Kip: Bears 6-1 despite not playing their best football

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Kip: Bears 6-1 despite not playing their best football

The Bears have a problem most other teams would love to have -- they haven't played their best football, but still own the second best record in the entire NFL.

At 6-1, there is plenty of room for improvement, particularly on the offensive side of the ball.

So far the players themselves have been their own worst enemy. The unit has continually shot itself in the foot with dropped balls -- Brandon Marshall, Matt Spaeth and Devin Hester all had chances to move the chains and came up empty Sunday against Carolina.

Combine that with the penalties such as false starts and the Bears end up in too many drive-stalling third and long situations.

The passing game has suffered the most and currently rank only above Seattle and Jacksonville as the league's worst passing offenses. The good news is the issue for the Bears isn't talent, it's simply execution. If guys quit taking turns making small mistakes that add up to become big drive-killers, this offense should begin to produce.

The team has survived despite the lack of offensive touchdowns, but they may not be able sustain this current winning streak without the offense doing their part and producing touchdowns.

Preview: Cubs continue series with Nationals tonight on CSN

Preview: Cubs continue series with Nationals tonight on CSN

The Cubs continue their series with the Washington Nationals on Wednesday night in the nation's capital, and you can catch all the action on CSN and streaming live on CSNChicago.com and via the NBC Sports app.

Coverage from the District of Columbia with Len Kasper and Jim Deshaies begins at 6 p.m. Be sure to stick around after the game for reaction and analysis on Cubs Postgame Live.

Tonight's starting pitching matchup: John Lackey (5-8, 4.74 ERA) vs. Stephen Strasburg (8-2, 3.57 ERA)

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Preview: Carlos Rodon makes season debut as White Sox face Yankees on CSN

Preview: Carlos Rodon makes season debut as White Sox face Yankees on CSN

Carlos Rodon makes his season debut as the White Sox take on the New York Yankees tonight, and you can catch all the action on CSN Plus and live streaming on CSNChicago.com and the NBC Sports App.

Coverage begins with White Sox Pregame Live at 6:30 p.m. Be sure to stick around after the final out to get analysis and player reaction on White Sox Postgame Live.

Tonight’s starting pitching matchup: Carlos Rodon (0-0, 0.00 ERA) vs. Masahiro Tanaka (5-7, 5.74 ERA)

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