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LAKE FOREST, Ill. — The Chicago Bears are staring down at the rest of the NFC North for the first time in five years.

The view from the top is quite a change for a franchise stuck at the bottom the past few seasons.

The Bears meet the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday in a matchup between unlikely division leaders, with Chicago in sole possession of first place for the first time since Marc Trestman was the coach and Jay Cutler the quarterback.

“Just says we’re in the right direction,” linebacker Danny Trevathan said. “We’re in the right place. Goes to show that we’re still working hard. It’s tough out here to stack them wins, but we’re up for it.”

Tampa Bay (2-1) is tied with New Orleans and Carolina for the NFC South lead, a bit of a change for a franchise with one winning season since 2010. The Buccaneers are coming off a 30-27 loss to Pittsburgh in which they fell behind by 20 and fell short after holding the Steelers scoreless in the second half.

Now, they have to decide if they’ll stick with veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick or go with Jameis Winston at quarterback. Winston’s three-game suspension for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy is over.

“I’m impressed because no one thought we’d be here,” coach Dirk Koetter said. “But I’m also disappointed at the same time because I feel like we had a real opportunity to be 3-0 instead of 2-1.”

The Bears (2-1) came into the season expecting more after four straight last-place finishes in their division, though first place seemed like a stretch even after the blockbuster trade with Oakland for Khalil Mack on Sept. 1. But here they are with sole possession of the NFC North lead for the first time since Week 16 in 2013.

They’ve won two in a row after a 16-14 nail-biter at Arizona last week. And if they beat Tampa Bay, they’ll match their longest run since a 3-0 start in 2013.

Here are some things to know:
QB decision

The Bucs remain mum on whether Winston or Ryan Fitzpatrick will start against the Bears. Fitzpatrick has thrown for a league-leading 1,230 yards and 11 TDs and is the first in NFL history to top 400 yards passing in three consecutive games. Koetter informed both QBs who will take the first snap Sunday, however he’s in no hurry to let the Bears or the rest of the world know.

“Hope everybody can appreciate that it doesn’t do us any good to tell our opponents what we’re going to do,” Koetter said.Dominant ‘D’

Mack has been everything the Bears could have wanted when they made the trade with Oakland just before the start of the season. The two-time All-Pro is tied for the league lead with four sacks and has at least one in each game, including two last week. He is also tops in the NFL with three forced fumbles.

But he has hardly been the lone contributor on defense.

Trevathan and defensive tackle Akiem Hicks each have two sacks. Hicks also has two forced fumbles.
Making their points

Tampa Bay has the NFL’s No. 1 ranked offense with 1,420 yards, seventh-most in league history through three games. The team’s 1,202 yards passing are the second-most at this point in a season. New England had 1,313 yards passing through three games in 2011.

The Bucs are averaging 34 points per game, tied for third among league leaders. Their 102 points are a team record through three games.
Taking time

With four trips to the end zone, the Bears are struggling to get touchdowns from their offense. Quarterback Mitchell Trubisky has been shaky, and coach Matt Nagy might reduce the playbook this week.

But he insists it’s just a matter of the offense needing time to come together rather than a personnel problem.

“We know right now offensively we’re not where we want to be,” Nagy said. “But we’re not in any type of panic mode because we understand that part of the process, but we’re going to do everything we can to try to get better.”
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Trubisky will be making his 16th career start and will have the equivalent of a full NFL season under him after this game.

His 77.8 rating is barely better than the 77.5 he had in 12 games as a rookie under John Fox last season. He has more interceptions (three) than touchdown passes (two).

But he’s also adjusting to his second system in as many seasons after being drafted with the No. 2 overall pick in 2017.

“I’m still getting better,” Trubisky said. “We still have to look at the improvements I have been making and not mistakes I have been making.”

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Alshon Jeffery has finally been cleared for contact. The next step for him is becoming the Alshon Jeffery we saw in 2017.

That could take a while.

“There’s going to be obviously a progression with him,” Doug Pederson said Wednesday. “I don’t think it’ll be instantaneous. But at the same time, the more comfortable he gets, the better he becomes.”

Pederson said no decision has been made whether Jeffery will play Sunday against the Titans in Nashville, although it’s hard to imagine he won’t barring a setback.

Jeffery missed the first three games of the season while rehabbing following February shoulder surgery.

When healthy, he’s a huge weapon. With his size, he’s almost unstoppable in the red zone. With his wingspan, he has the ability to soar above cornerbacks and make difficult catches. And with his experience, he gives an offense that’s been shaky instant credibility.

“It definitely gives us offensively a shot in the arm,” Pederson said. “He can become a big impact, quite honestly. … He makes a huge difference for us.

“He becomes a target defensively, as you saw in some of the games last year, where he was doubled a lot, especially in the red zone.”

Jeffery played way better than his numbers last year.

He caught 57 passes for 789 yards but scored nine touchdowns, then was huge in the postseason, with 12 catches for 219 yards and three more TDs, including an acrobatic 34-yarder from Nick Foles in the Super Bowl.

What makes his performance even more remarkable is that he played late in the season and through the playoffs with a shoulder injury that required surgery.

How big is getting him back?

Mike Wallace, Kamar Aiken, DeAndre Carter, Shelton Gibson, Markus Wheaton and Jordan Matthews have played a combined 327 snaps and have eight catches for 70 yards.

A healthy Jeffery commands double teams and takes pressure off Zach Ertz and Nelson Agholor, who have more than half the Eagles’ catches so far (41 of 80) and are the only Eagles with more than eight receptions.

“If he’s doubled, it obviously leaves them singled, and that helps them right there,” Pederson said.

“But I think just having those three guys together, kind of feeding off one another, route combinations, understanding concepts, helps Nelly, helps Zach and really helps Alshon.”

One by one, the pieces of the Super Bowl run are returning.

Carson Wentz will make his second start Sunday against the Titans, and there’s a chance Jay Ajayi will be back as well.

That would mean everybody from the Super Bowl receiving crew is back, minus Torrey Smith and Trey Burton but plus Dallas Goedert and Matthews and perhaps Darren Sproles.

The next step is getting all these new pieces to work seamlessly together.

That could take a while.

“Finally get our quarterback back, we’ve had some injuries at the running back position, receiver, so just getting some continuity and some flow with that group, getting them to play together, is something that in these next few weeks will be important for us,” Pederson said.

“Listen, we’re not going to pick up where we were at the end of the season last year. It takes a little time.

“I’m excited about it because really the sky’s the limit with the group and they begin to work that chemistry out at practice and in the games.”

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Pocatello native Taysom Hill took his latest assignment with the New Orleans Saints and ran with it — literally.

For the first time at any level in his career, Hill returned kicks in the Saints’ 21-18 victory Sunday over Cleveland.

After fielding three touchbacks, the Saints’ No. 3 quarterback finally got his chance to bring the ball out of the end zone with 6:43 remaining in the third quarter.

Hill caught the ball seven yards deep in the end zone and sprinted it back 47 yards along the right-side numbers to the Saints’ 40-yard line.

“I told the guys that whatever is there, I’m going to hit it hard, and that’s what I did,” Hill told The New Orleans Advocate. “A big hole opened up. Those guys did a great job. Zach Line had a great lead block, and we were close.”

Before a Browns defender got a hand on one of his back feet, it looked like the 6-foot-2, 221-pound Hill might take the kick return all the way to the house.

“He can run and he can run with a physical presence,” Saints coach Sean Payton said in a teleconference Monday morning. “So it’s a different type of returner.”

Former Boise State running back Jay Ajayi went to the locker room with a back injury in the first half of the Philadelphia Eagles’ 27-21 loss Sunday to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Ajayi did return for a third-quarter touchdown, but his status for Week 3 is uncertain.

The Eagles signed rookie running back Josh Adams from the practice squad on Tuesday.

Eagles veteran running back Darren Sproles missed all of Sunday’s game, and Eagles offensive coordinator Mike Groh told NJ.com that Adams was added to the roster as a precaution.

“We have to make sure we have enough guys at the position, and (Adams) is a promising young player,” Groh told NJ.com.