The Bears Den: September 11, 2013 - Week 2 news and notes

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Marc Trestman's big call (not what you think) - Steve Rosenbloom: Trestman earned praise for deciding to go for it on fourth-and-1. Fine, but his biggest call came about 15 minutes earlier when he decided to stick with the run despite trailing 21-10.

Bears could deliver severe blow to Vikings - Mike Mulligan: An 0-2 start has been disastrous for teams, largely killing playoff aspirations over the last 23 seasons.

Lunch with Larry - Larry Mayer with a readers' Q&A session.

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Joniak's Journal - With Cutler at the helm, Offense headed in right direction; more thoughts in the wake of week 1.

[Video] CSNChicago discussion - The panel share their thoughts on Trestman's offense.

Kyle Long explains missed assignment - Michael C. Wright: First-round draft pick Kyle Long likened his on-the-job training in the team's win over Cincinnati on Sunday to what puppies go through. [Audio]

X&Os - Doug Farrar & Chris Burke: Reggie Bush, Jay Cutler benefit greatly from new wrinkles.

[Audio] Jay Cutler Show - Jay Cutler joined Waddle & Silvy to break down the Bears' 24-21 victory over the Bengals and look ahead to Sunday's game against the Vikings. His best throw of the game?

Bears turn to turnovers again - Scott Powers: Despite the way the Bengals were moving the ball against them, Jennings and Briggs said they never stopped believing a takeaway was around the corner.

Trestman, Bears look to solidify defense - Dan Wiederer: After a Week 1 win over the Bengals, Marc Trestman wants his defense to reduce the number of explosive plays it allows.

[Video] ESPN Hot Button - Carmen DeFalco & John Jurkovic: Which D-lineman are you more concerned about, Julius Peppers or Henry Melton?

Rushing attack must improve for Bears to keep winning - Moon Mullin: Bears need to improve if they are to beat a good team that doesn’t commit multiple stupid penalties and waste timeouts.

Bears defense aiming for less time on the field - Moon Mullin: Swarming to AP early and forcing Ponder to make winning plays looms as the formula method for getting a defense off the field on Sunday.

Q&A - Adam Hoge answers Bears fans' questions on Peppers, closing the talent gap with GB, Jerrod Johnson's role on the PS, and stopping AP.

Team notes - Mark Potash: Trestman’s fine debut should erase doubts about Lovie’s loss; the case for extending Robbie Gould; more news and notes.

[Video] CSNChicago discussion - What is Hester's role on the Bears?

Game grades - Jeff Dickerson looks at which Bears' stock is rising and whose is falling.

Jamie Dukes: Trestman’s Bears no different than Lovie’s - Former O-lineman: "I didn’t see anything ‘wow!’ offensively, where a unicorn popped out of someone’s head and they did something miraculously. It was the same Bears."

[Video] Lance Briggs Show - Briggs provides Anthony Adams with some hilarious commentary on his YouTube fame.

Photos - Matt Snyder: The Bears called Wrigley Field home from 1921-1970. Here are some pictures of Wrigley as an NFL venue.

Bears-Bengals audiovisual

Photos - The Tribune's photo team select their favo(u)rite shots from Bears-Bengals, including that one of Long warning Burfict off, with commentary [Tip o' the telephoto lens to our own photographer, Sam Householder].

Photos from - Bears vs. Bengals - sideline images - locker room scenes.

[Video] Sounds of the Game - LB James Anderson is mic'd up for the Bears week one opener at Soldier Field against the Bengals.

[Video] Bear Trax - All the action on the Bears' sideline in their Week 1 match-up against Cincinnati.

[Video] Bears Confidential - Jeff Joniak sits down with Jermon Bushrod.

[Video] X&Os - Tom Thayer breaks down how blitzes helped in two takeaways during the week 1 win over the Bengals.

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Know thy enemies - Vikings 24, Lions 34: game recap. Ben Goessling: Rapid Reaction (Vikings) & Further Review; Michael Rothstein: Rapid Reaction (Lions) & Further Review. PFF: Three Performances of Note.

Know thy enemy: Lions - Bucky Brooks: Reggie Bush's explosive ability on full display with Lions. Michael Rothstein: Shows why Lions signed him.

Know thy enemy: Lions - Dave Birkett: Ndamukong Suh fined $100,000 for illegal block. Michael Rothstein: Pattern will likely lead to suspensions if repeated.

Know thy enemy: Vikings - Ben Goessling: Reggie Bush exposed susceptibility to screens in Vikings defense; will Bears employ a similar tactic? Penalty issues continue for Vikings.

Know thy enemy: Vikings - Ben Goessling: Ponder still an enigma. Steve Silverman: Liability in the pocket.

Know thy enemy: Packers - Packers 28, 49ers 34: game recap. Rob Demovsky: Rapid Reaction & Further Review. PFF: Three Performances of Note.

Know thy enemy: Packers - Paul Imig: Following the loss to the 49ers, Mike McCarthy felt it was necessary to stand behind Clay Matthews. Suh nods, approvingly.

Know thy enemy: Packers - Rob Demovsky: Two years ago, Capers fielded the worst passing defense in the NFL. That defense gave up 299.9 passing yards per game; Kaepernick threw for 412 yards and three touchdowns in Sunday's 34-28 loss to the 49ers.

Fat Guy Touchdown - Paul Myerberg: Behold the glory of the fat-guy hook-and-ladder touchdown pass!

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