The Bears Den: October 16, 2013 - Week 7 news and notes

Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports

Cutty does it.

Larry Mayer's Chalk Talk - Larry grades Jay Cutler's performance to this point in the season and discusses injuries on defense and how the Bears have fared against Washington.

Sack lack not likely to improve - Bob LeGere: Only two NFL teams are worse than the Bears when it comes to getting to the QB, and it's hard to be optimistic looking ahead.

Offense developing as the team's strength - Brad Biggs: With trade possibilities marginal for their D-line, the Bears' best way to help their defense may be with productive offense.

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Chicago-Washington

Bears in a rush to generate more pressure on QB - Larry Mayer: Generating a more consistent pass rush with the front four remains a top priority as the Bears prepare for Sunday's road game.

Game preview - Steve Silverman takes a look at how Chicago and Washington match up and gives the advantage to the Bears.

Patchwork defense needs the running game - Steve Rosenbloom: Matt Forte can and should be the star of the offense against Washington, to hold the ball and eat clock on the ground.

Bostic ready for debut as starter - Michael C. Wright: Bears expect the rookie to build on the excitement he generated throughout the preseason.

Bears should expect immediate Bostic success - Moon Mullin: Bostic was not drafted to be a backup or special-teams fixture. He was drafted for this moment.

Jonny on the spot in Bears’ depleted defense - Mark Potash: The notion of Jon Bostic starting at MLB was a little more exciting in August, when the defense was fully stocked with veterans who could give the kid a little margin for error.

Team notes - Mark Potash: Both teams have had problems tackling this season; room for improvement on defense; more notes.

Know thy enemy - Moon Mullin: Shanahan looks ahead to matchup vs. Bears, on the defensive. Bucky Brooks: How Washington can fix the offense.

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Bearsss

Joniak's Journal - One of the best free agent signings in the NFL has been Martellus Bennett, and more thoughts on the Bears.

Stock Watch - Jeff Dickerson takes a look at which Bears' stock is rising and whose is falling.

Forte as crucial as ever to Bears' success - Barry Rozner: The perception that the new Bears offense operates at the expense of Matt Forte, or that the increased number of weapons means a diminished role, simply isn’t true.

Bennett's early season success helping Bears in more ways than one - James Neveau: After a lost year with Kellen Davis at TE, the Bears brought in Martellus Bennett to take over the position, and his play is helping the entire offense to thrive.

[Video] CSNChicago discussion - What are the biggest concern with the Bears?

Bears pass rush reaching new lows - Moon Mullins: The Bears are on pace to net 21 for the season, which would rank ahead of only the 18 recorded in 2003.

Tupou played rugby to stay in shape until Bears called - Patrick Finley: While waiting for an NFL phone call, the 6-2, 290-pounder from USC lifted weights three days a week and played pickup rugby. He manned the eighth position [It's called the No.8 and is tantamount to a big two-way skill position player - Den], the forward at the rear of the pack.

[Video] View from the Moon - Moon Mullin: Back to basics, incorporating the rookies.

Lunch with Larry - The Bears Senior Writer hosts a live Q&A with fans: Will Bears try to bring back Urlacher, and is Cutler shrugging his shoulder less often than he used to?

Reader mailbag - Adam Hoge tackles queries on which FAs are likely to be re-signed, evaluating the rookie class, the D-line, and Bush.

Ranking the best QB-Coach combos - Steve Silverman includes Cutler-Trestman on his top 10 list.

Conte says hits are predetermined - Jen Lada: Players are fined and teams are penalized when defenders go high, whether intentional or otherwise. So guys are erring on the side of caution and aiming lower. The result is more lower body injuries.

Bears doing good things - Larry Mayer: Bears players were off Tuesday, but the team's entire rookie class was busy participating in a Bears/United Way "Hometown Huddle" event at Round Lake High School.

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Polish sausage

Know thy enemy: Vikings - Chris Tomasson: Ponder's former college coach Bobby Bowden surprised the QB was drafted so high [So were Vikings fans! - Den], thinks he still has bright NFL future.

Know thy enemy: Vikings - Andrew Krammer looks at the offensive side of the ball from Vikings-Panthers and finds that Matt Cassel can't throw a ball further than 10 yards, either.

Know thy enemy: Packers - Rob Demovsky: Newfound respect for Packers' run game from opposing secondaries set up shot play.

Same Old Lions - Michael Rothstein: The NFL is looking into another Ndamukong Suh hit on a QB, this time Brandon Weeden.

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