The Bears Den: October 15, 2013 - Week 7 news and notes

David Banks

By the rule of thirds (ask Sam Householder), your attention should be being drawn to Lance Briggs' buttocks.

Bostic ready to step in for Williams - Larry Mayer: As he begins his second stint as the Bears' starting MLB, rookie Jon Bostic feels much more comfortable in the position than he did in training camp.

Peppers’ plight isn’t helped by Bears’ injury situation - Rick Morrissey: Julius Peppers finds himself in an awkward situation. The part of you that understands the injury challenge gets impatient when the pile of money is added to the equation.

How could offense finish so badly against such a bad team? - Steve Rosenbloom: The Bears couldn’t get in the end zone in the second half against a winless team with a bad defense, and the Giants’ miserable offense was better than the Bears' on third down and more productive in the second half.

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Paea

Paea 'on track to play' on Sunday - Michael C. Wright: Stephen Paea expressed giddiness Monday over his return to the practice field at Halas Hall. The team likely feels the same, given the depleted state of the defense.

Trestman expects Tillman, Paea to return - With a few extra days to rest and recuperate, Tillman and Paea both should be ready to return to the lineup on Sunday. Jeff Dickerson: Bears rest Tillman, Anderson.

Paea knows Bears are counting on him - Mark Potash: A spare part as a rookie in 2011 who became a productive starter surrounded by better players in 2012, Paea suddenly is a player the Bears can’t live without.

Paea: "We’ll be unstoppable" - Moon Mullin: Returning DT is looking forward to partnership with Corey Wootton.

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Bostic

Bostic next man up for Bears' depleted defense - Bob LeGere: A Bears defense in need of improvement will have to do it with rookie Jon Bostic filling in for injured D.J. Williams at MLB for the remainder of the season.

Bostic has no choice but to be ready - Patrick Finley: The team’s extra practice prep time after the game Thursday certainly helps Bostic’s transition.

[Video] - Chris Boden & Dan Jiggetts: How will Bostic handle a full-time role?

Rookie watch - Jen Lada: Bostic's path accelerates with Bears.

[Video] ESPN - Eric Allen talks about Jonathan Bostic, who is set to start Sunday in place of injured D.J. Williams.

Trestman has special message for Bears rookies - Moon Mullin: At the end of Monday’s abbreviated practice, Marc Trestman had his usual circuit of chats with various individuals or position groups, and had a word with the team's rookies.

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Bearsss

Cutler voices approval for O-line, coaching staff - Dan Wiederer: Jay Cutler is having a career year through six games and believes the statistical spike is a result of better protection and the concept of a new offense. 'I get enough credit, it's about those other guys'

Cutler acknowledges he's changed - Michael C. Wright: Jay Cutler acknowledged that he’s changed for the better, and credited the new coaching staff, in addition to teammates on the O-line and at the skill positions.

Remember the name: Alshon Jeffery - Dan Pompei: There are a lot of NFL front office men who are surprised at the production of the Bears WR. Many of Jeffery’s supposed weaknesses have turned into strengths.

Lack of solid young role players hurts Bears - Hub Arkush: Indictment of the empty cupboards Emery and Trestman inherited when they arrived, and some evidence of the talent deficit they face when matching up with the best teams in the league.

Team notes - Adam Hoge: Trestman believes Bears have enough talent on D-line; Bostic era begins; Paea, Tillman expected back; PS addition.

Team notes - Adam L. Jahns: Time off will help Bears’ wounded defense; Fiammetta chipping in on offense; more team notes.

[Video] CSNChicago discussion - Bears head to Washington this week; the panel discuss. [KAPCON: 5]

Bears schedule - Moon Mullin: Bears need a road win at D.C. before timely week off.

[Video] View from the Moon- Moon Mullin breaks down the Bears' upcoming final game before the bye week.

ChatWrap - Jeff Dickerson with a readers' Q&A session.

X&Os - Matt Bowen highlights how the Bears got Brandon Marshall open for his TD in the middle in Thursday's game, and the coverage bust in Cover-2 that let the Giants score on a long pass.

Game grades - Adam Hoge: There's no getting around the fact that the D-line has underwhelmed this season, but Wootton offers some hope on the interior.

[Video] ChicagoBears.com - Martellus Bennett was mic'd up for Sounds of the Game against his former teammates as the Bears beat the Giants 27-21.

Look for Lovie Smith to be NFL head coach again soon - David Haugh: Reported interest from USC reminds football world how highly regarded former Bears coach Lovie Smith remains.

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Reminder: Red Robin offer valid today

Hat tip to Cevarius: Red Robin is doing a free burger promotion - Tavern Double Tuesday. Free Tavern Double Burger on the Tuesday following a Bears game where the D gets a turnover - either interception or fumble recovery - with purchase of another entrée and two drinks - for select residents in IL, IN and IA.

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Polish sausage

X&Os - Greg A. Bedard looks at, among other week 6 decisive moments, an exploited mismatch that gave Green Bay the win, and two unsung Lions who forced a boneheaded pass.

Know thy enemy: Packers - Rob Demovsky's Rapid Reaction to Packers 19, Ravens 17 ... Locker Room Buzz ... Upon Further Review ... [Video] Tom Waddle's breakdown ... PFF's Three Performances of Note.

Know thy enemy: Packers - Rob Demovsky: Randall Cobb out multiple weeks ... how injuries impact Packers' defense, ditto offense.

Know thy enemy: Lions -Michael Rothstein's Rapid Reaction to Lions 31, Browns 17 ... Locker Room Buzz ... Upon Further Review ... [Video] Tom Waddle's breakdown ... PFF's Three Performances of Note.

Know thy enemy: Vikings - Ben Goessling's Rapid Reaction to Panthers 35, Vikings 10 ... Locker Room Buzz ... Upon Further Review ... [Video] Tom Waddle's breakdown ... PFF's Three Performances of Note.

Know thy enemy: Vikings - Ben Goessling: Vikings need clarity at QB position ... anemic secondary remains a problem ... minimal impact for rookies so far.

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