The Bears Den: December 24, 2013 - Week 17 Bears-Eagles game reports & news

Rich Schultz

Bears determined to rebound - Larry Mayer: Looking to bounce back from their worst performance of the season and win their biggest game of the year, the Bears aren't going to waste any time glancing in the rearview mirror.

Trestman needs victory to make season a success - David Haugh: Triumph over the Packers on Sunday would make the debacle against the Eagles seem like an unfortunate blip and his debut season an unqualified achievement.

Brad Biggs' 10 thoughts - Even Brad Biggs can barely muster the enthusiasm for slightly more than 10 thoughts.

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Chicago Bears 11, Philadelphia Eagles 54

Pathetic start dooms Bears - James Neveau: Offense sputtered out of the gate once again on Sunday, being outgained 154-26 in the first quarter.

Game review - Rich Campbell: Ineffective in all three phases, the Bears are putting Sunday's debacle behind them.

Stats & Info - Scott Lindholm: The Bears set several standards of futility in their loss to the Eagles Sunday evening.

[Video] Jeff Dickerson & Michael C. Wright - JD and MCW break down Chicago's blowout loss to Philadelphia.

[Video] Game review - Moon Mullin and Jen Lada break down loss to Eagles.

[Video] View from the Moon - Moon Mullin relays player reaction after Bears' loss.

[Video] CSNChicago discussion - Bears embarrassed by Eagles: What happened? [KAPCON: 4 ... The annoying guy who doesn't understand what the, or even a, going rate is for a QB is, surprise surprise, from Yahoo! Sports.]

Game grades - Brad Biggs: In one of the worst displays of run defense all season, the Bears allowed 289 yards on the ground.

Game grades - PFF's Three performances of note.

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

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Defense

Bears defense takes step back - Larry Mayer: After showing some improvement in recent weeks, the Bears defense took a step back in Sunday night's 54-11 blowout loss to the Eagles.

No defense for Bears' loss to Eagles - Bob LeGere: The defense took a step backward in the 54-11 loss to the Eagles. Now, it has to find a way to get better before Sunday's NFC North title game against the Packers.

Pitiful performance by the defense puts Mel Tucker on the hot seat - Adam L. Jahns: Will Tucker get a second chance to put his stamp on the defense by abandoning all things Lovie, or has his body of work become a fireable offense?

Should Tucker be fired for defensive shortcomings? - James Neveau: Under Mel Tucker's guidance, the defense will likely give up over 1000 yards more this season than they did last year.

Briggs’ return as bad as it looked - Mark Potash: Conditioning was a concern with Briggs’ return. Never a workout warrior, he appeared to gain weight during his time away from practice and will have to work himself into football shape.

[Video] CSNChicago discussion - Who to blame for Bears' struggles? [KAPCON: 5]

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Cutler

[Audio] Jay Cutler Show - Cutler discusses the loss to the Eagles, facing the Packers this week, and his future with the Bears.

Cutler won’t speculate on possible Bears’ swan song - Patrick Finley: With the playoff play-in Sunday against the Green and Gold, it’s fair to wonder whether it could be Cutler’s last career game with the Bears.

[Video] ESPN - Eric Allen talks about whether or not Cutler needs a big game in Week 17 in order to secure a long-term contract with the Bears.

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Bearsss

Bears busy forgetting blowout loss to Eagles - Dan Wiederer: Despite their dismal performance, the Bears already pointing to game with the Packers on Sunday when the NFC North crown goes to the winner.

Easy for Bears to dismiss loss when Trestman doesn't acknowledge it - Rick Morrissey: To dismiss the game against the Eagles as though it never happened, is that realistic? And is that the right response?

Bears blown out by Eagles; Packers next - Jenny Vrentas: Not only did the Bears whiff on an opportunity, they whiffed in a way that, at this time of year, makes you wonder: Is this really a playoff team?

[Video] - Adam Jahns talks Bears' defense, what they need in the offseason, and could there be a QB controversy?

Team notes - Bob LeGere: Bears should need no extra motivation for NFC North title game; Trestman wants Bears to forget about loss; coverage teams highlight of Bears' performance.

Team notes - Patrick Finley: Special teams’ gaffes helped put Bears in early hole; no schedule change for Bears' week; more notes.

Team notes - Rich Campbell: Defense concentrating on itself, not whether Aaron Rodgers will play; Tucker not worried about future with Bears; Martellus Bennett disagrees that the team weren't prepared; Cutler overtakes Luckman.

Eben Britton getting playing time as hybrid TE - Patrick Finley: With his contract expiring at the end of the year, Britton has footage to shop around — even if it’s at the hybrid position.

Holiday Wish List for every NFL team - Sam Pericolo doesn't think the Bears want Cutler back. Sid Saraf seems to think the same.

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It's not all bad... Reminder: Red Robin offer valid today

Hat tip to Cevarius: Red Robin is doing a free burger promotion - Tavern Double Tuesday. Free Tavern Double Burger on the Tuesday following a Bears game where the D gets a turnover - either interception or fumble recovery - with purchase of another entrée and two drinks - for select residents in IL, IN and IA.

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Ditka

[Audio] Ditka - Da Coach weighs in on the Bears' loss to the Eagles, whether Chicago should change QBs, Stafford's decision-making, how to beat the Seahawks and more.

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Polish sausage

NFP Sunday Blitz - Len Pasquarelli: What does the future hold for Steven Jackson in Atlanta? And more from around the NFL.

Why Lovie Smith will be a head coach in 2014 - Ross Jones: The former Bears head coach won't be on the job market long as his sole focus this year has been on landing a head-coaching gig for next season.

Know thy enemy: Packers - Steelers 38, Packers 31 - Game report and [Video] highlights from NFL.com. Rob Demovsky: Rapid Reaction ... Upon further review ... PFF's Three performances of note.

Know thy enemy: Vikings - Vikings 14, Bengals 42 - Game report and [Video] highlights from NFL.com. Ben Goessling: Rapid Reaction ... Upon further review ... PFF's Three performances of note.

Know thy enemy: Lions - Giants 23, Lions 20 (OT) - Game report and [Video] highlights from NFL.com. Michael Rothstein: Rapid Reaction ... Upon further review ... PFF's Three performances of note.

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