The Bears Den: November 08, 2012 - Week 10 News and Notes


The Bears Den: November 08, 2012 - Week 10 News and Notes

It's time for Cutler to assert his command of the game - Brad Biggs: QB must confirm his seeming edge on all but one counterpart he will face the rest of the regular season.

Head coach prospects for Dave Toub - Steve Rosenbloom: Dave Toub might be one more Devin Hester TD return away from getting a head coaching job.

1985 Bears defense or 2012 Bears defense? - Steve McMichael and Jon Greenberg make their cases.

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Bears-Texans JJ Watt

Game preview - The Bears are 4-0 at home while Houston is 3-0 on the road. Something's gonna give.'s #1-rated game.

Know thy enemy - Dan Durkin's excellent analysis of the Bears' next opponent.

[Video] Game preview - Tom Waddle explains how the Texans match up with the Bears in a battle of two 7-1 teams in Week 10. Tom Waddle is always right.

Texans' J.J. Watt an extreme force of nature - Dan Pompei: Bears face severe challenge in Texans' exceptionally effective second-year DE.

Bears facing J.J. Watt: a case of 'Where’s Waldo?' - Moon Mullin: J.J. Watt is having one of the best seasons ever for a defensive lineman and the Bears' OL will have their hands full this Sunday trying to keep him at bay.

There's nothing low voltage about J.J. Watt - David Haugh: Texans DE made an immediate impression on Mike Tice's son when they were teammates at Wisconsin.

Carimi readies for 'relentless' ex-teammate J.J. Watt - Jeff Dickerson: Tice says Watt poses a challenge because he lines up in different places.

Former teammates Watt, Carimi not exactly friends - Adam Hoge: J.J. Watt and Gabe Carimi were two of the more competitive, hardest working players on the Wisconsin team. And they weren't exactly buddy-buddy.

Bears vs. Texans defense a key for Chicago - Kip Lewis: The Bears are an impressive 7-1, but they'll know a lot more about their offense after going up against J.J. Watt and the Texans' defense on Sunday.

Ball security a key for Foster vs. Tillman - Jeff Dickerson: The ability of Foster and his teammates to hang onto the football will be put to the test when they take on a Bears' defense that has forced 15 fumbles, seven courtesy of October's NFC DPOTM.

Injury report - Michael C. Wright: Alshon Jeffery is 'getting better' but did not practice on Wednesday; Toeaina has been inactive for the past three contests, and six overall meaning it's likely the veteran DT sustained an injury during practice.


Other Bears news

Urlacher, McManis claim NFC player of week honors - Larry Mayer: Brian Urlacher and Sherrick McManis have won NFC player of the week awards on defense and special teams, respectively, for their performances in last Sunday’s 51-20 rout of the Titans.

Larry and Lovie - In his weekly Q&A with, Lovie Smith discusses the rout of the Titans, Sunday night's showdown against the Texans and Brandon Marshall's impact.

Cutler-Marshall connection just like old times - Michael C. Wright: Cutler admitted his reasoning behind going to Marshall so frequently stems from a combination of him being open more often than other receivers, in addition to the chemistry they share.

Marshall: 'We're not going to look like the Patriots' - Mark Potash: On his weekly radio show, Cutler challenged the defense to ''step it up.'' But he was obviously talking about small steps rather than the giant leaps Bears fans are dreaming of. "All receivers think they're open".

Dan Pompei's Bears mailbag - Answering readers' questions about salary-cap space, Hester's contract, Knox's future, legality of Tillman's punch, Briggs' HOF credentials, and can't we show more courtesy and kindness to fringe NFL players?

NFC North second quarter Stock Watch - Rising: Bears' CBs, Cutler.

NFCN Blog - Kevin Seifert and Mike Sando consider the Bears' acquisition of Brandon Marshall and upcoming contract negotiations with Jay Cutler. Are his performances anything more than average? Includes [Audio].

ProFootballFocus: 32 Teams, 32 Observations - Charles Tillman has allowed just 8.1 yards per catch, which is the lowest for all corners who have been targeted 40 or more times.

[Video] CTL discussion - The CTL panel on Tillman possibly missing Sunday's game.

Lovie Smith: ‘Family first’ if Tillman has to miss game - Adam Hoge: The Bears have always been in full support of their players missing playing time for family issues. Mike Florio disagrees.

Dionne Miller's `Happenings at Halas' - November 7: The Bears got back to work today, preparing for their toughest test of the season- hosting 7-1 Houston on Sunday night.


Midseason reports & analyses

Midseason state of the Bears report - From Mark Potash (predicting 13-3), Sean Jensen (13-3), and Adam L. Jahns (12-4).

USAToday's All-Pro Team - The Week 10 team features three Bears, with one more on the second team.

Midseason All-Pro Team -'s Daniel Jeremiah unveils his 2012 Midseason All-Pro Team. Three Bears get some love.

NFCN Blog - Kevin Seifert's All-NFC North midseason team. Entirely predictable kneejerk and so very tired howls of protest at underpresentation of Bears in an essentially meaningless list to start in 3, 2, 1...

PFF's 4 Questions, 4 Analysts - One of them think the Bears aren't as good as their record, another thinks the Bears will win the Super Bowl.

[Video] Briggs & Thayer - Lance Briggs hands out his mid-season MVP awards for the Bears' three units.


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Matt Bowen's playbook - How did Andrew Luck light up the Dolphins? All-22 breakdown of 4 plays that led to QB's record day.

Matt Bowen's playbook - Using Chris Ivory's TD run against the Eagles to break down technique errors in open field tackling. We all saw Chris Johnson's 80-yarder.....'s Top 15 rookie performances - Elliot Harrison's photogallery of the 15 best single-game performances by a rookie in NFL history. Three Bears make the list, and Hester's the lowest-placed of the three...

Bears among title contenders -'s Bucky Brooks lists 17 teams that aren't out of the running for the ultimate prize, and has the Beloved at #1.

Know thy enemy: Lions - Nate Burleson’s season-ending broken leg could end his days as a Lion.

Who are the NFL's bottom of the barrel and cream of the crop? - Gilbert and Sullivan Wiltfong do their thing. Lester pointed out that he has the Bears third!

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Spice Adams' latest adventure - Felix Baumgartner, eat your heart out.

Tim Tebow's email inbox - A joke, obviously, but I chuckled at the one from Jay Cutler and laughed at the thought of Aaron Rodgers sending Tebow to a shock site. I may have done just that to a few people in my time, too...

Lolo Jones Watch - Bobsledding suddenly got a lot more interesting for me and Just Dave, unless he's still thinking about 2 black "roosters".

T.J. Shouse's guest video week - "This whole album is 39 minutes long. If you don't know, now you know."

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