Bears back in driver's seat with win over Minnesota

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Bears back in driver's seat with win over Minnesota

The Bears' win over Minnesota may have come at a cost in terms of injuries, but it may also be the most significant win of the season. The victory came on a day when teams in contention with the Bears all lost: Green Bay, Seattle and, of course, Minnesota.

The Bears always say winning the division is goal No. 1 because that assures them a spot in the playoffs. Now they are once again back in control of their own destiny in the NFC North as they sit in first place and play all three division rivals down the stretch.

Looking at the NFC it looks like 10 wins will be enough to get a playoff berth as a wild card, but the Bears should be focusing solely on winning the division and earning a home playoff game.

What could be a long shot is a bye in the opening week of the postseason considering Atlanta already has 10 wins and the 49ers might be playing the best of any team in the conference.

Regardless, the Bears' injuries may not be as costly as they were last season if they prove not to be season-ending especially, for the offensive lineman. If there is one area they don't want to be thinner at it's the offensive line.

The good news is they put themselves in prime position with the Minnesota win even if they stumble over the last month.

Wintrust Athlete of the Week: Austin O'Connor

Wintrust Athlete of the Week: Austin O'Connor

Four years, four state championships. 

That's what St. Rita senior wrestler Austin O'Connor accomplished over the past four years, becoming the 15th wrestler in IHSA history to do so. The Mustangs' grappler went undefeated this season and finished his IHSA career with a record of 181-4. 

O'Connor is planning on continuing his time on the mat at the University of North Carolina next season. Learn more about O'Connor in the video above. 

In the Gym at EFT: Vertical jump training

In the Gym at EFT: Vertical jump training

In the latest installment of In the Gym at EFT, performance specialist Kerry Neal teaches some valuable techniques to improve an athlete's vertical jump. 

Former Western Michigan Linebacker Grant DePalma gives an assist by demonstrating the drills. An athlete's vertical is an important tool and can be the difference during evaluation.

Learn some valuable tips above and be on the lookout for the next edition of In the Gym at EFT.