(10/20/14) The Bears defense entered Week 7 against the Dolphins pretty banged up, and had trouble holding up in a 27-14 loss.
The Dolphins racked up 393 yards of total offense and dominated the time of possession in the game, leaving the Bears defense on the field for 37-plus minutes. The Bears' pass rush did a solid job of getting after Ryan Tannehill, racking up four sacks, but failed to register a single turnover, while getting no contributions from the special teams.
The Bears DST unit has had an up-and-down season so far, but Sunday's game was their third in four games without reaching double figures in Fantasy scoring. They could struggle yet again in Week 8, with the Patriots on the schedule.
Bears CB Kyle Fuller exits Week 7 with hip injury
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(10/19/14) Bears rookie cornerback Kyle Fuller left Sunday's home game against the Dolphins with a hip injury. Fuller sustained the injury in the third quarter and was ruled questionable to return. He registered three tackles, including one for a loss before the injury.
Bears LB Lance Briggs, CB Chris Conte will sit out Week 7
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(10/17/14) The Bears have ruled linebacker Lance Briggs and defensive back Chris Conteout for Week 7 at home against Miami, according to the Chicago Tribune. Conte left the previous week against the Falcons with a shoulder injury. Briggs will miss his second straight game because of an injury to the ribs.
Bears DST steps up against Falcons
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(10/13/14) Facing a Falcons offense that remains one of the more productive in the league but has had its struggles recently, the Bears turned in a stellar performance Week 6 at Atlanta. They allowed 13 points on 287 yards, both season bests. They also intercepted a pass and equaled a season high with four sacks.
Though the Bears DST hasn't been the most consistent in Fantasy, this is its third game with at least 14 Fantasy points, going by standard CBSSports.com scoring. Only three of the eight DSTs ahead of it -- the Eagles, Lions and Colts -- can say the same.
That makes the Bears another one of those DSTs worth starting in Fantasy with the right matchups. After what it just did to the Falcons, it shouldn't have too much trouble against the Dolphins in Week 7, though it's hardly a slam-dank matchup. You could do worse in a 12-team league, though.
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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.