CHICAGO Teams

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Bulls GM Gar Forman notes how important cap flexibility will be for his team moving forward. Bulls remain confident that will be able to make a splash next summer because of how much space they'll have.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Jon Jay leads off for the Cubs again while Ben Zobrist bats fifth and plays left field. Willson Contreras will catch Jon Lester who is coming off several rough outings in a row. The Cubs magic number is 2.

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Niko Mirotic getting some hugs from members of the Bulls' front office after officially signing his new deal.

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Silver linings for 1-2 teams

No team wants to start 0-2, but the Saints, Bears, Colts and Jets each bounced back with a win in Week 3. Since the playoff field expanded to 12 in 1990, 24 percent of teams to start 1-2 have made the postseason, while just three teams (2 percent) to start 0-3 have done so.

Jeff Dickerson ESPN Staff Writer 

Bears coach John Fox says it would be safe to assume that Mike Glennon will start at quarterback Thursday night in Green Bay. Fox said Glennon, who passed for 101 yards vs. Pittsburgh, played well enough for the team to win.

Jeff Dickerson ESPN Staff Writer 

Bears coach John Fox wouldn't reveal much about center Hroniss Grasu's hand injury. "He has a hand," Fox said.

Jeff Dickerson ESPN Staff Writer 

With Quintin Demps now out indefinitly with a broken arm, the Bears have to turn to safety Adrian Amos, who actually lost his starting job to rookie Eddie Jackson in the preseason.

Jeff Dickerson ESPN Staff Writer 

Bears safety Quintin Demps has a broken forearm, according to coach John Fox. Bears won't say yet if Demps has to go on IR.

Seth Walder ESPN Analytics 

After beating the Bucs on Sunday, the Vikings are now narrow favorites to win the NFC North.

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Vote: Cubs Confidence Meter

The Cubs are on the verge of clinching the Central. Is a dynasty in the works at Wrigley? Or is there an outbreak of agita on the North Side? Vote now!

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Real or not? Cubs all but wrap up NL Central

It was a riveting four-game series in Milwaukee between the Cubs and Brewers, with the first three games all going 10 innings. But Chicago ended up taking three of four and is two games away from clinching.

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David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

We're getting close to finalizing our 10 playoff spots, as the Diamondbacks have clinched a wild card, the Twins have all but clinched the second AL wild card, and the Red Sox and Cubs are close to wrapping up division titles. Our magic numbers: Cubs 2 (to win NL Central), Red Sox 3 (to win AL East), Twins 3 (to clinch wild card), Rockies 5 (to clinch wild card).

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