The Bears Den: November 06, 2012 - Week 10 News and Notes

Don McPeak-US PRESSWIRE

The Bears Den: November 06, 2012 - Week 10 News and Notes

Brad Biggs: 10 thoughts - Ten thoughts after the 51-20 rout of the Titans that keeps Bears in sole possession of first place atop the NFC North at 7-1, the second-best record in the league.

Despite 7-1 record, offense concerns persist for Bears - Moon Mullin: Potential championship team can be undone by a problem offense.

Peter King's MMQB - Chicago is plus-16 on turnovers through eight games, a vital reason they're 7-1 and the defensive scourge of pro football right now.

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Bears-Titans

24 Hours Later: Laurence Holmes' Breakdown - How dominant was the Bears defense? Here’s a rundown of the Titans first nine possessions:Fumble, Punt, Punt blocked for TD, Punt, Punt, Interception for TD, Fumble, Punt, Fumble.

Brian Urlacher, Bears beat down Titans - Brian Urlacher helped the Bears remain on pick-six record pace in a thoroughly dominant performance against the Titans in Nashville.

Dan Pompei's grades - Dan Pompei's film session shows blocked punt was well-designed, well-executed, but Hester's big punt return should have gone for a TD.

Traveling Bears fans give their team road-field advantage - Adam L. Jahns: The Bears dominated on the field and their fans dominated in the stands, accounting for nearly half of the crowd at LP Field.

Bears offense rebounded from slow start - Larry Mayer's game notes and news.

Free Head Exam: Chicago Bears - Kevin Seifert's thoughts in the wake of the win over the Titans.

ProFootballFocus: Three performances of note - Defensive dominance, Cutler to Marshall fires the Offense, pass protection concerns remain.

Grizzly Bears and Teddy Bears - Maggie Hendricks: The Bears completed such a massive mauling of the Titans on Sunday that Tennessee's owner walked out in the third quarter. Who stood out above the rest?

View from the Press Box - Dionne Miller: It's not often a game is over after the first quarter, but the Bears made that reality scoring on special teams, a run, a pass and a pick 6 during the first 15 minutes of the game against Tennessee.

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Bears-Texans

Know thy enemy - Dan Pompei: Battle of Super Bowl hopefuls set for 'Sunday Night Football'.

Know thy enemy - The Texans are still perfect against the AFC. They get another chance this weekend to prove they can play with the best teams in the NFC, too.

Texans coach: We'll talk about Tillman - Michael C. Wright: Gary Kubiak plans to emphasize ball security even more than usual in the week of practice leading up to the game.

Bears' defense ready for prime-time vs. Texans, 49ers - Mark Potash : Rod Marinelli challenging his players to step it up; both teams will test the Bears' uncanny knack for creating turnovers.

Bears embrace challenging schedule ahead - Brad Biggs: Lovie Smith makes no apology for beating weak teams, says team is excited to face Houston Texans on Sunday night.

Bears will 'embrace the national stage' vs. Texans, 49ers - Moon Mullin: With upcoming games that'll be billed as Super Bowl and NFC Championship previews, the Bears will be put to the test on a pair of nationally-televised contests in the next two weeks.

Moon Mullin's Bears Schedule - The Bears boast the second-best record in the NFL, but the other three teams in their division are all at .500 or better.

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Other Bears news

[Video] Jay Cutler's Mailbag - Video: Jay Cutler talks to Waddle & Silvy about dealing with diabetes as an NFL QB and how the different game times affect his routine. Diabetus!

Cutler wants to keep pace with D - Michael C. Wright: Wants the offense to raise its level of play to supplement what he called a Super Bowl-caliber defense because the QB doesn't want his group to be the reason the Bears don't reach their ultimate goal.

No contract extension talk during season - Michael C. Wright: Jay Cutler said Monday the team hasn't yet approached him about a contract extension, adding he'd prefer to discuss business after the season instead of now with the team in the midst of a 7-1 run.

Tillman's high school coach planted ball-punch seed - David Haugh: "He came to a game and he told me, 'You know, you could have forced a lot of balls out if you could just punch it,' '' Charles Tillman recalled his former high school coordinator saying 13 years ago. "Light bulb!''

Tillman's teammates amazed by his performance - Larry Mayer: Tillman's 36 forced fumbles since 2003 are second among all NFL players only to Colts DE Robert Mathis, who has 38. Julius Peppers is tied for sixth with 31. Among the top 12 on the list, Tillman is the lone DB.

Lovie is right, Bears haven’t peaked yet - Adam Hoge: “You are what your record says you are,” Smith said. “We’re a 7-1 football team. We’re a good football team.” Yes they are. And they can be a lot better.

[Video] NFL Total Access - How does the 2012 Chicago Bears defense compare to the 2000 Baltimore Ravens defense? Brian Billick discusses why the Bears are a step behind his Ravens for one specific reason.

[Video] ESPN - Ron Jaworski and Merril Hoge discuss which team poses the biggest threat to the Bears in the NFC North.

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Polish sausage

NFP Sunday Blitz - Dan Pompei: Why the Texans aren't missing Mario Williams; Midseason all-pros, and all the latest NFL talk.

Know thy enemy: Lions - Free Head Exam: After the Lions' 31-14 victory over the Jaguars, Kevin Seifert looks at three issues that merit further examination.

Know thy enemy: Lions - PFF's Three Performances of Note: Megatron performs. Suh doesn't.

Know thy enemy: Vikings - Following the Vikings' 30-20 loss to the Seahawks, Kevin Seifert looks at three issues that merit further examination. Probably because he couldn't make Ponder's combined total of 121 passing yards over the last two games count as three issues.

Know thy enemy: Lions - PFF's Three Performances of Note: Megatron performs. Suh doesn't.

Know thy enemy: Vikings - Percy Harvin is “day-to-day” with a sprained ankle that caused him to miss minimal time in Sunday’s loss. He was on crutches in the locker room Monday but thankful an MRI showed no fractures.

Know thy enemy: Packers - Kevin Seifert looks at three discussion points after the Packers' 31-17 victory over the Cardinals.

Know thy enemy: Packers - Early diagnosis shows Clay Matthews could miss a couple weeks with a hamstring injury, the latest in a string of injuries Green Bay have had to accomodate this season.

T.J. Shouse's guest video week - "Afterwards, I bet you'll have an urge to murder fictional people stranded on Pandora. Not the blue hippies. The escaped convicts."

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