Many people had either the Bengals or Packers in their Super Bowl pick, and it's still possible both teams make it. The road will be tougher for whoever loses on Sunday, however. The Packers and Bengals are each 1-1, and they play in Cincinnati on Sunday. Both teams are among the best 10 in the NFL, and one is going to be 1-2. In the last six seasons, only one team has gotten a playoff bye with five or more losses (the 2010 Chicago Bears). So most likely, the loser of Sunday's game probably needs to go at least 11-2 to get a bye. Many teams have made the Super Bowl without a bye, but the odds grow longer. The Bengals aren't getting much respect. Using the Yahoo Pro Football Pick 'em line, Green Bay is a 2.5-point favorite. Reverse the standard 3-point edge for home field, and that means the Bengals would be 8.5-point underdogs at Lambeau Field? Come on. Way too high. The Redskins were only 7.5-point underdogs at Green Bay last week, and they're terrible right now. The Bengals are a good team, and it appears the Packers will be without safety Morgan Burnett and cornerback Casey Hayward again, and also running back Eddie Lacy. Cincinnati's front seven is legit, especially against a Packers' offensive line that is pretty shaky. Cincinnati as a home underdog is the pick, but check the record at the end ... this is obviously for entertainment purposes only. If you're smart. With that, onto the rest of the picks!
Aug 21 (Sports Xchange) - Chicago Bears rookie linebacker Jon Bostic received a $21,000 fine on Wednesday for lowering his head while hitting San Diego Chargers wide receiver Mike Willie in a preseason game last Thursday, according to multiple reports. Bostic hit Willie in the chest area on a short pass in the Bears' 33-28 win. The force of the blow caused Willie to drop the ball. No penalty was called. Teammate and fellow Bears linebacker Lance Briggs confirmed the news Wednesday morning when he tweeted, "Bostic's hit illegal. Hit on Dustin Keller. Legal. ...
Chicago Bears rookie linebacker Jon Bostic received a $21,000 fine on Wednesday for lowering his head while hitting San Diego Chargers wide receiver Mike Willie in a preseason game last Thursday, according to multiple reports.
The Chicago Bears placed cornerback Kelvin Hayden on injured reserve and signed long snapper Brandon Hartson to a three-year contract. They also signed Derrick Martin to a one-year deal while waiving fellow safety Cyhl Quarles.
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BOURBONNAIS, Ill. (AP) -- The most interesting person on the Chicago Bears' roster?
The club begins a new era under head coach Marc Trestman.
Bears Insider John Mullin continues his reviews of Pro Football Talk's "Faces of the Franchise". His latest review is on the New York Giants, and he explains what face is missing from the four.
Longtime Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher announced his retirement after 13 seasons in the NFL on Wednesday. He walks away from football with a list of accomplishments that include an eight-time Pro Bowl selection, a five-time All-Pro and the 2005 Defensive Player of the Year award. clear."
Less than one week after the conclusion of the 2013 NFL draft, 10 of the 253 players selected have agreed to terms on a four-year rookie contract. The Chicago Bears, led by their vice president of football administration Cliff Stein, are annually the first team out of the gate when it comes to signing their draft class. All six members of the Bears' 2012 draft class were signed by May 15 and the club is on pace to match that effort. The Bears have already announced that four of their six picks in 2013 — fourth-round linebacker Khaseem Greene, fifth-round offensive tackle Jordan Mills, sixth-round linebacker Cornelius Washington and seventh-round wide receiver Marquess Wilson — have already agreed to contract, leaving first-round offensive lineman Kyle Long and second-round linebacker Jon Bostic as their unsigned picks before a rookie mini-camp begins on May 10. In terms of volume, the Baltimore Ravens have been busier as vice president of football administration Pat Moriarty has reached agreement with six of his team's 10 draft picks, Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun reports . As is the case with the Bears, the mid-to-late round picks on the Ravens have reached deals. Fourth-round fullback Kyle Juszczyk, fifth-round offensive tackle Ricky Wagner, sixth-round defensive end Kapron Lewis-Moore, sixth-round offensive lineman Ryan Jensen, seventh-round wide receiver Aaron Mellette and seventh-round cornerback Marc Anthony have deals in place with the Ravens that will likely be signed before the players take the field for the team's three-day rookie mini-camp begins on Friday. The Ravens have four players unsigned, including first-round safety Matt Elam, who is still operating without an agent . Elam's contract will be worth around $6.7 million with around $5.4 million in guaranteed money, including a signing bonus of exactly $3,301,456. With NFL teams holding rookie mini-camps over the next two weekends, more draft picks are expected to sign their four-year rookie contracts. Last offseason, 183 of the 253 players drafted, 72.3 percent of the class, had signed contracts by or on May 31. That group included 11 first-round picks, who in the previous collective bargaining agreement, took a little longer to reach deals. "Shutdown Corner" has obtained the official, team-by-team rookie pool numbers, which show the maximum amount of Year One salary cap dollars that teams are permitted to spend on their draft picks. That list, along with when each teams will conduct their rookie mini-camp, is below. We've also included the minimum amounts of Year One salary cap dollars that teams are permitted to spend on their draft picks.

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