The Weekend Bears Den: November 09, 2013 - Week 10 Bears-Lions news and notes

Mike McGinnis

Conte: could do better.

Bears expect Cutler ‘at highest level’ in return from injury - Mark Potash: Now that Trestman has decided against staying with McCown to give Cutler’s injury another week to heal, the pertinent question is, how good will Cutler be?

Cutler can’t win with Bears fans - Ryan Baker: After overcoming ridiculous questions about his "toughness," he now has to endure skepticism about whether he should be the Bears’ starting QB in favor of a 34-year-old journeyman.

Bears mailbag - Jeff Dickerson suffers questions from a couple of morons who need more WCG, plus some reasonable queries.

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Bears-Lions

Bears O-line preps for tough challenge - Larry Mayer: The Bears O-line will look to build on an excellent performance in Green Bay when they battle Ndamukong Suh and the Lions Sunday at Soldier Field.

Kyle Long primed for a second shot at Suh - Patrick Finley: Neither Long nor the Bears want to see a repeat of the last Lions game, though Aaron Kromer points out there’s a "big difference" between Long in Week 4 and today.

Game preview: O-line - Moon Mullin: Besting Ansah, Fairley and Suh in run blocking looms as the single biggest key to Sunday’s game.

Team notes - Larry Mayer: McClellin doubtful for Lions game with hamstring injury; Cutler on track to start Sunday; injury updates.

Team notes - Bob LeGere: Cutler in good shape after another practice; Bass or Ozougwu expected to step in for McClellin; injury news for both teams.

Injury news - Adam Hoge: McClellin's injury just the latest for a D-line demolished by injuries this season; Cutler good to go; more injury notes.

Game preview: QB - Moon Mullin: Cutler return changes everything, and yet very little for the Bears.

Bears show they have two effective QBs - Fred Mitchell: Whether Cutler's accelerated return from his Oct. 20 injury is courageous, miraculous or foolhardy, the games will go on and his teammates must respond with a corresponding sense of urgency.

[Video] CSNChicago discussion - Should Bears be more cautious with Cutler? [KAPCON: 5]

Game preview: RBs - Moon Mullin: Trestman has history of treating backs as primary targets, and Forte’s production to this point should not be considered a fluke.

Game preview: WRs - Moon Mullin: Bears expecting Lions defenders to be up on Chicago receivers to take away quick-release throws by Cutler.

Game preview - Jeff Joniak's keys to the game: the Lions see Green Bay and Chicago with injured QBs and see opportunity in the division.

[Video] Game preview - Jeff Dickerson, Michael C. Wright and Tom Waddle discuss the Bears' upcoming matchup against the Lions.

Mel Tucker opts for field over upstairs - Michael C. Wright: With a better understanding of what’s going on throughout the course of the game by being on the sidelines, Tucker can help the defense make quicker adjustments.

Team notes - Rich Campbell: Cutler and defense must be better against Lions; injury news; no guarantees in Ratliff's contract.

[Video] View from the enemy - Drew Sharp talks Bears-Lions.

Four Downs - Jeff Dickerson and Jon Greenberg give their takes on four topics relating to Bears-Lions and the season ahead.

Game preview - Mark Potash with a look at how the Bears and Lions match up.

Game notes - Mark Potash: Rookie DE David Bass looks like a keeper; Steve Young's advice for Cutler; injury news; Mannelly news.

Team notes - Adam L. Jahns: Ratliff still week or two from returning, but Bears excited; Tucker on stopping Reggie Bush; spotlight on Larry Grant; more notes.

[Video] NFL Network - NFL Playbook: Bears' safeties are awful at run support, but our WRs can block.

Game preview - PFF's three things to focus on: Will Lions' pass rush target Jordan Mills?

Game preview - Chris Burke: Another Lions win and Chicago would be a game back in the division and have no chance at claiming the head-to-head tiebreaker. Andy Benoit: Expect to see Lions spread out Bears' nickel zones again.

Know thy enemy - Dan Wiederer: Megatron's big game, Stafford's big moment have first-place Lions surging and, along with Reggie Bush, give their offense plenty of firepower to make a run at the NFC North crown.

Whut? - The Lions are without question one of the dirtiest teams in the NFL, except for this caller to 670 The Score, who claims Suh is simply more evolved than the NFL can handle.

Lions 'easy choice' to win NFC North - Tom Pelissero: With the Packers relying on a backup QB and the Bears' defense in a bad state, a high-ranking scout for another NFL team said the Lions are "the easy choice" at this point.

Game preview - The Tribune's key matchups, thoughts going into the game, and game picks.

Game picks - The ESPN Chicago crew are divided, as are the CBS Chicago bunch.

Updated 17:00 CT / 23:00 GMT

Bears tempting fate with Cutler's possibly premature return - David Haugh: The Cutler who excelled before the injury gave the Bears their best chance to win every game. But the Cutler starting Sunday after a remarkably fast recovery gives the Bears a chance to lose control of the NFC North just when they seized it.

Matt Bowen: Scouting the Bears - Double trouble for Bears in the red zone, as Calvin Johnson and Reggie Bush can create matchup problems though the air and on the ground against the Cover-2.

Three Bears - Rich Campbell picks out three Bears to watch in tomorrow's game. Who's too hot, who's too cold, and whose porridge is just right?

Game preview: LBs - Moon Mullin: Many of the very visible missed tackles in the secondary against the Lions in week 4 came after LBs completely failed in their responsibilities - ominously similar to what transpired last Monday.

Game preview: DBs - Moon Mullin: Bears need to defend Calvin Johnson without compromising the rest of the defense. A healthy Tillman projects as the defense’s 'tipping point'.

Game preview - Jeff Dickerson looks at how the teams match up.

Game notes - Brad Biggs: Centers drawing attention on Bears and Lions; Lions defense holding firm on 3rd down; will Bears keep 3 QBs on roster?

Know thy enemy - Brad Biggs with a scouting report of Lions FS Louis Delmas.

View from the enemy - Michael Rothstein: Four keys for Detroit vs. Chicago.

View from the enemy - Josh Katzenstein: Bears receiving tandem could expose height advantage over Lions corners. Game preview.

View from the enemy - John Niyo: They Lions are holding their own defensively - no team has allowed fewer third-down conversions - yet they're ranked 29th in the league with just 13 sacks in eight games, and need more production from front four.

Madden - The Tribune run a Madden 25 simulation of Bears vs. Lions. Bears win!

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Ditka

Four downs with Ditka - Da Coach's thoughts on which QB to start, how to fix the Bears' tackling, the Incognito/Martin saga, and did the Superfans put the hex on Aaron Rodgers?

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Polish sausage

Know thy enemy: Vikings - Ben Goessling's Rapid Reaction to Minnesota's 34-27 win over Washington on TNF ... Upon Further Review ... Opportunity for Ponder, if he can play.

Know thy enemy: Packers - Jordan Garretson previews the Eagles' visit to Lambeau Field. PFF's three things to focus on.

Bears Packers doing good things - [Video] Aaron Rodgers shows he can play guitar for a good cause. Well, he's got to do something during his 4-6 weeks off.

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