Nov 13, 2022; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Detroit Lions tight end Brock Wright (89) after he scores a touchdown against the Chicago Bears during the first half at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Matt Marton-USA TODAY Sports

Lions storm back to beat Bears for second straight division win

Jamaal Williams scored on a 1-yard plunge for the go-ahead score as the Detroit Lions rallied from a 14-point fourth-quarter deficit to defeat the host Chicago Bears 31-30 on Sunday.

Detroit (3-6) recorded its first road victory since Dan Campbell became the head coach prior to last season.

Jared Goff passed for 236 yards and a touchdown and Amon-Ra St. Brown made 10 receptions for 119 yards. Williams ran for 59 yards on 16 carries.

Jeff Okudah returned an interception for a touchdown.

Chicago quarterback Justin Fields ran for 147 yards on 13 carries and two touchdowns. He also passed for 167 yards and two touchdowns, while Cole Kmet had four receptions for 74 yards and two touchdowns for the Bears (3-7).

The score was tied 10-10 at halftime.

The Bears opened the scoring on Cairo Santos’ 33-yard field goal. Detroit answered with Michael Badgley’s 25-yard field goal.

Goff found an open Brock Wright for a 2-yard touchdown midway through the second quarter.

The Bears then embarked on a methodical 15-play, 75-yard drive that Fields ended with a 1-yard scramble into the end zone.

A 10-play, 76-yard drive in the third quarter gave Chicago the lead. Fields found Kmet for a 6-yard score to finish it off.

Later in the quarter, Fields took advantage of a blown coverage and found a wide-open Kmet on a 50-yard touchdown to make it 24-10.

Detroit benefitted from three Chicago penalties on one drive to cut the Bears’ lead in half. D’Andre Swift scored on a 9-yard run with 11:37 remaining.

Just over a minute later, Okudah picked off Fields’ pass intended for Kmet and returned it 20 yards to allow the Lions to tie the score.

That didn’t last long. Fields faked a handoff and raced past the defense for a 67-yard touchdown with 9:11 remaining. Chicago missed the extra point, leaving the score at 30-24.

Detroit regained the lead with 2:21 to go. Goff threw a 44-yard pass to Tom Kennedy and a 13-yarder to St. Brown before Williams scored from 1 yard out. Badgley’s extra point gave the Lions their only lead since 10-3.

Aidan Hutchinson and Julian Okwara sacked Fields on Chicago’s last possession to force a turnover on downs.

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Nov 6, 2022; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Chicago Bears quarterback Justin Fields (1) rushes the ball for a touchdown against the Miami Dolphins during the second half at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Mike Dinovo-USA TODAY Sports

Bears try to cash in on win behind Justin Fields, host Lions

Justin Fields appears to be developing into the franchise quarterback the Chicago Bears hoped he’d become when they drafted him in the first round last year.

The next step is to have some of his big performances translate into victories.

The Bears have lost five of their last six games heading into their NFC North matchup with visiting Detroit on Sunday.

Fields was named the NFC Offensive Player of the Week after he rushed for 178 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries and passed for three more scores in Week 9. It still didn’t translate in the win column, however, as Miami pulled out a 35-32 victory.

Fields has rushed for 408 yards on 49 carries over the past four games and scored a rushing touchdown in each of the last three games.

“The main thing is just not forcing big plays, just letting them come to me,” he said. “Of course, I’ve always thought I’ve been able to make the big play. One thing you can’t do is force big plays.”

Head coach Matt Eberflus and his staff are trying to maximize Fields’ running ability while emphasizing sliding and getting out of bounds to protect himself.

“Our guy is certainly very talented and is able to do a lot of those things,” Eberflus said of Fields being a dual threat. “He’s doing it in a smart way.”

The Bears (3-6) need to tighten up their defense to make Fields’ production more meaningful. They have allowed 84 points over the last two games.

Chicago didn’t have a sack or force a turnover against Miami.

“We’ve got to have creative ways to create pressure,” Eberflus said. “Winning on third down a lot of times is creating pressure to get the quarterback uncomfortable.”

Both teams were sellers at the trade deadline. Chicago dealt its top defender, linebacker Roquan Smith, to Baltimore while Detroit sent pass-catching tight end T.J. Hockenson to division rival Minnesota.

The Lions (2-6) snapped a five-game losing streak by defeating Green Bay 15-9 on Sunday. They can get out of the division cellar with a win Sunday.

“I do feel like we’re going in the right direction,” coach Dan Campbell said. “I know the wins are not there, though we just got one. I like the improvement. I would like to be in a better place than we are, certainly. I feel like we should have at least two more wins here and that’s on me.”

Containing Fields will be the top priority for Detroit’s defense.

“His ability on third down, that’s where they really got Miami,” Campbell said. “A number of third-and-8, third-and-10 — there’s an opening in there, he takes it and he’s gone. That’s where he’s very lethal.”

The Lions were stout in the red zone against the Packers, as Green Bay went 0-for-4 in that category. Detroit picked off Aaron Rodgers three times — twice in the end zone — after making just two interceptions in its previous seven games.

Quarterback Jared Goff threw for 137 yards, including two touchdowns, after a 321-yard performance the previous week against the Dolphins.

D’Andre Swift, the team’s most explosive player, has seen limited touches after missing three games due to shoulder and ankle injuries. He caught a 20-yard pass against Green Bay but only had two carries. Jamaal Williams had a season-high 24 carries for 81 yards.

Swift got in a limited practice on Wednesday as did defensive back Kerby Joseph, who was in concussion protocol after making two interceptions on Sunday. Center Frank Ragnow (foot) was also limited.

Bears defensive end Al-Quadin Muhammad (knee) and starting CB Kindle Vildor (ankle) sat out Wednesday’s practice.

–Field Level Media

Nov 6, 2022; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Chicago Bears quarterback Justin Fields (1) rushes the ball for a touchdown against the Miami Dolphins during the second half at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Mike Dinovo-USA TODAY Sports

Bears’ Justin Fields breaks NFL QB rushing record

Chicago’s Justin Fields broke the NFL single-game rushing record for a quarterback during the Bears’ 35-32 loss at Miami on Sunday.

Fields ran for 178 yards on 15 carries, including a 61-yard touchdown, to eclipse the regular-season record of 173 yards established by the Atlanta Falcons’ Michael Vick on Dec. 1, 2002 at Minnesota.

Fields completed 17 of 28 passes for 123 yards and three touchdowns, but the Bears (3-6) lost for the fifth time in six games.

Fields, 23, has rushed for 602 yards and four touchdowns and passed for 1,322 yards and 10 scores through nine starts in his second season. The Bears drafted him No. 11 overall in 2021.

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Nov 6, 2022; Chicago, Illinois, USA;  Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa (1) makes a pass after avoiding a sack in the second quarter against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Jamie Sabau-USA TODAY Sports

Tua Tagovailoa outduels Justin Fields as Dolphins edge Bears

Tua Tagovailoa passed for 302 yards and three touchdowns and Tyreek Hill had 143 receiving yards and a score as the visiting Miami Dolphins defeated the Chicago Bears 35-32 on Sunday afternoon.

Miami (6-3) notched its third straight victory since Tagovailoa returned from a concussion. Despite a standout effort from quarterback Justin Fields — who passed for three touchdowns, ran for another and accounted for 301 yards of total offense — the Bears lost for the fifth time in six games.

Fields rushed for 178 yards, breaking Michael Vick’s record for most rushing yards by a quarterback in a regular-season game.

Chicago (3-6) finished with 252 yards on the ground. David Montgomery followed Fields with 36 rushing yards as the Bears joined the 1976 Pittsburgh Steelers as the only franchises in the Super Bowl era to run for 225-plus yards in four straight games.

Fields scored on a 61-yard rushing touchdown in the third quarter, then completed a two-point conversion pass to cut Chicago’s deficit to 28-25.

Cole Kmet had five catches for 41 yards and two touchdowns, with the second of those drawing the Bears to within 35-32 with 11:38 remaining. Miami followed with its second turnover on downs inside Chicago territory, but it regrouped to force a Bears punt. Chicago had another chance in the closing minutes but turned the ball over on downs near midfield.

Tagovailoa completed 21 of 30 passes while connecting with Hill, Jaylen Waddle and recent acquisition Jeff Wilson for touchdowns.

Chicago and Miami each scored on their first two drives, which the Dolphins’ pair of touchdowns eclipsing a touchdown and field goal for the Bears.

As the Bears prepared to punt on their third drive, Jaelan Phillips burst through the line to block Trenton Gill’s kick, and Andrew Van Ginkel recovered, racing 25 yards for a touchdown and a 21-10 Dolphins lead.

The Bears rebounded, however, responding with a 12-play, 75-yard yard scoring drive punctuated by a 16-yard touchdown pass from Fields to Darnell Mooney. The game entered halftime with Miami ahead 21-17 after Jason Sanders missed a 29-yard field goal in the closing seconds of the second quarter.

Waddle caught an 18-yard touchdown pass on the opening drive of the third quarter and Wilson scored on a 10-yard reception after Fields’ 61-yarder.

Fields became the first player in league history with three passing touchdowns and at least 140 rushing yards in the same game.

–Field Level Media

Oct 30, 2022; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Miami Dolphins wide receiver Tyreek Hill (10) runs with the ball against the Detroit Lions during the second half at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: David Reginek-USA TODAY Sports

Dolphins bring win-now feeling into matchup vs. Bears

Separate trade deadline deals for linebacker Bradley Chubb of Denver and running back Jeff Wilson Jr. of San Francisco have sent the Miami Dolphins’ outlook skyrocketing.

“The window is now for this team,” wide receiver Tyreek Hill said.

Added quarterback Tua Tagovailoa: “We’re not afraid to talk about Super Bowls here.”

Miami will aim to keep the good vibes intact Sunday as the Dolphins officially pass the midway point of the season with a visit to the Chicago Bears, who sold various valuable pieces at the deadline amid a new regime and rebuild.

The Dolphins (5-3) are trying to match the three-game winning streak they used to start the season before a three-game slide seemingly brought expectations back to Earth.

Miami is coming off a 31-27, come-from-behind road victory against Chicago’s NFC North counterpart, the Detroit Lions. After trailing 27-17 at halftime, Miami pulled ahead with two touchdowns in the third quarter.

Tagovailoa capped the rally with an 11-yard touchdown pass to Mike Gesicki. Jaylen Waddle snagged a pair of touchdown passes as part of an eight-catch, 106-yard day, while Hill had 12 receptions for 188 yards.

Chicago, naturally, is bracing itself. The Bears (3-5) allowed 442 total yards during Sunday’s 49-29 loss at Dallas, including 242 through the air.

Now the team braces for a jelling Miami attack without linebacker Roquan Smith, shopped this week to Baltimore. Smith leads the NFL with 83 tackles. In what Chicago hopes isn’t a harbinger to its matchup with the Dolphins, however, defensive backs Eddie Jackson (11) and Jaquan Brisker (nine) were the team’s top tacklers against Dallas. Jackson (hip) was limited in practice to begin the week.

As for the loss of Smith?

“You have a Pro Bowl player that was leading the NFL in tackles. I’m not sure that you do, really, replicate that,” Bears coach Matt Eberflus said. “So what you shift guys around, move guys around and put guys in place and next-man-up, he plays, and it’s gonna be good for that linebacker room, getting experience and getting some playing time.”

The Bears also added wide receiver Chase Claypool in a trade with Pittsburgh as they hope to add a big-play threat for quarterback Justin Fields.

Chicago leads the NFL with 1,507 rushing yards and is tied for second with 5.3 yards per carry after running 43 times for 240 yards against Dallas.

Still, the franchise wants to diversify its attack beyond the ground game, whose top threats are running backs Khalil Herbert and David Montgomery, as well as Fields.

Claypool called himself “a dynamic playmaker” when describing what the Bears were getting.

“I’m a playmaker and I’m excited to make plays. I feel like I didn’t have the full opportunity to show what I can do this year, but I think I’ve been able to show that in the past,” Claypool said. “I’m excited to be able to gain that trust with Justin, too, where he knows if he needs a play he can come to me and, frankly, any receiver out there.”

Miami leads the all-time series 9-4, including a 27-14 victory in the teams’ most recent meeting in Chicago, on Oct. 19, 2014.

–Field Level Media

Sep 25, 2022; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Chicago Bears inside linebacker Roquan Smith (58) runs with the ball after an interception in the fourth quarter against the Houston Texans at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Bartel-USA TODAY Sports

It’s official: Ravens trade for LB Roquan Smith

The Baltimore Ravens on Tuesday announced their trade for linebacker Roquan Smith from the Chicago Bears in exchange for linebacker A.J. Klein and draft picks.

While the Ravens did not disclose the picks, the Bears also announced the deal and are getting second- and fifth-round draft picks in 2023.

The Bears also posted a thank you to Smith on Twitter.

Smith, 25, is a two-time second-team All-Pro with the Bears and was drafted eighth overall out of Georgia in 2018. He represents an upgrade in the middle of the 3-4 defense in Baltimore, which now stacks three first-rounders at the position in Patrick Queen (2020, 28th overall), Odafe Oweh (2021, 31st) along with proven veterans Justin Houston and Jason Pierre-Paul at the fourth LB spot.

Klein, 31, appeared in just two games (one start) this season for the Ravens. He had five tackles, including one for loss. He has 15.5 career sacks and 454 tackles in 136 games (81 starts) for four teams, including the Carolina Panthers (2013-16), who drafted him in the fifth round of the 2013 draft.

The Ravens are atop the AFC North at 5-3, but defensive standards are not being met.

They are 32nd in defensive yards per play — 5.98-yard average — and passing yards per game (278.9) but first in the NFL against the run (84.5 yards per game).

The league-leader in tackles at 83, according the NFL’s official statistics, Smith is in the final year of his rookie contract. Negotiations between Poles and Smith’s representatives became contentious before training camp, when he demanded a trade.

Smith was fifth in the NFL in total tackles last season (career-high 163). He has 608 total tackles and 14.5 sacks in 69 career games.

–Field Level Media

Oct 23, 2022; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Chase Claypool (11) runs with the football during the second quarter against the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: Steelers trade WR Chase Claypool to Bears

The Chicago Bears acquired third-year wide receiver Chase Claypool from the Pittsburgh Steelers on Tuesday for a second-round draft pick in 2023, multiple outlets reported.

The move comes in the aftermath of the Bears trading away linebacker Roquan Smith on Monday and defensive end Robert Quinn last week.

The 6-foot-4 Claypool has 32 catches for 311 yards and a touchdown in eight starts this season. His catches would lead the Bears and his yards would be second only to Darnell Mooney’s 364. Equanimeous St. Brown is next among Bears wideouts with 11 catches.

Claypool, 24, has 153 career catches for 2,044 yards and 12 TDs in 39 games (27 starts) for the Steelers, who selected him in the second round of the 2020 draft.

The Steelers acquired the Bears’ second-round pick, not the one Chicago received from the Ravens in the Smith trade. The Bears’ selection likely will fall earlier in the second round than Baltimore’s traded pick.

–Field Level Media

Nov 21, 2021; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Chicago Bears inside linebacker Roquan Smith (58) tackles Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Devin Duvernay (13) in the first half at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Quinn Harris-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: Bears trade LB Roquan Smith to Ravens

NFL leading tackler Roquan Smith is relocating from the Chicago Bears to the heart of the Baltimore Ravens’ defense, according to multiple reports.

ESPN reported the Bears agreed to trade Smith to the Ravens for second- and fifth-round draft picks in 2023, following the rebuild pattern of shedding salary since general manager Ryan Poles took over the team in January.

Smith, 25, is a two-time second-team All-Pro with the Bears and was drafted eighth overall out of Georgia in 2018. He represents an upgrade in the middle of the 3-4 defense in Baltimore, which now stacks three first-rounders at the position in Patrick Queen (2020, 28th overall), Odafe Oweh (2021, 31st) along with proven veterans Justin Houston and Jason Pierre-Paul at the fourth LB spot.

The Ravens are atop the AFC North at 5-3, but defensive standards are not being met.

They are 32nd in defensive yards per play — 5.98-yard average — and passing yards per game (278.9) but first in the NFL against the run (84.5 yards per game).

While the Bears are set with a potential $140 million to $150 million under the salary cap for 2023 free agency, they now start over without the centerpiece of their defense in Smith. Poles traded defensive end Robert Quinn to the Philadelphia Eagles last week.

The league-leader in tackles at 83, according the NFL’s official statistics, Smith is in the final year of his rookie contract. Negotiations between Poles and Smith’s representatives became contentious before training camp, when he demanded a trade.

The trade of Quinn hit Smith hard when he learned of his departure during a press session last Wednesday.

Smith, who was fifth in the NFL in total tackles last season (career-high 163). He has 608 total tackles and 14.5 sacks in 69 career games.

–Field Level Media

Oct 30, 2022; Arlington, Texas, USA; Chicago Bears safety Eddie Jackson (4) runs the ball for a first down in the second quarter against the Chicago Bears at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Tony Pollard scores three times as Cowboys cruise past Bears

Tony Pollard ran for 131 yards and three touchdowns to key the host Dallas Cowboys’ dominant 49-29 victory over the Chicago Bears on Sunday at Arlington, Tex.

The Cowboys (6-2) have won six of their past seven games and dealt the Bears (3-5) their fourth loss in their past five.

Pollard got the start with Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott nursing an ailing knee as Dallas hopes he will be ready to return after the team’s bye week in Week 9.

Pollard paced a Dallas offense which was potent from the start, scoring on its first four possessions and delivering the highest scoring output of any team in the league so far this season.

Dak Prescott continued to regain his rhythm in the Cowboys offense after returning last week. Prescott completed 21 of 27 passes for 250 yards and threw a pair of touchdown passes and one interception. His first went to CeeDee Lamb, who led all Dallas receivers with five catches for 77 yards.

Led by quarterback Justin Fields, Chicago fought its way back in the game in the first half after falling behind 28-7. Eddie Jackson also had a key interception with 28 seconds left in the first half which led to a Cairo Santos field goal on the last play of the second quarter.

Fields threw two touchdown passes and completed 17 of 23 for 151 yards while also rushing for another touchdown and finishing with 60 yards on eight attempts on the ground.

Khalil Herbert’s 12-yard touchdown run with 9:42 left in the third cut Dallas’ lead to 28-23.

But the Bears’ momentum was sapped by a costly turnover with five minutes left in the third quarter. David Montgomery caught a short pass over the middle from Fields and was stripped by Leighton Vander Esch.

Micah Parson scooped up the fumble and went to the ground, but was not touched by any of the Bears including Fields who leapfrogged over him on the play. Parsons alertly got up and returned it 36 yards for a touchdown to give Dallas a 42-23 lead.

The Cowboys defense finished with four sacks overall. Herbert led the Bears in rushing with 99 yards on 16 carries.

–Field Level Media

Oct 23, 2022; Arlington, Texas, USA;  Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott (21) runs with the ball during the first half against the Detroit Lions at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott (knee) inactive vs. Bears

Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott is listed as inactive for Sunday’s home game against the Chicago Bears.

Elliott was listed as doubtful to play after missing practice all week with a right knee injury he sustained in the Cowboys’ 24-6 victory over the Detroit Lions.

Tony Pollard is expected to receive the bulk of the carries for Dallas (5-2) in the absence of Elliott, who has rushed for 443 yards and four touchdowns in seven games this season.

Elliott was joined by safety Malik Hooker, wide receiver Noah Brown, linebacker Jabril Cox, quarterback Will Grier, defensive lineman Trysten Hill and defensive end Sam Williams in being listed as inactive for Sunday’s game.

The Bears (3-4) listed defensive back Lamar Jackson, tight end Jake Tonges, offensive tackle Larry Borom and wide receiver Isaiah Coulter as inactive.

–Field Level Media