The Weekend Bears Den: November 03, 2012 - Week 9 News and Notes

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The Weekend Bears Den: November 03, 2012 - Week 9 News and Notes

Bears earn no style points, but winning all that matters - They're not flashy, they're winning ugly, but they're not to be overlooked. NFL.com's Adam Schein says the Bears must be taken seriously as a contender.

Could Bears be a house divided again? - Fred Mitchell: The 2012 Bears defense has managed to lift the inconsistent offense; is there a chance of the divide that developed between the two units in the team of the mid-80s?

Nashville home for 'real' Jay Cutler - Melissa Isaacson: At Vandy, even losses gained the Bears QB the respect still eluding him as a pro.

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Bears-Titans

Moon Mullin's scouting report: Defense - The Titans have athleticism in their skill position players, but will they get to fully utilize them against a stifling Bears' defense?

Moon Mullin's scouting report: Offense - The Titans are allowing more than 32 points per game this season, which should be great news for Jay Cutler and the Bears' offense. Just be wary of their defensive line.

[Video] Game preview - Tom Waddle talks about what he hopes to see from the Bears' offense when face the Titans Sunday.

[Video] Laurence Holmes: What to watch for - What do the Bears need to do and need to defend against on Sunday?

Know thy enemy - Jeff Dickerson: One of the top rookie WRs awaits the Bears on Sunday.

Know thy enemy - Maggie Hendricks: The Titans have had flashes of brilliance, but otherwise have looked like a 3-5 team. What more do you need to know about the Bears' Sunday opponent?

Tim Shaw has healthy respect for Devin Hester - Brad Biggs: But former Bear, now with Titans, believes his team can contain the record returner. Plus, team news.

ProFootballFocus: 3 things to focus on - Which Jay Cutler shows up?; Chris Johnson vs. the Bears D; Matt Forte vs the Titans D.

[Video] NFL.com: Tools for victory - Matt Millen was a rubbish GM but knows a thing or two about the LB position; he explains what sets the Bears' dynamic duo apart.

Injury report - Jeff Dickerson: Alshon Jeffery aside, the Bears are healthy for Sunday's game against the Titans.

Game picks - The ESPN Chicago's crew nearly unanimously predict the Bears to win; not everyone thinks it'll be pretty, though. Same for the CBS Chicago pundits.

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Updates

[Video] Kip Lewis & Moon Mullin - Looking ahead to the matchup with the Titans. How will the Bears address the issues on offense?

Stephen Paea can thank his No. 1 fam for dream-come-true - Adam L. Jahns: Paea’s rise to being a key cog in the NFL’s best defense is a unique immigrant success story. He has gone from the island nation of Tonga to a high school in Kansas to Snow College in Utah to Oregon State and finally to the Bears.

More screens would help Bears’ struggling offense - Mark Potash: A screen pass negates a pass rush when you can’t block one. It works well in bad weather. And even if it doesn’t work, it still provides a benefit as a change-of-pace play a defense has to worry about.

Game preview - W2W4: Michael C. Wright breaks down the Bears-Titans matchup.

Matt Bowen's playbook - 5 matchups to watch: Harvin vs. Seattle, Eli Manning vs. Steelers' pressure and more, using All-22 cut-ups.

Nuts & Bolts - Michael C. Wright: The Titans have scored on their opening drive in three consecutive games; the Bears are 31-34 since 2004 when the opponent scores first and 1-1 this season.

Coach's Big Decision - Michael C. Wright: Should the Bears get Matt Forte more carries?

Passion and compassion — two sides of Jay Cutler - Vaughn McClure: As he demonstrated at Vanderbilt, the Bears QB is a fiery competitor who also possesses a gentle edge.

Major Wright in line for a promotion - Dan Pompei: Things finally have clicked for the strong safety in his third season. Plus, Lance Briggs' Pro Bowl streak, and Peanut Tillman's contract.

Mike Tice needs to spruce up his act - David Haugh: No, not the light touch the OC uses to keep players loose, but his lackluster offense is in obvious need of some fresh material.

Game picks - The Tribune crew go for a Bears win.

Matt Bowen's playbook - Bears have just the blitz for third-and-7 plus situations: can confuse the Titans enough to force Matt Hasselbeck into a quick read change and three-step drop.

Brad Biggs' Four downs - Thoughts going into the game. Three Bears - Tim Jennings is too hot, DJ Moore is tool cold. Julius Peppers is just right.

Know thy enemy - Dan Pompei's scouting report on Titans RB Chris Johnson.

Game preview - Mark Potash with game matchups and what to expect on offense, defense and STs.

Bears’ heroics in secondary depend on front four getting it done - Mark Potash: The most valuable players on the defense are Rod Marinelli’s ‘‘rush men,’’ particularly Melton and Paea. As the Vikings are finding out, even the greatest DE in the league can be taken out of a game if you try hard enough. But it’s really tough to chip a DT.

Know thy enemy - Akeem Ayers and Matt Hasselbeck spoke with Tennessee media prior to facing the Bears on Sunday, here's what they had to say.

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Other Bears news

Jeffery feels former college teammate's pain - Larry Mayer: Alshon Jeffery sympathizes with former South Carolina teammate Marcus Lattimore, who has suffered a season-ending knee injury for the second straight year. Plus, more team news.

PFF's monthly player awards - Mirroring the NFL's DPOTM awards, Charles Tillman follows his partner Tim Jennings in walking away with the PFF version for October. The longest pass completed into his coverage went for just 16 yards, also his longest allowed all season.

Chris Conte to shoulder heavier load without harness - Vaughn McClure: Conte became fed up with the protective device prior to a Week 3 matchup versus the Rams, but the medical staff caught him trying to remove it with a screwdriver. He took it off for the second half of the Detroit game two weeks ago.

Nate Collins takes advantage of his opportunity - Brad Biggs: Defensive tackle played well against Panthers in a good example of the depth the Bears have built on the DL.

Toub called on 'squibbler' team vs. Panthers - Jeff Dickerson: Dave Toub had to call on the 'squibbler' team against the Panthers, with six different Bears returning kickoffs in the 23-22 victory.

[Video] ESPN - Damien Woody ranks his top five teams in the NFL and the Bears are among them.

NFCN Blog: Final Word - Kevin Seifert with five nuggets of knowledge about Week 9: There has been so much discussion about the turnovers generated by Chicago, and the resulting TDs, that few people realize the Bears have allowed the fewest rushing yards in the NFL this season.

Gould's winning kick over Panthers a rare feat - Larry Mayer: Not since an 1987 victory in Green Bay had the Bears won a game they had been losing with no time remaining on the clock.

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Polish sausage

Cap Relief: the value for money guys - PFF lists the players who offer the most bang for the buck. Two Bears earn hono(u)rable mentions.

Switching Sides - Ever wondered why that dynamic right tackle can't seem to make the switch to the blindside? PFF's Sam Monson speaks with some leading NFL linemen to find out how hard it is to switch sides.

Know thy enemy: Vikings - Vikings-Seahawks preview. PFF's 3 things to focus on.

Know thy enemy: Lions - Lions-Jaguars preview. PFF's 3 things to focus on.

Know thy enemy: Lions - Kevin Seifert: Jahvid Best won't play this season because he hasn't been cleared from a concussion he suffered more than a year ago. The only remaining question is whether Best will ever play football again.

Know thy enemy: Packers - Cardinals-Packers preview. PFF's 3 things to focus on.

NFL.com: Best of the week 8 cheerleaders - I may just have found the future Mrs Spongie! Or today's Weekend Den Carolina Panthers cheerleader, though I'm more of a brunettes man.....

Steve Ronkowski's Country-Bluegrass week: "Chicago's own John Prine does some good country"

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