Bears sensing something 'special' about this team

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Bears sensing something 'special' about this team

NASHVILLE Julius Peppers is never given to overstatement or hyperbole. He has been on a Super Bowl team, knows both winning and losing, and rarely assigns excessive significance to a win, or a loss.

For that reason it was noteworthy when the perennial Pro Bowl defensive end allowed himself a look at more than either the game ahead or the one just completed.

We have something special happening here, Peppers said quietly.

A little later, defensive end Israel Idonije was slowly getting dressed. The same overriding thought:

This is special, Idonije said. Its special.

Special extended beyond Charles Tillmans four forced fumbles; Brian Urlachers 46-yard touchdown return of an interception; Sherrick McManis block of a punt and Corey Woottons return of that for a touchdown; Jay Cutlers three touchdown passes to Brandon Marshall; and beyond Matt Forte and the three running backs combining for more than 200 yards from scrimmage.

The Bears 51-20 demolishing of the Tennessee Titans (3-6) was their sixth straight win and moved them to 7-1, two games in the loss column ahead of Green Bay Packers (6-3).

It began with a forced fumble and takeaway by Tillman on the first play of the game and had reached 28-2 at the end of a first quarter in which offense, defense and special teams all scored touchdowns.

Notably perhaps, in the aftermath of a dizzying game in which the Bears scored in every quarter, the casual talk was already about next Sunday nights game with the Houston Texans, also at 7-1. The Bears hadnt looked past the Titans; they simply compartmentalize better and better, meaning the Titans were then, the Texans are now.

Im thinking about Houston, said left guard Chilo Rachal, part of the offensive line that helped Forte rush for103 yards on 12 carries. I think everyone is already thinking about Houston. And yet we did not overlook this Tennessee team whatsoever. Thats something different about this team.

Sunday marked the third time in eight games that the Bears have scored 40 or more points. They did not reach 40 all last year after doing it exactly once per season in the three previous years.

We are right where we need to be, Peppers said. Were doing a great job of focusing in on each opponent and thats what were going to do this week.

Tennessee was a great game, but you know what? Weve got to put this to the side. Weve got Houston coming in so we cant sit around and talk about how good we are.

That is where special starts.

Kyle Fuller heads to injured reserve as Bears make other roster moves

Kyle Fuller heads to injured reserve as Bears make other roster moves

The upheaval that has afflicted the 2016 Bears roster ratcheted up a notch late Tuesday when the Bears placed cornerback Kyle Fuller on injured reserve due to a knee injury and shuffled the depth chart elsewhere.

The Bears waived tight end Greg Scruggs, who was making the switch to offense from the defensive line, and linebacker Jonathan Anderson, while moving linebacker John Timu from the practice squad to the 53-man roster. To fortify the defensive line, where nose tackle Eddie Goldman is down indefinitely with an ankle injury, the Bears signed CJ Wilson, a 2010 draft pick of the Green Bay Packers who has played for the Packers, Oakland Raiders and Detroit Lions, starting 19 of 78 career games played.

Fuller, the 14th-overall pick of the 2014 draft and once identified as a building block of the Bears defense, underwent knee surgery Aug. 15 while the team went to New England for practices and a preseason game with the Patriots. He had been making significant strides in recovery as far as straight-ahead running but was still hampered with change-of-direction.

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Coach John Fox on Monday said simply that Fuller “has a sore knee. It has some medical things that kind of restrict you. When we get that healed up, he’ll go.”

The IR designation does not necessarily end Fuller’s season. Beginning in 2013, under an agreement between the NFL and Players Association, one player per team may be placed on injured reserve and later be brought back to the active roster. That player must sit out six weeks and cannot be activated for an additional two weeks.

With inside linebacker Danny Trevathan out following surgery on his thumb, Anderson had been expected to see additional playing time, possibly with the No. 1 unit. But rookie Nick Kwiatkoski started Sunday at Dallas in the base 3-4 and Christian Jones cycled in with sub packages.

Preview: Arrieta, Cubs aim to stay hot vs. Pirates Wednesday on CSN

Preview: Arrieta, Cubs aim to stay hot vs. Pirates Wednesday on CSN

Jake Arrieta takes the hill as the Cubs continue their series against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Wednesday, and you can catch all the action on CSN at 6 p.m. Then catch first pitch with Len Kasper and Jim Deshaies. Be sure to stick around after the final out to get analysis and player reaction on Cubs Postgame Live.

Starting pitching matchup: Jake Arrieta (18-7, 2.85 ERA) vs. Jameson Taillon (4-4, 3.49 ERA)

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