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The Bears Den: October 10, 2013 - Week 6 news and notes

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Trestman, Bears hope different approach pays off - Marc Trestman went to Canada in 2008 and came back a changed man. The Bears noticed and picked him to be their coach. Mark Kriegel delves into Trestman's transformation. [Video]

Bears are at their best when Matt Forte is involved - Mark Potash: The Bears can’t afford to lose Jay Cutler. But — with all due respect to No. 1 receiver Brandon Marshall — Forte is an offensive anchor they will not win without.

Bears won't take struggling Giants, Manning for granted - Larry Mayer: The Giants are 0-5 for the first time since 1987, but they're still led by the NFL's only head coach and QB who have won two Super Bowls in the last seven seasons.

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Bears-Giants previews

Bears a little on edge - David Haugh: Coaches and players appear to be uneasy with the winless, desperate Giants coming to visit Thursday night at Soldier Field.

Bears wary of Giants - Dan Wiederer: Sure, the 0-5 Giants have been embarrassing this season, but just about 20 months ago they were the Super Bowl champions.

Game preview - Mark Potash takes a look at how tonight's teams match up.

Game preview - The Tribune with key matchups, points to consider, and staff predictions.

Know thy enemy - Dan Durkin: Tom Coughlin's 2013 Giants are in uncharted territory. What’s the reason for their historically bad start?

Slow start by former team doesn’t ‘bother’ Bennett - Adam Hoge: Martellus Bennett made it clear — in his own unique way — that any warm feelings he has for his former teammates will go out the window once the ball is kicked off. Michael C. Wright: Doesn't want to wake 'sleeping giant'.

Team notes - Larry Mayer: Bears, Trestman embrace playing on Thursday night; injury report & roster moves.

Game notes - Adam Hoge: Short week could leave the Bears shorthanded Thursday night; assessing performance of offense; more game notes.

Game notes - Bob LeGere: Injuries put Wootton in the middle of the action; Trestman wary of Giants; injury and roster news.

Game notes - Bob LeGere: Bears trying to embrace short week; injury & roster news; DeCamillis on Weems needing to play disciplined.

Game notes - Stephen Paea might have earned respect from foes, and more. Adam L. Jahns seems to be under the impression that we play the Vikings on Sunday......

Moon Mullin's offensive previews: ’13 Giants not the Cutler bashers of ‘10 ... Enough to go around for receivers? ... Bears’ O-line ranking among NFL’s best ... Forte “touches” key to percentage offense vs. vulnerable Giants ... [Video] Game preview.

[Video] CSNChicago discussion - Should Bears be worried about Giants? [KAPCON: 5]

[Video] View from the Moon - Marshall's targets; will Bears generate more of a pass rush?

[Video] - Shaun King would take Eli Manning over Jay Cutler. That's the same Shaun King who was stirring up stuff about the Bears not liking or buying in to Trestman.

NFL allows Marshall to wear green cleats - Adam Hoge: Marshall has been granted approval to wear the lime green shoes without being ejected, but he will still be subject to a fine, which is what the WR wanted in the first place.

Updates 15:30 CT / 21:30 GMT

Bears set to battle Giants on Thursday Night Football - Larry Mayer: The Bears will look to snap a two-game skid and take sole possession of first place when they host the winless Giants at Soldier Field.

Game preview - Jeff Joniak's Keys to the game. Steve Silverman: Finding the pass rush crucial to Bears’ gameplan.

[Video] Game preview - Jeff Dickerson, Michael C. Wright and Tom Waddle discuss the Bears' matchup against the Giants.

Game preview - Michael C. Wright and Dan Graziano break down tonight's matchup. Jeff Dickerson's look at how the two teams stack up.

X&Os - Dan Durkin’s Playbook: Defending Cruz & Nicks on switched releases.

Game preview - Storylines and top things to know about tonight's game, courtesy of ESPN Stats & Information.

Moon Mullin's defensive previews: Pass-rush woes reaching critical stage ... LBs holding defense together ... Takeaway drought among DBs needs to end.

Game preview - Kip Lewis: Three things to watch in Bears-Giants.

Five reasons to tune into TNF - USA Today gets a bit snarky.

Alshon Jeffery stepping up for Chicago no matter where they put him - Chris Burke: The Bears have been waiting ... and waiting and waiting [O RLY? I thought he was only in his 2nd year - Den] ... for Alshon Jeffery to translate his immense talent into big-play ability. Consider the last two weeks a breakthrough.

Giants vs. Bears: 5 Keys to a Chicago victory - James Neveau: The Bears may be tempted to overlook the 0-5 Giants this week, but they can't afford to as they try to end a two game losing streak.

Bears should beat Giants, but can't look past them - Hub Arkush: The Bears should win fairly handily. But take the Giants lightly, and this team has more than enough talent to really ruin your night.

Game preview - Jeff Mezydlo: At 0-5 for the first time since the strike season of 1987, New York must quickly move on from Sunday's 36-21 loss to Philadelphia and focus on a 3-2 Chicago team that's looking to stop its own regression.

Game picks - Sun-Times ... ESPN Chicago ... CBSChicago ... Moon Mullin ... [Video] NFL Live .

Bears mailbag - Jeff Dickerson with a readers' Q&A: Why don't the Bears bench Julius Peppers? Is Emery too stupid to sign Richard Seymour? [/facepalm]


Cutler Watch - Michael C. Wright's weekly look at the QB's play and prediction for tonight's game.

Kromer lauds offensive players for drive to succeed - Larry Mayer: Aaron Kromer is pleased with how his players responded after their slow start contributed to Sunday's 26-18 loss to the Saints.

Despite losses, Bears offense trending positively - Michael C. Wright: Aaron Kromer took exception to the perception that the club has struggled in the running game and at adequately protecting Jay Cutler.

Alshon Jeffery becoming harder to miss after record performance - Jon Greenberg: While Marshall suffers slights, perceived or otherwise, in public, his sidekick Jeffery excels in near silence, letting his hands, or even fingers do the talking.

Jeffery lets his play do the talking - Bob LeGere: Second-year WR Alshon Jeffery keeps a low profile off the field, but he's been easy to identify on the field as the team's leading receiver the past two weeks.

Alshon Jeffery's coming out party - Rich Campbell: Hard work during offseason paid off on third-and-5 from the Saints' 42 in the second quarter Sunday.

Marshall muses over retiring as a Bear - Fred Mitchell: Brandon Marshall says he is all about transparency, which means speaking openly and honestly about his concern over his next contract.

Julius Peppers quiet in more ways than one - Doug Padilla: For anybody looking for some insight as to what has happened or how things can get better, Peppers has preferred to keep it to himself.

Four Downs.- Jeff Dickerson & Jon Greenberg: Concerned about Marshall? How dangerous are the Giants? Is Bennett the best FA addition? And can Jeffery someday be a #1 WR?

[Video] ESPN - Stephen A. Smith, Skip Bayless and Antonio Pierce debate if Brandon Marshall is becoming a distraction in the Bears' locker room. [KAPCON: 3 ... if you look up "backpfeifengesicht" in the dictionary, there'll just be a picture of Skip Bayless' face.]

Team notes - Larry Mayer: Bears hopeful injured starters will play Thursday night; roster moves; stat changes from Bears-Saints.

Team notes - Brad Biggs: Bears LBs rising to the challenge; Jeffery and the Class of 2012 WRs; Bears getting return from investment in Pro Bowl CB duo.

[Video] NFL Network - N "if' L: What if Jay Cutler doesn't get hurt in 2010? [KAPCON: 2 ... Kaplan doesn't actually appear in this, but 1:29 of Dave Dameshek is 1:29 more than I ever wanted to listen to.]

Photos - To celebrate Hall of Famer Mike Singletary's 55th birthday, takes a look back at his legendary career with the Bears.


[Video] Ditka! - Da Coach grilled up his new brand of Vienna Beef sausages, appropriately named Ditka Sausages, in the company's parking lot as fans cheered him on.

Ditka! - Da Coach: "Bears made Reggie Bush look like Gale Sayers and Jim Brown combined."

Ditka! - Da Coach offers his views on the state of his former team, the health of football players and, well, just life in general.

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The Business of Football - Andrew Brandt: 'League of Denial' forces NFL, doctors and players to rethink attitudues.

NFL Health & Safety - Tim Baffoe: ‘League Of Denial’ causes me to face an addiction. And I’m not ready to walk away yet.

NFL's money grabs could end up hurting the Bears - James Neveau: The NFL is considering expanding their playoff format next year, and is also scheduling three games in London. Could those changes actually be a bad thing for the Bears?

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And may they continue for tonight's game!