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Arrieta ditches beard again

Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta is barely recognizable now that he's shaved his trademark beard. The offseason trimming has become a tradition for the impending free agent, who went with a smooth face following each of the previous two seasons as well.

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The world's best teams for watching hockey prospects

Given how the hockey world is set up, one can find teams at all different levels that are loaded with prospects, from the top minor league farm teams to European pro clubs to the junior ranks to the NCAA. Here are 10 particularly notable ones for 2017-18.

Seth Walder ESPN Analytics 

Mitchell Trubisky recorded a Total QBR of just 4.2 in the Bears' win over the Panthers today. That would have been the worst QBR so far this week, except he didn't even have enough action plays to qualify.

Bears' win over Panthers unprecedented (1:20)

Jeff Dickerson ESPN Staff Writer 

The Bears have hope because their defense is one of the best in the NFC. Sunday's 17-3 win against Carolina was the Bears' best defensive performance of the John Fox era with five sacks, three takeaways and two defensive touchdowns -- both by rookie safety Eddie Jackson. The Bears proved they can still win even when the offense struggles. As long as Chicago's defense holds up, the Bears could make the second half of the season interesting in the NFC North.

Bears show formula to success starts on defense (0:53)

Jeff Dickerson ESPN Staff Writer 

The Bears defense had their most dominant performance in the John Fox era in Sunday's 17-3 victory over the Carolina Panthers.

Jackson, Bears' D shine in win over Panthers (1:30)

Tristan H. Cockcroft ESPN Senior Writer 

The highest-scoring fantasy quarterback, wide receiver, tight end, kicker and team defense/special teams from the 1 p.m. ET game block were all started in fewer than 10 percent of ESPN leagues: QB: Josh McCown, 24.46 (4.45 percent started) WR: Kenny Stills, 26.5 (4.08 percent) TE: O.J. Howard, 27.8 (0.90 percent) K: Kai Forbath, 24 (9.13 percent) D/ST: Chicago Bears, 29 (1.80 percent)

Tristan H. Cockcroft ESPN Senior Writer 

Wow. It had been nearly 11 years since a team attempted seven or fewer passes in a win. Mitchell Trubisky and the Bears attempted exactly seven today, fewest in a win since their opponent today, the Carolina Panthers, and Chris Weinke attempted seven on Dec. 24, 2006.

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No offense, no problem for Bears

A week after winning a game with just nine completions, Chicago beat Carolina Sunday despite attempting just seven passes. Mitchell Trubisky dropped back 12 times and took more sacks (five) than he had completions (four). The Bears finished with five first downs and 153 total yards.

Jeff Dickerson ESPN Staff Writer 

Bears DL Akiem Hicks helped off the field by team doctors. Looks to be okay. Would be a huge loss. Hicks playing at a Pro Bowl level.

Jackson records 2 defensive TDs for Bears (1:12)

Tristan H. Cockcroft ESPN Senior Writer 

From 2010 Week 15 through 2013 Week 3, a span of 38 team games, the Chicago Bears D/ST had nine games of 20-plus fantasy points. In 67 games since, they've failed to reach that threshold once. Today: 26 fantasy points, about 18 minutes to play.

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Bears rookie makes history with long TDs on D

Bears safety Eddie Jackson on Sunday became the first player in league history to score multiple 75-plus-yard defensive touchdowns in one game, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

Cohen puts Bears in business with 70-yard reception (0:30)

Matt Bowen ESPN Staff Writer 

70 yard catch and run for Bears RB Tarik Cohen. Flex him out of the backfield. Create matchups. And find ways to get him the ball.

Jeff Dickerson ESPN Staff Writer 

Bears cornerback Kyle Fuller questionable to return with an arm injury.

Bears' Jackson gets pick-6 for second TD of game (0:34)

Jeff Dickerson ESPN Staff Writer 

Bears DL Roy Robertson-Harris is doubtful to return with a hamstring injury.