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Bears try to build momentum against Rams after beating Lions

Wed Nov 13 4:23pm ET
By ANDREW SELIGMAN
AP Sports Writer

Players: Matthew Stafford, Marvin Jones, Trey Burton, Jeff Driskel, Allen Robinson, Jared Goff, Mitch Trubisky

Chicago Bears head coach Matt Nagy walks onto the field before an NFL football game against the Philadelphia Eagles, Sunday, Nov. 3, 2019, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)


Detroit Lions defensive end Trey Flowers (90) sacks Chicago Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky (10) during the second half of an NFL football game in Chicago, Sunday, Nov. 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)


Detroit Lions running back Ty Johnson (31) is brought down by Chicago Bears cornerback Kyle Fuller (23), linebacker Danny Trevathan (59) and Leonard Floyd (94) during the first half of an NFL football game in Chicago, Sunday, Nov. 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)


LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) The Chicago Bears took a big step toward the NFC North championship and their first playoff appearance since 2010 when they shut down Jared Goff and the Los Angeles Rams last year at Soldier Field.

This time, they're simply trying to build some momentum.

The Bears come into the rematch at Los Angeles on Sunday at least breathing a little easier after beating Detroit 20-13 last week to stop a four-game losing streak.

''We're not exactly where we want to be yet,'' quarterback Mitchell Trubisky said Wednesday. ''But a win definitely gives you confidence moving forward because at the end of the day, no matter what you did, you came away with the result you wanted. And that's a win. So we just, we've still got find ways to pull together, continue to work harder and get better and try to go 1-0 this week.''

The struggling Trubisky tied a season high with three touchdown passes and the Bears (4-5) got the win they needed. They hung on when Jeff Driskel, filling in for the injured Matthew Stafford, overthrew Marvin Jones Jr. in the end zone as time expired on a play that wouldn't have counted because he got called for an illegal forward pass.

The Bears went long stretches in that game without moving the ball, though they got touchdowns on three straight possessions in the second and third quarters. They lost another important player on defense when Danny Trevathan suffered what looked like a gruesome elbow injury. And they nearly blew a 14-point lead.

''During the course of the season, there are ups and downs,'' receiver Allen Robinson said. ''But it does feel good to come out with a win.''

That's something the Bears hadn't done since a 16-6 victory over Minnesota at home in Week 4. But as good as it felt to come out on top, their defense took another big hit with Trevathan getting hurt. His left arm got bent awkwardly as he tried to sack Driskel.

The team leader with 50 tackles, Trevathan ran off with his arm dangling by his side and into an uncertain future. He has an expiring contract and could be headed to injured reserve, though Nagy said Wednesday that's still to be decided. He also said he wasn't sure if Trevathan will need surgery.

Tight end Trey Burton, who has been limited by a groin injury all season, also hurt his calf in the game against the Lions. And Nagy had no update on him.

As for Trevathan?

''He is a leader on our team, and never steers us in the wrong direction,'' running back Tarik Cohen said. ''I would say so. DT controls the direction of the team. He never lets us bend or break, and he always brings people together.''

Despite losing Trevathan, the Bears held Detroit to 98 yards rushing on 27 attempts. Lions running backs had just 61 yards on 22 rushes.

With Trevathan down, Nick Kwiatkoski set up a touchdown with his first career interception and had a sack. He also played well filling in for Roquan Smith earlier in the season. But with defensive tackle Akiem Hicks on IR with an elbow injury that will sideline him until at least next month, the Bears are missing two disruptive players in the middle. They're also down two leaders.

''It's hard, just because there is so much (energy) between the two,'' Nagy said. ''Just their personalities in general. They're both a little bit different, with how they handle their personalities, but they're very similar on the field, leadership-wise. As we move forward here, we'll have guys that are always ready and prepared and the coaches will have them the same way.''

Player Notes
Patrick Laird Dec 15 6:20pm ET

The last man standing in the backfield, Miami Dolphins running back Patrick Laird was a non-factor in fantasy on Sunday, rushing for 46 yards and scoring just four points in standard leagues. Laird was even more ineffective in the passing game, catching two of his five targets for eight yards. In theory, Laird will have a better matchup in Week 16, facing a Cincinnati defense thats allowing the seventh-most points to running backs this season but its not as if the Giants were that much better, having had allowed the 15th-most prior to the matchup with Miami. Even facing the one-win Bengals, Laird is only a desperate play with fantasy championships on the line.

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Travis Kelce Dec 15 6:10pm ET

Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce has been arguably the best tight end in the NFL this season. He absolutely destroyed the Broncos Defense during the Week 15 matchup Kelce caught 11 of 13 targets for 142 yards in the 23-3 win over Denver. Kelce surpassed 1,000 receiving yards for the season during that contest. Kelce is going to continue to be an elite PPR TE1 for his matchup with the Bears next week.

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Christian McCaffrey Dec 15 6:10pm ET

Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey had a day despite his team falling to the Seahawks on Sunday, finishing with 87 yards on 19 carries, while also adding eight catches for 88 yards. After failing to score a touchdown in either of his previous two outings, the 23-year-old also racked up his 15th and 16th score of the season in this one. Though the team has nothing left to play for this year, McCaffrey should remain active over the next two games as he attempts to hit 1,000 yards on both the ground and through the air.

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Tyreek Hill Dec 15 6:10pm ET

Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill had no issues in the 23-3 victory over the Broncos in Week 15. Hill caught five of his seven targets for 67 yards and two touchdowns. His first touchdown came on a 41-yard play where Hill completely destroyed Broncos' Chris Harris. The snowy conditions can't even hold back Hill. Fantasy owners should feel comfortable with Hill as a WR1 for their matchup with the Bears next week.

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Jamaal Williams Dec 15 6:00pm ET

Green Bay Packers running back Jamaal Williams was held to 26 rushing yards on eight totes and one catch for seven yards in a 21-13 win over the Chicago Bears. Williams, like Aaron Jones, couldn't find much room to operate between the 20s against Akiem Hicks and the Bears Defense. Unfortunately for the 24-year-old, Jones out-touched him 13-nine and scored twice in the red zone. It's also worth noting that Williams has seen only two targets the last two weeks after seeing 12 in Weeks 11 and 12. He'll look to bounce back in a tough matchup next week against the Minnesota Vikings.

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Spencer Ware Dec 15 6:00pm ET

Kansas City Chiefs running back Spencer Ware was signed by the team roughly two weeks ago and is already making an impact on the field. Ware rushed seven times for 26 yards in the victory over the Denver Broncos. However, the Chiefs have a running back committee, so Ware has handcuffed fantasy value. Both LeSean McCoy and Darwin Thompson are going to see carries each week. He's not someone worth owning in basically any format. He'll have a tough matchup against the Bears Defense in Week 16.

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Dalvin Cook Dec 15 6:00pm ET

Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook (shoulder) has left the game and will not return after being tackled on a third-quarter run. He landed hard on the shoulder/chest area that has been giving him trouble in the last few weeks and will be held out for the remainder of the contest. With Alexander Mattison (ankle) also out, the backfield duties will now be split between Ameer Abdullah and Mike Boone in the second half. Cook had nine carries for 27 yards and three catches for 16 yards before exiting.

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Mohamed Sanu Dec 15 5:50pm ET

New England Patriots wide receiver Mohamed Sanu caught two passes for only 13 yards in the Patriots 34-13 win over the Bengals. Sanu has been battling an ankle injury over the past few weeks and does not look 100%. Add to that the fact that Sanu is acclimating himself into a new offense and his fantasy value has fallen off the map. The veteran has very little value at present with only two games remaining in the season.

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Darwin Thompson Dec 15 5:50pm ET

Kansas City Chiefs running back Darwin Thompson surprisingly led the team in carries during the Week 15 win over the Denver Broncos. He rushed eight times for 38 yards and caught one pass for one yard through the air. It appears the Chiefs are beginning to feel more comfortable with Thompson. However, LeSean McCoy and Spencer Ware will continue to be worked into the backfield. Thompson will have shaky RB3 or most likely RB4 value against the Bears next week.

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New England Patriots Dec 15 5:50pm ET

The New England Patriots Defense picked off Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton four times in the team's 34-13 win in Week 15. The Patriots gave up an early touchdown but stiffened up from there as they dominated the rest of the game. Stephen Gilmore and J.C. Jackson recorded two interceptions each as the Patriots got a much-need win against a poor Bengals team. The defense now prepares for a huge game against a division rival, the Bills, next Saturday to kick off Week 16.

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John Ross Dec 15 5:50pm ET

Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver John Ross had just two catches for 24 yards during the loss to the Patriots on Sunday. Ross was only targeted three times on a day where Andy Dalton threw four interceptions. Since returning to the lineup after suffering a chest injury earlier in the season, the 24-year-old has only four receptions for 52 yards. He still has a shot to get things going over the team's final two games, but that chance could diminish if A.J. Green (ankle) returns at some point during that span.

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Aaron Jones Dec 15 5:40pm ET

Green Bay Packers running back Aaron Jones carried the ball 13 times for 51 rushing yards with two touchdowns and wasn't targeted in a 21-13 win over the Chicago Bears. The Bears are a much better run defense with Akiem Hicks in the lineup, as they stifled Jones between the 20s. Jones broke free in the red zone twice, including a 21-yard run in the third quarter, complete with broken tackles. It wasn't the most productive day on the ground or through the air for Jones, but his nose for the end zone, 17 touchdowns this year, has made up for many sub-par days- and turned good outings into great ones. Up next is a Week 15 matchup with the Minnesota Vikings, who Jones gashed for 150 scrimmage yards and a touchdown back in Week 2.

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Patrick Mahomes Dec 15 5:40pm ET

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes was able to bounce back after three straight mediocre performances. Mahomes completed 27 of 34 passing attempts for 340 yards and two touchdowns and one interception in the Week 15 victory. It wasn't a perfect game for Mahomes, but it was in snowy conditions. He was able to play very well despite the frustrating field conditions. Fantasy owners should feel confident that Mahomes will be a top tier option against the Bears in Week 16.

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James White Dec 15 5:40pm ET

New England Patriots running back James White totaled only 62 yards from scrimmage but caught and ran for a 23-yard touchdown in the Patriots win over the Bengals in Week 15. The Patriots coasted to victory after a tight first half and explosive plays simply were not on the menu in this contest. White has been a disappointment in fantasy this season but his impact on the offense over the last month continues to increase. Of all the runners in the Patriots backfield, White is the one to deploy in fantasy lineups over the final few weeks.

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N'Keal Harry Dec 15 5:40pm ET

New England Patriots wide receiver N'Keal Harry caught two passes for 15 yards with one touchdown in the Patriots 34-13 win over the Bengals. The rookie saw only four targets in the game and continues to be a raw talent in an experienced offense. But Harry has proved to be a threat in the red zone and capitalized on his size for a seven-yard touchdown reception. Harry's fantasy value should be reserved for dynasty and keeper leagues the rest of this season.

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DeVante Parker Dec 15 5:40pm ET

Miami Dolphins wide receiver Devante Parker had another big game in a 36-20 loss to the New York Giants on Sunday, scoring 19 standard league points on four receptions and two touchdowns. Parker finished with 72 yards on the day, putting Miami on the board for the first time with a 20-yard touchdown in the first quarter, as well as giving the Dolphins their last points of the day with a 29-yard catch on their last drive of the game. In the middle of the breakout season fantasy owners have been waiting on, Parker now has eight touchdowns and 954 yards on 59 receptions in 2019. Even missing most of last weeks game after being concussed, Parker is one of the leagues hottest receivers and now has 75 points in his last five games. Next week, Parker and the Dolphins will face a bad Bengals team but one thats been sneakily good against wide receivers in fantasy, allowing just the 22nd-most points to them this season.

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Rex Burkhead Dec 15 5:40pm ET

New England Patriots running back Rex Burkhead carried the ball six times for 53 yards, including a 33-yard touchdown run, in the Patriots romp over the Bengals in Week 15. Burkhead put the game away with the touchdown scamper and added two receptions for six yards in the game. Burkhead is third in the pecking order among Patriots running backs but the team has opted for a run-heavy attack the past few games. Burkhead is possibly worth a bench stash but is tough to trust the rest of the fantasy season.

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LeSean McCoy Dec 15 5:40pm ET

Kansas City Chiefs running back LeSean McCoy was given another start, but was not able to do much with the opportunity. McCoy rushed six times for 16 yards in the Week 15 win over the Broncos. It was snowy conditions and head coach Andy Reid said he wouldn't push McCoy too hard. It doesn't sound like McCoy is going to be an asset to fantasy owners anymore. Both Spencer Ware and Darwin Thompson received more carries in this one. McCoy will be a desperation RB3 for a tough Week 16 matchup with the Bears.

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Tyler Boyd Dec 15 5:40pm ET

Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Tyler Boyd caught just three of his seven targets for 26 yards during the loss to the Patriots on Sunday. Boyd was expected to see a small increase in production with Auden Tate (knee) recently landing on injured reserve, but he failed to produce. Instead, Boyd, along with the rest of the offense, stood by as Joe Mixon ran for 136 yards on 25 carries, while Andy Dalton threw four interceptions. A.J. Green (ankle) still hasn't ruled out returning at some point this year, and if he does come back over the next two games, Boyd will see his stock decrease.

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Tyler Eifert Dec 15 5:30pm ET

Cincinnati Bengals tight end Tyler Eifert had 44 yards on three catches during the Week 15 loss to New England. Eifert, who has just two touchdowns on the year, is a long way away from his 2015 version, where he compiled 72 receptions and 13 scores. With only two games left, Eifert does have a chance to get a little something going against the Dolphins in Week 16, but those looking for a streamer should look elsewhere before utilizing his services In any fantasy lineup.

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