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Bears vs. Jaguars: Chicago crushes Jacksonville, 41-3

The Bears defense put on another dominant display, returning two interceptions for touchdowns while leading Chicago to a 41-3 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars.

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Jay Cutler makes amends with Mike Tice

The Chicago Bears ran away with a 41-3 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars Sunday in a win so satisfying that quarterback Jay Cutler and offensive coordinator Mike Tice were even exchanging fist bumps.

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If you recall, Cutler stormed away from Tice when he attempted to confront the quarterback last week against Dallas Cutlerjerk_medium

Cutler received a lot of criticism for how he treated Tice, however during the week the coordinator said the two made up from the exchange.

"Jay and I are good," Tice continued. "I really admired his play the other night. I really admire how he's bought in. It's an emotional game. Sometimes I'm sure we all wish we could handle some things differently. Not to say that he should have handled that differently, but it's an emotional game. Jay and I are fine."

Their sharing laughs on the sidelines Sunday showed that this is probably the case, as a 4-1 record can help ease tension as well.


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Chicago cruises in Jacksonville, 41-3

The Chicago Bears were expected to handle the Jacksonville Jaguars fairly easily on Sunday. The Bears did just that, crushing the Jaguars, 41-3. The defense had its second consecutive week with two interceptions returned for touchdowns.

The game was close in the first half, with each team putting up just a field goal before halftime. The Bears would get things going in the second half, and as usual, their defense led the way. Leading 6-3 late in the third quarter, Blaine Gabbert badly under threw his receiver, and Charles Tillman took it back 36 yards for a touchdown. Observe:

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Jay Cutler then went on to throw two touchdown passes to Alshon Jeffery and Brandon Marshall to effectively put the game away, 27-3. The Bears weren't done, though, as Lance Briggs pulled in his own interception and returned it for a touchdown for the second straight week. Take a look:

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Armando Allen added one last touchdown for the Bears to make it 41-3 with less than two minutes remaining. It was another brilliant performance by the Bears' defense, and another anemic offensive display by Jacksonville.

Fantasy studs or duds?

Brandon Marshall had a great day for the Bears, hauling in 12 catches for 144 yards and a touchdown. Matt Forte had over 100 yards rushing, as well. Jay Cutler was pretty good too, throwing for 292 yards, two touchdowns and an interception.

Maurice Jones-Drew had a rough day running the ball. He ended with only 56 rushing yards, and caught only one pass.

Injury report

Alshon Jeffery left the game with a hand injury in the second half. It's unclear whether he'll miss any time.

Did they cover?

The Bears were favored by 6.5 points, so they covered the spread easily.

What's next?

Chicago: BYE

Jacksonville: BYE

This story originally appeared on SBNation.com.

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Bears lead Jags 13-3 after three quarters

After a sluggish start, some big plays have put the Chicago Bears up 13-3 on the Jacksonville Jaguars after three quarters.

The score remained tied at 3-3 for much of the quarter, however Robbie Gould hit a 31-yard field goal to break the tie with 5:46 left in the quarter.

The big break for the Bears came just 30 seconds later when Charles Tillman intercepted Blaine Gabberts pass and took it 36 yards for a touchdown.

Jay Cutler has been more efficient in the second half, as his throwing stats are up to him completing 20-of-36 passes for 219 yards. His favorite target has been Brandon Marshall who has 11 receptions for 120 yards. No other Bears receiver has more than two catches.

Matt Forte has been more subdued in the second half, as he has just 62 yards on 14 carries.

The Bears continue to shut down Maurice Jones-Drew, who has just 29 yards on 11 carries.

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Bears and Jags tied 3-3 at halftime

Dominating defense is the theme between the Chicago Bears and Jacksonville Jaguars, as the teams are tied at 3-3 after the first half.

With the Bears leading 3-0 at the start of the quarter, the Jags tied the game less than a minute into the second quarter when Josh Scobee nailed a 31-yard field goal.

For the rest of the quarter, neither team could gain momentum. The total yardage is in favor of Chicago, as they hold a 191-144 edge over the Jaguars.

In the battle of elite running backs, Matt Forte of the Bears has an advantage on Maurice Jones-Drew. Forte has 57 yards on 10 carries while Jones-Drew has managed just 29 yards on 11 carries.

Jay Cutler has been struggling under center today, completing just 10-of-20 passes for 110 yards with an interception. As for the Jaguars, signal caller Blaine Gabbert has 120 yards throwing on 10-of-18 throwing.

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Chicago takes early lead on Jacksonville

In a defensive battle, the Chicago Bears lead the Jacksonville Jaguars 3-0 after the first quarter at EverBank Field.

Jaguars cornerback Derek Cox interception Chicago quarterback Jay Cutler's pass near midfield on the Bears' first possession, but Jacksonville couldn't do anything with the turnover.

The Bears held the Jaguars to three-and-outs in Jacksonville's first two possessions.The Chicago defense has allowed the Jaguars 70 yards on 16 plays, but Jacksonville has converted 3-of-5 third down opportunities.

Finishing off a 12-play, 77-yard drive, Chicago kicker Robbie Gould broke the scoreless game on a 32-yard field goal with 6:11 to play in the first quarter.

Matt Forte has six carries for 45 yards thus far and tight end Kellen Davis has been a target for Cutler, catching two balls for 26 yards. Cutler is 3-of-7 for 37 yards through the air.

The Bears offense isn't having much success against the Jaguars with 91 yards on 14 plays,

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Will Julius Peppers suit up for Sunday's game?

The Chicago Bears, coming off an impressive showing on Monday night against the Dallas Cowboys, will travel to Jacksonville on Sunday to face the struggling Jaguars. The Bears, currently sitting in first place in the NFC North, will be looking to improve their record to 4-1 on the season. Several key players for both teams have either missed practice or have been limited in practice this week.

For the Bears, wide receiver Earl Bennett (hand) and running back Matt Forte (ankle) had limited participation in practice on Thursday. Defensive end Julius Peppers (ankle), fullback Evan Rodriguez (knee) and linebacker Brian Urlacher (coach's decision) did not participate at all in Thursday's practice.

Two members of the Jaguars did not participate at all in Wednesday's practice: wide receiver Laurent Robinson (concussion) and linebacker Daryl Smith (groin). Jacksonville defensive end George Selvie (knee) had limited participation in practice.

Kickoff between the Bears and Jaguars is scheduled for 4:05 p.m. ET at EverBank Field. The game will be televised on FOX.

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