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The Bears Den: December 04, 2012 - Week 14 News and Notes

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Brad Biggs: 10 thoughts - How is it possible that despite the addition of playmaking WR Brandon Marshall, the Bears are no better off on offense this season?

Are the Bears still a Super Bowl contender? - Ricky O'Donnell: Wilson, who just turned 24, was able to make Chicago's defense look like a unit past its prime. Is this a real issue moving forward, or one-time explosion against a unique opponent?

Peter King's MMQB - News and views from around the league, with a focus on the tragedy involving Chiefs LB Jovan Belcher.

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Bears offense provided bright spots in loss - Larry Mayer: Jay Cutler, Brandon Marshall and even a revamped OL performed well in the Bears' overtime loss.

24 Hours Later: Laurence Holmes' Breakdown - The Bears tried everything: Cover-2, Single high, Safety blitz, A-gap blitz, Nickel blitz and QB-Spy. Nothing worked because the pressure wasn’t consistent enough to rattle Wison.

[Video] CTL discussion - The CTL panel discuss the major issues in the Bears' loss to Seattle.

Free Head Exam: Chicago Bears - Kevin Seifert: The defense has fallen off the pace it set during a 7-1 start -- dramatically.

Dan Pompei's grades - Letting Seahawks march to score on back-to-back drives to end game caps sloppy performance.

Grizzly Bears and Teddy Bears - Maggie Hendricks' best and worst performances from the team.

The Bear Trap: Wilson was more perfect than Cutler, and Bennett could have used some Adderall - Bonus: No Russell Wilson "short" jokes.

[Video] Fox Chicago Bear Down - Hub and Lou Canellis look back on the loss to the Seahawks.


Other Bears news

Know thy enemy - Dan Pompei: Vikings rapidly falling out of playoff race with Harvin sidelined.

Team notes - Brad Biggs: If the Bears have retribution in mind for Jared Allen, that's up to the OL as far as Jay Cutler is concerned.

As Bears' pass rush wanes, so do big plays - Brad Biggs: Pressure, takeaways, return TDs all down in second half of season.

Lovie dismisses idea of adding veteran WR - Jeff Dickerson: Multiple sources have said that Jeffery is on track to return against Vikings; Hester reportedly feeling better after concussion.

Team notes - Larry Mayer: Lovie Smith vowed Monday that the Bears will bounce back; plus, injury news.

After tough loss, Bears shift focus to stretch run - As tough as Sunday's loss was for the Bears, Lovie Smith's team is still tied for first place in their division with pivotal conference opponents ahead.

Moon Mullin's Bears Schedule - The chance was there on Sunday to move past the 49ers into the No. 2 seed and a first-round playoff bye, and now the Bears are a wild-card team.

[Video] Kip Lewis & Moon Mullin - MM says the Bears have lost all their cushion in the division, and something's not working in the offense.

Injury report - Vaughn McClure: Urlacher, Jennings status in doubt for game at Minnesota. Brad Biggs: Smith mum on latest round of Bears' injuries.

[Video] ESPN - Is the beginning of the end for Brian Urlacher? Eric Allen shares his thoughts.

[Video] Jay Cutler's Mailbag - Cutler talks to Waddle & Silvy about whether he would take a 'hometown discount' during contract negotiations to help the Bears surround him with better talent. Michael C. Wright reports.

After a Brandon Marshall t-shirt following his monster display on Sunday? Try this one, courtesy of Sackman, for size.


Polish sausage ("At least we're not the Vikings or the Lions" edition)

NFP Sunday Blitz - Dan Pompei: Examining if all low blocks can be eliminated, Hall of Fame talk and all the latest NFL scuttlebutt.

Matt Bowen's playbook - A look at RG3's game winning play action TD pass to Garcon.

Know thy enemy: Lions - Andrew Luck-led Colts rally to beat Lions 35-33. PFF's 3 Performances of Note - Lions blow a 9-point lead with 6:49 left in the game.

Know thy enemy: Lions - Kevin Seifert's Free Head Exam: We could craft a relatively long list of needs for a team that returned 21 of 22 starters this season because it believed itself close to contending for a championship.

Know thy enemy: Lions - Bob Wojnowski: Discipline is Schwartz's responsibility and he's failed this season. The Lions are so close, but far away from contention. Drew Sharp: Lions' woes reflect coaching, personnel, attitude.

Know thy enemy: Lions - Kevin Seifert: The Lions' fourth consecutive loss drops them to 4-8, ensuring the third nonwinning season in four years under coach Jim Schwartz.

Know thy enemy: Lions - The Lions are already short-numbered at WR, so the loss of Ryan Broyles, who will miss the remainder of the season with a torn ACL, could be a significant blow to the offense.

Know thy enemy: Lions - Colts guard accuses Suh of celebrating player's injury. Cutler got fined $10k for "taunting" by flipping the ball. Dude.

Know thy enemies - Packers overcome AP's monster performance and loss of Jordy Nelson to beat Vikings 23-14. PFF's 3 Performances of Note - Phil Loadholt's been pretty good. We passed over him in the 2009 draft in favour of Jarron Gilbert and Juaquin Iglesias. Thanks, Jerry.

Know thy enemies - Kevin Seifert's rapid reaction in the aftermatch of the Packers' win over the Vikings.

Know thy enemy: Vikings - Kevin Seifert's Free Head Exam: Ponder is on the brink of putting the Vikings in a near-impossible situation this offseason. Judgment time nears for Christian Ponder.

Know thy enemy: Vikings - Tom Powers: With the way AP was running, all Ponder basically had to avoid making any costly, oh-my-God mistakes. He couldn't.

Know thy enemy: Packers - Kevin Seifert's Free Head Exam: Why is the Packers defense tackling so poorly and what, if anything, can be done about it?

Lester's guest video week - "One of my favorite Hip Hop songs from the Old School."