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The Bears Den: December 21, 2012 - Week 16 News and Notes

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Tillman has fond memories of Bears’ comeback win over Cards - Sean Jensen: Charles Tillman has played in the Super Bowl and Pro Bowl, but he considers a mid-October regular-season game in 2006 that triggered one of the greatest postgame rants the most memorable of his NFL career.

Defense accepts some blame for slide - Michael C. Wright: The Bears' takeaways have dried up and so have the wins over the past six games.

Team report - The Bears are working to regain the takeaway touch that fueled their 7-1 start. The defense has just two interceptions in the past five games after getting 19 in the first nine games.

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Cardinals’ sieve-like OL gives Bears a chance to get well - Steve Silverman: The Arizona OL has given up a league-worst 52 sacks this season, which is 11 more than the Bears’ shoddy line has allowed.

For banged up Bears, it’s win or go home - Megan Mawicke: After riding high all season, a sense of urgency has finally swept though Halas Hall.

Matt Bowen on Mully & Hanley - As the team prepares to take on a depleted Cardinals team in Arizona on Sunday, Matt Bowen says this game should be no problem at all for the Bears.

[Video] Kip Lewis & Moon Mullin - Breaking down the must-win matchup in Arizona.

Bears have earned their second-half spiral - Dan McNeil: Team are most capable of hitting a new low Sunday.

Matt Bowen: Scouting the Bears - Cardinals' blitz will attempt to hurry Cutler to fire ball to Brandon Marshall quickly.

Durkin’s Playbook - Breaking down the Cardinals’ Cross Dog blitz: This is great design by Horton, but without a player like Patrick Peterson it wouldn’t be possible. Peterson doesn’t require safety help over the top.

[Video] NFL Live - Game predictions. Mark Schlereth is the best analyst ever and Jerry Rice doesn't know diddly about the NFL.

Matt Bowen's matchups to watch - On the list is Brandon Marshall vs. Patrick Peterson.....

Injury report - Moon Mullin: Tim Jennings, Henry Melton and Brian Urlacher are nearing returns from injury, but they're playing it safe, practicing on a limited basis Wednesday. Wright: Jennings uncertain but Melton hopeful.

Injury report - Michael C. Wright with injury news from both camps, including the Bears' addition of Brandon Marshall (hamstring). Criticising coaches at a press conference causes that kind of tweak.


Other Bears news

Larry Mayer's Chalk Talk - On Lovie Smith's comments about the Packers game not being a "must-win", Urlacher's statement about Bears fans and who the Bears would play if they make the playoffs.

Joniak’s Journal - Brandon Marshall is having a career year for a Bears team with flickering playoff hopes. However, his frustration with the overall production of the offense eats at him.

'Leadership' sentiments have a vaguely hollow ring - Moon Mullin: As the "accountable/jobs" talks continue about what changes the Bears will make during the offseason, some things don't line up.

Big-talkin' Marshall didn't talk big enough - Steve Rosenbloom: Brandon Marshall called for offensive accountability, even if it cost people jobs. But his failure was not naming names.

Opponents absolve Mike Tice of blame - Dan Pompei: OC gets a pass on Bears woes from foes who cite extenuating circumstances

PFF's Next Man Up - James Brown earns the dubious hono(u)r of being named "Worst Offensive Sub" for week 15: "The Bears have run out of options on their OL. Unless their reserves step up, they’ll be left blaming their health for another second-half collapse."

[Video] CTL discussion - Will the team make the playoffs? Hub sounds like a veritable genius next to Kaplan and Foltman.

Marshall steering Jeffery away from flag football - Adam L. Jahns: “There are things that we can do to keep OPI from happening so much,” Marshall said. “We’ll work on those things.”

Lovie Smith defends Urlacher for ripping fans - Head coach defended Brian Urlacher, saying the star linebacker cares about the fans.

Predicament certainly surprises Bears - Fred Mitchell: No one saw their precipitous slide to the periphery of the playoff picture.

View from the Moon - Moon Mullin discusses a range of topics from Matt Forte's role, coordinators' performance with the team, and "The Dance in the Desert."

Henry Melton is at the top of his game - Brad Biggs: Development into a complete DT is paying off for the Chicago Bears, and will for him as well.

[Video] ESPN First Take - Christian Fauria, Nate Burleson and Skip Bayless discuss the issues some Bears' players have with their home fans booing the team.

Jennings leading Pro Bowl votes for CB - Even if the Mayans' timing was off, I had to fix Mark Strotman's headline so I could die in peace. Biggs: Tillman #2, other Bears in their positional top 5.

NFCN Blog - Kevin Seifert with fan ballot voting for NFCN players. Devin Hester as a returner?

PS squad players worth stealing - Russ Lande offers his opinion on Packers' OT Andrew Datko and Bears' WR Dale Moss, among others.

Dionne Miller's `Happenings at Halas' - December 20: The Bears don't have time to be frustrated or concerned with what's already happened. They can only focus on the fact that there is still hope as they head to Arizona.


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Do the fans really care about player safety? - Jack Bechta ponders. Don't be silly, Jack.

Know thy enemy: Vikings - AP is having much greater success running behind a lead blocker. Someone get that innovative concept to Halas Hall.

Know thy enemy: Vikings - Brad Biggs: Vikings keeping a close eye on preseason Bear DT Brian Price; second visit could lead to offseason signing.

[Video] NFCN Blogger Blitz - Kevin Seifert: As the QB, Stafford will get more blame than any other player for the way the Lions' offense has produced this season. No.1 overall pick, yo.

Know thy enemy: Lions - Jeff Seidel: Everybody can agree on one thing: The Lions stink. But nobody can seem to agree on who is at fault for this disappointing 4-10 team that has lost six straight games.

32 reasons Tim Tebow won't get an NFL QB job in 2013 - I thought this might have been the simplest article in the world to write, with each team's entry consisting of "He's not as good as (insert name of incumbent starter)", but it's better than that. If you want a chuckle, it's worth a moment or two of your time.

The Best Apocalypses in History - Just because.

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