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That was a tough loss Sunday and the Bears are ba

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    ck at .500. Granted , not many would have picked the Patriots game to be a win when the schedule was announced, but disappointment comes with changing expectations.Being .500 here is actually progress for the Bears, who have been out of it by Halloween for the last few years.They have a chance to get back into the win column over the next couple of weeks and get things pointed in the right direction heading into the halfway point.So let’s take a look back at Sunday’s game, and see which players need to improve and which players need to keep playing well to help the Bears get back to their winning ways.Stock upBilal Nichols, DT - The rookie fifth round pick had himself a day trying to pick up the pass rush for the Bears. Nichols had a forced fumble and a QB hit, as well as being very close to splitting a sack with Roquan Smith.Kyle Fuller, CB - Three interceptions in two games definitely deserves a shoutout. Did he play perfect? No, but he had three passes defensed to go with a right place, right time INT.Trey Burton, TE - On a day where the Patriots seemed determined to not let Taylor Gabriel get open, Burton picked up the slack with a career day: nine receptions for 126 yards (both career highs) and a touchdown. Stock downDion Sims, TE - What is he still doing on this roster? The one pass that went his way bounced off his hands and was incomplete. I get that he’s just filler until Adam Shaheen comes back, but Sims has been a waste of money.Eddie Jackson, S - This is two weeks in a row he makes an appearance here , but he needs to be better. His failure to wrap up (a knock on him coming out of Alabama) allowed Josh Gordon to run free for most of the extra yardage on the touchdown.Ben Braunecker, TE - I hate to jump on the kid, especially when you hear his post game comments, but a small technique mistake will be deadly in the NFL and it was Sunday. Branecker is a core special teamer and is solid on that unit, but he deserves the mention here, even though it pains me to do so.Who did I miss? Who are your picks?Bears injury report: Khalil Mack and Roquan Smith are full-go In terms of this kind of news, Wednesday’s Bears injury report was actually an interesting development in comparison to the regular hamstring pulls and tweaks. That’s especially so for Chicago as they prepare for a Week 1 matchup against the Packers. Despite not playing a snap in the preseason, new Bears superstar Khalil Mack was a full participant in Lake Forest. Despite being limited in training camp after a holdout and also not playing a snap in the preseason, Roquan Smith was also a full participant. And despite featuring in one whole practice all the way back in mid-July, Aaron Lynch was all systems go. It’s almost as if the preseason is seen as a crapshoot by NFL teams like the Bears. In all seriousness, what does this mean, exactly? You can expect each of Mack, Smith, and Lynch to have heavily featured roles at varying degrees in Green Bay. On their latest depth chart Cheap Cody Whitehair Jersey , Mack was notably listed as a starter for the Bears, while Smith and Lynch were each entrenched in No. 2 and No. 3 slots at their positions, respectively. Both latter players’ status can certainly always change before Sunday. Now, there is always the off chance this trio of Bears gets injured because they didn’t have much action in the past six weeks. We should acknowledge that fact. Of course, a cartoonish anvil can fall on their head too and there would be similar blame doled out to their lack of previous participation.In other cliff notes, Leonard Floyd was also a full participant in Wednesday’s practice with a broken hand. Expect the third-year pass rusher to start without much issues on Sunday night.Some preseason snaps matter, but not to the degree you think. The Bears doing this with a great deal of their defensive core shows they emphatically agree. Robert is an editor, writer, and producer for The Blitz Network, Windy City Gridiron, and The Rock River Times. You can follow him on Twitter @RobertZeglinski and reach him by email at
      December 4, 2018 1:16 AM MST