LB Lance Briggs Says Lovie Smith is One of Chicago’s Greats

As the Bears get ready to host the Buccaneers and former coach Lovie Smith, linebacker Lance Briggs heaps high praise on his former coach, Jon Greenberg of ESPN Chicago reports.

“Lovie should be remembered as one of the great coaches in Chicago,” Briggs said during his Wednesday news conference at Halas Hall. “George Halas. You have Mike Ditka. And Lovie Smith comes next.”

Smith said he isn’t worried how he will be received in Chicago on Sunday. He shouldn’t be. Some fans will boo him, for one reason or another, while many more will cheer. One would hope the Bears recognize him with some kind of welcoming message. And he should be honored here when his coaching career ends.

“Oh, I know how I’m remembered there,” Smith said during a conference call with the Chicago media. “So as I come in Sunday, I’m coming in as an opposing coach. That’s how I’m looking at it. The year I had off, and just being in Chicago for nine years, I don’t need anything validated this week.

“Fans were great to me and my family while we were there. Administration was. I have lifetime friends on the Chicago Bears football team. So I think I have all those things. Right now, I’m an opposing coach on the other side of the football coming in this week.”

NFL Week 12 Capsule – Buccaneers at Bears

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS (2-8) AT CHICAGO BEARS (4-6)

SERIES

BUCCANEERS BEARS
SERIES LEADER 36-18
STREAKS   3 of past 4
COACHES VS. OPP. Smith: 0-0 Trestman: 0-0
LAST WEEK W 27-7 at Redskins W 21-13 vs. Vikings
LAST GAME 10/23/11: Bears 24 at Buccaneers 18 in London. Chicago RB Matt Forté rushes for 145 yards & TD. Bears WR Roy Williams adds 59 receiving yards, including 25-yard TD.
LAST GAME AT SITE 9/21/08: Buccaneers 27, Bears 24. Tampa Bay WR Antonio Bryant catches 10 passes for 138 yards. Buccaneers DE Gaines Adams records 45-yard INT-TD.
BROADCAST FOX (12:00 PM CT): Thom Brennaman, David Diehl, Laura Okmin (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 136 (TB), 113 (Chi.). XM: 227 (Chi.).

STATS

PASSING McCown: 85-134-1009-6-6-82.6 Cutler: 250-373-2695-21 (2C)-12-93.4
RUSHING Rainey: 92-392-4.3-1 Forté: 173-733 (3C)-4.2-3
RECEIVING Evans (R): 46-794-17.3-7 Forté (RB): 67 (T2C)-575-8.6-3
OFFENSE 313.3 360.8
TAKE/GIVE -5 -6
DEFENSE 384.3 367.3
SACKS McCoy: 6.5 Young: 8 (3C)
INTs Lansanah, Banks: 3 (T3C) Fuller (R): 3 (T3C)
PUNTING Koenen: 39.9 O’Donnell (R): 44.3
KICKING Murray (R): 56 (23/23 PAT; 11/15 FG) Gould: 47 (23/24 PAT; 8/10 FG)

NOTES

BUCCANEERS: QB JOSH MC COWN played in 8 games (5 starts) for Chi. last year & set franchise record with 109 rating, incl. 13 TDs & 1 INT, topping HOFer Sid Luckman’s mark (107.5 in 1943)…Rookie RB CHARLES SIMS had career-high 13 carries & 16 touches last week…Rookie WR MIKE EVANS had 7 catches for 209 yards & 2 TDs last week, youngest in NFL history with 200-yard rec. game. Is only rookie in NFL history with 7+ catches, 100+ rec. yards & TD catch in 3 consecutive games. Leads NFL with 458 rec. yards & 5 rec. TDs in Nov. In last game vs. Chi. (11/20/11 with SD), WR VINCENT JACKSON had 7 catches for 165 yards (23.6 avg.) & TD…Since 2013, LB LAVONTE DAVID is only player in NFL with 250+ tackles (259), 5+ sacks (7) & 5+ INTs (5). DE JACQUIES SMITH had career-high 2 sacks & FF last week. DT GERALD MC COY has 4.5 sacks in past 4 & 14 sacks in past 17. S DASHON GOLDSON has INT in both career meetings vs. Chi. S MAJOR WRIGHT played 1st 4 seasons with Chi. (2010-13) & had 9 INTs, incl. 3 TDs. CB JOHNTHAN BANKS had INT-TD last week… BEARS: QB JAY CUTLER has won both career starts vs. TB…RB MATT FORTÉ has 338 scrimmage yards (169 per game), 234 rushing yards (117 per game) & 2 TDs (1 rush, 1 rec.) in 2 career meetings. In past 7 at home, has 1,081 scrimmage yards (154.4 per game), 665 rush yards (95 per game) & 7 TDs (4 rec., 3 rush)…WR BRANDON MARSHALL has 12 rec. TDs in past 12 at home. Since 2012, has 31 rec. TDs, 3rd in NFL. Had 2 TDs last week. WR ALSHON JEFFERY had 11 catches for 135 yards & TD last week. TE MARTELLUS BENNETT had 5 catches for 72 yards & TD in last game vs. TB (9/16/12 with NYG)…DE WILLIE YOUNG ranks 3rd in NFC with 8 sacks. Had sack last week. LB LANCE BRIGGS aims for 4th in row vs. TB with INT or FF. DE JARED ALLEN aims for 3rd in row vs. TB with sack. Since entering NFL in 2004, leads league with 131 sacks. CB TIM JENNINGS has 11 INTs in past 19 at home. Since 2012, is 2nd in NFL with 13 INTs & ties for 3rd with 3 INT-TDs.

Bears Hold Off Vikings 21-13 For First Home Win Of 2014

Minnesota Vikings v Chicago Bears

Based on the first quarter Sunday it looked as if last weeks blowout to the Packers was still in the minds of the Bears players as they took on the Vikings at Solider Field.

Then though, they finally got both sides of the ball under control, and the outcome was a lot better, taking home a key 21-13 win over Minnesota to calm down fans. At least for one day.

The win puts the team at 4-6 on the season, and hopefully was a rebirth as well for Jay Cutler, who threw for 330 yards and three touchdowns in the win.

The win is just the second in seven games for the Bears.

Things didn’t get settled till late, when Ryan Mundy intercepted Teddy Bridgewater’s 29-yard pass in the end zone in the closing minute to seal the victory.

The offense was led by the big day for Cutler and his favorite wide out – Alshon Jeffery, who had 135 yards receiving and a touchdown catch.

Brandon Marshall added 90 yards and two TD receptions, including a 4-yarder in the fourth quarter that made it an 11-point game. Matt Forte ran for 117 yards.

It was the first win at home this season for the Bears, as they were able to hold the Vikings to 243 yards, putting up 468 of their own.

Sunday the Bears will host the two-win Buccaneers, who defeated the Redskins on the road Sunday.

Bears at Packers Friday Injury Report

CHICAGO BEARS
Status Report
OUT T Eben Britton (illness), LB Darryl Sharpton (hamstring), G Matt Slauson (chest)
QUESTIONABLE TE Martellus Bennett (ribs)
PROBABLE LB Jon Bostic (back), LB Lance Briggs (ribs), CB Kyle Fuller (hip, hand), S Danny McCray (knee), T Jordan Mills (foot)
Practice Report
OUT (DEFINITELY WILL NOT PLAY)
Wednesday G Matt Slauson (chest)
Thursday G Matt Slauson (chest)
Friday G Matt Slauson (chest)
DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
Wednesday T Eben Britton (illness), LB Darryl Sharpton (hamstring)
Thursday T Eben Britton (illness), LB Darryl Sharpton (hamstring)
Friday TE Martellus Bennett (ribs), T Eben Britton (illness), LB Darryl Sharpton (hamstring)
LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
Thursday TE Martellus Bennett (ribs)
FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
Wednesday LB Jon Bostic (back), LB Lance Briggs (ribs), CB Kyle Fuller (hip, hand), S Danny McCray (knee), T Jordan Mills (foot)
Thursday LB Jon Bostic (back), LB Lance Briggs (ribs), CB Kyle Fuller (hip, hand), S Danny McCray (knee), T Jordan Mills (foot)
Friday LB Jon Bostic (back), LB Lance Briggs (ribs), CB Kyle Fuller (hip, hand), S Danny McCray (knee), T Jordan Mills (foot)
GREEN BAY PACKERS
Status Report
OUT WR Kevin Dorsey (foot)
QUESTIONABLE G T.J. Lang (ankle), G Josh Sitton (toe)
PROBABLE S Morgan Burnett (calf), DE Datone Jones (ankle), QB Aaron Rodgers (hamstring), CB Sam Shields (knee)
Practice Report
DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
Wednesday G T.J. Lang (ankle), G Josh Sitton (toe)
Thursday G T.J. Lang (ankle), G Josh Sitton (toe)
Friday WR Kevin Dorsey (foot)
LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
Thursday WR Kevin Dorsey (foot)
Friday G T.J. Lang (ankle), G Josh Sitton (toe)
FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
Wednesday S Morgan Burnett (calf), DE Datone Jones (ankle), QB Aaron Rodgers (hamstring), CB Sam Shields (knee)
Thursday S Morgan Burnett (calf), DE Datone Jones (ankle), QB Aaron Rodgers (hamstring), CB Sam Shields (knee)
Friday S Morgan Burnett (calf), DE Datone Jones (ankle), QB Aaron Rodgers (hamstring), CB Sam Shields (knee)

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NFL Week 7 Capsule – Dolphins vs Bears

MIAMI DOLPHINS (2-3) AT CHICAGO BEARS (3-3)

SERIES

DOLPHINS BEARS
SERIES LEADER 7-4
STREAKS 2 of past 3
COACHES VS. OPP. Philbin: 0-0 Trestman: 0-0
LAST WEEK L 27-24 vs. Packers W 27-13 at Falcons
LAST GAME 11/18/10: Bears 16 at Dolphins 0. Chicago RB Matt Forté rushes for 97 yards. Bears DE Julius Peppers records 3 sacks as defense holds Miami to 187 net yards in shutout.
LAST GAME AT SITE 11/5/06: Dolphins 31, Bears 13. Miami QB Joey Harrington throws 3 TD passes. Dolphins defense forces 3 fumbles & records 3 INTs, including 20-yard INT-TD by DE Jason Taylor.
BROADCAST CBS (12:00 PM CT): Greg Gumbel, Trent Green, Evan Washburn (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 136 (Mia.), 92 (Chi.). XM: 226 (Chi.).

STATS

PASSING Tannehill: 113-186-1146-8-5-81.5 Cutler: 156-229-1676 (2C)-13 (2C)-6-97.4
RUSHING Miller: 63-330-5.2-3 Forté: 99-399-4.0-2
RECEIVING
  1. Wallace: 25-313-12.5-4
Forté (RB): 46 (1L)-376-8.2-1
OFFENSE 353.2 370.2
TAKE/GIVE -3 +2
DEFENSE 331.6 349.8
SACKS Vernon, Wake: 3.5 Young: 7 (1L)
INTs 3 tied: 1 Fuller (R): 3 (T1L)
PUNTING Fields: 43.9 O’Donnell: 44.2
KICKING Sturgis: 40 (13/13 PAT; 9/10 FG) Gould: 39 (15/16 PAT; 8/9 FG)

NOTES

DOLPHINS: In past 2, QB RYAN TANNEHILL has completed 43 of 62 (69.4 pct.) for 522 yards & 4 TDs for 96.3 rating. Club is 13-1 (.929) when Tannehill has 90+ rating. Rushed for season-high 49 yards vs. GB…RB LAMAR MILLER has 292 scrimmage yards (225 rush, 67 rec.) & 3 rush TDs in past 3. Aims for 3rd in row with rush TD…In past 2 vs. NFC, WR MIKE WALLACE has 10 catches for 194 yards & 2 TDs, including 67 yards & TD last week vs. GB. Has TD catch in 5 of past 6. WR BRIAN HARTLINE (3,930) needs 70 rec. yards to become 7th player in club history to reach 4,000. Had 5 catches for 70 yards in last meeting. Rookie WR JARVIS LANDRY (Rd. 2, No. 63 overall) had career-highs in catches (6) & yards (75) & scored 1st career TD last week…DE CAMERON WAKE has 10 sacks in past 8 vs. NFC, including 1.5 vs. GB. Ranks 4th in club history with 55 sacks & needs 2 to surpass TRACE ARMSTRONG (56.5) for 3rd in team annals. LB OLIVIER VERNON has 10.5 sacks & FF in past 12…BEARS: QB JAY CUTLER has won 9 of past 11 starts vs. AFC. Is 2nd in NFC with 13 TD passes…In last meeting, RB MATT FORTÉ rushed for 97 yards & TD. In past 5 at home, has 797 scrimmage yards (159.4 per game), 499 rush yards (99.8 per game) & 5 TDs (3 rec., 2 rush). Last week, had 157 scrimmage yards (80 rush, 77 rec.) & 2 TDs. Leads NFL with 46 catches…WRs ALSHON JEFFERY (136 yards) & BRANDON MARSHALL (113) each had 100 rec. yards last week. Marshall played 2 years in Mia. & had 167 catches for 2,228 yards (2 1,000-yard seasons) with 9 TDs. Has 10 rec. TDs in past 10 at home. Aims for 4th in row at home with TD. Since 2012, has 28 rec. TDs, tied for 2nd most in NFL. TE MARTELLUS BENNETT has 3 TDs in past 2 vs. AFC…Rookie CB KYLE FULLER is only player in NFL with 3+ INTs & 3+ FFs. DE WILLIE YOUNG leads NFL with 7 sacks. Since 2012, CB TIM JENNINGS is 2nd in NFL with 13 INTs & ties for 3rd with 3 INT-TDs. Has 11 INTs in past 17 at home. DE JARED ALLEN aims for 3rd in row vs. Mia. with sack. Since entering NFL in 2004, leads NFL with 129.5 sacks.

Bears vs Falcons Wednesday Injury Report

CHICAGO BEARS

Practice Report

DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE

Wednesday

C Taylor Boggs (hamstring), LB Jon Bostic (back), LB Lance Briggs (ribs), T Jermon Bushrod (knee, ankle), S Ahmad Dixon (hamstring), RB Matt Forte (not injury related), LB Shea McClellin (hand), LB D.J. Williams (neck)

LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE

Wednesday

S Chris Conte (concussion), CB Sherrick McManis (quadricep), DT Jay Ratliff (concussion)

FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE

Wednesday

C Roberto Garza (ankle)


ATLANTA FALCONS

Practice Report

DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE

Wednesday

WR Harry Douglas (foot), WR Devin Hester (hamstring)

LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE

Wednesday

G Justin Blalock (back), S Kemal Ishmael (ankle), WR Julio Jones (ankle), T Jake Matthews (ankle), LB Prince Shembo (knee)

NFL Week Six – Bears at Falcons who Takes Home this NFC Game?

Atlanta Falcons v Chicago Bears


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