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The Bears Den: September 16, 2011

"...where the old, cranky vets bark at the chippy, indefatigable youngsters."

Bears preparing for a difficult road test Larry Mayer: Playing in a hostile environment against a creative blitz-happy Saints defense won't be an easy task for the Bears offense Sunday in New Orleans. Game Preview with Thayer and Mayer.

Bears chairman heading contingent at funeral for Urlacher's mother Vaughn McClure: General manager Jerry Angelo, coach Lovie Smith and linebacker Lance Briggs also in the group.

Urlacher’s return pumps up Bears Mark Potash: Even when Brian Urlacher left the Bears to grieve with his family after the sudden death of his mother, it was expected that he would play against the Saints. But teammates were surprised to see him back so quickly Thursday.

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Bears staying fresh on defensive line - Brad Biggs: Seven-man rotation allowing Julius Peppers and other starters to get needed rest during games. Barber will miss Sunday's game

Playing as if there's no tomorrow Dan Pompei: So many Chicago Bears are on one-year deals or expiring contracts that they have to prove themselves every day.

Struggles growing up in New Orleans made me stronger Sean Jensen: Growing up in the West Bank of New Orleans, Lance Louis dreamed of someday playing in the Louisiana Superdome, but he wasn’t quite sure how to get there.

'Moon' Mullin: Urlacher back at practice, Martz in the booth and the Hawaiian Punch (not to be confused with the 'Falcon Punch'). Countdown to Kickoff: Latest Bears video

Cutler has chance to outduel another top QB Brett Martel: After all the flack Jay Cutler took at the end of last season, he now has a shot to start the 2011 campaign with victories over a pair of quarterbacks with far superior reputations.

Chicago Has Your Back, Urlacher Maggie Hendricks: If Urlacher dominates, barely plays or doesn't dress, Chicago will still be there for him.

Jon Greenberg - The (heavy) heart of Bears' defense Brian Urlacher's emotional return could give the Bears' defense a lift Sunday. Video.

Bears may bring blitz to Saints' Brees Michael C. Wright: The Bears may be bringing their blitz against the Saints' Drew Brees.

Air and Space: Jay Cutler's screen passes The screen isn't a glamour play for a strong-armed quarterback like Cutler. But to Kevin Seifert it's a perfect call, as long as it's not overused.

Will Saints lead with the run game vs. Bears? Matt Bowen: Want to beat Cover 2? Then run the ball with production.

Kreutz says he won’t hold a grudge Sunday Olin Kreutz knows this isn’t going to be just another football game. Q&A: Kreutz on facing Bears

Bears ready for a cat-and-mouse-game Chad Pennington: Chicago and its Tampa 2 defense ready for mind games on Sunday.

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