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A blowout coming up?

Tom Brady awaits, and Patrick Finley and Mark Potash wonder if the Bears are in for a butt-kicking on Sunday in Tampa.

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Bears rule out DT Akiem Hicks (groin) vs. Buccaneers

Hicks played through the injury last week against the Packers and practiced partially Friday but did not travel with the team to Tampa.

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Bears reinstate RB Damien Williams, who’ll play Sunday

Williams spent 10 days on the reserve/COVID-19 list, the minimum for an unvaccinated player who tested positive for the coronavirus.

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Polling Place: Just how bad is this Blackhawks season going to be?

The Hawks have yet to have more goals on the scoreboard than the other guys at any point in any game.

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Bears vs. Buccaneers — What to Watch 4

Even with Rob Gronkowski and Antonio Brown out with injuries, outsmarting Tom Brady will be a challenge for the Bears’ defense. The Bears’ new-look run game faces a huge challenge vs. the Bucs’ No. 1-ranked run defense.

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Matt Nagy in a comfort zone: ‘I like where I’m at’

Giving up play-calling duties to offensive coordinator Bill Lazor was not an easy move. But it’s giving the Bears’ offense a chance to move forward — and Nagy a chance to be a better head coach.

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What Bears rookie Justin Fields can learn from Tom Brady

If Fields is the franchise quarterback the Bears believe him to be, he’ll be measured against every star quarterback they play for the next decade. The main benefit for him as a rookie — perhaps the only benefit — is to study the future Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterbacks on the opposing sideline this season.

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Bears’ Justin Fields unintimidated as he takes on ultimate winner Tom Brady

Brady is playing some of the best football of his career, which is really saying something, and the Buccaneers have won 13 of their last 14. It’s a monumental challenge for a rookie quarterback making his fifth start.

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Bears CB Jaylon Johnson on tardiness fine: ‘I can’t be mad, because I was late’

Bears coach Matt Nagy had an extended sit-down with Johnson after he posted a photo of his fine notice on Instagram.

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Khalil Herbert ready for his next chance as the Bears’ lead back

If Herbert plays Sunday the way he did the previous two weeks — with a physical style that belies his 5-9, 212-pound frame and a patience beyond his 23 years — the Bears will be forced to find some role for him.

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Cole Kmet could be light at end of Bears tunnel

The second-year tight end’s production against the Packers was modest — four catches for 49 yards. But any success in the passing game by tight ends still is a sign of progress for a Bears offense struggling to score points.

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Bears coordinator: DBs’ social-media posts aren’t ‘too much of a distraction’

Eddie Jackson tweeted stats about Lance Briggs’ missed tackles after the Bears’ former star linebacker was critical of his effort taking down the Packers’ Davante Adams.

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Bears injury report: Defenders down, but WR Allen Robinson returns

Defensive lineman Bilal Nichols was added to the injury report when he did not participate because of a knee injury. Safety Tashaun Gipson, who was limited with a hip injury Wednesday, didn’t practice Thursday, either.

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Halas Intrigue Episode 189: A blowout coming up?

Is Tom Brady preparing to take his own ownership share in the Bears?

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Tom Brady zings Ohio State’s QB history ahead of facing Bears’ Justin Fields

After congratulating Aaron Rodgers for owning the Bears, Brady got in a veiled shot at his old college rival Thursday.

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Bucs’ defense ‘a great learning lesson’ for Justin Fields

Building confidence with big throws against a bad defense like the Lions’ doesn’t get you very far. The only lessons for most — if not all — rookie quarterbacks in the NFL are hard ones.

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Tom Brady has seen ‘everything’ — so what will the Bears’ defense do?

Brady plays speed chess, identifying what he’s looking at and knowing where the ball is supposed to go in the Bucs’ rhythm passing attack.

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Bears predictions: Week 7 at Buccaneers

The Sun-Times’ experts offer their picks for the Bears’ game in Tampa on Sunday.

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Tardiness turns into one fine mess for Jaylon Johnson

The second-year cornerback was fined $2,745 by the Bears for being late Tuesday — and expressed his indignation in an Instagram post that included a copy of the letter informing him of the fine.

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Bears could be running into trouble vs. Bucs

The Bears are averaging 117.8 rushing yards in their last three games — fourth in the NFL in that span. But the Bucs lead the NFL in rushing defense (54.8 yards per game) and are second in yards per carry (3.4). Something’s gotta give Sunday at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa.

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Bears QB Justin Fields remains resolute, confident amid rookie struggles

The Bears’ dismal offense, .500 record and his own setbacks require quite an adjustment for a quarterback who dominated college football at the highest level.

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Chicago, the city that only knows how to covet great quarterbacks

The Bears, who haven’t had a star QB since Sid Luckman, face Tom Brady on Sunday.

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Tom Brady congratulates Aaron Rodgers for being a Bears ‘shareholder’

Aaron Rodgers told Bears fans he owned them. Tom Brady heard him.

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Bears’ WRs still looking for chemistry with QB Justin Fields on scramble plays

They’re off-script, but extended or broken plays could turn into big gains for the Bears with Fields’ strong arm and their wide receivers’ speed

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Bears OLB Robert Quinn on reserve/COVID-19 list, in question vs. Buccaneers

Quinn is having one of the best seasons of his career with 5.5 sacks in the first six games.

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1st-and-10: Bears better brace for the best of Tom Brady

After getting taunted by Aaron Rodgers, the Bears now face a red-hot Brady, who surely has vengeance on his mind after his costly brain cramp in the Bucs’ 20-19 loss to the Bears last year.

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Bears coach Matt Nagy says, ‘We need to score more’; but how?

The Bears’ offense has plunged below where it was the last two seasons and ranks near the bottom of the NFL in most categories. Nagy knows it needs to be fixed, but it’s not clear he has the answers in his fourth season.

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Akiem Hicks, Khalil Mack injuries bear watching

Both defensive stars were valiant in overcoming injuries to play against the Packers — and each sacked Aaron Rodgers. But Hicks appeared to tweak a groin injury on his sack and played only 24 of 59 snaps.

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Justin Fields still waiting to take that giant leap

Bears coach Matt Nagy sees signs of progress in the rookie’s decision-making that eventually will accelerate his progress. "Once he keeps getting that better and better, the athletic stuff of making plays and making throws is gonna come."

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Film study: Aaron Rodgers’ ups, Justin Fields’ downs and Eddie Jackson’s shot

After not hitting Davante Adams the right way, Bears safety Eddie Jackson took a shot at … former Bears linebacker Lance Briggs.

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Eddie Jackson takes shot at Lance Briggs after he criticizes Bears safety’s tackling

In response to Briggs’ criticism, Jackson found a 10-year-old tweet that points out some of the former Bears linebacker’s own tackling problems.

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Halas Intrigue Episode 188: Aaron Rodgers owns the Bears

The Packers quarterback once again displays his domination of the Bears.

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Bears notes: RB Khalil Herbert puts up strong numbers in starting debut

Plus, a look at Darnell Mooney’s rise, Akiem Hicks and Khalil Mack playing through pain and a new concern in the return game.