With a tighter grip on the NFC North, the Chicago Bears

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With a tighter grip on the NFC North, the Chicago Bears

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LAKE FOREST White Aaron Lynch Jerseys , Ill. (AP) — are in unfamiliar territory and facing a different kind of challenge as the season heads toward its final stretch.Learning to handle success.“We have to make sure that we just continue to keep those blinders on, keep the earmuffs on, don’t listen to anything and just keep playing our football,” coach Matt Nagy said.The Bears sure look as if they’re serious about winning the division after a 25-20 prime-time victory over the second-place Minnesota Vikings on Sunday.The defense dominated, with Khalil Mack leading the way. Cody Parkey bounced back from a miserable performance to make all three of his field goals. And the Bears (7-3) came away with their fourth straight win.One concern for them: Quarterback Mitchell Trubisky injured his right shoulder.Nagy made no reference to Trubisky’s health after the game or when he met with reporters on Monday afternoon. But the Bears later said Trubisky would not have participated had they practiced. They were required by NFL rules to release a hypothetical injury report because they play Thursday at Detroit.That the Bears are leading the division is quite a change after four consecutive last-place finishes. For the first time in years, managing success is an issue for them.“When it’s the other way, and people tell you how bad of a coach you are, how poor of a player you are and you should be cut and you should be fired Aaron Lynch Jerseys 2019 , we don’t listen to it,” said Nagy, in his first season as a head coach. “So it’s the same thing when you’re having success. You don’t listen to it. You understand both sides, but we worry about what’s said in this building.”There are plenty of good things to say about the Bears at the moment.They’re heading toward their first playoff appearance since the 2010 season. They’re on their longest win streak since a six-game run in 2012. They beat division opponents the past two weeks after dropping 10 in a row against them. And they could make it three over the NFC North in a 12-day span with a victory at Detroit on Thursday.The Bears beat the Lions 34-22 at Soldier Field on Nov. 11 , with Trubisky throwing for a career-high 355 yards and three touchdowns. Chicago also jumped out to a 26-0 lead and sacked Matthew Stafford six times in that game.The victory over Minnesota was a sort of validation for Chicago after beating teams with losing records the previous three games, including the New York Jets and Buffalo Bills.“It shows that we can battle with the best of them,” running back Tarik Cohen said. “It shows that we are still getting better and that we haven’t reached our ceiling yet. Only we can decide what our ceiling is.”The Bears are looking good at the moment, with a defense ranked third overall through Sunday. They were allowing league lows in yards rushing per game (77.8) and per carry (3.5), and had more interceptions (18) and takeaways (27) than any other team.“I think our offense is doing a great job with having the first possession and putting points on the board White Trey Burton Jerseys ,” cornerback Prince Amukamara said.“Our offense is really getting things going, so it makes it a little bit easier for the defense because now we know the opposing team’s offense needs to get going and start passing more to get points on the board.”Mack had a sack against Minnesota, giving him three in the past two weeks and eight in eight games this season. And Eddie Jackson returned an interception for a touchdown in the fourth quarter.Parkey also got some redemption after hitting uprights four times while missing two field goals and two extra points against the Lions. But he didn’t attempt an extra point on Sunday.Nagy opted to go for two after each of their two touchdowns. And he acknowledged Parkey’s struggles the previous week factored into those decisions. He also insisted his own aggressive nature and a belief the plays would work were big reasons.Chicago converted both times, with Trubisky passing to Josh Bellamy in the second quarter and Adam Shaheen in the fourth.“It worked,” Nagy said. “It doesn’t always work. And you’ve got to make sure that you get two out of every three.”Nagy said he discussed the plan with Parkey and wasn’t worried about how it would impact his confidence.“Whenever you’re honest with people, it’s so easy to do what you do because you’re real with them,” Nagy said. “You tell them exactly what you’re feeling and everybody knows the plan.” CHICAGO (5-11) at GREEN BAY (7-9)Sunday, 8:20 p.m. ET, NBCOPENING LINE – Packers by 7 1/2RECORD VS. SPREAD – Chicago 8-6-2 Trey Burton Jerseys 2019 , Green Bay 7-9SERIES RECORD – Packers lead 96-94-6LAST MEETING – Packers beat Bears 23-16, Nov. 12, 2017AP PRO32 RANKING – Bears No. 28, Packers No. 9BEARS OFFENSE – OVERALL (30), RUSH (16), PASS (32).BEARS DEFENSE – OVERALL (10), RUSH (11), PASS (7).PACKERS OFFENSE – OVERALL (26), RUSH (17) White Cody Parkey Jerseys , PASS (25).PACKERS DEFENSE – OVERALL (22), RUSH (17), PASS (23).STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES – 197th meeting in NFL’s oldest rivalry, dating to 1923. … Bears have lost four straight and eight of last nine vs. Green Bay. … Eighth straight night game at Lambeau Field for Bears. … Head coaching debut of Bears’ Matt Nagy. … QB Mitchell Trubisky set team rookie records last year with 193 completions and 2,193 yards. … Jordan Howard first Bears RB to rush for at least 1,000 yards in each of first two seasons. … WR Allen Robinson makes Bears debut after signing as free agent, his first game since tearing ACL in Week 1 in 2017 with Jaguars. … Bears hopeful Khalil Mack will play after Chicago acquired pass-rushing LB in blockbuster deal with Raiders. Mack sat out all of preseason and training camp. … Mack ranks second in NFL since 2015 with 36 1/2 sacks. … LB Leonard Floyd has 3 1/2 sacks, forced fumble and fumble recovery in four career games vs. Packers. … S Eddie Jackson last year became only rookie in NFL history with two 75-yard defensive TDs in season. … Packers open franchise’s 100th season. … Joe Philbin returns for second stint as offensive coordinator. … QB Aaron Rodgers healthy again after being limited to seven games in 2017 because of collarbone injury. Rodgers’ career 104.7 passer rating against Bears is tops for QB with least 175 attempts. … RB Jamaal Williams had 818 scrimmage yards and six TDs as rookie in 2017. … WR Davante Adams‘ 22 TD catches since 2016 most in NFL. Adams suffered concussion in teams’ meeting last year at Lambeau following hit by Bears’ ILB Danny Trevathan. … TE Jimmy Graham makes Packers debut. Graham led NFL TEs with 10 receiving TDs last year while with Seattle. … Defensive coordinator Mike Pettine makes Green Bay debut. … Defensive line fortified with addition of free agent end Muhammad Wilkerson. … LB Clay Matthews led team with 7 1/2 sacks in 2017. … LB Blake Martinez had NFC-leading 142 tackles last year. … Veteran CB Tramon Williams returns for second stint with Packers. … Team took CBs with first two picks in draft Cody Parkey Jerseys 2019 , Jaire Alexander and Josh Jackson. … K Mason Crosby has played in 176 straight games, third most in Packers history behind QB Brett Favre (255) and T Forrest Gregg (187). … Fantasy Tip: Graham and Rodgers have already shown chemistry in camp, connection that should especially carry over into red zone in new season.___
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