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Pernell McPhee leading with his words and his play

Pernell McPhee leading with his words and his play

The cheers were audible through the walls of the Bears’ locker room Sunday afternoon. After being outmatched in their first three games by opponents who made the playoffs last season, the Bears finally had a victory for their efforts in new coach John Fox’s program -- and they celebrated accordingly.

Here are three things we learned about the Bears in their 22-20 victory over the Raiders:

1. Pernell McPhee is emerging as someone teammates want to follow -- because he’s good.

McPhee made an impassioned team speech on Saturday night in which he asked his teammates to lock arms to symbolize their togetherness. After the game, it was...

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