by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com (2:01 pm ET) Bears coach Marc Trestman said he's not optimistic linebacker Lance Briggs (fractured left shoulder) will be able to play Sunday in Cleveland. Briggs has missed six straight games.
Bears DST helpless against the run
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com (12/10/13) The Bears DST entered Week 14 dead last against the run, and the unit lived down to its ranking. Dallas ran for 198 yards on 28 carries, a 7.1-yard average.
Chicago got sacks from defensive tackle Jeremiah Ratliff, the former Cowboy, and linebacker James Anderson, but was unable to force a turnover. The Bears DST will look to put up more resistance Week 15 at Cleveland.
Lance Briggs ruled out for sixth straight
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (12/7/13) Bears linebacker Lance Briggs (shoulder) was unable to practice and will miss his sixth game in a row in Week 14 against the Cowboys, as he has been ruled out for Monday's game.
Bears safety duo lands on injury report
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (12/7/13) Bears defensive back Major Wright (hamstring) practiced without limitation Friday and Saturday, and is officially probable for Monday's game against the Cowboys in Week 14. Fellow safety Anthony Walters might not be so lucky, as he is questionable after being limited throughout the week of practice.
Absolutely no reason to play Bears DST
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com (12/4/13) Bears defensive end Julius Peppers has seven sacks, an interception and a forced fumble in seven career games against the Cowboys. That's about the only argument one could make for considering the Bears DST in Week 14.
The unit has totaled 11 Fantasy points the past two weeks, despite favorable matchups. Now Chicago gets a Dallas team giving up the fewest Fantasy points (5.0 per game) to opposing DSTs.
This Bears' defense reminds no one of the Monsters of the Midway. Chicago ranks 28th in points allowed (27.7) and total defense (386.0) and dead last in rush defense (153.6). Leave the Bears DST on the waiver wire.
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The Bears continue to field one of the toughest defenses around, so much so that the unit has overshadowed the special-teams game that used to produce big numbers. Last year the defense was responsible for an NFL-record nine touchdowns with a special-teams score added on. The unit also picked up 41 sacks and 21 interceptions. The run defense ranked eighth (101.7 rush yards per game and six rush touchdowns allowed all season) and the pass defense pitched in, ranking eighth (213.9 yards per game). Now, can they do it again? The team made some changes at linebacker, passing on re-signing Brian Urlacher and Nick Roach and replacing them with veterans D.J. Williams and James Anderson as well as rookies Jon Bostic and Khaseem Greene. That's considered an upgrade. There are some questions about the shape of the secondary, particularly in terms of their age. On the plus side, the pass rush should remain aggressive and even though there's a new coaching staff in place, the core fundamentals of the defense aren't expected to change. Any bonus you can get from Devin Hester returning to full-time kick-return duties will help too. The Bears DST is worth one of your last four picks. (Updated 5/15/13)