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Indianapolis Colts cornerback Xavier Rhodes (27) intercept a pass intended for New York Jets receiver Lawrence Cager (86) in the first half of an NFL football game in Indianapolis, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)


Indianapolis Colts head coach Frank Reich talks with quarterback Philip Rivers (17) in the first half of an NFL football game against the New York Jets in Indianapolis, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020. (AP Photo/AJ Mast)


Chicago Bears head coach Matt Nagy watches play against the Atlanta Falcons during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)


Chicago Bears quarterback Nick Foles (9) works against the Atlanta Falcons during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)


CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Bears traded for Nick Foles in the offseason to push Mitchell Trubisky for their starting quarterback job.

The Super Bowl 52 MVP knocked him out of the No. 1 spot. Now, he has another chance to show he's more than just a reliable backup.

After coming in to lead a big comeback last week, Foles will make his first start for the unbeaten Bears when they host the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday.

''We have a great locker room here,'' he said. ''We've had a crazy start to the season, but I've been around several locker rooms and this is a really special locker room.''

Acquired from Jacksonville in the offseason, Foles took over in the third quarter at Atlanta last week and threw three touchdowns in the fourth as Chicago wiped out a 16-point deficit to win 30-26.

He and the Bears (3-0) will be challenged by the NFL's No. 1 defense. The Colts (2-1) have won back-to-back games after beating Minnesota and the New York Jets.

Here are some things to know about the matchup:

(IM)PERFECT RECORD

The Bears matched their best start since 2013. They have a chance to go 4-0 for the first time since the 2006 Super Bowl team won its first seven.

As good as that sounds, they had to rally from 17 down in the fourth quarter to win the opener at Detroit. And they looked as if they were on their way to a loss at Atlanta before launching a big comeback. In between, they nearly blew a 17-point lead at home against the New York Giants.

On the plus side for the Bears, they are the first team with two wins in the same season after trailing by 16 or more in the fourth quarter, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. Then again, their opponents are a combined 1-8.

SCORING BIG

The Colts entered Week 4 with the league's top overall defense and ranked among the top five against the run, against the pass, in sacks and in interceptions.

And Indy isn't just making plays - it's cashing in.

Cornerback Xavier Rhodes was the AFC's defensive player of the week after picking off two passes, returning one for a touchdown in last week's win over the New York Jets.

Cornerback T.J. Carrie also scored on an interception return against the Jets, marking the first time in nearly 50 years the Colts had two pick-6s in the same game.

Not enough? Indy also had a safety in each of its past two games, the first time that's happened since late in the 1960 season. The Colts have never had a safety in three successive games.

''The quarterback gets sped up with the pressure from the front four and when you're able to do that with the front four and then able to drop seven in the coverage, you can do a lot of different things with your coverages,'' defensive coordinator Matt Eberflus said.

''If you're able to do that, then you're able to - with the coverages, you're able to have the quarterback hold the ball a little bit, for an extra tick. That's really when you have good rushers on the edge and inside, that's what you're searching for.''

RECEIVER ROTATION

Coach Frank Reich goes into this week with a thin receiving group.

Parris Campbell, who was expected to play a key role in his second NFL season, had surgery on his injured left knee Wednesday and isn't expected to play. Rookie Michael Pittman Jr., Indy's top draft pick, had surgery to relieve pressure from an injury in his right calf and probably won't be available, either.

Without Campbell or Pittman, expect four-time Pro Bowler T.Y. Hilton, Zach Pascal and Daurice Fountain to catch more passes. Rookie Dezmon Patmon, a sixth-round draft pick, could make his NFL debut after being inactive the past three weeks and the Colts have three receivers - DeMichael Harris, Krishawn Hogan and Marcus Johnson on the practice squad.

Indy did get Pro Bowl tight end Jack Doyle back last week, though Philip Rivers didn't throw any passes to Doyle, and tight end Trey Burton returned to practice this week after spending the first three weeks on injured reserve.

FAMILIAR FOES

Though the two teams haven't met since October 2016, when the Colts beat the Bears in Indianapolis, they know each other well.

Colts general manager Chris Ballard worked in the Bears' scouting department from 2001-12. ... Bears defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano was Indy's head coach from 2012-17.

Nagy was an assistant coach in Kansas City when Ballard was in the Chiefs' front office, and he said their oldest sons became best friends. Nagy added his wife also taught at the high school Reich attended, and Nagy coached there.

Reich was the Eagles' offensive coordinator when Foles helped them win the Super Bowl. And Burton spent the past two seasons in Chicago.

TIGHTEN UP

The Bears got little from their tight ends last season. That's changing with Jimmy Graham.

The five-time Pro Bowl pick already has three touchdown catches equaling his total for all of last season with Green Bay. He caught two scores last week, the first time he had more than one in a game since 2017 with Seattle.

Player Notes
Aaron Jones Oct 24 7:20pm ET

After coming down with a calf strain at practice on Friday, Aaron Jones is now expected to miss the Week 7 game against the Texans. This is a tough one for fantasy football managers, as Jones has been a reliable RB1 all season long and may be difficult to replace in fantasy lineups on short notice. Fourth-year running back Jamaal Williams is now expected to act as the lead RB, but rookie AJ Dillon will be in the mix as well and should see more touches than usual. Dexter Williams was added to the Packers active roster on Saturday as well for additional running back depth. Consider Williams a plug-and-play RB2/FLEX option, while Dillon looks more like an RB3/RB4 flier for deeper leagues. Both are also intriguing lower-cost options for DFS lineups, depending on the contest format.

From RotoBaller

Aaron Jones Oct 24 7:03pm ET

Green Bay Packers RB Aaron Jones (calf) isn't expected to play Sunday, Oct. 25, and the team is planning on him not playing, according to sources Saturday, Oct. 24.

Fantasy Spin: It's a big blow for fantasy managers. Packers RBs Jamaal Williams, AJ Dillon and Dexter Williams should all play roles with Dillon being the most appealing for fantasy purposes.

From TheHuddle

Rashard Robinson Oct 24 7:03pm ET

Dallas Cowboys DB Rashard Robinson (undisclosed) was placed on the practice squad injured list Saturday, Oct. 24.

From TheHuddle

Mike Daniels Oct 24 6:43pm ET

Cincinnati Bengals DT Mike Daniels was activated from the Reserve/Injured list Saturday, Oct. 24. DB Winston Rose was also promoted from the practice squad to the active roster.

From TheHuddle

Edmond Robinson Oct 24 6:33pm ET

Atlanta Falcons DE Austin Edwards and LB Edmond Robinson were added to the active roster from the practice squad Saturday, Oct. 24, as COVID-19 replacements.

From TheHuddle

Tevin Coleman Oct 24 5:33pm ET

San Francisco 49ers RB Tevin Coleman (knee) has an 'outside chance' of returning in Week 8, according to head coach Kyle Shanahan Saturday, Oct. 24.

Fantasy Spin: Coleman should be stashed now wherever available with RB Raheem Mostert going on the Reserve/Injured list Saturday.

From TheHuddle

Tyler Higbee Oct 24 5:23pm ET

Updating a previous story, Los Angeles Rams TE Tyler Higbee (hand) is officially listed as questionable for the game Monday, Oct. 26, against the Chicago Bears after getting in a limited practice Saturday, Oct. 24.

From TheHuddle

Aaron Donald Oct 24 5:23pm ET

Los Angeles Rams DL Michael Brockers (non-injury) and CB Troy Hill (non-injury) didn't practice Saturday, Oct. 24, but don't carry injury designations for Week 7. DL Aaron Donald (non-injury) and OL Andrew Whitworth (non-injury) practiced in full and don't carry injury designations.

From TheHuddle

Tyler Higbee Oct 24 5:13pm ET

Los Angeles Rams TE Tyler Higbee (hand) is hopeful to play Monday, Oct. 26, according to head coach Sean McVay Saturday, Oct. 24.

Fantasy Spin: Higbee had a season-high 56 yards with three catches on four targets in Week 6. He's a low-tier TE1 when on the field.

From TheHuddle

Robert Woods Oct 24 5:13pm ET

Los Angeles Rams WR Robert Woods (groin) was a limited participant at practice Saturday, Oct. 24, but doesn't carry an injury designation into the Week 7 game against the Chicago Bears Monday, Oct. 26.

Fantasy Spin: Woods will be a somewhat risky WR3 play in what's projected as a low-scoring game against the Bears.

From TheHuddle

Alex Okafor Oct 24 5:03pm ET

Kansas City Chiefs DE Alex Okafor (hamstring) was placed on the Reserve/Injured list Saturday, Oct. 24.

From TheHuddle

Chris Thompson Oct 24 5:03pm ET

Jacksonville Jaguars RB Chris Thompson was placed on the Reserve/COVID-19 list Saturday, Oct. 24.

From TheHuddle

Raheem Mostert Oct 24 4:53pm ET

Updating previous stories, San Francisco 49ers RB Raheem Mostert (ankle) was officially placed on the Reserve/Injured list Saturday, Oct. 24. S Johnathan Cyprien and S Jared Mayden were activated from the team's practice squad. WR Jauan Jennings (undisclosed) was placed on the Reserve/Injured list.

From TheHuddle

Daren Bates Oct 24 4:43pm ET

Tennessee Titans DB Dane Cruikshank was activated from the Reserve/Injured list to the active roster Saturday, Oct. 24. OL David Quessenberry and LB Daren Bates were elevated from the practice squad to the active roster.

From TheHuddle

A.J. Bouye Oct 24 4:43pm ET

Denver Broncos CB A.J. Bouye, DE Dre'Mont Jones and DE DeMarcus Walker were activated from the Reserve/Injured list to the active roster Saturday, Oct. 24. CB De'Vante Bausby was released in a corresponding move. Free-agent DL Sylvester Williams (Broncos) was re-signed to the practice squad. RB Jeremy Cox and LB Nigel Bradham will be elevated from the practice squad to the game-day roster for Sunday, Oct. 25.

From TheHuddle

David Irving Oct 24 4:33pm ET

Las Vegas Raiders DE David Irving and CB Dylan Mabin were activated from the practice squad Saturday, Oct. 24.

From TheHuddle

Jayrone Elliott Oct 24 4:23pm ET

Pittsburgh Steelers RB Trey Edmunds and LB Jayrone Elliott were elevated from the practice squad to the active roster Saturday, Oct. 24.

From TheHuddle

Eric Saubert Oct 24 4:23pm ET

Jacksonville Jaguars RB Devine Ozigbo (hamstring) was activated from the Reserve/Injured list Saturday, Oct. 24. S Doug Middleton and TE Eric Saubert were elevated from the practice squad to the active roster.

From TheHuddle