The Bears Den: September 12, 2013 - Week 2 news and notes

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Is Jeffery missing piece for offense? - Scoop Jackson: Is Jeffery going to be this season's Tim Jennings? A player who lives beyond expectations but up to his potential to perfectly complement the All-Pro Marshall the way Jennings now complements all-world CB Charles "Peanut" Tillman?

Lovie Smith's shadow still looms over Mel Tucker - David Haugh: New DC faces tough sell job with underperforming players still loyal to old regime.

Larry Mayer's Chalk Talk - Larry discusses if an error by the officials cost the Bears in the season opener, how many times Jay Cutler has not been sacked in a game, and if the Bengals should have been flagged for a horse-collar on Cutler's interception.

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Bears back on practice field Wednesday - Larry Mayer: After opening the season with a comeback win over the Bengals, the Bears return to the practice field Wednesday to prepare for Sunday's home game against the Vikings. Stopping AP will be a group effort.

Bears want better pass rush vs Vikings - Doug Padilla: Will the Bears truly emphasize what appeared to be a weakness against the Bengals, or do they put that aside for Adrian Peterson?

Injury news - Michael C. Wright: Charles Tillman (knee) participated on a limited basis during Wednesday’s practice, but isn’t expected to miss time Sunday when the club hosts the Vikings. Fred Mitchell: Eager for challenge AP presents

Game preview - Adam L. Jahns: Reggie Bush’s game vs. Vikings provides blueprint for Forte. PFF X&Os: Reggie Bush's effectiveness in space.

Bears O-line impresses Vikings - Rich Campbell: Leslie Frazier has watched a lot of film on the Bears' offense since he joined the Vikings in 2007. One element in particular stood out about Trestman's team.

Team notes - Adam Hoge: Bears' new coaches lean on players for scouting Vikings; Minnesota may be vulnerable to RB screens; more team news.

Dionne Miller's `Happenings at Halas' - September 11: Preparations for Minnesota began for the Bears Wednesday. Done talking about what happened in Week 1 -- onto what has to get better in Week 2.

Peppers needs to get hot after subpar game - Mark Potash: Until another dominant source develops, Peppers needs to create the chain reaction that turns the line into the irrepressible force that makes Briggs a tackle machine and Tillman and Jennings Pro Bowl CBs. Dan Wiederer: Front 4 expected to harass erratic Vikings QB.

[Video] CSNChicago discussion - Stopping Adrian Peterson, game preview. [KAPCON: 5] [Video] Can Bears exploit weak O-lines?

Know thy enemy - Moon Mullin: Jared Allen a big part of why Bears signed Bushrod. Jeff Dickerson: Allen: Vikings' struggles in Chicago 'embarrassing'... Cutler will 'mix it up' with opponents.

Know thy enemy - Moon Mullin: Like Walter Payton, Adrian Peterson instilling fear in defenses. [Video] View from the Moon.

Bears face big challenge in stopping AP - Bob LeGere: Stopping AP is a lot like the weather — everyone talks about it, but no one does much about it. Patrick Finley: D.J. Williams’ job: Slow AP.

Game notes - Bob LeGere: Bears expect more from D-line; Forte more versatile than Reggie Bush; injury report.

Know thy enemy - Ben Goessling breaks down Christian Ponder's play from week 1 and looks ahead to the visit to Soldier Field on Sunday. Moon Mullin: Frazier: Ponder's job 'not in jeopardy'.

Know thy enemy - Dan Durkin: Unfortunately for the Vikings, their pedestrian passing attack can't keep defenses honest.

Know thy enemy - Jeff Dickerson: Leslie Frazier sportingly said that J'Marcus Webb's transition had been a smooth one when asked if the former Bear is providing the Vikings with inside information about his former team. 'Not much to glean from Bears (game tape, so far)'

[Video] Know thy enemy - Bercich gives a Vikings scouting report.


Cutler Watch - Michael C. Wright with a weekly breakdown of the Bears' QB's performance.

X&Os - Dan Durkin: Surprisingly, the Bengals chose to double team TE Martellus Bennett on Brandon Marshall's game-winning score.

Bears embrace Trestman's words - Jon Greenberg: Coach preaches humility, and so far that has been a winning formula in Chicago.

Bears defense starts with Peppers, so when does he start playing? - Steve Rosenbloom: The Bears defensive scheme demands a four-man rush that gets to the QB. That pass rush starts with Julius Peppers. Did anybody see him against the Bengals?

Roster notes - Adam Hoge: Starting MLB job was always DJ Williams', with Bostic possibly backing up all three LB positions.

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Around the NFL - A few teams choose not to make their QBs captains, and all of them are struggling, shiftless franchises. Speaking of QBs who weren't elected team captains, Brian Billick: Ponder, Freeman among four QBs under fire.

Know thy enemy: Lions - Don Banks: When we’re just 72 hours after the first Lions game of the season and again talking about this team’s glaring lack of discipline, there’s absolutely no denying the problem still exists — and has existed for years now — in Detroit.

Whut? - Ndamukong Suh's agent blames John Sullivan for Suh's low block on... John Sullivan (No, seriously: Whut? - Den). Pete Prisco: NFL's dirtiest player. Ashley Fox: Enough already, Suh. John Breech: Cleared of threatening cable guy.

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