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The Chicago Bears are continuing preparations for Sunday’s game in Tampa, Fla., against the reigning Super Bowl champion Buccaneers. Coming off a 24-14 home loss to the Green Bay Packers, the Bears are heavy underdogs in their attempt to upset Tom Brady and Co. Here’s what we learned Thursday at Halas Hall.

As much as the Chicago Bears will cringe seeing replays of Aaron Rodgers sneaking inside the pylon for a touchdown on a 6-yard scramble — and informing those seated in the southwest corner of Soldier Field he retains ownership of the franchise — they still remember Tom Brady holding up four fingers after losing track of the downs in the final minute of a game last season.

On the first handoff he took from quarterback Justin Fields on Sunday, Khalil Herbert broke to his left, darted around a big Jason Peters block and kept charging forward even as a Las Vegas Raiders defender tried to pull him down by his leg.

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As long as rookie quarterback Justin Fields is still learning on the fly, it never hurts the Chicago Bears to have someone else who can shoulder the burden.

Fields threw for just 111 yards in Sunday’s 20-9 victory over the Las Vegas Raiders, but the defense turned in its second straight dominant effort and the running game continued to thrive even without the injured David Montgomery.

A big contingent of Chicago Bears fans arrived in Las Vegas this weekend, and they made their presence known Sunday at Allegiant Stadium as Raiders quarterback Derek Carr took the snap on fourth-and-5 late in the fourth quarter.

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The Chicago Bears’ 20-9 victory had been in the books for almost 45 minutes Sunday and the music from the visiting locker room at Allegiant Stadium still was bumping. Tight end Jesper Horsted was the first player to meet with reporters and had to speak up a little in the news conference room to be heard over the booming bass.

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