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The Bears Den: October 09, 2012 - Week 6 News and Notes

The Bears Den: October 09, 2012 - Week 6 News and Notes

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24 Hours Later: Laurence Holmes' Breakdown - Jay Cutler's passer rating in the 1st quarter is 16.7. He finishes really strong with a 118.4 mark in the 4th quarter.

Brad Biggs: 10 thoughts - So, who pegged Corey Wootton for having more sacks going into the off week than Julius Peppers?

Peter King's MMQB - Tillman and Briggs among his Defensive Players of the Week.

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Joniak’s Journal - It looks like the Bears have an “offensive” defense once again. Five defensive touchdowns during a three-game winning streak has electrified the unit and changed the complexion of games.

[Video] Haugh & Biggs' postgame analysis - Thoughts immediately after the win in Jacksonville.

Bears establish ground game in win - Larry Mayer: The Bears accomplished one of their primary goals Sunday in Jacksonville as their running game produced 214 yards and one touchdown on 33 carries in a 41-3 rout of the Jaguars.

Bears defense taking ball away and scoring - Larry Mayer: Watching the Bears defense in practice attack the ball and scoop up every incomplete pass as if it's a fumble, it's evident that a huge emphasis is being placed on generating takeaways.

Free Head Exam: Chicago Bears - Kevin Seifert with some thoughts following the Bears' win over Jacksonville.

[Video] CTL reflects on Bears win - Haugh, Bowen et al. in the aftermath of the Bears' dismantling of the Jaguars.

Lovie Smith stands by Gabe Carimi after rough game - In the midst of a blowout win over the Jacksonville Jaguars Sunday, one key offensive player struggled.

Gabe Carimi 'last guy' Jay Cutler worried about - Michael C. Wright: Mike Tice cautioned early on that Carimi could struggle as he works to regain strength and range of motion in the knee.

[Video] Fox Chicago Bear Down - Lou Canellis and Hub Arkush look back on the Bears-Jaguars game.

Dan Pompei's grades - Dan Pompei: By moving Marshall around, the Bears could determine what coverage the Jaguars would play.

Grizzly Bears and Teddy Bears - Who stood out for Maggie Hendricks?

Bears quotes - Cutler, Urlacher, Peppers, Tillman talk after their 41-3 victory Sunday over the Jaguars.


Other Bears news

Surgery not needed on Alshon’s Jeffery’s broken right hand - Rookie WR Alshon Jeffery will not require surgery to repair a fracture in his right hand, but is expected to be sidelined 4-6 weeks, according to a league source.

Alshon Jeffery has a broken right hand - Vaughn McClure with more team news.

Bears' defense keeps racking up points - How's this for an oddity? Charles Tillman and Lance Briggs have more touchdown catches than Calvin Johnson and as many as Larry Fitzgerald and Reggie Wayne.

Bears’ mantra on defense: End zone, here we come! - Sean Jensen: Tillman and Briggs applauded their defensive teammates for paving their way to the end zone, something they work on.

Lovie Smith wants more forced fumbles - Vaughn McClure: Lovie Smith couldn’t help but be pleased with Sunday’s 41-3 win at Jacksonville. At the same time, the coach still sees a lot of room for improvement with his 4-1 team.

Lance Briggs appears to have taken his game to another level - Vaughn McClure: Briggs, 31, said he pays closer attention to detail than he did four or five years ago. Now he is more of a teacher on the field than the pupil.

Briggs' college coach not surprised by his moves - Fred Mitchell: Briggs' exploits come as no surprise to one of his former college coaches, who saw great potential in the 7-time Pro Bowl linebacker during his first two years at Arizona.

Corey Wootton taking the next step - Brad Biggs: Made a game-changing play when the score was tied 3-3 late in the first half with the Jaguars in position to take the lead before halftime.

Moon Mullin's Bears Schedule - MM: The Bears are off next week and then face three one-win teams in a row before a tough stretch against four teams that are currently 16-4.

Bears Defense Breaking Records, Recording Wins - Peggy Kusinski: Until the Bears offense finds a consistent stride, the defense has taken over games.

Defense is one thing; offense is starting to rumble - Moon Mullin: After the offense began putting the pieces together, they showed that the 2012 season is there for the taking.

Tillman makes college, Bears, NFL history in one weekend - Moon Mullin: Charles Tillman was not only inducted into his alma mater's Hall of Fame, but he also made Bears and NFL history over the weekend.

Lovie: Bye week comes at an ideal time - Adam L. Jahns: Historically, the Bears also have done well after their week off under Smith, going 5-3 in his tenure and 5-1 in the last six seasons. But it should be noted that all three of the losses came after bye weeks before Week 7, like this year’s.

It’s hard to get a handle on what Bears’ 4-1 record means - Rick Morrissey: We’ve before here before. Under Lovie Smith, the Bears seem to reach a certain point but can’t get any farther. If the pattern holds, we’ll start talking about them being in the same stratosphere as the Patriots or the 49ers or the Giants. Then reality will hit, and the city will stumble away concussed.

Jay Cutler Show: Devin Hester is growing more comfortable with his role in the offense - On Steve Young's criticism of Cutler's footwork: "Steve Young played in a different time than I did. It's just a fact. He played in a West Coast offense, it was timed, it was rhythm, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, hitch ball gone. Our offense isn't built like that."

[Video] Jay Cutler's Mailbag - Jay Cutler explains to Jurko and Silvy how Devin Hester impacts the game and why he should be in the Hall of Fame. Part 2: Slow starts, the JayBrand chemistry; part 3: Brandon Marshall reveals a secret about his QB.


Everything else

Man accused of stabbing Bears fan charged with murder - The man accused of slashing the throat of a Bears fan attending the game in Jacksonville over the weekend appeared in court yesterday, charged with murder.

NFP Sunday Blitz - Dan Pompei: Is the no-huddle offense the next big thing in the NFL?

Matt Bowen's game notes - Quick game notes from Houston's 23-16 win in New York.

CHFF NFCN - The Bears and Vikings take care of business. Packers fail. Lions suck.

Know thy enemy - Colts 30, Packers 27. Kevin Seifert: The Packers had their porous defense and an inconsistent offense -- not their place-kicker -- to blame for this loss game.

Know thy enemy - NFCN Blog Free Head Exam: Green Bay Packers

Know thy enemy - 2-3 Packers struggling since referee debacle in Seattle? Hasn't been the same team since Week 13 last season when two-time Pro Bowl receiver Greg Jennings was lost to a sprained knee.

Know thy enemy - Kevin Seifert on the steep price of the Packers' pass-happy ways... which won't be any easier to correct with their starting RB out for at least 8 weeks.

Know thy enemy - PFF's three performances of note from Packers-Colts. Reggie Wayne was the difference between the sides; interestingly, Aaron Rodgers only attempted two passes over 20 yards through the game. Still hanging onto the ball too long and getting sacked, though.

Know thy enemy - Vikings 30, Titans 7. Kevin Seifert: Through five weeks, the Vikings have already exceeded their 2011 win total.

Know thy enemy - NFCN Blog Free Head Exam: Minnesota Vikings.

Know thy enemy - Kevin Seifert: Coaches are getting the ball to Percy Harvin in the most obvious ways possible, and for the most part opponents have been helpless in their attempts to stop him.

Pete Dixon guest video week - Because we are powerful and will push you down: