For those of you still playing in Week 17 …

Till the end: If you’re in one of those die-hard leagues where teams start players through Week 17, give Browns RB Edwin Baker a try. He was in the game on almost every offensive snap during Sunday’s loss to the Jets, and he finished with 17 carries for 64 yards and a TD. Cleveland finishes the season with a road trip to Pittsburgh, whose defense has been leaking yards and points in recent weeks. With so many starters disappointing in Week 16, maybe Baker can give you an unexpected boost to close out the year.   Loyalty program: Bears head coach Marc Trestman confirmed Jay Cutler will remain the starter in Week 17. Count me in the crowd that says […]

Texans stick with Keenum, Peterson ailing

  Case not closed: So, the Texans didn’t need much time to declare Case Keenum will start in Week 12 against the Jaguars. “I’ve got total confidence in him,” said coach Gary Kubiak. Except most of his fantasy owners don’t anymore after the inexplicably poor performance against a Raiders secondary that doesn’t exactly terrify opposing quarterbacks. If you own Keenum, I’m sorry. I really don’t know what to tell you, other than the Jags defense presents a good opportunity for him to get back on track. Nonetheless, keep your other options as open as possible. I wouldn’t start Keenum this week unless I had absolutely zero alternatives. Have a seat, Jay: The Bears have already ruled out Jay Cutler (ankle, […]

Cutler among injury-marred Week 7 victims

Cutler among those injured in Week 7: What a rough week for a number of fantasy staples, if not superstars. Sam Bradford and Reggie Wayne both had torn ACLs. Brian Cushing had disgusting and unimaginable injuries to his knee. Jermichael Finley suffered a concussion and was in ICU through most of Monday. Doug Martin may or may not be out for the year depending on whether you believe Greg Schiano. And as long as we’re at it, let’s just add Jay Cutler to the list. Bears head coach Marc Trestman told reporterson  Monday that Cutler will miss “a minimum” of four weeks with a torn groin muscle and will be “week to week” after that point. Trestman said Cutler told him he […]

Burleson still aiming big

Burleson has lofty post-injury goals: Can Nate Burleson reach 1,000 receiving yards this season despite missing time after a pizza-related car accident that even he is laughing about now? He certainly thinks so. Burleson averaged about 80 receiving yards per game in the first three weeks of the season, which would have put him on pace to go well over 1,000 over the course of a 16-game season. But the recent accident will become a bigger obstacle the longer it lingers. The good news, though? With a number of inter-divisional games left, the Vikings, Packers and Bears all rank in the bottom 10 at defending the pass this season. Yes, it’s early. But the opportunities will be there. Get back […]

Briggs’ new contract worth $17.5M

Lance Briggs‘ new contract with the Bears includes over $8.25 million in new guarantees, and richly rewards the linebacker for his work with the team. A year after requesting a trade, and at a time when linebackers have been struggling mightily to get significant contracts on the open market, Briggs secured a strong deal from the Bears thanks to his agent Drew Rosenhaus.

Bears offense could receive a big Christmas gift

Matt Forte and Jay Cutler are hinting that they might return sooner than expected. That could mean some stashed weapons on the benches of fantasy owners.

Bears better beyond Cutler

Jay Cutler certainly did his part in contributing to the Bears’ impressive Week 1 victory over the Falcons, but there was so much more.

Will Bears, Chiefs fall victim to playoff hangovers?

With “The Hangover II” opening on Memorial Day weekend, “NFL Total Access” made the natural segue into which NFL playoff teams will suffer a football hangover in 2011. 

Owens would help fill Bears’ most glaring weakness

In fairness to Jay Cutler, he needs in Chicago what he had in Denver, a true No. 1 receiver.

On the clock: Bears

With the No. 29 overall pick in the first round, Chicago Sun-Times columnist Neil Hayes believes an offensive lineman is a huge priority for the Bears with their first pick.

NFL history: Feathers first to 1,000

With the myriad of off the field issues coming to a head today, we thought we would take a break and harken back to a simpler time with the help of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Today’s topic comes from their weekly historical series regarding the first player to break 1,000 yards rushing in a single season.

Plenty of reasons to like the Bears

I went out on my own on the “Playbook” picks this week and took the Bears over the Packers, for several reasons.

Bears had something to prove

The Bears knew going in to Week 17 they couldn’t improve their No. 2 seed in the NFC. Still, they played like they had to win the game. It’s a testament to the players and head coach Lovie Smith.

These Bears won’t go away quietly

The Bears are the team that no one wants to believe in. Well, when I say no one, that means everyone outside of Chicago, outside of Halas Hall, outside of the true believers.

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