(11/17/14) The Bears defense bounced back from a thrashing at the hands of the Packers last week, with a solid performance against the Vikings in Week 11.
The Bears allowed an offensive touchdown early in the game, but shut the Vikings down from that point on. They held the Vikings to just 243 yards of total offense overall, while forcing one turnover and sacking quarterback Teddy Bridgewater twice.
The Bears DST unit had gone four weeks since recording a double-digit Fantasy game prior to Sunday's 14-point effort against the Vikings. They will look to keep the good times going in Week 12 against the Buccaneers.
Bears LB Darryl Sharpton expected to miss first game after bye
Bears' Lamarr Houston suffers torn ACL during sack celebration
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(10/27/14) Bears defensive end Lamarr Houston's unfortunate sack celebration comes at a major price. According to Ian Rapoport, Houston has suffered a torn ACL and is out for the remainder of the season.
Houston sustained the injury while sacking Jimmy Garoppolo down 25 points with under four minutes remaining in the fourth quarter. General manager Phil Emery confirmed the injury. He finishes the season with 11 combined tackles and a sack.
Bears DST the Patriots' latest victim
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(10/26/14) Seemingly back on track defensively after a pair of decent performances against the Dolphins and Falcons, the Bears couldn't slow down the Patriots' runaway train Week 8 at New England, allowing 51 points on 487 yards, both season worsts. They recorded one sack, down from four in Weeks 6 and 7, and didn't have a single takeaway.
The opponent had a lot to do with it. After a slow start to the season, the Patriots have exploded for more than 35 points in three of their last four games, averaging 39.5 during that stretch.
In other words, the Bears DST deserves a pass for this one. Of course, since it's on bye in Week 9 and facing another high-scoring team, the Packers, in Week 10, you may not have much choice but to drop it in Fantasy.
Bears S Chris Conte practicing without restrictions
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(10/23/14) Bears safety Chris Contepracticed without any restrictions for the second consecutive day on Thursday, per ESPN. Conte, who was inactive Week 7 against Miami because of a shoulder injury, is on track to return to action Week 8 at New England.
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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.