| Nov 4, 2014
| 6:32 PM
Last week in parentheses.
1. Patriots 7-2 (2): Manhandling of Broncos could have implications in January and help gain home-field advantage in playoffs.
2. Cardinals 7-1 (3): They own the best record in the NFC in November for the first time since...
| Dec 9, 2014
| 9:17 AM
Welcome back to “The Blitz Package,” your weekly destination for notable news, nuggets and intriguing Chicago Bears storylines. This week’s topic: the important statistical developments to keep an eye on during the season’s...
| Dec 11, 2014
| 11:57 AM
Consider it the Disappointment Bowl on Monday night at Soldier Field: Bears vs. Saints in a battle of 5-8 teams that have been their own worst enemies this season.
For those still interested in surveying the wreckage, it’s interesting to note...
| Dec 13, 2014
| 3:22 PM
What does a 5-8 record mean in today's NFL? For the Bears, it means major frustration at the tail end of a disappointing season. For the Saints, it means a share of the NFC South lead and a realistic chance to host a playoff game on the first weekend of...
| Dec 15, 2014
| 7:27 PM
These quarterback audibles aren't about deception. They're about desperation.
With the clock winding down on the NFL regular season, several teams are being forced to make a change at the most pivotal position.
It's a case of next man up . . . and...
| Dec 21, 2014
| 7:30 PM
The fix is in — and it's working.
Five seasons ago, confronted with the problem of playoff-bound teams resting starters and coasting into the postseason, the NFL began scheduling only division games for the final week of the season. The theory...
| Dec 22, 2014
| 5:15 AM
Ten thoughts after the Chicago Bears fell 20-14 to the Detroit Lions on Sunday for their fourth consecutive loss. 1. In case of emergency, break glass. If you need a fire extinguisher, you can only hope it works after you break the glass. When you smash...
| Dec 24, 2014
| 6:14 AM
Welcome back to “The Blitz Package,” your weekly destination for notable news, nuggets and intriguing Chicago Bears storylines. This week’s topic: The end.
The Bears will play their 2014 season finale Sunday afternoon against the...
| Dec 29, 2014
| 7:46 PM
The Bears' purge Monday did not include most of Marc Trestman's coaching staff.
Only offensive coordinator Aaron Kromer was fired along with Trestman and general manager Phil Emery. Each assistant under contract for 2015 — including defensive...
| Jan 3, 2015
| 7:06 PM
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — If you believe in the idea that defense travels, you can't discount the .500 Panthers in the postseason.
Ron Rivera's swarming Panthers defense set an NFL playoff record in a 27-16 wild-card round victory Saturday at Bank of...
| Jan 2, 2015
| 7:15 PM
These teams have been headed in opposite directions lately, with Carolina winning four in a row and Arizona losing four of six.
Because of injuries, the Cardinals are down to third-string quarterback Ryan Lindley, who threw the first two touchdown...