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Rising

Shea McClellin’s stance: The defensive end rushed the passer out of a linebacker’s stance at times Sunday. “Just mixing it up a little bit,” he said. He had six tackles, one for loss, and one hurry.

Pink: As part of breast-cancer-awareness month, Soldier Field was covered in pink, from penalty flags to security-guard jackets to, yes, a bubble-gum-colored mask worn by the Bears’ mascot.

Adam Podlesh: After the Bears tried out punters this week, the veteran had his best game of the season, averaging 45.3 yards on four punts and allowing a two-yard return.

Falling

Penalties: For the second consecutive week, the Bears were flagged more than their opponent.

Homecoming: The Bears couldn’t slow Chicago native and Illinois alum Pierre Thomas, who caught two touchdown passes in what he called his homecoming game.

Blitzers: Jay Cutler was sacked three times — all by blitzing linebackers and safeties.



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