our experts is picking the Bears to beat the Steelers.

CBS Chicago–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

Julius Peppers.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Peppers ‘Not Interested In Talking About The First Two Weeks’

After battling an illness for nearly a week, Bears defensive end Julius Peppers was back at practice Wednesday and ready to put his early season struggles behind him.

670 The Score–09/18/2013

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

Devin Hester #23 of the Chicago Bears returns a kick-off for 80 yards against the Minnesota Vikings at Soldier Field on September 15, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Joniak’s Journal: Bears Hold Serve At Home

They beat a pair of 2012 playoff teams with high hopes and third year quarterbacks who are trying to show they are long term solutions at the position.

09/17/2013

Ben Roethlisberger (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Doyel: Steelers, Bengals Switch Identities

For one night, if not for a whole lot longer, the Bengals have become the Steelers. And the Steelers, bless ‘em, have become the Bengals.

670 The Score–09/17/2013

Ben Roethlisberger (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Steelers Fall To 0-2; Face Bears Next

The Steelers haven’t opened a season so badly in 11 years.

670 The Score–09/17/2013

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

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

Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman. (Steve Dykes/Getty Images)

Silverman: Seahawks, Bengals & Niners Will Have NFL’s Best Defenses

A winning defense is not going to be reminiscent of the old Steel Curtain or the ’85 Bears. Today, it’s about coming up with turnovers and key stops.

670 The Score–08/20/2013

NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 30: Travis Tannahill #80 of the Kansas State Wildcats is tackled by Thomas Shamarko #21 of the Syracuse Orange during the New Era Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium on December 30, 2010 in New York, New York. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

Shamarko Thomas’ Maturity Jump-Starts His Career In The Pittsburgh Steelers Defense

After falling to the fourth round of the 2013 NFL Draft, Shamarko Thomas is determined to prove everyone that he will be a valuable player for the Steelers, while also influencing his younger siblings that maturity and discipline pay off in the long run.

08/14/2013

Plaxico Burress.  (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images)

Steelers Put Plaxico Burress On IR

The Pittsburgh Steelers have put wide receiver Plaxico Burress on the injured reserve list, likely ending his season.

670 The Score–08/13/2013

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Sports Verdict: Which Team Will Have A Better Bounce-Back Season? Giants Vs. Steelers

Two organizations hoping to return to glory after mediocre performances last season are the Pittsburgh Steelers and the New York Football Giants.

08/01/2013

Matt Spaeth. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images.)

Report: Steelers Interested In Former Bears TE Davis, Spaeth

After locking up tight end Martellus Bennett with a four-year contract, the Bears promptly cut both Kellen Davis and Matt Spaeth.

03/15/2013

Mike Wallace. (Credit: Andy Lyons, Getty)

WR Mike Wallace Headed To Miami

Speedy wide receiver Mike Wallace will be catching passes for the Miami Dolphins next season, according to a report by ESPN.

03/12/2013

Bruce Arians. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

Durkin’s Coaching Breakdown: Bruce Arians

This is the second in a series where I take a look at some of the top candidates’ background, strengths, scheme, and what skill position players the Bears would need to add to properly execute their system.

CBS Chicago–01/09/2013

Bill Cowher. (Photo by Jeff Swensen/Getty Images)

Cowher: I Plan To Coach Again

He’s given no indication as to when, but Bill Cowher said he plans to coach again.

670 The Score–01/09/2013

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

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

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

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