Martellus Bennett demands inflection when you talk about him ProFootballTalk (Darin Gantt) — Bears tight end Martellus Bennett doesn’t just want your respect. He wants you to have the right tone of voice when you express it. Bennett said he was angered that Jets coach Rex Ryan was monotone about his own abilities after talking about what “monsters” the Bears had at wide receiver. “He was like, ‘Oh,…
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Geno Smith’s uneven again, but Rex Ryan still has his back ProFootballTalk (Darin Gantt) — There were some good fantasy stats involved, but in last night’s loss to the Bears, Jets quarterback Geno Smith raised his turnover total to five. Two more interceptions go with his previous two picks and a fumble to undermine his first three games, but Jets coach Rex Ryan was quick to defend him afterward. “Guys,…
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Bears Get Early Breaks, Hold On to Beat Jets 27-19

NY Times: The Fifth Down (By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS) — Jay Cutler and the Chicago Bears needed to claw back from a big deficit last week.
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Kam Chancellor nursing bone spurs in his ankle ProFootballTalk (Curtis Crabtree) — Seattle Seahawks safety Kam Chancellor certainly didn’t look all that limited against the Denver Broncos on Sunday. However, it appears that the ankle issue that forced him to miss practice last Wednesday and land on the injury report was more troublesome than it seemed. According to Mike Garafolo of FOX Sports, Chancellor is dealing with…
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49ers, Cardinals fans involved in bloody melee ProFootballTalk (Curtis Crabtree) — Following the NFL’s realignment in 2002, the four teams placed in the new NFC West didn’t really have histories that led to heated rivalries between the teams. The Seattle Seahawks had been a member of the AFC. The Arizona Cardinals had been in the NFC East and the rivalry between the Rams and San Francisco…
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Bears Hold On to Beat Jets 27-19

NY Times: The Fifth Down (By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS) — Chicago Bears coach Marc Trestman needed a few extra minutes to clear his head.
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Report: Cardinals signing RB Marion Grice ProFootballTalk (Mike Wilkening) — The Cardinals are reportedly adding another reserve tailback. The club has reached a deal with rookie Marion Grice, a member of the Chargers’ practice squad, Michael Gehlken of the San Diego Union-Tribune reported Monday. The Chargers selected Grice (6-0, 208) in Round Six of the 2014 draft. He led San Diego in rushing in the…
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Bears Strike Early to Hold Off Jets

NY Times: The Fifth Down (By REUTERS) — The Chicago Bears struck early and never trailed as they rode two Martellus Bennett touchdowns to a 27-19 win over the New York Jets on Monday.
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Roundup: TV Ratings Soar Amid N.F.L.’s Woes

NY Times: The Fifth Down (By RICHARD SANDOMIR) — On Sunday, CBS’s late afternoon game, Seattle’s overtime win over Denver, produced a 16.9 preliminary overnight rating, a 16 percent jump over the comparable game last season.
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Former NFL Kicker Reported Missing Night He Died in Crash: The Tennessean

NY Times: The Fifth Down (By REUTERS) — Former NFL kicker Rob Bironas was reported missing by his wife the night he died in a crash in Nashville because she found it unusual for him to leave without telling her, The Tennessean newspaper reported on Monday.
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Bears 27, Jets 19: Hapless in Big Moments, Jets Fall to the Bears

NY Times: The Fifth Down (By BEN SHPIGEL) — The Jets did not catch. They did not bat down passes. They committed turnovers. They did not sustain drives. And they did not monitor Martellus Bennett, who scored what proved the winning touchdown.
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Shutdown Corner NFL Power Rankings: Taking stock of the 3-0 teams Shutdown Corner (Frank Schwab) — We're down to three undefeated teams after just three weeks. And the three undefeateds are far from flawless. The Bengals are the best of the group. Their offense has been diverse, especially with quarterback Andy Dalton playing well and running back Giovani Bernard emerging as a star. They're an impressive 3-0, yet you're forgiven if you have some reservations about completely buying in. You...
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Report: Manti Te’o has broken foot, out “multiple weeks” ProFootballTalk (Mike Wilkening) — Yet another foot injury will sideline Manti Te’o. Te’o, a starting inside linebacker for the Chargers, will be out “multiple weeks” with a fractured right foot, Michael Gehlken of the San Diego Union-Tribune reported Monday. The 23-year-old Te’o recorded 10 tackles in the Chargers’ 22-10 win at Buffalo on Sunday. The former Notre Dame star…
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Bad calls, red-zone woes plague Jets in Monday night loss to Bears Shutdown Corner (Eric Edholm) — The New York Jets can — and likely should — be upset about two bad calls that went against them Monday night. But they also can point to some pretty clear self-inflicted mistakes that led to a 27-19 Chicago Bears victory. Jets quarterback Geno Smith had some strong moments but was guilty of his poorest play at the worst times — most often when the Jets were deep in Bears territory, but also...
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Cutler, Bennett connect for two scores as Bears earn 27-19 win over Jets ProFootballTalk (Curtis Crabtree) — Jay Cutler and Martellus Bennett connected on a pair of touchdown passes and the Chicago Bears held off a second half New York Jets rally to earn a 27-19 victory on Monday night. The Jets out-gained the Bears by a 414-257 margin but had three turnovers and a muffed punt that turned into a 14-0…
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