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  • LAKE FOREST Chase Daniel Jerseys Stitched , Ill. (AP) — staring down at the rest of the NFC North for the first time in five years.They’re in more familiar territory. And it’s not a place they want to stay.The Bears look to get back to winning after back-to-back losses when they host the banged-up New York Jets on Sunday.“No one past game dictates our season, no game coming up is going to dictate our season,” quarterback Mitchell Trubisky said. “We have the same attitude going every week, and I guess the last couple of weeks because we have been 0-2, I think we’re even hungrier. I know I am just (excited) to get back to work and get back into that win column.”Falling below .500 would be a major letdown considering where the Bears (3-3) were just a few weeks ago.They won three straight and took sole possession of the division lead for the first time since 2013 after four consecutive last-place finishes. But they’ve dropped two in a row since their bye, falling in overtime at Miami and by seven at home to New England last week. The losses left Chicago looking up at Minnesota and Green Bay and tied with Detroit in the NFC North.Trubisky, who passed for six touchdowns against Tampa Bay before the bye, was 26 of 50 for 333 yards against New England. He threw two TDs and two interceptions.The Jets (3-4) are trying to avoid a repeat of last season, when they finished 5-11 for the second year in a row. They were 3-4 a year ago Youth Adam Shaheen Jerseys , and they see this game as a measuring stick.It would help if they got more from quarterback Sam Darnold. The No. 3 overall draft pick leads league with 10 interceptions to go with one of NFL’s worst completion percentages (56.1) and passer ratings (74.3). The former USC star got picked off three times last week against Minnesota in his worst game as a pro.“Confidence is fine,” Darnold said. “I’m never really shaken at all, but it’s just an experience that I’ve got to learn from.”Here are some things to know as the Bears and Jets try to get back to winning:FITTING INWith injuries to Quincy Enunwa (sprained ankle) and Terrelle Pryor (groin, released with injury settlement), the Jets were in dire need of depth at wide receiver. They signed former Titans star Rishard Matthews on Tuesday.Matthews had asked to be traded or released by Tennessee because he didn’t like his role in the Titans’ offense. He was released last month, and now could find himself a valuable part of the Jets’ offense Sunday.Matthews has 228 catches for 3,147 yards and 21 touchdowns in six-plus seasons with Tennessee and Miami.DOMINANT ‘D’ TO STRUGGLING ‘D’With 69 points allowed and just one sack over the past two games, the Bears’ defense is taking a beating after dominating the first four weeks.It doesn’t help that outside linebacker Khalil Mack playing through an ankle injury. The two-time All-Pro hasn’t produced a sack since he was hurt against Miami on Oct. 14 after delivering five in the first four games. Chicago has gone from leading the league with 18 to being tied for eighth with 19 in that span, and a defense that ranked among the league’s best is now 12th overall.RED-ZONE WOESThe Jets have been in trouble all season when they’ve reached the opponent’s 20-yard line.New York ranks dead last in the NFL in those situations with touchdowns in just eight of 23 chances, for 34.8 percent. The Jets have 10 field goals from Jason Myers in the red zone Adam Shaheen Jerseys Stitched , which raises their overall scoring percentage to 78.3 — still 29th in the league.NO RUNNINGThe Bears have issues in the running game even though they rank sixth in the league in rushing. Trubisky has accounted for 245 of their 784 yards, much of that on scrambles rather than designed runs.With 311 yards on 90 attempts, Jordan Howard is averaging just 3.5 yards per carry.CARRYING THE LOADNew York’s Bilal Powell was placed on injured reserve this week with a bulging disk in his neck.That means Isaiah Crowell could see a lot more carries moving forward after splitting time in the backfield with Powell. Crowell has 459 yards and five touchdowns on 81 carries, while Powell ran for 343 yards on 80 attempts.Crowell has been dealing with an ankle injury since running for a franchise-record 219 yards against Denver three weeks ago, so rookie Trenton Cannon might help. We’ve shifted the focus of our offseason Chicago Bears’ roundtable topics to the NFL Draft for these last two questions."Being who you thought we were since 2005!Log In or Sign UpLog InSign UpFanpostsFanshotsSectionsBearsOddsAboutMastheadCommunity GuidelinesStubHubMoreAll 322 blogs on Horizontal - WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections Latest NewsThe Bears DenNotesXs and OsSuperfansFrom The Desk Of...Roster AnalysisChicago Bears Draft 2019Who is the one prospect you don’t want the Bears to draft?New,74commentsWe’ve shifted the focus of our offseason Chicago Bears’ roundtable topics to the NFL Draft for these last two questions.CDTShareTweetShareShareWho is the one prospect you don’t want the Bears to draft?Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY SportsYesterday we asked you guys to give us the one player you are really hoping the Chicago Bears find a way to select in the 2019 NFL Draft. But today we’re going the other direction win our offseason topic. Who is the one prospect you want the Bears to stay away from in the draft?This could be a workout warrior whose tape doesn’t match the hype, a guy with questionable medical history, or maybe a guy that had some run-ins with the authorities. Or it could just be a personal preference. I’ll go first today since I don’t have a specific player in mind, but rather a position, and that’s to stay away from drafting a kicker. I just don’t like spending a pick on a position that you are more likely to find “your guy” on the street. Look around the league. How many kickers are thriving with the same team that drafted them?I’m not saying you should never draft a kicker Youth Kevin White Jerseys , I’m just saying the Bears have just as good of odds adding an undrafted free agent to compete with the guys currently on the roster. But with that being said, I’m not going to gripe if they use their last pick on a kicker just to ensure they get the guy they want. Now let’s check in on what a few of our guys had to say...Josh Sunderbruch - It’s easy to say one of the guys who has character concerns, but I’ll go with a mock draft I saw last week that made my head hurt--a trade up into the 2nd round to take Mississippi wide receiver A.J. Brown. Not only is trading up one of the last things the Bears need to do right now, trading up to take a wide receiver after repairing the position in 2018 seems like a really bad roster management.Jacob Infante - A small part of me dies whenever I see the Bears picking an offensive tackle in the third round of any mock draft. The duo of Charles Leno Jr. and Bobby Massie is a reliable and, for their talent level, cheap offensive tackle tandem and does not need replacing this year. I would especially dislike it if the Bears were to draft Washington offensive tackle Kaleb McGary. He tested through the roof at the Combine and has great size, but make no mistake about it: the dude is stiff. His hips are far from fluid and he struggles with moving laterally on tape. He also struggles with hand placement and getting inside leverage on his defenders, and his pad level needs some work. Some team will overdraft him because he’s long and can run fast, but I’d prefer that team to not be the Bears.Erik Christopher Duerrwaechter - Honestly, I don’t want to see the Bears drafting any kickers or punters. Period. It’s not to say there’s no talent available; Cole Tracy; John Barron II; and Matt Gay are all rock solid players. I’m just not a fan of drafting kickers. Robert Zeglinski - At the moment Kevin White Jerseys Stitched , the Bears are objectively fine at tight end. The duo of Trey Burton and Adam Shaheen doesn’t profile as one of the league’s best, but they’re solid enough. I could see why folks would want the Bears to draft another tight end with their limited picks at the end of the month to change that reality. I’d prefer they didn’t. I’ve seen any number of mock drafts with tight end prospects pushed to the Bears in the third and fourth round. I think taking another tight end so soon admits defeat on the prospect of Shaheen’s career and to a lesser extent, an ill-advised investment in Burton. There’s no reason the Bears should be trying to cut any losses at tight end so soon. Shaheen is no “Baby Gronk” and we can put any notion to the contrary to rest. But he has had a career ravaged by injuries to this point and possesses enough talent to carve out a fruitful place with the Bears if he settles in. One more year of effort on his part should be enough. He deserves another chance. Meanwhile Burton, as a versatile tight end that can catch 50-plus passes and play all over the field, is exactly what the Bears need from a player like him. He’s meeting expectations. Focus on cornerback, running back, and some front line depth on both sides of the ball if you’re Ryan Pace. Don’t punt on your tight ends — with limited draft resources as it is — when you don’t yet have to.EJ Snyder - Any choice of an offensive lineman early would confuse me. The Bears O-line is as set as it has been in years and only an exceptional slide by a highly-regarded prospect could make that move make any sense. On the other side of the ball, Jachai Polite may well be available after submarining his draft stock over the last month... but I’m not really sure he fits with the highly successful “we” culture that Nagy has built in the locker room. Polite’s skills on the field are absolutely top-notch, but everything else screams stay away. Now it’s your turn. Who do you hope the Bears stay away from in the draft?
      November 12, 2019 10:14 PM PST
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