The Bears Den: November 26, 2013 - Week 13 news & notes

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McCown expected to start again Sunday in Minnesota - Larry Mayer: With Jay Cutler still hampered by a high ankle sprain, it appears that Josh McCown will make his third straight start Sunday when the Bears visit the Vikings.

Brad Biggs' 10 thoughts - Brad Biggs on the Bears' red zone issues, what Kromer thinks of PFF's grading system, and more than 8 other thoughts.

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Chicago Bears 21, St. Louis Rams 42

Bush’s struggles weighing Bears down around goal line - Patrick Finley: Seven red-zone rushes gained the Bears a total of two yards.

Game review - Michael C. Wright looks at four hot issues from the 42-21 loss to the Rams. It's not all bad.

Game notes - Rich Campbell: Trestman says missed assignments killing run defense; injury news; Bears raised $200k for the Red Cross' Illinois tornado relief effort.

Game notes - James Neveau: Fourth down playcall and execution problematic; Bush's red zone woes; McCown still looks good.

Trestman praise for OL, defense of Bush confusing - Moon Mullin: Difficult to reconcile Trestman defending the O-line’s play, yet using it as part of spreading out blame for Michael Bush’s failures.

Game notes - Dan Wiederer: The Bears' feeble run defense put up little resistance Sunday, and next up is AP; McCown providing measure of stability within the offense.

Long v. Long - James Neveau: Did officials err in not blowing the whistle once McCown's pass hit the ground?

Game grades - Brad Biggs's grades by position group: Rookie Jon Bostic having a hard time keeping up.

Game grades - PFF thinks the game was closer than the score indicates.

[Video] CSNChicago discussion - Bears woeful in loss to Rams. [KAPCON: 5] [Video] Second-guessing Trestman after Bears fall to Rams [KAPCON: 4]

[Video] ChicagoBears.com - Highlights from the Bears' 42-21 loss on Sunday to the Rams in St. Louis.

[Video] ChicagoBears.com - Devin Hester and Alshon Jeffery are mic'd up for Sunday's game. Jeffery doesn't say much.

Photos from ChicagoBears.com - Off the field ... from the sideline ... photo journal.

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Cutler to miss third game in row - Jeff Dickerson: A severe high-ankle sprain will force Jay Cutler to miss his third consecutive game on Sunday. Dan Wiederer: Vows to return to lineup this season, wants to stay in Chicago long-term.

Injury news - Adam Hoge: Trestman insisted Monday that Cutler’s injury is nothing more than a high ankle sprain, is "totally confident" the QB will play again this season.

[Audio] Jay Cutler Show - Cutler discusses his future with the franchise, how his health is progressing, and Chicago's loss to the Rams.

[Video] ESPN - Tim Hasselbeck and Herm Edwards [Caffeine level: Decaf] evaluate the conservative approach the Packers and the Bears are taking with the returns of Aaron Rodgers and Jay Cutler, respectively.

Bears schedule - Moon Mullin: NFC North waiting on the Bears, but only if the Bears can stack wins.

Bears waste opportunity - James Neveau: The Lions lost on Sunday, but the Bears couldn't take advantage, as their loss to the Rams puts them behind the 8-ball in the NFC playoff race.

Bears’ defense missing in action - Mark Potash hits the panic button.

Lack of discipline killing Bears - James Neveau: The Rams accepted 10 Bears penalties on Sunday, and three Bears TDs were erased. Who is to blame?

Team notes - Patrick Finley: Cutler targeting Dec. 9 return vs Cowboys; injury news; more news.

ChatWrap - Jeff Dickerson takes questions from people who get their information from ESPN. It's not pretty.

Bears doing good things - Moon Mullin: Bears to donate more than $200,000 for tornado relief.

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Ditka

Mike Ditka not high on Bears' D, division - Michael C. Wright: Ditka lit into every team in the division and levied harsh criticism at Chicago’s struggling defense.

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Polish sausage

NFP Sunday Blitz - Len Pasquarelli: The Cincinnati coaching staff hits the bye week in search of answers; more from around the league.

Know thy enemy: Lions - Michael Rothstein's Rapid Reaction to Lions' 24-21 loss to the Buccaneers ... Upon further review. PFF's three performances of note.

Know thy enemy: Lions - Michael Rothstein: Turnovers leave questions for Lions. Lions need to fix their woes fast.

Know thy enemy: Packers - Rob Demovsky's Rapid Reaction to GB's 26-26 tie with the Vikings ... Upon further review. PFF's three performances of note.

Know thy enemy: Vikings - Ben Goessling's Rapid Reaction ... Upon further review ... Ponder earns another start ... Vikings finally turn to press and pressure.

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