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Jon Gruden: Schedule will test our mental toughness

The Raiders played their first two games at home, but it is going to be some time before they play their next game in Oakland. They’ll be in Minnesota Sunday and Indianapolis in Week Four before heading to London for a “home” game against the Bears. A bye week follows and then they’ll be on [more]

Matt Nagy on Bears offense: “Eventually, it’ll crack”

The Bears appears to have solved the problem they talked about the most. Now they have to get around to the thing that was just as much of a problem for them in the playoffs last year. While the kicking issue seems taken care of (with Eddy Pineiro perfect and winning awards), the Bears offense [more]

Eddy Pineiro named NFC special teams player of the week

The Bears have found a kicker, and he’s found some success. Eddy Pineiro was named NFC special teams player of the week, after hitting a game-winning field goal Sunday. His 53-yarder to beat the Broncos cemented his place as their current answer at the problematic position, and helped ease some of the pressure they created [more]

Broncos frustration growing with Garett Bolles after penalties pile up

Denver Broncos left tackle Garett Bolles was called for four holding penalties during Sunday’s loss to the Chicago Bears. Throw in an additional holding penalty from the team’s season opener in Oakland and Bolles has racked up five holding penalties in the first two weeks of the season. No other player in the NFL has [more]

DirecTV will televise 11 Thursday night games in 4K

For those, like me, who rushed to get a DirecTV 4K receiver several years ago only to wonder when anything worth watching in 4K would be televised in that format, the answer has finally arrived. DirecTV has announced that 11 Thursday Night Football games will be broadcast in the vastly superior format, beginning with the [more]

Vic Fangio: Time should have run out before Bears FG try

Several questionable or incorrect calls landed officials around the NFL in the spotlight in Week Two and some of those calls came in the Broncos’ 16-14 loss to the Bears. The last of those calls came at the very end of the game when the Bears were granted a timeout with one second left on [more]

NFL defends controversial roughing penalty in Denver as a “judgment call”

Rookie referee Adrian Hill got his baptism by F bomb on Sunday, thanks to a controversial shades-of-early-2018 roughing the passer call that extended what became the game-winning drive for the Bears in Denver. Hill’s decision to flag Broncos linebacker Bradley Chubb gave the Bears 15 extra yards, helping to set the stage for Eddie Piñeiro’s [more]

Eddy Pineiro: That was an emotional kick

The final minutes of Sunday’s game between the Bears and Broncos were filled with wild swings back and forth and it all wound up with Bears kicker Eddy Pineiro on the field to try a 53-yard field goal on the final play of the game. If Pineiro hit the kick, the Bears would win. If [more]

Bears’ kicker leads dramatic comeback win

The Bears have their kicker. Eddy Pineiro hit a 54-yard game-winning field goal as time expired in Denver today, helping Chicago win 16-14 — and helping to exorcise the demons of last season’s heartbreaking playoff loss. Pineiro’s kick came after Joe Flacco appeared to lead the Broncos to a dramatic comeback win. With just 31 [more]

Broncos promote tackle Jake Rodgers

As the Broncos prepare for their home opener against the Bears, they’ve added a blocker to the outer portion of their offensive line. Tackle Jake Rodgers has been promoted from the practice squad. To create a roster spot for Rodgers, center/guard Corey Levin was waived. Levin arrived via waivers on September 1, after being released [more]

Week Two injury report roundup

Week Two of the 2019 NFL season kicked off on Thursday with a win by the Buccaneers and it continues with 14 more games on Sunday, which means that the 28 teams in those games submitted their final injury reports of the week on Friday. Questionable players are uncertain to play, doubtful players are unlikely [more]

Bears coach says he didn’t tell Mitchell Trubisky not to talk

One of the peculiar moments of the week came when Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky told reporters that he was told not to talk about last week’s loss to the Packers. But Bears coach Matt Nagy insisted the order did not come from him. Via Patrick Finley of the Chicago Sun-Times, Nagy said those instructions were [more]

Troy Polamalu, Patrick Willis among first-time Hall of Fame nominees

The Pro Football Hall of Fame announced plans for an expanded class of inductees in 2020 by approving a proposal to put together a group of 15 candidates for selection in addition to the annual group of modern era nominees. That new group will be made up of 10 seniors candidates, three contributors and two [more]

Bears told Mitchell Trubisky not to talk about loss to Packers

The Bears spent the entire offseason obsessing about a missed 43-yard field goal in January. But they told quarterback Mitchell Trubisky not to talk about something that happened last week. Via Rich Campbell of the Chicago Tribune, the Bears quarterback said: “I was told not to talk about the last game.” Specifically, Trubisky had been asked to [more]

Bears claim J.P. Holtz off waivers

Trey Burton missed the opening game for the Bears with a groin injury and his status for Week Two remains uncertain. That may explain why the team added a player who also plays the position on Wednesday. The Bears announced that they have claimed J.P. Holtz off of waivers. Holtz was elevated from Washington’s practice [more]

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