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Brad Biggs: 10 Thoughts on Losing the Chicago Bears in Week 11



10 thoughts after the Chicago Bears defeat by the Los Angeles Rams 17-7 on Sunday night at the L.A. Memorial Coliseum.

. 1 The bears will cling to the hope that Mitch Trubisky's development will happen on their own, with signs of steady, incremental progress – words the club has used in relation to the quarterback.

And that's why a a hip injury for Mitch Trubisky, which was sustained at the end of the second quarter and caused coach Matt Nagy to pull him out of the game with a remaining playing time of 3 minutes and 31

seconds, is problematic.

The bears need a healthy trubisky to rate. You can not be returned to a position due to an injury by pressing the pause button during the entire procedure. Trubisky missed the fifth week game in London with a left shoulder injury. Now the hip injury – the quarterback said it was his right hip after the game – is central to the Giants visiting Soldier Field on Sunday. Remember, it was the giants who annoyed the bears at MetLife Stadium last season when Chase Daniel came in to replace Trubisky.

There are still six games in a Bears season that will turn out to be one of the frustrating franchises for the last two or three decades. The bears are 4-6 and if the playoffs start this week, the 8-3 Vikings would be number 6 in the NFC. That means the bears are 3 ½ games behind the Vikings. There are three other teams that are between the Bears and the Vikings, but there's no point in wasting that space to explain why the playoffs are a lost cause.

Daniel is not the answer to the team's quarterback problems, not this season and certainly not the next. Investing in him – he went into the season as the league's second highest paid quarterback quarterback – seems to be wrong. It's easy to say that now, if the starter is not pointing up and the backup is not enough up to start with more than four career starts in the 11th grade.

The Bears Need Trubisky in the Field Because They Need to Finding The kind of evidence Nagy, his offensive employee and general manager Ryan Pace and his staff can agree with is encouraging – or they must decide that Trubisky is not get the starting position for 2020. That's a decision You have to arrive together because Nagy does not build the squad and Pace does not train the players. Public opinion on this issue is massively one-sided, but the team does not agree with what is said outside the Halas hall. The team has to be honest, and this was another bad performance by Trubisky – 24 out of 43 went past Tarik Cohen with a 14-yard touchdown pass for 190 yards (4.4 yards per attempt) and a trapping pass. Sure, the hip injury will be blamed for some of the missed casts, but if the bears stuck to a late lead, he would have stayed in the field. The injury occurred late in the first half, a first half in which the offense was ruled out (just like two weeks ago in Philadelphia). Yes, there were a few passports left, but nothing that would affect the numbers greatly. Trubisky falls further away from his litters. He does not see the field very well. He has not been consistently good for a short distance in the first half of the 2018 season.

  Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky looks ahead to throwing a pass against the Rams in the first quarter.

Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky looks ahead before he throws a pass against the Rams in the first quarter. (Armando L. Sanchez / Chicago Tribune)

When Nagy found out that Trubisky had suffered a hip injury, they talked about it. But do not get involved in the crime scene investigation, who knew what and when. Keep an eye on what happens in the future. The bears must find out what they will do in the quarterback position, and delaying the evaluation process is what can only slow the organization down. If Trubisky somehow puts it together and heads up drives that produce more points, create explosive games (the bears did not have a 20-yard gain in the game), and convert third downs, there will be something to discuss. If he still has problems, the bears must discuss various contingency plans for the next season. It's that simple.

2. A number that jumps out of the Game of the Week 11 are the nine passes that the Rams defended in Mitch Trubisky's 43 pass attempts.

This means that the Rams broke more than one in five throws. This is a product of a few things, perhaps most importantly, that Mitch Trubisky struggles with the expectation of litters, and then misses his receivers, who do not even get the biggest breakup, right away. The Rams were able to eliminate Trubisky's favorite goal, Allen Robinson (6 goals, 4 catches, 15 meters), with elite cornerback Jalen Ramsey, and so Tarik Cohen, Taylor Gabriel and Anthony Miller had to win for the Bears. They took turns playing games, but nothing that really threatened the Rams.

"It's always a good thing to come in with a team like this," said Rams linebacker Cory Littleton. "But you still have to show them the greatest respect."

Rams told linebacker Clay Matthews, "If you can hold an offense up to (seven) points, it's obviously a great accomplishment." Forced Envelope, Lot Three and Outs. "It was almost difficult for the defense to get into a rhythm Come on, if you have these excellent games where you play three games, three games, three games, sometimes you want these shoots to just get into a rhythm and flow. "

That's a damn big problem if the Defense is not able to get enough games to get into the flow of action, right? The bears were not as bad as the three-and-punts: there were only four in the game – and they had two chances in the first quarter, which went awry when Eddy Pineiro missed the field goals. 19659005] There's just the thing for coach Matt Nagy and his offense. The bears do not scare anyone. They do not challenge an enemy defense and find nothing to hang their hat on. Right now, there is no facet of offense that is consistently good, and it must be clear to them that their chaos is displayed in a prime-time game. The Bears have three more national television games left, two of which run at prime time.

How do you explain the third and first speed option in the third quarter? The bears were 10-7 behind and had the ball on their own 29-yard line with just over 18 minutes in the game. Choose a high school playoff game this weekend and you'll see a better run of the option. Trubisky turned it into a delayed pitch and David Montgomery was suffocated for a 3-yard loss. No shot.

"It was a fair bit of them," Nagy said. "We had a kill on the piece. Mitch made the right decision and sometimes you have these pieces. This is certainly one that I look back on and that we would like to have back. There are a few of them per game, but these guys have done everything we asked of them. "

I wonder what the bears killed to switch to the option game, because it was just a mess and those noises again For Trubisky to let the ball run anymore, he should watch this again before renewing his efforts. The quarterback should run straight to the defender and attack his inner shoulder. This forces the end to devote to the quarterback or the pitch, in this case Montgomery. Trubisky did not touch anything, so the end did not have to read anything. It was badly executed at a crucial moment in a manageable third relegation game the bears had to catch up with.

The Bears used the tempo, especially at the beginning of the game, and held onto the same staff grouping when they had positive games, and it helped a few. They carried out 28 offensive games on their first three possessions, but had the missed field goals and then a failed fourth and ninth for Taylor Gabriel instead of what a 49-yard Pineiro attempt would have been. The attack helped the Bears control the ball for 32 minutes, 44 seconds and the Bears ran 74 offensive games to only 52 for the Rams. The defense of Los Angeles should have been exhausted, but it was not. A guy like Matthews, who has seen the Bears offense evolve (and in some cases has evolved), said the Rams' defense had benefited from having more games against the Bears offense. That's really something.

. 3 As I said earlier this season, the bears would be in a much better place, especially after the painful loss of the Chargers home, if the biggest problem they are currently suffering from is Eddy Pineiro.

If You Commit to It At a mass tryout at Halas Hall this week, a kick-carnival after what the team hosted in the spring, you probably will not face the problems that others have with their kickers pay enough attention. Eddy Pineiro is in a lull after missing four of his last seven field goal attempts and an extra against the Lions last week.

"I just missed it," Pineiro said when asked about the 48-Yarder, who was still far from the bear's first ball possession.

"Just missed it," Pineiro said when asked about the 47-Yarder that he missed a shot in the first quarter.

Pineiro did not become much more expansive. Coach Matt Nagy said he had no plans to seek a replacement at the time.

  Bears kicker Eddy Pineiro looks up after a field goal in the third quarter against the Rams.

Bears kicker Eddy Pineiro looks up a field goal in the third quarter against the Rams. (Armando L. Sanchez / Chicago Tribune)

"No, no," Nagy said. "I mean no, we look at each other and I think with Eddy he knows you have to do this."

Pineiro is 12 for 17 and has company and there are five more kickers – Robbie Gould, Adam Vinatieri , Ka & # 39; imi Fairbairn, Stephen Hauschka and Matt Bryant – who missed five field goals but something important differentiates Pineiro from this group – all these guys have much more established CVs in the NFL, so they have much more latitude Well, all but Bryant, who has already been cut by the Hawks.

I can understand Nagy, who gives Pineiro some more time, but if the mistakes continue, the Bears need to take action, because they are a team with so little room for error at the moment.

"They still believe in me and just keep going," Pineiro said. "Do you know? I just have to get better. I have to continue grinding. "

Pineiro is smart enough to know he needs to start drilling these kicks and it'll be interesting to see Nagy deal with game management against the Giants and the following week in Detroit Will he try to give Pineiro the first chance he can have to boost his self-esteem?

"It's sort of a feeling where you're in terms of position feel the field, and then the game you have, "Nagy said," So that was exactly the way we went, and we want to be able to reach those field goals. "

4 There are more than a few similarities between the bears and the rams.

Both franchises were quickly turned over by young, offensive-looking head coaches, both of whom faced challenges this season – both clubs have recently picked two draft picks for the first round, around to win a Defender of Defense, and both teams have acted in the Draft to select their starting quarterback.

A year before Bears GM Ryan Pace on draft Mitch Trubisky No. Overall, the Rams paid a much higher price in the 2016 draft for moving from 15th place to 1st place. Los Angeles exchanged two picks for the first round, two picks for the second round and two picks for the third round (one of them as a balance pick) against the top pick 2016, a pick for the fourth round and a pick for the sixth round. The Rams were ready to qualify for Jared Goff, a decision that was hard to dispute a year ago when he led the organization to the Super Bowl in his third season.

Los Angeles was predictably rewarding Goff with a contract extension earlier this season, a deal that in many ways reflects the Philadelphia-signed extension of Carson Wentz. Wentz was selected to vote for Goff and both are represented by the same agency, Rep 1 Sports (which also has Mitch Trubisky as client).

Goff, who signed a $ 134 million four-year extension, is fully guaranteed a total of $ 57 million by the end of next season. And assuming he's on the list on March 20, his $ 20 million base salary of 2021 will be guaranteed, so you'll spend at least $ 82 million in the first three years.

The numbers in Wentz's deal are similar and it's the price of doing business when it comes to completing the second contract for a quarterback. For this reason, the teams see the opportunity to compete in an open championship window with a starting quarterback and a rookie contract with such big eyes. It opens up so many ways to invest salary caps in an offer to add the parts needed for a championship run. This came to the fore as the Bears drove against Khalil Mack, a business that will be a challenge to the franchise. The next few years, when the group of young, retired players on the squad will be evolving, will not be so deep be.

In a perfect world, a utopia of navy and orange, Trubisky would have played at a level this year, on which the bears were driven until the summer of 2020, to extend his contract before his fourth season. It seems that Trubisky has no chance of making a run for the Super Bowl LIV. At least there is no gray area in which GM Ryan Pace could address the issue, although another issue will be the team's decision on the option for the fifth year of the 2021 contract. Early admittance of players to a contract extension, especially for quarterbacks, is a clever affair for teams. It allows them to do business more cheaply, and since the salary cap is likely to skyrocket when a new CBA is completed, it might soon be smarter. Salary capping is all about manipulating resources. Early extensions, such as the bears have done in recent years with multiple non-quarterbacks, are a win-win for players, as they receive a cash gain earlier than they would, while eliminating the risk of injury or performance degradation. It's also a win for the clubs as they get players under contract longer than usual.

With the Rams beating 0-3 since the start of the season, it pays to ask if there's a level the remorse of the buyer when it comes to Goffs contract. Basically, the Rams paid him as a starter under coach Sean McVay around the clock with a record. He was very productive last season. He threw 4,688 yards, 32 touchdowns, just 12 interceptions and completed 64.9 percent of his passes with an average yard per attempt of 8.4. There is no question that this work was deep enough to convince the franchise that Goff was worth the investment. But this weekend, Goff was 28th in the NFL in the fit score at 82.7 (just behind Trubisky's 85.2). His yards per attempt dropped to 7.4 (14th) and he was tied with nine for the fourth most frequent interception.

  Bears head coach Matt Nagy, on the right, shakes Rams head coach Sean McVay's hand after the Bears lost to Rams 17-7.

Bears head coach Matt Nagy, on the right, shakes hands with Rams head coach Sean McVay after the Bears lost to Rams 17-7. (Armando L. Sanchez / Chicago Tribune)

There are many reasons why the rams have fought offensively. The line of attack was overwhelmed with injuries. Todd Gurley remains a shell of his former self as he lacks the explosive play skills he has shown off a knee injury (he wore the ball 25 times for 97 yards against the bears). Deep threat Brandin Cook has been injured and the offense has trouble adapting. The wide receiver Robert Woods was inactive for the game.

But it's fair to speculate if a $ 100-million quarterback, and that's what Goff is, should be better if not everything around him is perfect. Is it the quarterback's job to raise the level of his fellow human beings when he is paid fourth in position with the average annual salary metric? Goff's new deal averages $ 33.5 million per season and only behind Russell Wilson, Ben Roethlisberger and Aaron Rodgers.

It's all a team like the Bears must weigh if they can ever think about a blockbuster extension quarterback. It's clear that Pace and the McCaskey family can not think of a second contract for Trubisky right now, rather than the first half of the season. But you wonder if the bears are better off in a difficult quarterback situation and have not reinvested in Trubisky than the Rams at Goff, now that he was paid? It would be much, much easier for the Bears to break away from Trubisky at some point than for the Rams to lose Goff – and so the contract for Goff, at least over 10 games this season, should be a warning story for Pace.

. 5 When the bears are done with the movie, they'll be pretty happy with Roquan Smith's game.

The center-back looked like the chunky defender who stands out against the pass and the run. This is a good sign, as Roquan Smith was not the up-and-coming dominant player in recent games after missing the fourth week's game for personal reasons. He was credited with a high-fussing 11 tackles, he suffered a defeat and he caught Jared Goff in the first quarter when he undercut a throw for Josh Reynolds.

"I felt good throughout the game, but it's not the standard. Smith said. "We did not get the dub, so the focus is on every game, and we did not make it." So it's back in the lab and ways are found to get better. I still do not think I was good enough because I was not good enough to get a W. We should get a W Ultimately I think about it and we just have to get better. "

Smith was very active and while the interception was a terrible decision by Goff, Smith read the bootleg and went under the crosser on the game. He has done everything a center-back should do. He played the run well. He looked like the first three weeks of the season.

"I felt that some of the things they did were a bit predictable," Smith said of his success. "It's all about film studies, but I did not do enough plays, so I only think about it from this point of view."

6. The groundbreaking game for the bears took place at the end of the second quarter.

They were 3-0 down to leave the field as the Rams had third and fifth place on their own 49-yard line, at which point Jared Goff beat Cooper Kupp, a property owner, on a vertical route by 50 Put yards on the 1-yard line and set up Todd Gurley's touchdown run.

Kupp ran straight between nickel cornerback buster Skrine and free-security Eddie Jackson is selected for the Deep Shot, the game's longest game,

"It was just a reputation for the defense we were in," said Skrine.

Jackson said, "That's me. I came down to play aggressively. We had a double against him. I came and aggressively played in third and fifth place. It was a double. We bracketed him. He split us, and that attracted me, I came down too aggressively. "

Based on a film study, the Bears expected an outroute from Kupp or a Crosser. Skrine has the first out cut and Jackson the first in-cut. Jackson was so aggressive that no one was there when Kupp ran over it. The pole safety will slide to the other side of the field as there is a mount attached to Kupp and they should not need help there. This is number 1, which surpasses this technique – a straight vertical route. Both defenders sit in an indoor / outdoor break deep in the lower hips and Kupp runs vertically and there is no one there. It is a difficult situation to be here.

"Usually they go out or in and I guess he checked it and split us up," Jackson said.

It is a symbol of the position in which the defense is now located. The bears need the best possible effort of their defense to have a chance to win. If Kyle Fuller drops an interception or Skrine and Jackson throw a shot over the top, the team is pursued.

"The only thing we could do to defend was to take the ball and score," said Skrine. "As a team, there are many good people in this team. Guys who want to win and coaches who want to win. It's better than working in a team with quite a few lawyers in changing rooms and doing something like I've done in the past. That's a good team. Everyone wants to win. We just have to find a way to do that. "

Jackson said," There is currently little room for error for us. We just have to focus on the defense, man. "

. 7 If the Bears had anything else to do with Trey Burton since the tight end woke up the day before the Wildcard playoff game with the Eagles game, did not they?

Where the Bears Arrived on Saturday When Trey Burton Arrived Placing the injured reserve at the end of the season is frustrating for everyone involved. I'm not suggesting that the bears made mistakes along the way, but the route they went with Burton clearly did not work out, as his season had 14 receptions (five for a first descent) for 84 yards (6, 0 average) and ends without touchdowns.

Here's a timeline with statements and news about Burton:

  • Matt Nagy, May 29: "When the season was over, we just thought, 'Okay, let's retire a bit and let's go Rest a little, come back and see where it is. "We did that, and he did not really feel comfortable with it. So we continued and a few months ago he got a sports hernia operation. So it's not necessary that we pull that thing out further. Let's do the right thing. And so we have the feeling that we have made it.
  • Nagy, July 21: Announced that Burton was unlocked for the start of the training camp and would not be placed on the list of physically disabled players.
  • Nagy, August 5, after Burton missed his third consecutive training day: "It's not a setback. I try to protect him a bit. I need him and we need him 100 percent for Week 1. After the surgery, he has not done much for five months and it's hard to come back and get pushed in to look like you. We pick it up. We will start to give him more repetitions if we go here. I protect him right here.
  • Ryan Pace, Sept. 2, three days before the season opener against the Packers, who missed Burton: "Returning to Trey Burton, the off-season was a sports hernia operation he has recovered from. And we were smart, as we drove him through the training camp, just because he has not played much football in the summer. This was an unrelated light weight burden that we are currently dealing with. So we are confident, but it will be a day to day thing. We are confident that this is a small matter that counts every day. It's a mild groin strain as it is. And we will see where it goes.
  • Burton in Week 2 before the game in Denver: "I wake up every day and just do not know how I'm going to feel. Obviously I want to feel really good. Mentally, I can no longer sit on the bench, but my body has not noticed.
  • Nagy on October 23 after bye-bye week and after the Raiders game in London where Burton was not listed the Injury Report: "He is definitely on the upswing in his health. I do not see that he is deteriorating to health, where he plays slower, or you see how he is physically beaten. But he is not 100 percent yet. We knew he would not be there at the time. But he is a valuable asset to us here, helping us in this area.
  • Nagy on Monday, November 11, after Burton left the Lions game with a calf injury: "We'll just see how that goes. "

Burton will be out for the remainder of the season, but he will almost return in 2020, considering that $ 4 million of his $ 6.7 million base salary is already fully guaranteed for next season. The hope must be that he can heal and develop into a productive player – even though he is never the dynamic player on the offensive for which the team paid him.

. 8 The bears probably picked a draft pick for 2020 last week when they cut Mike Davis, a move that was supposed to give them a compensatory draft pick, most likely rounds of the NFL draft 2020 in the fourth round – their own pick for the second Round, a selection for the second round, which comes from the Raiders, and the selection for the compensation. Compensation Round 4 started in Draft 2019 with 135th place overall.

The bears have two more picks in later rounds, including from the trade. The Eagles owe them a draft pick to run back Jordan Howard, a pick who will be in either the fifth or the sixth round. There are several factors that could make this a tip for the fifth round. To the best of my knowledge, the bears have the most likely chance of making a favored choice for the fifth round by the time Howard finishes with 50 percent of the Eagles' precipitous yards. A shoulder injury prevented Howard from losing to the Patriots on Sunday, and every time he fails, it becomes more difficult for the bears to trigger the higher selection. Howard was rushed for 525 yards and entered the game on Sunday, having 45.8 percent of Philadelphia's rushing yards. Now he stands at 42.8 percent. So the bears will take root for Howard to have a big end of the season. The natural danger for him to reach 50 percent is rookie Miles Sanders, Penn State's second round goal. Sanders has 374 meters and is now a bigger part of the rushing attack. So chances are good that the election from Philadelphia will fall on lap 6.

  Bears outside linebacker Khalil Mack reaches for Rams, who runs after Todd Gurley in the second quarter.

Bears outside linebacker Khalil Mack reaches for Rams, Todd Gurley runs back the second quarter. (John J. Kim / Chicago Tribune)

The other selection of terms comes from the Raiders, the last piece of the Khalil Mack trade. The bears are expected to make a selection from Oakland in the sixth round to complete this deal. Es gab eine Chance, dass sich die Auswahl zu einem Fünftrunder verbessern könnte, aber in diesem Fall vertrauen Sie mir, wenn ich sage, dass die Bären glücklich sind, einen Sechstrunder zu haben. Je besser Mack für die Bären auftrat, desto schlechter würde die Wahl sein und offensichtlich wollten die Bären, dass Mack für sie die Hauptrolle spielt, wie er es letzte Saison tat, als er All-Pro genannt wurde.

9. Mit sechs verbleibenden Spielen in der regulären Saison 2019 ist es nicht zu früh, einen Blick auf den Zeitplan der Bären für 2020 zu werfen.

Zusammen mit den üblichen Heim- und Auswärtsspielen gegen NFC North-Gegner sind die Bären angesetzt die Freibeuter, Heiligen, Colts und Texaner am Soldier Field. Sie werden auch den entsprechenden Finisher in der NFC East beherbergen. Road Games werden bei den Falcons, Panthers, Jaguars und Titans gespielt. Sie werden ein Straßenspiel beim entsprechenden Finisher in der NFC West spielen.

Mit den Bären, die derzeit auf dem dritten Platz in der NFC North sind, würden sie sich jetzt mit den Giants in einem Heimspiel und den Rams in einem Straßenspiel messen.

] Es ist erwähnenswert, dass die NFL am Dienstag angekündigt hat, dass die Falcons 2020 ein Heimspiel in der internationalen Serie ausrichten werden. Die Website des Teams hat ergeben, dass es sich um ein Spiel ohne Divisionen handeln wird. Was nicht angekündigt wurde, ist, ob das Spiel in London oder Mexiko-Stadt stattfinden wird. Ich bezweifle, dass die NFL in den nächsten Jahren die Bären nach London schicken würde, aber Mexiko-Stadt, wer weiß? Die Bären sind einer von fünf Nicht-Divisions-Gegnern, gegen die die Falcons in der nächsten Saison antreten sollen. Diese Liste enthält auch die Lions, Broncos, Raiders und den entsprechenden Finisher im NFC West. Die Raiders spielten in dieser Saison auch in London gegen die Bären, und die Falcons spielten am 26. Oktober 2014 gegen die Lions im Wembley-Stadion.

Die Jaguars sollen 2020 auch ein Heimspiel im Wembley-Stadion bestreiten seit 2013 jährlich. Fünf der sieben Londoner Spiele von Jacksonville traten gegen Gegner ohne Division an, und dreimal standen die Jaguars einem NFC-Gegner gegenüber. Aber auch hier ist es unwahrscheinlich, dass die Bären in aufeinanderfolgenden Saisons nach London reisen können.

10. Die Bären wurden als Sieben-Punkte-Favorit gegenüber den Riesen für das Spiel am kommenden Sonntag im Soldier Field im Westgate SuperBook eröffnet.

10a. Innenverteidiger Danny Trevathan reiste nicht mit dem Team nach Los Angeles, nachdem er sich in Woche 10 eine beängstigend aussehende Verletzung am linken Ellbogen zugezogen hatte, als er den Lions-Quarterback Jeff Driskel traf. Die Bären haben Trevathan nicht in eine verletzte Reserve versetzt, was seine Saison effektiv beenden würde. Die Hoffnung ist, dass er in dieser Saison zurückkehren und spielen kann. Es ist gut zu wissen, dass die Verletzung, die beim Ansehen von Wiederholungen grausam war, nicht schlimmer war.

10b. Am Freitag wurde Adam Shaheen wegen einer Fußverletzung ausgeschlossen, und ich frage mich, ob dies mit der Fußverletzung zusammenhängt, die er in der Vorsaison 2018 erlitten hat und die ihn die erste Hälfte dieser Saison gekostet hat.

10c. Kerrith Whyte, der in der siebten Runde von den Bären eingezogene Rückrenner, ging am Freitag, als die Steelers ihn in ihre 53-Mann-Liste einschrieben. Die Steelers wurden bei der Niederlage am Donnerstag in Cleveland schwer verletzt. Sie gewannen zwei Spieler aus der Übungsmannschaft und stellten den Weitschussempfänger Deon Cain von den Colts ab. Pittsburgh zeigte während des Frühlings großes Interesse an Whyte und empfing ihn zu einem Besuch im Vorfeld. Die Chance, mit dem 53-köpfigen Kader Geld zu verdienen, gefiel ihm sicherlich. Die Bären beförderten Ryan Nall aus dem Trainingsteam vor Whyte und entwarfen einen weiteren Rücklauf – David Montgomery – vor ihm.

10d. Senior Bowl invites have been going out and entering Saturday, 65 of the 83 invites made had been accepted. Southern Illinois safety Jeremy Chinn is the only player from an in-state school thus far. Chinn has 13 career interceptions for the Salukis and six forced fumbles. He was a first-team Missouri Valley Football Conference selection as a junior. Four Notre Dame players have accepted Senior Bowl invites: defensive end Khalid Kareem, cornerback Troy Pride Jr., free safety Jalen Elliott and wide receiver Chase Claypool.

10e. Credit to Rams offensive line coach Aaron Kromer, the team’s run game coordinator, for getting his group ready to play. Los Angeles started Austin Corbett (one career start) at left guard, Austin Blythe (26) at center, David Edwards (three) and Bobby Evans (zero) at right tackle. That’s 30 career starts for four starters to go along with stalwart left tackle Andrew Whitworth. Jared Goff was not sacked, and the Rams did well enough on the ground to have 34 carries for 110 yards.

10f. Cornerback Kyle Fuller is the Bears nominee for the Art Rooney Sportsmanship Award, which was created in 2014 to honor founder and Pro Football Hall of Fame member Art Rooney Sr. A panel comprised of Warrick Dunn, Curtis Martin, Karl Mecklenburg and Leonard Wheeler will choose eight finalists — four from each conference — and players will determine the winner from there as part of their Pro Bowl ballot on Dec. 13.


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