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The Bears Den: September 22, 2012 - Week 3 News and Notes

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Forte out for Rams game - Pro Bowl RB Matt Forte will sit out the game against the St. Louis Rams on Sunday because of a sprained right ankle.

Bears can’t neglect run game - Tom Thayer on Mully & Hanley: "If you go out there and start trying to throw the ball immediately, you’re putting your team in a weaker spot than you do if you’re running the ball successfully. You can build a game plan off the run.” Worth listening to [Audio].

Larry Mayer's Chalk Talk - How has Cutler responded after bad games? Is J-Webb an island Nation? How dumb can you look thinking cover-2 and two-man are the same?

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Bears-Rams news & previews (will be updated throughout the day)

Forte out, game notes - Brad Biggs: Both teams could be without their top backs as Steven Jackson is questionable with a groin injury; expect rookie-on-rookie matchup with Janoris Jenkins covering Alshon Jeffery.

Joniak’s keys to the game - What to watch for in Bears-Rams on Sunday at Soldier Field.

[Video] Laurence Holmes: What to watch for - After a dreadful Week 2 performance in Green Bay, the Bears will look to bounce back against the Rams Sunday at Soldier Field.

Matt Bowen: Scouting the Bears - The Rams' goal should be to expose the Bears' offense with complex blitz schemes. And until the Bears show they can handle it, keep it coming.

Coach's Big Decision: Pull J'Marcus Webb early? - Michael C. Wright: Chris Williams a more likely replacement than Jonathan Scott, should the Bears pull J'Marcus Webb if he struggles.

Know thy enemy - Michael C. Wright breaks down the Bears-Rams matchup.

Michael Bush to start - Plus, injury report.

No Forte, Bush with a chip on his shoulder - Moon Mullin: Matt Forte won't be playing in Sunday's matchup against the Rams after sustaining an ankle injury against Green Bay. In the meantime, Michael Bush is ready to prove himself on the field. (Also, [Video] of Kaplan et al.)

Moon Mullin's scouting report: Offense - Moon Mullin: Sunday's game against the Rams will be hopefully be a chance for the offense to display more confidence and a new identity on the field.

Moon Mullin's scouting report: Defense - Moon Mullin: The Rams' offense could give the Bears a run for their money, especially after how strong Sam Bradford and Steven Jackson have been so far this season.

Moon Mullin's scouting report: Special Teams - Moon Mullin: The Bears' special teams were exploited by Green Bay, and that's something they will have to reverse this week vs. St. Louis.

Bears ditch tough talk after loss to Packers, get back to business - Mark Potash: Their bravado of last week was an interesting change of pace. But it’s only when the Bears start closing ranks that they put that big ol’ chip on their shoulder and do their best work.

Rams’ defense has gotten chippy with Cortland Finnegan - The entire defense seemingly has embraced Finnegan's rogue mentality, so the Bears’ offense must remain disciplined.

Cutler must not force things against two-man coverage - Joe Cowley: The good news is that the Rams haven’t shown a lot of two-man coverage on film. The bad news is that Jeff Fisher is a master with game preparation and saw the film from the loss to the Packers like everyone else.

Danny Amendola could be handful for Bears - Sean Jensen: Bears nickel back D.J. Moore figures to match up with Amendola.

Bears tight ends need to step up - Jim Miller believes the Bears TEs need to step up and take advantage of the attention on Brandon Marshall, also examines how former Bear Greg Olsen is doing in Carolina. (Bonus [Video]: Dez Clark's barbecue sauce.)

[Video] Jeff Dickerson's game preview - Michael Bush ready to step in with Matt Forte out, J-Webb's precarious hold on the starting LT spot, and why the Bears need to play with urgency this weekend.

Know thy enemy - Maggie Hendricks: After a tumultuous week, the Bears will welcome in the Rams at Soldier Field. What do you need to know before kick-off?


Brad Biggs' three Bears to watch - Tim Jennings, Major Wright, Jay Cutler.

Four downs - Brad Biggs on Cutler, Webb, the DL, and Rachal at LG.

Matt Bowen: Scouting the Bears - Bears will use six-man protection to target WR Brandon Marshall (X) on the "Dagger" concept.

Scouting report - Dan Pompei: Rams QB Sam Bradford.

Bears potent rushing with or without Forte - Dan Pompei: Look for them to play to Bush's strengths while compensating for starter's injury.

Michael Bush has much to prove vs. Rams - "The more I get to play, the more I get to show (the coaching staff), the more they trust in me, believe in me and give me more opportunities. For the most part I know they're behind my back regardless. That's a good thing."

Webb has what it takes outside - Vaughn McClure: It's inside where he has problem as lack of focus and apparent intestinal fortitude fosters doubt.

Tribune writers pick 'em: Bears vs. Rams - Even Rosendoom expects the Bears to win.

Other Bears news

Finally healthy, Wootton making an impact - Jeff Dickerson: Starting to resemble the dominant pass-rusher he was at Northwestern.

Devin Hester close to breaking TD return - Jeff Dickerson: Dave Toub thinks Bears are knocking on the door for a score. CB Sherrick McManis taking on Corey Graham's roles.

Winning time of possession helps teams win games - Fred Mitchell: By all indications, it was the intent and priority to light up the sky with big-play scoring attempts without genuine regard for playing keepaway from the NFL's highest-scoring offense last season.

Jennings' hard work is paying dividends - Larry Mayer with some player notes.

Tim Jennings may be blessing in disguise - Brad Biggs: After losing out on high-priced free agent Cortland Finnegan, Bears re-signed their own CB and it's paying off big so far.

Bears have confirmed they are too flawed to be great team - Dan McNeil apparently thinks, after two games, that we should concede the rest of the Bears' season and start preparing for 2013.

Dionne Miller's 'Happenings from Halas' - September 20: Preview of Rams, practice notes.

Everything else

Know thy enemy - ProFootballFocus' three things to keep an eye on in the 49ers-Vikings matchup.

Know thy enemy - ProFootballFocus' three things to keep an eye on in the Lions-Titans matchup.

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