The Bears Den: November 07, 2012 - Week 10 News and Notes

Frederick Breedon

The Bears Den: November 07, 2012 - Week 10 News and Notes

Is Charles Tillman changing the CB position? - Steve Rosenbloom: It’s easy to see how the ball punch might change the way other DBs approach the position, but good luck matching Tillman’s incredible ability to execute it.

Peter King's TMQB - Have the Bears had the benefit of an easy schedule thus far?

Team report - Thirteen-year veteran Brian Urlacher has never experienced anything like what's going on with this year's group of opportunistic takeaway artists on the Bears' defense.

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Bears-Texans

[Video] Jurko & Waddle's preview - Tom Waddle and John Jurkovic take an early look at the Bears Sunday night showdown with the Texans.

Bears-Texans sidelights: draft picks and deals - Moon Mullin: Sunday's tilt against will showcase two rookie DEs. Shea McClellin who the Bears selected with their first pick and Whitney Mercilus, the local kid, Chicago decided to pass up in the first round.

Brad Biggs on Mully & Hanley - Brad Biggs: The Bears may have run over teams like the Jaguars and the Titans with ease, but facing the 7-1 Texans will be a different story.

Bears, Texans reaping rewards of owners’ patience - Steve Silverman: It’s no secret that sports fans lack patience and that it’s almost always about winning now. But those who own and run teams have to be a lot smarter than fans who are concerned primarily with immediate gratification and not what’s the right thing for the long run.

Bears ready to begin difficult stretch of schedule - Larry Mayer: The Bears' schedule will become more difficult beginning Sunday night when they host the Texans. Also, POTUS gives Charles Tillman a shout out, and WR Joe Anderson is re-signed to the PS.

Alshon Jeffery expected to miss Texans game - Michael C. Wright: Although there is a slight chance Jeffery could return this week, the thought is the team will keep him out against the Texans to minimize the risk of re-injury to his broken right hand. But, you don't have to miss it, though -

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Offense

Marshall is worth his weight in gold - Jim Miller takes a look at the top WRs around the league and weighs in on where Brandon Marshall stacks up against the toughest competition.

Louis: Where was my blocking? - Moon Mullin: Lance Louis is ready to go back to his old ways of playing TE when the time calls for it, but in order for that to happen, he needs some blocking.

Bears’ spotty offense will have to pick up the pace - The Bears are bracing for the degree-of-difficulty to increase in the second half. And they should. Everybody knows them now.

What will it take for Bears offense to take off? - Mike Mulligan: It's strange, but a couple of losses may force changes that will forge an identity for the NFL's 25-ranked offense.

Team notes - Adam L. Jahns: Seemingly lost in all the commotion Sunday was Hester’s best punt return of the season; Cutler wants more from the offense; injury news.

Johnny Knox won't return in 2012 - Vaughn McClure: Receiver can't hit deadline to practice and will remain on PUP list all season.

Tuesday deadline doesn't have to spell the end of Johnny Knox's Bears career - Brad Biggs: Bears could bring back injured WR next season even if he doesn't practice or play this season. Plus, team notes.

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Defense

Bears defy modern-day NFL logic in season's first half - Kerry J. Byrne: The Chicago Bears crossed the halfway pole of the 2012 season as the most dominant team in football, and certainly the most fascinating statistical case study the NFL has provided in decades.

Bears have turned forced fumbles, INTs into art form - Rick Morrissey: The Titans thought they were playing a football team when, in fact, they were playing a crime spree.

[Video] CTL discussion - The CTL panel discuss Charles Tillman's performance this season.

[Video] NFL Live - Antonio Pierce and Jason Taylor discuss whether Charles Tillman is the DPOTY at the halfway point of the season.

Dangerous (D-)end games - Moon Mullin: The Bears currently have four players with four or more sacks throughout the season, and that will definitely come into play as the Bears prepare to face the Texans.

Kelvin Hayden won’t be left out of Bears’ defensive bonanza - Mark Potash: The Hayden-Moore combo gives the Bears more options to match up in passing situations.

[Video] ESPN Hot Button - Eric Allen compares the Bears defense of today against the 1985 Bears. Through 8 games this season, the Bears defense has allowed fewer offensive TDs and scored more defensive TDs than the '85 team.

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Other Bears news

Larry Mayer's Chalk Talk - How does current team compare to '06 squad? Does Tillman think too much about punching out the ball instead of tackling?

NFCN Blog: Knee-jerk reactions - Kevin Seifert's take on what people are saying about the NFCN teams.

Chicago Bears Stock Watch - Michael C. Wright looks at which Bears are rising and falling.

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Midseason reports & analyses

NFL Midseason Report - Don Banks clearly hates the Bears.

Midseason All-Pro Team - Peter King gives Charles Tillman and Major Wright some love.

Three Bears on PFW mid-season All-Pro team - Moon Mullin: With the Bears defense dominating the NFL through eight games, Pro Football Weekly named three Bears to their mid-season All-Pro team. It includes Lance Briggs, Julius Peppers and Charles Tillman.

NFL midseason report - NFL.com analysts (and Adam Rank) name their midseason award winners, recast their Super Bowl XLVII picks and much more. 3 of 15 analysts (seriously... Adam Rank...) pick the Bears to win it all.

Bears starting CB duo to make first-team All-Pro? - NFL.com's Adam Schein thinks so. Ian Rapoport: Chicago Bears turn into monsters.

ProFootballFocus' Team of the Week - Week 9: Urlacher and Tillman make it to the list.

PFF's Pro Bowl cheat sheet - Four Bears would make it to the NFC team, according to PFF.

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Polish sausage

Chicago return special for Texans' Danieal Manning - Vaughn McClure: Danieal Manning wants to treat Sunday night like any other game, but the former second-draft pick of the Bears knows that might be an unrealistic goal.

Manning trying to keep emotions in check - Tells CJH that he's been impressed with the Bears defense, which leads the NFL with 28 takeaways.

NFCN Blog - Kevin Seifert on the return of the NFC North running games.

Know thy enemy: Packers - PFF's Three Performances of Note: The Packers pulled out another win and are starting to roll, while the Cardinals look on the verge of collapse. Who decided this contest?

Colts players shave heads to honor Chuck Pagano - More than two dozen players and other team personnel rallied to support head coach Chuck Pagano as he enters his second round of chemotherapy.

Bet Dave Toub showed this trick play at his STs unit film session - The Eagles tried a tricky play on Monday night that involved laying down in the end zone.

T.J. Shouse's guest video week - "Because Josh Homme is better at everything than you. Especially Scrabble."

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