The Bears Den: November 26, 2012 - Week 12 News and Notes

Jonathan Daniel

All the news and views from yesterday's win over the Vikings.

Bears end two-game skid with resounding victory - Larry Mayer: The Bears rebounded from their back-to-back losses to the Texans and 49ers in convincing fashion Sunday at Soldier Field, dominating the Vikings in an impressive 28-10 victory. Game notes.

Cutler sharp as Bears beat Vikings, 28-10 - The rather easy win came after back-to-back losses to Houston and San Francisco, but it also came with a heavy price.

Jay Cutler deserves serious consideration for MVP - Some Yahoo! Sports "expert": The Bears' winning percentage under Cutler backs him up, even if the numbers and pundits don't.

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Bears-Vikings game reports

Game box score - Stats for your perusal.

Larry Mayer's game blog - "Allen inexplicably catches the punt after one bounce when it was clear the ball would have kept rolling. I almost can see the steam coming out of Dave Toub's ears from here. "

Bears cruise to a 28-10 victory over Vikings, but leave limping - Sean Jensen: The Bears convincingly snapped a two-game losing streak with a 28-10 victory over the Vikings at Soldier Field, but several starters paid a hefty price.

Bears pay a price for victory over Vikings - Brad Biggs: The Bears lost five starters and are dangerously thin on their OL, depending on the status of their starting guards, who both went out with knee injuries. Observations by quarter - Q1 (Haugh); Q2 (Pompei); Q3 (McClure).

Bears win despite losing five starters to injury - Jon Greenberg: "Honestly, Jay was fiery," Marshall said. "A sense of urgency, the most I've seen all year. He was ready to go." So were the Bears.

NFCN Blog Rapid Reaction - Kevin Seifert: Even with a mishmash OL, the Bears for the most part kept Jay Cutler clean upon his return from a concussion

Rapid Reaction - Michael C. Wright: The Bears overcame injuries and ended a two-game skid by scoring 25 first-half points to defeat the Vikings 28-10. Halftime adjustments.

Cutler's return helps Bears regain their footing - Lindsay H. Jones: With apologies to Jason Campbell, Cutler's absence helped the Bears realize just how much his team needs him in its quest to win the NFC North and get back to the playoffs.

[Video] Game highlights - highlights of the 28-10 win over the Vikings.

View from the enemy - The Vikings had a chance to end the day in a tie for the NFC North lead. Instead, the Vikings returned from their bye week with a listless performance that left few facets of the team without blame.

View from the enemy - Vikings' pass rush hapless against scrambling Cutler: Bears QB's nimbleness and ability to thread completions into relatively tight coverage allowed the Bears to convert 11 of 19 third downs and monopolize the clock.

View from the enemy - Despite 108 yards rushing, AP's day was more failure than success.

View from the enemy - Tom Powers: Bears are what Vikings aspire to be. Vikings fans clearly hope that playing in the Metrodome will result in a different outcome. Well, hope is good. I'll leave it at that.


Cutler, patchwork OL reunion is a happy one

Cutler reinforces the point of just how important he is to Bears - Sean Jensen: While the legacy of Cutler in Chicago isn’t complete, he reinforced his importance to the Bears both in his absence last Monday and in his presence Sunday.

Cutler's return restores calm to Chicago - David Haugh: When Cutler compensates for poor protection or dropped passes by making plays anyway, Sunday's injury attrition to five starters seems much less catastrophic.

Cutler sharp in return from concussion - Tracey Myers: QB showed no ill-effects of the concussion he suffered two weeks ago, throwing a TD pass and getting right back up when taking a big hit from Jared Allen.

Cutler starts, plays well vs. Vikings - Michael C. Wright: QB returned to the starting lineup Sunday after sitting out a game with a concussion and provided a strong boost in the Bears' 28-10 win.

[Video] Jim Miller: 15 on 6 - Cutler's performance was outstanding and he was the difference in the Bears' win.

Brandon Marshall hits milestone against Vikings - Adam L. Jahns: With 81 catches, 1,017 receiving yards and eight TDs this season and five games remaining, Marshall remains on track to rewrite the Bears’ single-season receiving records.

Patchwork protection works for Cutler, Bears - Bob LeGere: Nothing illustrated the offense’s proficiency Sunday more than that 14-play, 80-yard TD march that consumed 7:59 of the second quarter and pushed the Bears’ lead to 18-3.

Patchwork OL does the job for Bears - Vaughn McClure: Carimi might want to get used to guard. The Bears could be very thin at the position moving forward.

Bears' patchwork OL rebounds in victory - Jeff Dickerson: Matt Spaeth would have been the next man if after Bears ran out of active O-linemen.

There’s hope for the Bears’ offense after all - Adam Hoge: Sunday afternoon at Soldier Field, rhythm was somehow found and largely sustained against a decent Vikings defense as the Bears ended a two-game slide with a 28-10 victory.

Lots of offense 'trolls' for Vikings to battle - Moon Mullin: The consistent use of the run amid the chaos on the offensive line was the biggest reason the Bears allowed zero sacks (Cutler tripped over center Roberto Garza for the Vikings’ one credited sack), arguably more important than protection schemes, which have failed against Jared Allen in the past.

Jay Cutler stiff-arms tackler and ties teammate’s shoes on return from concussion - Maggie Hendricks presents a couple of video clips.


Further postgame analysis and news

Turnovers indicative of Bears defense playing back to form - Adam L. Jahns: The Bears weren’t about to let another second-year QB and a good running team waltz all over them again.

Bears' forecast suddenly clouded by injuries - Dan Pompei: The true test of a football team isn't how well it can play when every planet is aligned in its universe. It's how well it can play when comets come crashing into their plans. Those comets are flying now.

[Video] Pompei & Haugh's postgame analysis - Neither are taking part in Movember, though Pompei looks like he's starting on a Village People biker 'tache...

Bears survive brutal afternoon - Dan Bernstein: The Bears could not have afforded a loss to a divisional opponent, especially not at home, and with Cutler returning to action.

Bears in full 'urgency' mode and time of year - Moon Mullin: The Bears were caught sleep-walking through matchups with the Texans and 49ers, but the sense of urgency was restored Sunday in the "must-win" division game.

Game notes - Mark Potash: Team will have to wait until Monday to find out just how big of an injury price they paid. Plus, Carimi fills in, Podlesh scores, Peterson's fumbling problem against the Bears, and Peppers' 12th blocked kick.

Game notes - Brandon Marshall continued his big season; other receivers stepped up; injurys mar win; turnover margin in Bears' favo(u)r.

[Video] Game recap - Cris Carter: The offense is much more confident with Cutler under center; accountability is important with the OL.

Bears tough it out, beat Vikings - Steve Rosenbloom: A tough response was demanded, and the Bears provided it.

A win is a win but don’t get cocky, Bears - Rick Morrissey: If this was a bounce-back game, then the Bears have nice hops. But that’s about it. You’d be silly to make any big pronouncements off this game. Two thumbs up will do.

Brad Biggs' Four downs - Cutler steadies offense; Tice, team in search of guards.

[Video] PGL analysis - The PGL crew think Jared Allen's hit on Lance Louis was made with malicious intent. Jared Allen says a head-to-head shot against an opponent oblivious to your hit is legal.

Bears quotes - Chicago players talk about their 28-10 victory Sunday over the Vikings.

Game notes - Vaughn McClure: Bush ready to step in if Forte's ankle is a problem; PAT trickery; pressuring Ponder; more game notes.

Photos - JC was wearing orange shoes. Just sayin'.....


Game grades

Moon Mullin's grades: Offense - After two straight poor performances from the Bears' offense, the unit bounced back Sunday against the Vikings, with all As and Bs.

Moon Mullin's grades: Defense & STs - The Bears limited the Vikings to just 10 points, but were unhappy with AP racking up 108 rushing yards, though 73 came in garbage time.

Three Bears - Vaughn McClure: Cutler is too hot. Forte was more tepid than cold...

Michael C. Wright's Report Card - Better grades all around in the 28-10 win.

Adam Hoge's grades - On a short week where the Vikings had two weeks to prepare, the coaches got a lot done without a lot of time.

Grading the Bears - Mike Spellman: For your tremendous catch in the end zone which broke the game open, Matt Spaeth, this game ball’s for you.

Dane's guest video week: Seattle

Shabazz Palaces- An Echo From The Hosts That Profess In Infinitum (Live at KEXP) - Hip-hop has always been close to my heart, but what gets mass-produced and mass-marketed these days is pretty sacrilegious. You know what, I won't even get started on that. If you like the video below, then you can find the full KEXP performance right here: - LINK -

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