CHICAGO, IL - DECEMBER 04: Caleb Hanie #12 of the Chicago Bears rolls out to look for a receiver against the Kansas City Chiefs at Soldier Field on December 4, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. The Chiefs defeated the Bears 10-3. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Mental Mistakes Doom Bears To OT Loss

The Bears enter Sunday's contest hurting all throughout their offense -- the quarterback, the running back, and two offensive lineman are all expected to miss the Broncos game.

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Bears Vs. Broncos: 'We Are Better Than Them,' Says Bears DE Israel Idonije

The Bears defense had Tim Tebow and the rest of the Broncos offense befuddled for the majority of Sunday afternoon's game, but another strong fourth quarter performance by Tebow and lot of good fortune allowed Denver to rally and win in overtime. Not surprisingly, there was plenty of frustration in the Bears locker room after the game:

"It's frustrating because we are better than them," Bears defensive end Israel Idonije said. "We are better than that. It's just ones those you shake your head. At the end of the day it's on us. We have to find a way to get it done."

The Bears will try to put this loss behind them when they return home for a must-win game against Seattle on Dec. 18.

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Bears Vs. Broncos Score Update: Broncos Rally Stuns Chicago

With just three minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, it seemed like the Bears were on their way to an impressive road victory over the streaking Denver Broncos. However, two key mistakes from RB Marion Barber at the end of regulation and beginning of overtime doomed the Bears to a heartbreaking 13-10 loss.

After a Demaryius Thomas TD on a pass from Tim Tebow with 2:08 remaining cut the score to 10-7, the Bears knew that they had a chance to run the clock way down. Following the recovery of the onside click, Chicago gave the ball to Barber with that intent. However, the Bears RB made a crucial mistake on second down, when he went out of bounds in an attempt to gain more yards. With the clock stopped, the Broncos were able to get the ball back and drive down the field for the tying field goal. While it wasn't easy, Matt Prater nailed a 58-yard field goal to send the game to overtime.

Despite struggling throughout the game, Caleb Hanie delivered on the overtime drive. He led the Bears into Denver territory and seemed to have Chicago on its way to a game-winning field goal. Instead, Barber committed his second mistake late in the game, as he was stripped on a run that had the potential to be a TD. The fumble from Barber was recovered by the Broncos, who drove down the field and kicked a 51-yard field goal for the win.


The Bears, who now trail the Detroit Lions by a game in the NFC North, host Seattle next Sunday. Denver will look to continue its winning streak when it hosts New England on Sunday.

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Bears Vs. Broncos Score Update: Marion Barber TD Helps Bears Build Fourth Quarter Lead

With all the big plays he has made returning punts in his career, it is always relatively surprising when opposing teams give Devin Hester the opportunity to return the ball. Hester once again made a huge impact on special teams, as he put together a dazzling 26-yard punt return to help setup the only TD of the game.

The Bears took advantage of the excellent field position following the Hester return by utilizing their rushing attack to find the end zone. Marion Barber accounted for 36 of the 42 yards on the TD drive, including a nine-yard TD run. Barber has rushed for 89 yards in the absence of Matt Forte.

The return from Hester wasn't the only big impact that Chicago received from its special teams unit. Robbie Gould delivered the longest field goal in Bears history when he connected from 57 yards out to give Chicago a 10-0 lead at the start of the fourth quarter.


On the defensive side of the ball, the Bears have completely shutdown the Denver offense. The normally dominant Broncos rushing attack has failed to generate any sort of consistent production, with Willis McGahee limited to just 33 yards on 15 carries. Tim Tebow has really struggled throwing the ball, completing just 3/16 for 45 yards and just his second interception of the season.

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Bears Vs. Broncos Score Update: Defense Is The Story Heading Into Halftime

With Jay Cutler and Matt Forte both sidelined because of injury, the Chicago Bears knew it would take a dominant performance from their defense to come away with a victory in Denver. Through the first 30 minutes, the defense has been up to the challenge, as the game is tied 0-0 at the half.

The Bears defense has continued their excellent play against the run, limiting Willis McGahee to just 33 yards rushing in the opening half. Along with the stout play against the run, the defense has limited Tim Tebow from finding any sort of rhythm throwing the ball. Tebow has completed just 3/10 and threw only his second interception of the season.The Chicago special teams also played a key role in keeping the Broncos off the scoreboard, as they blocked a field goal attempt from Matt Prater in the second quarter.


On the offensive side of the ball, Chicago has struggled to move the ball down the field. Marion Barber had a productive opening half, rushing for 46 yards on nine carries. However, QB Caleb Hanie was hurt by numerous drops throughout the half, as he only threw for 37 yards

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Bears Vs. Broncos Score Update: Chicago, Denver Are Scoreless In Second Quarter

In a battle between two teams that depend on their defenses to win, it's unsurprising to see that the Chicago Bears and Denver Broncos are tied 0-0 in the middle of the second quarter of Sunday's game. The Broncos have been far more effective on offense so far, with two drives into Chicago territory, but they haven't been able to capitalize.

The first productive Broncos drive ended when Charles Tillman picked off the Broncos' Tim Tebow at the Denver 24, just the quarterback's second interception of the season. And the team's next quality drive saw them get to Chicago's 11-yard line, but kicker Matt Prater's field goal attempt was blocked by Bears super defensive end Julius Peppers. It's been an impressive day for both defenses so far.

Denver has accumulated 99 yards of total offense so far, compared to just 40 by Chicago. Tebow is just 3-for-9 passing so far with an interception, but the three completions cover 45 yards and he's added another 22 yards rushing. Chicago has done a great job at stopping Broncos running back Willis McGahee, though, as he's gotten just 29 yards on his first 11 carries. And the Bears defense has come up with two absolutely huge plays to keep the game scoreless as the offense continues to sputter.

The Bears continue to really struggle as a team offensively. Caleb Hanie has completed three of his four pass attempts, but for just ten yards, and he's been sacked twice already as well.  Marion Barber has nine carries for 46 yards, but the team's gotten -6 yards of passing offense today. And yes, that not a typo. The Bears passing game has lost yardage so far. Hopefully they can get some things going in the near future.

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Chicago Bears Injury Report And Inactives, Week 14: Matt Forte, Major Wright Out Against Denver

The Chicago Bears already looked like they were in sore need of some help when quarterback Jay Cutler went down, but things only got worse last week when the Bears played Kansas City. Starting running back Matt Forte and starting safety Major Wright both sustained injuries that have made them inactive for Sunday's game against the Denver BroncosMichael C. Wright of ESPN Chicago has the full list of inactives for the game, which is shown below:

- QB Jay Cutler

- RB Matt Forte

- S Major Wright

- QB Nathan Enderle

- OG Ricky Henry

- TE Andre Smith

- DT Anthony Adams

The names to really focus on here are Cutler, Forte and Wright. The Bears' offense is a very tiny fraction of what it once was with Cutler and Forte leading the way, while the defense will surely miss the constantly-improving second-year safety Wright. 

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Denver Broncos Injury Report And Inactives, Week 14: Eddie Royal Inactive For Chicago Game

The Chicago Bears are traveling to Mile High to face the Denver Broncos on Sunday, facing a strong defense and the likes of Tim Tebow. One of the big question marks coming into the game was the status of running back Willis McGahee, but he's active and expected to play for Denver.

The Broncos recently released their inactives list for Sunday's game, which can be found on the team's official Twitter feed, but it's shown below:

- WR Eddie Royal

- FB Quinn Johnson

- LB Mike Mohamed

- OG Manny Ramirez

- OT Tony Hills

- TE Julius Thomas

- DE Derrick Harvey

Royal is the big name missing for Denver, but he likely won't be missed as much as you'd think. Receivers Eric Decker and Demaryius Thomas have emerged as two of Tebow's preferred targets, and the Broncos depend on their running game to get the offense going anyways.

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Earl Bennett Fantasy Projection: Keep Bennett On The Bench

Earl Bennett was something of a revelation for the Chicago Bears when he returned from injury in Week 9, but his production has been down since Jay Cutler went out indefinitely. Well, okay, his production has been way down: Bennett has caught two passes for 10 yards in the two games started by Caleb Hanie. It's reasonable to think that the Bears will make an effort to get Bennett involved in the passing game as they attempt to rejuvenate their offense, and might that make for a surprisingly productive fantasy day in Week 14?

Well, according to numberFire.com, don't bet on it. Bennett is projected for 24 receiving yards in Week 14, which would be a marked improvement on his totals of the last two weeks, but still nothing worth starting for, obviously. It may be that, aside from Hanie's general shortcomings, Bennett and Cutler, old college teammates, have an unteachable chemistry that elevates the games of both.

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Marion Barber Fantasy Projection: Barber Projected For Middling Performance

With Matt Forte on the bench after spraining his knee in last week's loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, the burden of carrying the Bears' running game falls on the shoulders of ex-Dallas Cowboys RB Marion Barber. Barber hasn't had much impact this season, running only 76 times for 281 yards (3.7 yards per carry) and five touchdowns, with a high game total of 63 yards, which came in Chicago's loss to the Oakland Raiders. With Forte out, the question becomes this: Can Marion Barber be an effective in fantasy football given the amount of carries he should receive?

The answer, according to numberFirecom, is "no." numberFire has Barber projected as the No 28 overall running back for Week 14, which means that fantasy owners should look elsewhere for production from the running back position. Despite that the Denver Broncos rushing defense is decidedly middle of the road (121.3 yards per game), Barber hasn't shown much this year that would lead you to believe that he has a big game in store. Even the chance that he might pick up a short yardage touchdown is diminished by the presence of Caleb Hanie.

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Bears Vs. Broncos: Time, TV Schedule, Radio Streaming And More

The depleted Bears (7-5) will look to keep their dwindling playoff hopes alive on Sunday vs. the Denver Broncos (7-5).

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Denver Broncos Injury Report, Week 14: Von Miller, Willis McGahee May Miss Sunday's Game Against Chicago Bears

The Denver Broncos (7-5) have released their injury report for Friday:

Probable

LB Von Miller
LT Ryan Clady
FS David Bruton
DT Mitch Unrein
RB Jeremiah Johnson

Questionable

RB Willis McGahee
WR Eddie Royal

Broncos running back Willis McGahee has undergone a career renaissance in Denver, averaging a 4.9 yards per carry in 2011 -- comparable to the Bears' running back Matt Forte. McGahee has struggled with knee injuries this season, but has missed only one game so far, a Week 8 loss to the Detroit Lions.

Though much credit is due to Tim Tebow, the Broncos offense truly revolves around McGahee's consistent production at the tailback position. Alongside him on the injury report is veteran wideout Eddie Royal, who has struggled to be productive even when healthy in 2011.

The other two significant injuries on the Broncos' roster include rookie linebacker Von Miller -- who sports an impressive 10.5 sacks -- and starting left tackle Ryan Clady. In Week 13 against the Kansas City Chiefs, the Bears allowed a whopping 9 sacks to a defense that had up to that point been sack-impaired. If Miller cannot play against the Bears in Week 14, the Chicago offensive line has a decent chance at keeping Caleb Hanie upright for at least half the game.

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Chicago Bears Injury Report, Week 14: Jay Culter, Matt Forte And Major Wright Out For Denver Broncos Game

The Chicago Bears (7-5), losers of two straight games, will need to find significant production from the backups in their Week 14 matchup against the Denver Broncos (7-5). holding a precarious grasp to their playoff hopes, the Bears find themselves suddenly with the two major keystones of the their offense on the sidelines.

Bears Injury Report:

OUT
QB Jay Cutler
RB Matt Forte
SS Major Wright

CLEARED
DT Anthony Adams
CB Charles Tillman
LB Brian Urlacher
DL Henry Melton

Most teams who have only three players on the injury report come Sunday are considered healthy, but the Bears' three injuries may very well transform them from playoff team to a middle-of-the-draft team.

Out and likely to stay out until the end of the regular season, quarterback Jay Cutler's broken thumb abruptly ended his possible Pro Bowl season, pushing backup QB Caleb Hanie into his first regular playing time since college. Hanie, who has thrown a combined six interceptions in his first two games, has yet to find his rhythm with the Bears offense.

And it may be even harder to find that rhythm in Week 14, now that the drummer -- RB Matt Forte -- has gone down with an MCL injury. With his ailing knee likely to keep him out for at least another week, Matt Forte hands the starting halfback duties to 6-year pro and 1-time Pro Bowler Marion Barber. The former Dallas Cowboys running back will get his first start of the season in Week 14, entering the game with a 3.7 yards per carry average.

The Bears will also be without their starting strong safety in Major Wright, though the safety position has been one of the team's deepest positions in 2011, suggesting the Bears should be able to succeed without him.

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Denver Broncos Injury Report, Week 14: Willis McGahee, Eddie Royal Miss Practice

Running back Willis McGahee and wide receiver Eddie Royal were unable to practice on Wednesday, and they were also held out of Thursday's Denver Broncos practice, according to the Chicago Tribune's Vaughn McClure. Royal suffered a concussion in the team's win over Minnesota last Sunday and McGahee is dealing with a knee injury.

McGahee, for his part, says that he'll be ready for Denver's game against Chicago:

"It's good, I'm good," McGahee said. "Everything is good."

Broncos coach John Fox called him "day to day."

Offensive tackle Ryan Clady returned to practice after sitting out on Wednesday, though he was limited. Linebacker Von Miller and safety David Bruton also were limited Thursday. Miller sat out last Sunday's game.

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Chicago Bears Injury Report, Week 14: Major Wright Misses Thursday's Practice

In addition to injured running back Matt Forte, safety Major Wright also did not participate in Bears practice on Thursday, according to the Chicago Tribune's Vaughn McClure. Wright suffered a shoulder injury in the team's loss to Kansas City.

But the news is better elsewhere, as linebacker Brian Urlacher, cornerback Charles Tillman and defensive tackle Anthony Adams fully participated on Thursday after being limited during Wednesday's practice. Urlacher and Tillman are dealing with quad injuries and Adams has an injured back. They appear to be well on track to play against the Broncos on Sunday.

As for Wright, Lovie Smith said he wasn't sure what the safety's status for the Broncos game would be. And Marion Barber figures to replace Matt Forte at running back.

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Chicago Bears Injury Report: Major Wright Sits Out During Wednesday Practice

A season ago, the Bears were one of the healthiest teams in football and were able to host the NFC Championship game. While Chicago looked even better this season during a 7-3 start, the injury bug has finally caught up. Quarterback Jay Cutler might be out for the year after a thumb injury against San Diego, and star running back Matt Forte went down last week with a knee injury against the Kansas City Chiefs.

Forte didn't participate on Wednesday, and could miss up to four weeks. Here's the rest of the Bears' injury report this week:

Full Partcipation

- DL Henry Melton

Limited Participation

- LB Brian Urlacher

- CB Charles Tillman

- DT Anthony Adams

Did Not Participate

- S Major Wright

- RB Matt Forte

Out

- QB Jay Cutler

Safety Major Wright also left the loss to the Chiefs last week with a shoulder injury. Wright has three interceptions this season.

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Denver Broncos Injury Report: Willis McGahee Misses Wednesday Practice

The Broncos were able to defeat the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday without rookie linebacker Von Miller, but Denver's defense suffered as the emerging star rested his injured thumb. Rookie Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder played the best game of his career, and Minnesota hung 32 points on the Miller-less Broncos defense.

Miller practiced on Wednesday, which could be scary news for the Bears. The 22-year old has been a huge factor the Denver defense's turnaround, already tallying 10.5 sacks. Here's the full lot of players listed on Denver's injury report today:

Full Participation

- S Quinton Carter

- RB Jeremiah Johnson

- DT Mitch Ulrich

Limited Participation

- LB Von Miller

Did Not Participate

- OT Ryan Clady

- RB Willis McGahee

- WR Eddie Royal

The 30-year old McGahee rushed for 111 yards on 20 carries in the win over the Vikings.

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Bears Vs. Broncos Preview: Struggling With Injuries, Chicago Looks To Halt Denver's Tebowmania

The Bears enter Sunday's contest hurting all throughout their offense -- the quarterback, the running back, and two offensive lineman are all expected to miss the Broncos game.

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