The Bears Den: November 19, 2012 - Week 11 News and Notes

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The Bears Den: November 19, 2012 - Week 11 News and Notes

Ditka ‘doing fine’ after minor stroke, was released from hospital... or, rather, the hospital was released by Da Coach.

Bears’ offense should be committed - Mark Potash: When a QB who cost you two first-round draft picks is 23rd in the NFL in completion % (59.2) and 24th in passer rating (80.4) with a Pro Bowl RB and a Pro Bowl WR, something’s wrong. Cutler’s injury might give Mike Tice the chance to run the offense he probably should have been using all along.

49ers vs. Bears an underrated rivalry - Mark Purdy: From gum throwing to Gayle Sayers, 49ers and Bears have rich history.

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Game preview - Two of the NFL's premier defenses will be on display, and the winner will control their own destiny for a potential first-round bye in the NFC playoffs.

[Video] Game preview - Jon Gruden and Mike Tirico preview Bears vs. 49ers.

Joniak’s keys to the game - Jeff Joniak’s “Keys to the Game” for the Bears as they travel to San Francisco to take on the 49ers.

[Video] Game preview - Laurence Holmes: Can Campbell lead the Bears to a victory? Will the defense be able to stop Frank Gore?

Game preview - Michael C. Wright compares the two teams ahead of the MNF game.

Game preview - Mark Potash looks at what to expect from the teams, and the Sun-Times crew make their game picks.

ProFootballFocus: 3 things to focus on - A pair of banged-up QBs -- one able to go, the other not -- are certainly the lead story, but play along the line could decide this one.

Campbell a leader who can throw deep - Vaughn McClure: Backup QB brings a starter's mentality and pedigree to Monday night game with San Francisco 49ers.

[Video] Jim Miller: 15 on 6 2 - Discussing what the offense will be like with Campbell under center.

Alshon Jeffery wants to take his game up a notch - Brad Biggs: Rookie eager to provide Bears with a complementary big target along with Brandon Marshall. Plus, team and game news and notes.

Game preview - Moon Mullin: Who will be the biggest threats during this week's matchup? Beware the “game manager” – and Gore.

Game preview - Moon Mullin dissects performances from Minnesota, St. Louis and New York against SF and what that could mean for the Bears' outcome.

Matt Bowen's playbook - Bears can target rookie Evan Rodriguez upfield if they can entice 49ers free safety to take pump fake.

Good time for Bears to generate a running game - Brad Biggs: Running the football would make things easier for Jason Campbell, and the 49ers defense has been vulnerable to the run lately.

Three Bears - Brad Biggs: Tim Jennings is too hot, Kellen Davis is too cold suffering from rigor mortis. Brandon Marshall is toasty.

Brad Biggs' Four downs - Thoughts going into the MNF game.

Bears scouting report - Dan Patrick takes a look at 49ers ILB Patrick Willis.

Game picks - The Tribune crew aren't overly hopeful of an away win.

More game previews and news to be found in the Weekend Den, as well as a discussion of USAF uniforms.



Bears set to face 49ers in San Francisco - Larry Mayer: The Bears will look to rebound from last Sunday night's loss to the Texans and maintain sole possession of first place Monday night when they battle the 49ers at Candlestick Park.

49ers: Smith out, Kaepernick in - Chris Boden: The Bears' defense faces a younger, less patient signal-caller on the other side of the ball.

Bears will stick to the plan vs. 49ers in battle of backups - Adam L. Jahns: “They’re still going to be a running football team and the pass will be secondary,” coach Lovie Smith said.

Jason Campbell and D give Bears chance to beat 49ers - Jon Greenberg: With two backup QBs starting, I'm expecting a 9-6 game. If the concussed duo of Cutler and Alex Smith were starting, I'd bump that up to 13-10. This was always going to be a defensive game.

Coach's Big Decision - Michael C. Wright: Alshon Jeffery’s return might take some pressure off Marshall, and Jason Campbell’s lack of history with the No. 1 receiver might actually lead to better ball distribution.

Bears forfeit tight end spot - Steve Rosenbloom: If Lovie Smith thinks Kellen Davis can do what good tight ends can do, then Smith can't do what good coaches can do.

[Video] Pregame Field Report - Lisa Salters reports on the Bears and 49ers heading into their Monday Night Football matchup.

Inside the Bears single-safety success - Why the Bears' D has been so successful this season and how Colin Kaepernick can challenge it.

Game preview - Dionne Miller and Tom Waddle preview Monday night's matchup. If you're Tom Waddle, you have to feel a little insulted by that.

Game preview - Maggie Hendricks: Neither team will have their starting QB, and it's going to be a big old defensive party.

Game picks - the CBSChicago crew aren't optimistic. Moon Mullin sticks to his preseason pick.

ESPN Chicago Chatwrap - Jeff Dickerson's Q&A ahead of tonight's game.


Other Bears news

Struggling Bears offense looking at options for impact at TE - Moon Mullin: The Bears voted with their checkbook on Kellen Davis, but with only 11 catches and significant drops this season, his numbers aren't ranking well throughout the league.

Rookie Evan Rodriguez wants to play catch - Adam L. Jahns: The Bears have been looking for a receiver or tight end to step up and take some of the pressure off Brandon Marshall. Plus, injury news.

Marshall math resembles ‘Randy Ratio’ under Tice - Sean Jensen: Through nine games, the Bears’ 28th-ranked offense has attempted 275 passes, and 103 of them have been targeted at Marshall.

Bears hardworking left guard Chilo Rachal is no craft dodger - Adam L. Jahns: Always considered a solid run- blocker, Rachal has helped maintain an underrated rushing attack that’s ranked ninth.

Campbell isn’t Cutler’s equal, win or lose Monday - Rick Morrissey: The chances of Campbell taking Cutler’s job are about the same as Michael Jordan swearing off all worldly possessions.

As Packers keep winning, Bears need 'A' game from Campbell - Moon Mullin: It may just be a one-game audition, but Jason Campbell is ready to return to the Bay Area and try to keep the Bears atop the NFC North with a victory over San Francisco on Monday Night.

Moon Mullin's Bears Schedule - After another come-from-behind victory, the Packers are now tied with the Bears for first place in the NFC North, making the Bears, 49ers game that much more important.

Josh McCown a perfect fit for Bears - Dan Pompei: No. 3 QB gives Bears a comfort level and affordability that Never mind all that, this photo needs a caption!

What if Jim Harbaugh coached the Bears? - Mike Mulligan: Former Bears QB Jim Harbaugh was atop the McCaskeys' wish list at one point, but they decided to stick with Lovie Smith.


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NFP Sunday Blitz - Dan Pompei: NFL owners are flexing their muscles, best uniforms in the NFL and a spin around the league.

Know thy enemies - Packers 24, Lions 20. Kevin Seifert had a few thoughts in the aftermath of the game at Ford Field.

Know thy enemy: Lions - Kevin Seifert: Detroit sure had the look of a disintegrating team Sunday at Ford Field. They're not happy about it, but the Lions are already playing out the string.

Know thy enemy: Packers - Kevin Seifert: Is the substance of 2012 superior to the style of 2011?

Know thy enemy: Vikings - Kevin Seifert reviews the 6-4 Vikings at their bye.

David Taylor's annual-bet-with-Rence guest video week: "Because I Got High - Vikings Version (In honor of MNF game with the Randy Moss 49'ers)"

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