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Sunday's scores
Ravens 16, Bears 13
Bulls 109, Knicks 103
Hawks 1, Canucks 0

Today's schedule
Illinois vs. Cincinnati (5:30, ESPN News)
Pacers at Bulls (7, NBCSCH)
Northwestern at Providence (8:30, ESPN+)


That should do it for the Matt Nagy era

(USA Today Sports)

We don't have to look hard for the positives from the head-shaking 16-13 Bears loss to the Ravens on Sunday.

• Andy Dalton stepped in and had a nice performance in relief of Justin Fields despite not playing a complete series since Week 2.  

• Robert Quinn and Roquan Smith were a two-man wrecking crew in the absence of some high-profile teammates. The defense recorded a season-high six sacks.

• Darnell Mooney went over 100 receiving yards, winning yours truly a bet I made by accident.

Oh, and Matt Nagy also strangled any thought the Bears would go on a run with Justin Fields in the second half and save his job in the process.

At least I think he did. You can never tell what the McCaskeys will do. We know that Virginia gleefully reacted to the Bears briefly taking the lead on Marquise Goodwin's 49-yard touchdown with less than two minutes remaining.

But did any members of the Hall of Halas hear the noticeable chants of "Fire Nagy" that came after Baltimore backup Tyler Huntley led the Ravens on a five-play, 72-yard touchdown drive to win the game?

That's up for debate. The glass on the owners' suite at Soldier Field can muffle the sound and the McCaskeys are known for nodding off for decades-long naps.

We won't know until we know.

Nagy is probably history, though.

What else did he need to go in his favor to win Sunday's game?

Lamar Jackson officially checked out with a mysterious illness 90 minutes before game time, the Ravens were missing a host of other players including WR Marquise Brown and the Bears were playing at home after a bye week.

The Bears' depleted defense showed up too, limiting Huntley and the Ravens to a pair of Justin Tucker field goals until Baltimore's final drive.

And yet Nagy couldn't do a single thing with it.

The Bears went into the halftime locker room with zero points. The Trib's Dan Wiederer pointed out that it was the 21st time in the last 43 games that the Bears failed to score an offensive touchdown in the first half.

Meanwhile, all the hallmarks of a Nagy loss — each one dumber than the last — were there. A headset malfunction on a 4th-and-1 led to a blown timeout and a wildcat call that got stuck for a turnover on downs. Nagy blew another timeout on Goodwin's touchdown when he needed some extra arithmetic time to decide a 2-point conversion was in order (which the Bears, of course, missed).

In the end, it was the fifth straight loss for the Bears, who haven't won since beating the Raiders on October 10. They're 3-7 with seven games still to play and there isn't much left to anticipate.

Not with Justin Fields departing with a rib injury after an unimpressive half-plus performance that didn't show any traces of the second half in Pittsburgh that left us hopeful for the last 13 days. (X-rays on Fields' ribs were negative and he also had his spleen examined.)

And not with a win total that keeps the Bears squarely in company with teams like the Texans, Jaguars and Jets (two wins apiece). Not even Thursday's opponent — the zero-win Lions — are that far off.

"Sickening," said Robert Quinn, summing this season more succinctly than most.

The McCaskeys won't break their practice of no midseason firings to give Nagy the ax during Thanksgiving week.

But lose to the Lions and ... maybe? The Bears will have a 10-day break before Arizona comes to town and that seems like enough time for the interim coach to get his bearings.

No, an in-season firing of Nagy won't do anything to fix the massive rot that exists within the Bears and which puts them closer to the aforementioned bottomfeeders than the super power we want them to be. Pace needs to walk with Nagy as does Ted Phillips. The roster needs serious attention and Pace has put the Bears in a spot with little draft capital or financial flexibility with which to fix it. (The quick Bulls turnaround shows what's possible when you put professionals in charge  and give them the money and infrastructure to do their jobs.)

But none of that excuses Nagy's time in Chicago. With the Week 11 rim lowered by some fortunate breaks, he still couldn't dunk a victory home.  

It was our only real win of the day.

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News and results

(USA Today Sports)

Bulls:  Another strong fourth knocks out Knicks

At least we have the Bulls. After a strong road trip out west, the Bulls returned to the United Center on Sunday night with a 109-103 win over the Knicks.  While DeMar DeRozan led the team with 31 points, Coby White grabbed some headlines with 10 of his 14 points coming in the fourth quarter. The Bulls are 12-5 and tied with Brooklyn for the best record in the East.  Next: The Pacers visit the UC tonight.

Hawks: Fleury steals a win in Vancouver

40 saves for the Flower in his first shutout as a Hawk and Brandon Hagel gets the gamewinner, just two days after the team was routed in Edmonton.  Hawks win 1-0. They've won five of six under Derek King.  Next: At Calgary on Tuesday

Red Stars: Fall in NWSL final

A second women's pro sports title wasn't to be for Chicago. Despite an early 1-0 lead, the Red Stars gave up the equalizer in the 67th minute and the gamewinner in extra time as Washington won a 2-1 decision for the 2021 NWSL title. Spirit rookie Trinity Rodman — yes, Dennis' daughter — was a big reason why.

Northwestern: Field hockey wins first title

This headline was a reminder to my Midwestern rube self that lacrosse and field hockey are different things. The Wildcats women's lacrosse team has won seven national titles, the most recent in 2012. But the women's field hockey team had never won one before defeating Liberty on Sunday.


College football results

Iowa 33, Illinois 23: Bret Bielema's first season officially won't end in a bowl bid. The Hawkeyes' eighth straight win in the series dropped the Illini to 4-7 with a home date against Northwestern left on the schedule.

Purdue 32, Northwestern 14: The Boilermakers recovering an accidental onside kick is a perfect highlight for this Northwestern season. Wildcats are 3-8.

#5 Notre Dame 55, Georgia Tech 0:  The blowout win coupled with Oregon's loss to Utah thrusts the Irish back into the playoff conversation. Notre Dame is 10-1 with only a trip to Stanford left.


1. Rick Morrissey says we need to talk about Justin Fields. Sun-Times

2. One of the prospects from the Kris Bryant trade threw six perfect innings in the Arizona Fall League championship and was named MVP. Bleacher Nation

3. KC Johnson on how the Bulls navigated their road trip without Nikola Vucevic, who is out of protocol and expected back soon. NBC Sports Chicago

4. James Fox says Sox fans shouldn't cross Scott Boras clients off the holiday wish list. South Side Sox

5. Harry Teinowitz's 'loosely autobiographical' play "When Harry Met Rehab" opens Wednesday at the Greenhouse Theater Center and runs through January 30. Chicago Reader


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