The Bears Den: October 08, 2013 - Week 6 news and notes

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Back-to-back losses diminish Bears’ 3-0 start - Rick Morrissey: This game has to leave the Bears a little rattled, not because they were dominated but because they didn’t seem to have the answers when it mattered. Good teams rise to the occasion against good teams.

Bears thankful for short week after long day against Saints - Mark Potash: After a disappointing performance from start to finish in a 26-18 loss to the Saints, the Bears need a game to disprove the notion that they’re getting worse.

Brad Biggs' 10 thoughts - Ten thoughts after the Bears put up some big offensive numbers but fell to the unbeaten Saints 26-18 on Sunday at Soldier Field.

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Chicago Bears 18, New Orleans Saints 26

Saints stay undefeated after road win over Bears - Game report and NFL.com [Video] highlights. Adam L. Jahns: Snap counts.

Larry Mayer's Game Blog - LM: "I just returned to the press box from the field (and) said hello to Richard Dent down there. There's no truth to the rumor that he'll suit up to help give the pass rush a boost."

Rapid Reaction - Michael C. Wright: They still aren’t where they want to be, but there’s no reason to panic, because the team continues to show signs of growth. Locker Room Buzz ... Upon Further Review.

Critical mistakes cost Bears in loss to Saints - Larry Mayer: The Bears reduced their turnovers from four last weekend in Detroit to only one Sunday, but too many costly mistakes led to a 26-18 loss to the Saints at Soldier Field.

Rapid Reaction - Dan Durkin: There's a thin line between winning and losing in the NFL as miscues, missed opportunities cost Bears.

Too many mistakes add up to 2nd straight loss for Bears - Rich Campbell: Bears don't measure up to NFL's elite yet, losing 26-18 to unbeaten Saints.

Bears start, finish flat in loss to Saints - Patrick Finley: For the first time since last Nov.  19 the Bears’ defense failed to force a turnover, as the team loses two straight with a Thursday night home game against the Giants drawing closer.

[Video] Game review - Tom Waddle breaks down the Saints' Week 5 win over the Bears.

Bears couldn't dig out of this hole - Bob LeGere: Another slow start was too much for the Bears to overcome Sunday against the Saints at Soldier Field, and it doomed Marc Trestman's team to a second straight defeat.

Slow start costs confused Bears - Barry Rozner: Rob Ryan had the Bears off balance from the start, his defense collecting 3 sacks of Cutler in the first four possessions. Joe Aguilar: Havoc-wreaking D resembled his dad's old '46'.

Surprise looks, early mistakes too much for Bears to overcome - Mark Potash: They looked like the old Bears against the Saints. They had two fumbles, allowed two sacks and gained 14 net yards on 10 plays in the first quarter and were lucky to trail only 6-0.

View from the Moon - Bears were outcoached and outplayed by Saints. Plenty of blame to go around for key gaffes.

Game notes - Larry Mayer: Jeffery sets Bears record; Saints blitzes put offense under pressure; no takeaways; Forte moves to third all-time leading rusher in franchise history.

Game notes - Patrick Finley: Trestman happy Bears at least stopped Sproles; injury news; more game notes. Seth Gruen: Briggs laments ‘boneheaded’ offsides penalty.

Game review - James Neveau examines the improved third down play of the offense, as well as the struggles of the defensive role players.

Cutler Watch - Michael C. Wright: Cutler suffers loss despite a 128.1 rating. Jeff Dickerson: Trestman: Cutler responsible for costly penalty.

Game notes - Adam Hoge: Missed opportunities kept Bears from completing comeback; D-line ineffective; slow start on offense; injury news & more from the game.

Laurence Holmes' 24 Hours Later - Against teams like New Orleans, mistakes can be magnified.

View from the enemy - Scott Krinch: The Saints defense credited knowing some of the Bears tendencies due to their former coach, Aaron Kromer, running the offense in Chicago.

Game notes - Bob LeGere: Trestman, Cutler say Marshall's frustration is not a distraction to the team. Jeffery's monster game; injury report.

Game notes - Dan Wiederer: Alshon Jeffery has record day; interior D-line depth thinning; most penalties in a game this season for Bears. Rich Campbell's Four Downs.

Game review - Jeff Dickerson's 5 things we learned: The Bears didn’t play a terrible game on Sunday, but their loss to New Orleans reaffirms Chicago is not one of the NFC’s elite teams.

Bears quotes - (Tribune) Bears players talk about Sunday's 26-18 loss to Saint.

ChicagoBears.com: [Video] highlights ... sidelines ... Tim Jennings mic'ed up, and [Photos] of the game ... sidelines ... locker room ... photojournal.

Photos from the Sun-Times ... Daily Herald ... Tribune.

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Offense

Offense's lack of early success 'unacceptable' - Larry Mayer: Lack of early success on offense helped the Saints dominate time of possession 36:00-24:00, which eventually wore down the Bears defense. Dan Wiederer: Missteps add up.

Um…Marc? We’re Waiting… - Dan Bernstein: No one asks for perfection in the first year of operation, but the actual production must be better than this, especially if the very real defensive problems persist or worsen.

Saints show Bears how it's done - David Haugh: Payton and the Saints found ways to put their playmakers in position to make an impact. Trestman and the Bears still are learning.

What exactly did the Bears offense practice? - Steve Rosenbloom: This was a big week for the Bears offense after that disaster in Detroit. This was the chance to rally. This was a chance to make a statement against a good and maybe great team. And they came out like that?

Marshall frustrated with role in offense - Adam L. Jahns: The Saints schemed Brandon Marshall out of the equation, which turned his postgame news conference into a frustration-centered diatribe. Rick Morrissey: Even after Jeffery’s career game, Marshall gets the attention.

Considering his emotions, Marshall worth watching - Mike Imrem: If ever there was a team loss it was this one. Yet so much of the talk was about Marshall, much of it emanating from Marshall himself.

[Video] CSNChicago discussion - How can the Bears deal with Marshall?

‘Frustrated’ Marshall bears watching - Adam Hoge: Is Marshall really OK with his role? Even if his best contribution at times is getting his teammates open?

Jeffery breaks Bears’ record - Adam L. Jahns: Alshon Jeffery eclipsed a 59-year-old record with a 21-yard catch on the last play of the Bears’ loss, to give him 218 receiving yards on the day. Marshall: Jeffery 'could be best to ever do it'.

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Defense; Nate Collins injury

Takeaway from Bears' loss? Little margin for error vs. top teams - Brad Biggs: The Bears discovered Sunday there is little margin for error against the NFC's top teams, failing to force a takeaway while losing a fumble.

Bears lose another D-lineman - Bob LeGere: The Bears' injury-decimated D-line is in dire straits with a short work week before Chicago hosts the Giants Thursday night.

Nate Collins out for season with torn ACL - Larry Mayer: Four-year veteran was performing well before the injury Sunday, recording four tackles, one sack, one tackle-for-loss and two QB hits.

Nate Collins out for season with torn ACL - Adam L. Jahns: The team’s depth at DT — a concern when Pro Bowler Henry Melton and top reserve Nate Collins were healthy — is now truly disconcerting.

Nate Collins to miss remainder of season - Michael C. Wright: Collins will undergo surgery in the next two weeks in Chicago and faces an eight-month rehabilitation process.

Collins injury latest blow to thin D-line - Rich Campbell: Three DTs get tryouts, UDFA Christian Tupo gets signed to practice squad.

X&Os - Dan Durkin breaks down how the Saints stay one step ahead of their opponents with their passing attack.

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Game grades

Game grades - Mark Potash's take on the team's performance.

Game grades - Joe Aguilar hands out grades for week 5.

Game grades - Adam Hoge impersonates Lester's Sackwatch series and reveals his best and worst performers from the game.

Game grades - Jeff Dickerson's report card for Bears-Saints.

Game grades - Brad Biggs: Bears contain Brees, bottle up Saints' run game, but lack of turnovers, key screen play prove costly.

Three Bears - The Tribune's three performances of note, plus drive and game stats.

Moon Mullin grades the coaching and the team unit-by-unit: QB - RB - WR/TE - OL - DL - LB - DB - STs.

Game grades - PFF's Three Performances of Note.

Game grades - Will Brinson with grades for every team from Week 5: "Chicago couldn't do anything to stop Drew Brees from moving the ball."

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Bearsss (Pre-Saints game)

Larry Mayer's Chalk Talk - Larry discusses when Jon Bostic will get a chance to play, why Michael Bush is not getting many carries and what the Bears offense will do differently.

Bears’ once-formidable units are struggling - Adam L. Jahns: There have been too many big plays by opponents. They have made too many gaffes. And it’s about time the Bears’ special teams return to form.

Cutler lacks consistency needed to be an elite QB - Rick Morrissey: It’s not too much to ask that Cutler become more consistent, and there’s certainly no reason why he can’t cut down on wildly bad games, like the one he had in Detroit.

Bears mailbag - Jeff Dickerson's Q&A session. Is the Bears' 2012 draft class a bust?

Old friends Payton, Trestman reunite - Adam Hoge: Marc Trestman was out of a job. That's when Sean Payton called, and that relationship led to what turned out to be an important learning experience for the future NFL head coach.

[Video] - Sarah Spain takes you to Chicago to check out how Bears fans do it big -- tailgating style.

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Bearsss (Post-Saints game)

NYG on short rest just what Bears docs ordered - Barry Rozner: The Bears are 3-2, but they have as much right to be 1-4 at the moment, and things could be quite a bit worse. Dan Wiederer: Bears have little time to learn from loss.

Trestman: Haven’t put together a full 60 minutes - The Bears have looked good in spurts, and they've looked bad in spurts in their first five games under Marc Trestman.

Bears at a tipping point for 'buy in' - Moon Mullin: One loss, happens. Two in a row? If there were any latent doubts, now they may begin to bubble and the question of “buy in” actually becomes relevant.

ChatWrap - Jeff Dickerson's Bears Q&A.

[Audio] Jay Cutler Show - Jay Cutler joins Waddle & Silvy to discuss how the Bears are moving on from their loss to the Saints and previews the Thursday night matchup with the Giants.

Bears face their 'get-in-position' mission - Chris Boden: How the Bears respond to back-to-back losses, their aches and pains and the next two games before their bye just may decide their season.

Bears schedule - Moon Mullin takes a look at how each opponent remaining on the Bears' schedule fared this week.

Melton believes he can come back better - Brad Biggs: Advances in reconstructive knee surgery and rehabilitation work leave injured DT optimistic about returning stronger in 2014.

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Ditka

Four downs with Ditka - Da Coach shares his thoughts prior to the Saints game and wasn't impressed with the tackling against the Lions.

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Polish sausage

Because Polish sausage goes with Ditka.

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