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The Weekend Bears Den: October 20, 2012 - Week 7 News and Notes

The Weekend Bears Den: October 20, 2012 - Week 7 News and Notes

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Bears’ D-line hitting jackpot with mix of stars and subs - Sean Jensen: Rod Marinelli walks with a distinct gait, his upper half slightly hunched over, his lower half hardly smooth. But at Halas Hall, Marinelli is Yoda.

Bears, Lions share a rough history - Fred Mitchell: The template for dirty play between the Bears and Lions was set more than a half-century ago.

Joniak’s keys to the game - Jeff Joniak provides his keys to Monday night's game against the Lions.

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Brian Urlacher confident extra days off won’t affect knee - Adam L. Jahns: Urlacher and Peppers were held out of practice Friday as part of the usual routine. Plus, team news.

Hester looking for breakout game - Vaughn McClure: Receiver/returner hoping he can break a long one against the Lions. Plus, team news.

Know thy enemy - Mark Potash: The Lions’ outstanding DL present a formidable challenge for the Bears. But safety Louis Delmas might be the player the Bears should be worried about the most.

Know thy enemy - Jeff Dickerson: Lions DE Cliff Avril is no stranger to Bears assistant Rod Marinelli.

Know thy enemy - Lions receiver Nate Burleson plans to tone down his celebration if he scores a touchdown against the Bears on Monday. In other news, he spends time planning TD celebrations and that's why he's a journeyman WR whereas teammate Calvin Johnson focuses on improving his game.

Know thy enemy - Jeff Dickerson: The Lions are finally getting production from RB Mikel Leshoure.

[Video] Jurko & Waddle's preview - Tom Waddle and John Jurkovic find reason to be optimistic for the Monday night matchup with the Lions.

Know thy enemy - Maggie Hendricks previews the Bears' Monday Night opponents.

NFCN Blog: Final Word - Sean Jensen's five nuggets of knowledge about Week 7 include the facts that the Lions have been starting slow, and the Bears have been finishing fast.

Game picks - The ESPN Chicago panel pick a winner in Monday's Bears-Lions game.

Game Picks - The CBSChicago crew all think the Bears will win. Even Hub.


Other Bears news

Conte, Wright are an outstanding cover twosome - Mark Potash: ‘‘They’ve got speed, and they’re athletes — that’s what I like," defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli said.

J'Marcus Webb a building block one week at a time - Brad Biggs: Bears LT is becoming more aware and thus playing faster and better, according to Mike Tice.

Urlacher: Creating takeaways 'first nature' for Bears - Vaughn McClure: The Bears lead the NFL with 17 takeaways and possess a league-high 283 takeways since 2004 – when Lovie Smith took over as head coach. The total includes 170 interceptions and 113 fumble recoveries.

Forcing turnovers a way of life for Bears - Larry Mayer: The defensive TDs have created a feeding frenzy among defenders, who all want to get in the end zone.

Briggs, Urlacher engage in 'hands' debate - Jesse Rogers: Brian Urlacher has 21 career interceptions to Lance Briggs’ 15, but it’s Briggs with current bragging rights having returned two for TDs over the last two games.

Defensive TDs making life easier for Bears offense - Larry Mayer: Marshall, Cutler and Forte are among those who are very appreciative of the effort. Plus, team notes.

Marshall: I’m maturing both on & off the field - If you're seeing a different Brandon Marshall in Chicago than you did in Miami and Denver, there's a reason.

PFF NFCN Rookie Update - Things are a lot closer than many expected in the NFC North this year, and the influx of rookies could be one of the main reasons why.

Dionne Miller's 'Happenings at Halas' - October 19: "Despite his 5-1 MNF record as Bears QB, Cutler knows the big stage brings a huge spotlight." No word on whether or not he thinks it's delish.


Everything else

Free agent tour continues for Chris Williams - Brad Biggs: Offensive lineman expected to sign with a team soon, after visiting his third team in as many days.

Know thy enemy: Packers - PFF's three things to focus on includes Wayne Hunter vs. Clay Matthews? Oh dear. Packers-Rams preview.

Know thy enemy: Vikings - PFF's three things to focus on: This matchup of two of the season's surprise packets could hinge on how the Cardinals' running game does on the outside, and how the Vikings' LBs defend the pass. Cardinals-Vikings preview.

Which DE cashed in this offseason but is PFF's lowest-graded D-lineman? - Clue: it's a former Bear.

That's Racist - Jack Bechta says that scouting reports of certain prospects are laughably predictable.

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