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Nicholas Moreano is the Bears beat reporter for CHGO Bears. He has a master's degree in Communication from DePaul University and obtained his bachelor's degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of Iowa.

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — The Bears literally didn’t see what hit them in their 20-12 loss to the Giants at MetLife Stadium. From the Chicago eight-yard line, quarterback Daniel Jones lined up under center and running back Saquon Barkley lined up directly behind him. Jones took the snap and turned to hand the ball off to Barkley. The defense flowed with the running back, ready to force a potential third down late in the second quarter. What defensive coordinator Alan Williams’ unit didn’t know was that Barkley never had the ball. Jones carried out his handoff and turned left. In front of Jones was nothing but open grass. The Giants’ quarterback made it into the end zone easily for his…

Jaylon Jones played his first defensive snaps in the regular season during the Week 3 victory over the Houston Texans. The undrafted cornerback out of Ole Miss played 32 snaps in place of Jaylon Johnson, who missed the game with a quad injury. And the first time Jones’ number was announced over the PA system at Soldier Field was for a defensive holding call in the second quarter on third down, which gave Houston a fresh set of downs. That mistake didn’t amount to any points for the Texans, but it was a learning moment for the young cornerback. “I think I did alright. I’m a guy that is really hard on myself,” Jones said. “I think I could have…

Somehow, someway the Bears’ wide receiver group is in a worse position than it was coming into the season. After three weeks, free-agent acquisition Byron Pringle is heading to injured reserve. He caught one pass for 11 yards in the 23-20 win over the Texans before exiting the game with a calf injury in the first half. “Yeah, whenever you lose a starter or a player like that, that’s a good blocker and certainly stands for everything we believe in, that certainly hurts,” Bears coach Matt Eberflus said. “And guys are gonna have to step into that role and share that role as well. So it always hurts when you lose a guy like that.” Even though Pringle only has…

Let’s try starting something new throughout this Bears season. Each week, about halfway through, I want to share my takeaways from the previous game, observations on the next opponent and highlight what was said from coach Matt Eberflus, quarterback Justin Fields and from the locker room. We will call this Moreano’s Midweek Update for now, but I’m always up for suggestions. To begin, let’s revisit the 27-10 loss to the Packers on Sunday Night Football one last time.  WEEK 2: BEARS VS. PACKERS Justin Fields did not have his best performance. There is no other way of putting it. Even though he threw the ball 11 times, there were opportunities to make plays. So it’s discouraging to see Fields play…

Even though the Bears lost their seventh-straight game to the Packers last Sunday night, there were some positives at Lambeau Field. The running game would be at the top of that list. The Bears finished with 180 total rushing yards on 27 carries. Khari Blasingame didn’t have a single one of those yards, but the fullback played a vital role in the offense’s success on the ground. https://twitter.com/NicholasMoreano/status/1571924009041956864?s=20&t=LsDr2Z9jpa6lZ0RZF4y41A And just like the position he plays, which involves him sacrificing his body, running at defensive linemen and linebackers that may be in the rushing lane, Blasingame won’t take much credit for Sunday night’s performance. “I felt like those guys were running hard, D-Mo, Khalil,” Blasingame said. “Great play calls and, you…

GREEN BAY, Wis. — After the Bears scored a touchdown on their opening drive of the game, it felt, maybe, just for a moment that things might end up different at Lambeau Field. But it didn’t take long for that sliver of hope to fade as the thunderous fireworks lit up the night sky each time the Packers scored a touchdown. This latest embarrassment for the Bears ended in a 27-10 loss to the NFC North. Following the lone touchdown drive, the Bears’ offense went into early hibernation. The next three series went like this. 3 plays, -2 yards3 plays, -2 yards3 plays, 4 yards For each one of those drives, the offense had poor execution on first down. The…

The Bears will take any advice when it comes to playing the Green Bay Packers. A team that has dominated Chicago for the better part of the last decade. Although there are still a handful of players that are familiar with their NFC North opponent, first-year Bear Equanimeous St. Brown knows Green Bay better than most. He has played 37 games for the Packers in the last four seasons. And for his fellow wide receivers, he shared some insight about Lambeau Field. “I’ve been telling them that the grass is kind of slick there,” St. Brown said. “I know when I was there a lot of the teams that came to play us, they slipped a lot. So I’m telling…

For the Bears’ Week 2 matchup against the Green Bay Packers, the quarterback competition goes to a completely different level than it did in the opener against San Francisco. At Soldier Field in an on-and-off torrential downpour, the Bears’ defense made second-year quarterback Trey Lance play like — well — a quarterback. “What you think he did? He ain’t do s–t,” cornerback Jaylon Johnson said to NBC Sports Chicago following the win over the 49ers. “We made him play quarterback. We know he hurt us in the run game with his feet, and everybody knows at some point he’s going to run and make a play. But I feel like we had to really make him play quarterback.” As a…

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