The Bears Den: November 30, 2012 - Week 13 News and Notes

Jonathan Daniel

Brandon Marshall attempts to sneak under the radar...

Jay Cutler deserves to be in the MVP conversation - Peter Schrager: Want to call the Bears OL a M*A*S*H unit? It’s more like an American Horror Story. And yet, there’s Cutler, with no time to get his feet planted, avoiding pressure and throwing laser beam passes to his receivers.

Cutler: Bears may have to tone down offense - Committing to the run is crucial. They did it last week, carrying 39 times, and that opened up things on the outside even though they finished with just 113 yards rushing.

Team report - The Bears' beat-up line will be challenged Sunday by an outstanding Seahawks defense that's No. 3 in points and No. 5 in yards allowed.

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Bears prepare to limit 'Beast Mode' - Jeff Dickerson: The main ingredient of the Seahawks' offense remains the NFL's third-leading rusher with 1,051 yards.

Bears facing another tough test against Lynch - Larry Mayer: The Bears have faced some of the NFL's best RBs in their last three games, and that trend will continue Sunday when they host the Seahawks.

[Video] Kip Lewis & Moon Mullin - Previewing the matchup with the Seahawks and what it could mean for the team's playoff momentum.

Facing long odds, Russell Wilson hasn't come up short - Dan Pompei attempts to see how many height puns he can squeeze into this otherwise pretty good article about the Seahawks QB.

Small Seahawks QB Russell Wilson playing big - Mark Potash: The rookie from Wisconsin via North Carolina State is proving his many doubters wrong by not only starting in the NFL, but by thriving.

Matt Bowen: Scouting the Bears - The Seahawks can put stress on the Bears' Cover-3 defense by testing free safety Chris Conte with inside vertical concepts.

Durkin’s Playbook - Seahawks OC Darrell Bevell’s passing scheme is predicated on play action off of inside-zone run looks.

[Video] Game preview - Lomas Brown breaks down the matchup between Russell Wilson and the Bears' defense.

Bennett's time could come vs. Seahawks - Vaughn McClure: With Jeffery, Hester out, Marshall facing tough corners, sure-handed veteran needs to step up.

Bennett: As long as we win, I'm alright - I think you mean all right, Jeff Dickerson.

[Video] CTL discussion - Previewing the Seattle defense and what the Bears will need to do to put points on the board.

Game preview - Football Outsiders's quick take on Bears-Seahawks. Could max protect be the way to go against the Seahawks' big CBs?

Know thy enemy - Maggie Hendricks: Like the Bears, the Seahawks have a strong defense and spotty performance on offense.

Injury report - Michael C. Wright: Briggs, Tillman, Forte expect to play on Sunday.

Forte healing nicely and expected to play - Sean Jensen: The Bears average 202.7 passing yards when they also top 100 rushing yards. But when they don’t top 100 rushing yards, the Bears average only 132.5 passing yards.


Other Bears news

Larry Mayer's Chalk Talk - When will Gurode be ready to play? When will Jeffery be back? Could Spaeth see more targets?

Gabe Carimi: Guard, tackle -- or neither? - Kevin Seifert: The Bears have to determine whether Carimi has already demonstrated that he can't play tackle.

Jay Cutler among nine players who can be trusted - Adam Schein: I don't believe in Gabe Carimi and the Bears' OL. I am concerned about the injuries to the bevy of key players last week. But I don't worry about the QB.

Bears establish identity on offense - Moon Mullin wonders whether Cutler is on course to be a Dan Marino, someone who deep down saw his right arm as the key to the Promised Land of Roman numeral games, and it never was.

Four Downs - Will the Bears win the NFC North?

PFF snapshot - Henry Melton shows up in the DT run stop percentage.

PFF's Secret Superstars - Matt Spaeth gets some love!

NFL fines Brian Urlacher, Melton - Vaughn McClure: #54 says he will appeal $15,750 penalty for a horse-collar tackle Sunday on Adrian Peterson.

Dionne Miller's `Happenings at Halas' - November 29: Lance Briggs has missed just 4 games during his 10 year career- he credits a glass of apple juice every morning. "Straight apple juice...orchard style." Is it delish, though, Dionne?


Polish sausage

Matt Bowen's playbook - A rough night for Brees: taking a look at one of the QB's five INTs in loss to Falcons.

OL issues hit all NFC contenders except 49ers - Steve Silverman: The 49ers have an advantage over all the legitimate contenders on the OL.

Know thy enemy: Vikings - Kevin Seifert: Fullback key to AP's success.

Know thy enemy: Packers - The Packers have had a player fined by the NFL three weeks in a row. Safety Jerron McMillian, the latest to join the penalty club, thinks the NFL has a hit out for them. How can that be the case if the NFL and referees are so obviously cheating for them at every opportunity?

Know thy enemy: Packers - Cedric Benson has season-ending foot surgery for Lisfranc injury; team goes to committee.

This little NFL stat makes big difference with head coaches - Brian Billick: Coaches know which teams are legit -- and one revolutionary stat is key to figuring it out.

NFCN Blog DraftWatch - Kevin Seifert takes an NFCNcentric look at what Kiper & McShay think of the 2013 draft.

Dane's guest videos: Seattle music week -
Alice in Chains - Down in a Hole (live, acoustic): Layne Staley was one of the greatest rock vocalists of all time. If you disagree with that, feel free to go fly a kite.

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