Vikings face key home game against Bears ahead of bye week

The Minnesota Vikings will go for a season sweep of a division rival when they host the Chicago Bears on Monday night in Minneapolis. Minnesota (6-5) earned a 19-13 win in Chicago in Week 6. That ignited a five-game winning streak that ended last week when the Denver Broncos handed the Vikings a 21-20 loss. Vikings coach Kevin O’Connell reportedly decided against allowing his best player — wideout Justin Jefferson — to return from a

Lions begin run of division games vs. Justin Fields, Bears

The Detroit Lions’ last division title, 30 years ago, was so long ago the NFC North was the Central. In order to end the drought, the Lions will need to hold down their current division opponents for the remainder of the regular season. Detroit (7-2) plays five of its final eight games against its NFC North rivals, beginning with a home matchup against the last-place Bears on Sunday. The Lions are seeking their first division

Future front and center as Panthers visit Bears

When the opportunity to start over with Bryce Young or C.J. Stroud at quarterback presented itself, the Chicago Bears surrendered the No. 1 pick in the 2023 draft to the Carolina Panthers. Young and the Panthers (1-7) visit the Bears (2-7) on Thursday night, and once again draft ramifications are of greater significance than the playoff picture. The Bears in effect put their chips behind quarterback Justin Fields for a make-or-break 2023 season with the

Heading in different directions, Bears, Saints meet in New Orleans

The Chicago Bears won’t be getting Justin Fields back this week. Montez Sweat is arriving, and running backs coach David Walker is moving on. It has been a tough week and turbulent first two months of the season for the Bears (2-6) as they prepare to visit the New Orleans Saints Sunday. “We really feel we’re turning the corner,” head coach Matt Eberflus said, noting that both wins have come in the last four games.

Bears hope for strong encore from Tyson Bagent vs. Chargers

Undrafted Tyson Bagent will look to guide the Chicago Bears to their second straight victory when they visit the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday night. Bagent, a product of Division II Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, W.Va., started last week in place of Justin Fields (right thumb) and completed 21 of 29 passes for 162 yards and a touchdown in Chicago’s 30-12 victory over the Las Vegas Raiders. The 23-year-old didn’t mince words on Wednesday when

Injured QBs take center stage as Bears host Raiders

Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo grew up in suburban Chicago, and Chicago Bears counterpart Justin Fields is still striving to come into his own. Whether either will play in Sunday’s Week 7 encounter at Soldier Field remains to be seen as the duo deals with injuries. Neither Garoppolo (back) nor Fields (thumb) practiced Wednesday, and their status may not be determined until before kickoff. Something far from questionable, though, is this: both the Raiders

Bears go for 2nd straight win, host Justin Jefferson-less Vikings

The Minnesota Vikings will try to bounce back without their top playmaker when they visit the Chicago Bears in a matchup of NFC North rivals Sunday. Minnesota (1-4) is coming off a 27-20 loss at home to the Kansas City Chiefs, which marked its fourth single-digit defeat of the season. The loss stung even worse as star wide receiver Justin Jefferson injured his hamstring late in the game and was forced to leave. This week,

Young quarterbacks guide hungry Bears, Commanders into battle

Washington Commanders quarterback Sam Howell enters Thursday’s visit from the Bears with five career starts, 24 fewer than Chicago counterpart Justin Fields. On the surface, that appears to be a considerable gulf. Hearing Howell’s teammates discuss his maturity, though, suggests that he can measure up when the teams meet in Landover, Md., in Week 5. Howell exhibited expert decision-making in Sunday’s 34-31 overtime loss at Philadelphia, going 29-for-41 passing for 290 yards and a touchdown