Play­ing for pride, Bears look to play spoiler

Chicago Tribune (Sunday) - - BEARS -

Brad Biggs (7-7)

Elim­i­nated from play­off con­tention, the Bears look to close out the sea­son with a win­ning record. Coaches look at ef­fort to see if their mes­sage is get­ting through, and the Bears have con­sis­tently de­liv­ered that for Matt Nagy. The Chiefs rep­re­sent a step up in class and they are loaded with speed at the skill po­si­tions, which will be prob­lem­atic if the Bears de­fen­sive backs are sloppy in tack­ling as they were last week. Of­fen­sively, the Bears aren’t equipped for a shootout. We’ll see if the Bears de­fense can keep it close. The Chiefs de­fense has been bet­ter of late, al­low­ing 17 points or fewer in each of their last four games.

Rich Campbell (6-8)

The Bears will be com­pet­i­tive be­cause they’re a pride­ful, com­mit­ted group and be­cause they have one of the best de­fenses in the NFL. They have played their best when the pres­sure is off, and that’s the case Sun­day with the play­offs out of reach. But the Chiefs are get­ting healthy on of­fense, and they’re the su­pe­rior team.

Colleen Kane (9-5)

Even though the Bears are out of the play­off race, there’s plenty of mo­ti­va­tion this week, es­pe­cially for coach Matt Nagy fac­ing his men­tor, Andy Reid, and for Mitch Tru­bisky fac­ing the quar­ter­back he’s al­ways com­pared with, Pa­trick Ma­homes. The Bears are ca­pa­ble of stay­ing away from an em­bar­rass­ment, but the Chiefs of­fense is too much for them to match.

Dan Wiederer (8-6)

The Bears’ track record of slow starts on of­fense is prob­lem­atic, and against an op­po­nent as ex­plo­sive as this one, it could put them in chase mode very early.

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