NL scenario: wild card No. 1

  • Pirates host WC game with win or Cubs loss.
  • Cubs host WC game with win and Pirates loss.

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Where will the wild card go?

Amazingly, the Cubs' 7-0 run heading into Sunday means they can still host the wild card. Can the Pirates get just one more win to clinch home-field advantage? Don't miss the critical Pirates-Reds and Cubs-Brewers matchups. Five things to watch


Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

If the Cubs win and Pirates lose today then WC game will be played at Wrigley on Wed. Otherwise at PNC. Joe Maddon likes all games starting at same time today.


Clemson's d-line key in big win

ESPN's Mark May credits the Tigers' defensive pressure in helping them overcome an unremarkable performance by QB Deshaun Watson to beat Notre Dame.

Jeff Dickerson ESPN Staff Writer 

Bears starting center Will Montgomery is out for remainder of game with an ankle injury.

Celebrating D-Rose's birthday with slam dunks (0:44)

Jeff Dickerson ESPN Staff Writer 

Jay Cutler moved well on the Bears' opening drive, avoiding Oakland's pass-rush on multiple occasions. Cutler's ability to keep plays alive allowed him to connect with Martellus Bennett and Marquess Wilson for size able gains.

Jeff Dickerson ESPN Staff Writer 

Bears suffer another injury on opening drive, this time it's center Will Montgomery who leaves the field. Guard Matt Slauson now switches over to play center.

Jeff Dickerson ESPN Staff Writer 

With Jay Cutler active and starting, the Bears chance to win rises from 46% to 61%, according to ESPN's Football Power Index.

Jeff Dickerson ESPN Staff Writer 

AccuWeather forecast calls for temperatures to be in the middle 50s in Chicago for when the Bears host the Oakland Raiders. There is a slight chance of light rain. The wind will be at the players' backs when driving toward the south end zone.

Clemson's defensive line was impressive vs. Notre Dame (1:09)

Jeff Dickerson ESPN Staff Writer 

Chicago Bears' inactives in Week 4: David Fales, Pat O'Donnell, Alshon Jeffery, Ka'Deem Carey, Hroniss Grasu, Jermon Bushrod and Jeremiah Ratliff.


Jay Cutler active for Bears; Jeffery out

The Bears QB missed last week's game with a hamstring injury that knocked him out of Week 2. However, he won't have top WR Alshon Jeffery, who is inactive for the third straight week with a hamstring injury.

Breaking down this week's inactive players (1:58)

Jeff Dickerson ESPN Staff Writer 

Bears announce that quarterback Jay Cutler is active and will start versus the Oakland Raiders.

Brian Bennett ESPN Staff Writer 

The top two scoring defenses in the FBS belong to Northwestern (7 ppg allowed) and Michigan (7.6 ppg). They play this week in Ann Arbor. Take the under, whatever it is.

Jeff Dickerson ESPN Staff Writer 

There is nothing wrong with Jay Cutler's arm. Cutler had his customary velocity in pregame warmups. Cutler did not seem bothered by his hamstring injury when dropping back to pass. It remains to be seen how well he moves outside the pocket when pressured.

Jeff Dickerson ESPN Staff Writer 

Jay Cutler throwing to his receivers. Cutler taking the first set of throws in all the drills.

Jeff Dickerson ESPN Staff Writer 

Bears quarterback Jay Cutler is on the field throwing in pregame warmups. Cutler is questionable, but took majority of reps at practice.

Jeff Dickerson ESPN Staff Writer 

Gloomy day in Chicago for Bears vs. Raiders. Jay Cutler took the majority of practice reps this week and will test out his hamstring one final time in pregame warmups.