Bears (5-3)

Chicago Tribune (Sunday) - - BEARS -

First in the NFC North

Nagy’s team has matched last sea­son’s vic­tory to­tal, and the next hur­dle to clear is prov­ing it can start beat­ing up divi­sion foes. The sea­son-open­ing road loss to the Pack­ers — and the Bears blew that game in the sec­ond half in so many ways — has been the only divi­sion game to date. The Bears know the sched­ule of Lions, Vik­ings and at Lions, with the lat­ter two on na­tional tele­vi­sion, will be chal­leng­ing. It’s a new team, so per­haps a trou­bling re­cent his­tory shouldn’t mat­ter. They have lost nine of the last 10 to the Lions, six of seven to the Vik­ings and 15 of 17 against the Pack­ers. The Bears are sec­ond in turnover dif­fer­en­tial at plus-10, ninth in of­fen­sive red-zone ef­fi­ciency and have got­ten healthy, with out­side line­backer Khalil Mack (right an­kle) and wide re­ceiver Allen Robin­son (groin) ready to go after sit­ting out breezy vic­to­ries over the Bills and Jets.

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