by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (10:57 am ET) The Bears DST unit has had an up-and-down season so far, with the lowlight coming with a miserable 1-point effort against the Packers in Week 4. They are looking to bounce back in Week 5 with the Panthers on the schedule.
The Panthers have lacked a big-play element to their offense, and opposing defenses have taken advantage of that recently. Over the last two weeks, the Steelers and Ravens have combined for 27 Fantasy points against the Panthers, who will likely be without their top two running backs this Sunday as well. That should work out well for a Bears defense that has struggled against the run.
The Bears aren't a great team to rely on defensively, though their greatest weakness might not be exploited this week. They have some appeal as a low-end Fantasy sleeper for Week 5.
Bears DE Jared Allen able to work out Monday
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (9/29/14) Bears coach Marc Trestman said defensive end Jared Allen, who sat out Week 4 due to an illness, worked out Monday. He is being listed as day to day leading up to Week 5 at Carolina.
Bears DST no match for Aaron Rodgers
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer (9/28/14) Though Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers struggled against the Lions defense just one week earlier, the Bears were no match for the star quarterback Week 4 against Green Bay, allowing four touchdowns through the air.
They didn't get much help from their own quarterback, Jay Cutler, whose two interceptions contributed to the Packers' 38 points, but even with the Packers working with a short field a couple times, the Bears still allowed 358 yards.
They had zero interceptions and one sack, their lowest combined total since recording one of each Week 1 against Buffalo.
The good news for the Bears DST is it had been a quality Fantasy unit prior to this week and has a more favorable matchup against the Panthers in Week 5. It will be an option worth considering for that game.
Bears DST feasts on Jets' mistakes
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com (9/23/14) The Bears DST scored in the first minute of Monday's win at the Jets. Safety Ryan Mundy intercepted Geno Smith's first pass, a screen intended for Chris Johnson, and returned it 45 yards for a touchdown.
Despite suffering multiple injuries on defense, Chicago went on to produce two more turnovers and register three sacks in the victory. Rookie Kyle Fuller picked off a pass in the end zone, his third interception this season, and safety Ahmad Dixon recovered a muffed punt.
The Bears DST will have a tougher time Week 4 when Green Bay visits Soldier Field.
Willie Young racks up two more sacks
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com (9/15/14) Bears defensive end Willie Young is up to three sacks this season after getting two in the Week 2 win at San Francisco. The free agent acquisition added four tackles and two quarterback hurries in the 28-20 victory.
Young visits the Jets on Monday Night Football in Week 3.
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There's reason to believe in a rebound for the Bears DST following their disappointing 2013 campaign. Injuries really crushed the run defense and a weak defensive backfield made the pass defense equally problematic. But the Bears made some outstanding additions this offseason, bringing in Jared Allen, Lamarr Houston and Willie Young to punch up the pass rush. Charles Tillman re-signed following a triceps injury, Kyle Fuller was drafted to slot in at nickelback and Ryan Mundy will provide at least some depth at safety. We tend to follow the DSTs that can pick up a lot of sacks and the Bears should greatly improve on the 31 sacks they had a season ago. The departure of kick returner Devin Hester is a bummer but overall the unit has some appeal and might fall through the cracks on Draft Day. We like the Bears potential and consider them a good final-round selection, even if only to use in Weeks 1 and 3 against the Bills and Jets.