The Weekend Bears Den: October 26, 2013 - Week 8 news and notes

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The defense rests...in the hands of the Bears offense - Chris Boden: It's now the offense's turn to carry the load, and to see if it can carry this team farther than the defense did a year ago...and for several years before that.

Four Downs - Jeff Dickerson and Jon Greenberg discuss Cutler's future in Chicago, whether Briggs' loss is more important, if McClellin is miscast as a 4-3 DE, and if the Bears can still make the playoffs.

Bears have many decisions to make after season - Hub Arkush: Whether Bears fans like it or not, it’s time to pay the piper on defense. Rebuilding is the only option, but at least there’s another year of hope and excitement on the offense with Cutler likely to return.

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(Almost) midseason Bears grades, awards - Adam Hoge reviews the first seven games of the season by providing his overall performance grades.

Rookie DE David Bass won’t let himself feel stable - Patrick Finley: 6-4, 256-pounder from Missouri Western thinks he’s playing well, but he still fears being cut every week and uses the perceived uncertainty as ­motivation.

Even on Bears’ depleted defense, Jennings tough to pass against - Patrick Finley increasingly seems to base his every Bears thought on PFF.

[Video] View from the Moon - What's ailing Peppers, how many wins will Bears have without Cutler, and who has impressed the most?

'Dr. Marshall' may have valid point on Cutler assessment - Moon Mullin: Phil Emery says Cutler's return is a minimum of four weeks, but the tough QB may have other ideas.

[Video] CSNChicago discussion - How quickly can Cutler recover, how will the Bears fare, and where is Peppers? [KAPCON: 5]

The Bears and the NFC playoff obstacle course - Chris Boden takes a look ahead at the next four weeks' opponents.

Josh McCown capable of leading Bears to win - Wanda Wiedman: Can McCown lead the Bears in the next four weeks to victories against the Packers, Lions and the Ravens? The way teams have been playing this season, anything can happen.

Bears won't add TE Scheffler, but eye LBs, WRs - Brad Biggs: The Bears have an open spot on their 53-man roster and they put a group of LBs and WRs through a workout Friday at Halas Hall.

The pop legend of the 1985 Bears is still growing - Christopher Borrelli: Rich Cohen's new book 'Monsters: The 1985 Chicago Bears and the Wild Heart of Football', adds to the growing and enduring legend of the Super Bowl-winning 1985 Bears, with pop icon Da Coach at the team's helm.

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Four downs with Ditka - Da Coach on the Bears' offense with McCown, how coaches take advantage of the bye week, and the Cub's search for a manager.

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Know thy enemy: Lions - Previewing Cowboys-Lions: Whether Stafford and Romo will have enough time to find their favorite targets will depend on how some notably disruptive defensive stars fare. PFF's Three Things to Focus On.

Know thy enemies - Packers-Vikings preview: Adrian Peterson was held to a season-low 28 yards on 13 carries Monday and now faces a Packers defense that ranks first in the NFC against the run, allowing 79.0 yards per game. Rob Demovsky & Ben Goessling: How the teams match up. PFF's Three Things to Focus On.

Know thy enemy: Packers - Rob Demovsky: Injuries to Clay Matthews and other pass-rushers have forced the Packers to get creative when applying pressure. So far, so good. The problems Jared Allen, dome present.

Know thy enemy: Vikings - Ben Goessling: At some point the Vikings have to go with one QB, and it will be interesting to see where their saga goes next when all three are healthy.

NFL.com cheerleaders gallery - Best of week 7. Personally, I vote for this Miami cheerleader.

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