The Bears Den: November 23, 2012 - Week 12 News and Notes

Kirby Lee-US PRESSWIRE

So... who overdid it yesterday?

What's next? Bears bench Gabe Carimi - Brad Biggs: Five weeks after the Bears released Chris Williams they have demoted the last remaining first-round draft pick of the Jerry Angelo era.

So this is why they call it 'tackle football' - Clark Judge: Everyone is looking for a good QB. But, as Chicago discovered Monday, you better look for someone to protect him, too. Because if you don't ... you become this week's Bears: A disaster waiting to happen.

Suddenly, season comes down to surviving against the Vikings - Dan McNeil: A loss to the upstart NFC North rivals would be devastating blow to a staggering campaign that once looked so promising.

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Bears-Vikings

Game preview - Minnesota would certainly prefer if Cutler had to sit again. He's led Chicago to wins in each of his last four starts in this series, with three coming at Soldier Field.

[Video] Game preview - NFL Films' preview of the Week 12 matchup with the Vikings.

Matt Bowen: Scouting the Bears - Bears will try to exploit LB mismatch with Brandon Marshall against the Vikings' Cover-2 coverage.

[Video] Thayer's game preview - Tom Thayer looks at how the Bears can use the screen game to slow down Jaren Allen.

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Other Bears news

Bears' history on Thanksgiving Day - Mark Strotman: The Lions and Cowboys are known for their home games on Thanksgiving, but the Bears also have a storied past playing on turkey day.

[Video] Pat Boyle podcast - Tom Thayer talks about what ails the Bears and what they can do to improve the situation. And then something about Notre Dame.

Bears OL shuffle is the norm, not the exception - Moon Mullin: The Bears made some changes on their OL Thursday, hardly the first time they've had to do so in the past few seasons.

Corey Wootton having a breakout year - Adam L. Jahns: Northwestern DL coach Marty Long would say that the Corey Wootton the Bears have gotten this season — the explosive rushes around opposing tackles, the strong plays inside against runs and so on — is just the beginning.

Team notes - Vaughn McClure: Israel Idonije doesn't view the switch with Corey Wootton as a demotion; Cutler and Campbell both limited in practice; other injury / team news.

Cutler practices on a limited basis - Larry Mayer with team and injury news.

Dan Pompei's Bears mailbag - Answers readers' questions on whether Lovie Smith's job is in jeopardy, the holding rule and Soldier Field sod.

NFL players most likely in the final days with their current teams - One from each team. The Bears' candidate is... Brian Urlacher.

Rookie of the Year, eight Pro Bowls, five All-Pro selections, Defensive Player of the Year, more tackles than any Bear in team history…Brian Urlacher may climb whatever building he wants. In case you were looking for an Urlacher t-shirt.

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Polish sausage

Know thy enemy: Lions - Texans top Lions 34-31 in OT after Jim Schwartz threw a challenge flag when he didn't need to. NFCN Blog Rapid Reaction.

Did Ndamukong Suh make another dirty Thanksgiving play? - Or was he merely flirting with Matt Schaub?

Know thy enemy: Vikings - Dan Pompei: AP is stronger than ever in all phases of his game on rebuilt left knee.

PFF snapshot - Which passers maintain composure in the face of the rush? Cutler ain't one of them.

Not to get ahead of ourselves here, but here are NFP's top prospects at offensive tackle, the interior O-Line, and at tight end for the 2013 draft.....

David Taylor's annual-bet-with-Rence guest video week: "Jay Cutler Super Bowl Rap".

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