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The Bears Den: October 23, 2013 - Week 8 news and notes

Brandon Meriweather: Not the sharpest pencil in the stationery cupboard.

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Phil Emery confident Bears can overcome adversity - Larry Mayer: Despite mounting losses and injuries, Phil Emery believes the Bears possess the character and leadership to overcome the adversity they’re facing.

It looks dismal for Bears' defense - Bob LeGere: The prospects are dismal for a Bears defense that is on pace to allow the most points and yards in franchise history, and will be without seven-time Pro Bowler Lance Briggs for six weeks.

McCown’s performance could tell us a lot about Cutler’s value - Mark Potash: The Bears can win with Cutler, but the bigger question — one we soon will be able to answer — is whether they can win without him.

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Defense

Bears death-spiral defense loses the only guy who can tackle - Steve Rosenbloom: If the Bears' season is dead, it's because a bad defense just got a lot worse because of injury.

Defense needs to find new anchor - Steve Silverman: It’s not Mel Tucker’s fault that the Bears don’t have a nasty policeman on defense who is taking names and punishing opponents, but they need to trade for one.

Look for re-opened job competitions when Bears reconvene - Moon Mullin: With the Bears primarily looking within for changes to save a suddenly sinking 2013 season, rookie DE David Bass has been gaining playing time at the expense of Shea McClellin.

Urlacher: Shea McClellin a better fit at LB - Michael C. Wright: Former Bears MLB realizes he isn't a scout or a GM, and he prefaces his thoughts on DE Shea McClellin with that disclaimer. Still, the future Hall of Famer thinks McClellin might be better-suited for a move to LB.

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Cutler, McCown

Bears put their faith in Josh McCown - Dan Wiederer: The Bears are at 4-3 with their season dangling over a cliff. It is McCown's job to dig his fingernails into the ledge and hang on tight until Cutler returns. Rich Campbell: Bears sticking with two QBs.

[Video] ESPN - Ed Werder discusses Jay Cutler's groin injury and how long the QB will be out.

Trestman, Emery deserve credit for McCown's solid performance - James Neveau: Josh McCown clearly is comfortable in the offense, and there are a lot of people responsible for that smooth transition.

McCown on replacing Cutler, Bears bye week - Nick Wilder: Josh McCown joined Jim Miller and Pat Kirwin to discuss replacing Cutler for at least the next few weeks and what lies ahead for the Bears.

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Bearsss

Lunch with Larry - Q. if the bears were willing to bring someone in, who would you like to see them get? LM: Shakira?

Can the Bears make the playoffs with Josh McCown at QB? - Mark Potash: The Bears season isn’t over. Their final nine regular-season opponents are a combined 29-31 — many of them have their own problems.

Joniak's Journal - McCown in good hands, thoughts on the defense, problems facing TEs, and the Bears' receiving threats in the red zone.

View from the Moon - Moon Mullin: The Bears need people, and there are three general methods of personnel improvement available to the Bears.

[Video] CSNChicago discussion - Can Bears overcome injuries and get to playoffs?

Bears midseason report - Sun-Times reporters assess the state of the team and make their picks for the team's MVP so far, Biggest Disappointment, and more.

X&Os - Matt Bowen's five key plays from the Week 7 Sunday NFL schedule. Includes a deep ball failure by the Bears' defense. More: Griffin's running lane on read-option ... McCown's TD pass to M.Bennett.

X&Os and game grades - Adam Hoge with his best and worst performances of Sunday's game, and takes a look at why the defense especially struggled defending the zone read-option.

Stock Watch - Jeff Dickerson's weekly look at whose is rising and whose is falling.

Football Outsiders - After 7 weeks, the Bears are ranked 7th on offense and 17th on defense, taking quality of opponent into account.

Is it Tebow Time for the Bears? - The Sun-Times trolled a Photoshopped pic on Twitter. Some responses NSFW.

Dimwits want Bears to sign either Favre or Tebow - Tim Baffoe makes fun of people who don't know any better.

Martellus Bennett rips Meriweather - Michael C. Wright: Bears TE said he wants to "punch (Meriweather) in the face." Meriweather appeals ban.

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Polish sausage

NFP Sunday Blitz - Len Pasquarelli: The rich could be getting richer, as reinforcements are on the way for several of the league’s top teams. Plus, more from around the NFL.

Know thy enemy: Lions 24, Bengals 27 - Game report and highlights from NFL.com. Michael Rothstein: Rapid Reaction ... Locker Room Buzz ... Upon Further Review. PFF's Three Performances of Note.

Know thy enemy: Lions - Michael Rothstein: Lions lose in devastating fashion.

Know thy enemy: Packers 31. Browns 13 - Game report and highlights from NFL.com. Rob Demovsky: Rapid Reaction ... Locker Room Buzz ... Upon Further Review. PFF's Three Performances of Note.

Know thy enemy: Packers - Rob Demovsky: Rodgers makes it all possible for Packers ... Tough to move on after Finley's injury .

Know thy enemy: Vikings 7, Giants 23 - Game report and highlights from NFL.com. Ben Goessling: Rapid Reaction ... Locker Room Buzz ... Upon Further Review. PFF's Three Performances of Note. Chris Burke: Freeman fed to the wolves.

Know thy enemy: Vikings - Ben Goessling: Contemplating a Matt Cassel trade ... Vikings can't delay QB rebuilding any more ... AP's struggles, Vikings' imbalance.

Robert embarasses himself further for charity - Our favo(u)rite closet Bears fan Robert Rence does his bit for charity.

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Lester's guest video week: Yes, believe it or not, my family and myself were in a short film about 7 years ago. Just so you're aware, it's about 18 minutes long. We all had a fun time working on it, plus it got me in IMDB!