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The Bears Den: October 03, 2013 - Week 5 news and notes

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Bears look to rebound against undefeated Saints - Larry Mayer: Three days after suffering their first loss of the season following a 3-0 start, the Bears return to the practice field Wednesday to prepare for Sunday's home game against the Saints.

Bears defense doing extra tackling drills - Rich Campbell: The Bears surrendered more than 100 yards to the Lions due to missed tackles and missed run fits, according to coaches' review.

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Bears facing tough test - Larry Mayer: The Bears defense is determined to rebound from last weekend's subpar performance in Detroit, but it won't be easy against one of the NFL's most potent offenses. Team notes.

[Video] View from the Moon - Moon Mullin looks ahead: Can the Bears slow down Brees, and what to expect from Rob Ryan's defense? Bushrod not asked to 'spy' on Saints.

Know thy enemy - Dan Durkin: Brees is an elite performer and a coach on the field, and the defense has nowhere to go but up, but undoubtedly Payton is the leader. Scott Krinch: Hope to break Soldier Field losing streak.

Bears prep for ‘mismatch nightmare’ Jimmy Graham - Adam Hoge: The Bears say they have a game-plan to slow down Graham, but they're not trying to pretend it will be easy. Moon Mullin: Jennings: Graham 'can’t run without the legs'

Sproles, Saints provide major obstacle to Bears' rebound - Bob LeGere: Bears must contend with Sean Payton's high-powered offense in addition to a defense that is much improved from last year's horrendous unit. Mark Potash: Have to play smarter against Brees.

[Video] CSNChicago discussion - Can the Bears hang with the Saints? [KAPCON: 5]

Brees named NFC Offensive Player of the Week - Charlie Roumeliotis: After Jimmy Graham was named NFC Offensive POTW last week, Drew Brees was recognized with that same honor this week.


Cutler Watch - Michael C. Wright: Jay Cutler reverted to bad habits in the Bears' loss to the Lions, but is evolving into the QB the team thinks he can be. What's Jay Cutler worth?

Coach Killers, Week 4 - Ryan Wilson: This is why the Bears were smart to let Cutler play out his contract. There's no reason to give him a franchise QB deal when he may not, in fact, be a franchise QB. Gregg Rosenthal: Cutler ranked #8 QB after 4 weeks.

Forte: Confidence a 'major difference' this seasons - Paul Roumeliotis: "Our confidence and play calling, there's a major difference in that," Forte said. "Our tempo on offense has been a major difference from last year, which has made the biggest difference I think."

Bears count on safeties for solid run support - Rich Campbell: Their role in the Cover-2 is to read the QB quickly and come up fast to stop the runner.

Podlesh: Not surprised Bears tested market - Jeff Dickerson: Although none of the six tryout punters left Halas Hall with a contract, Podlesh said he understood why the Bears felt it necessary to explore other potential options. Fred Mitchell: Determined to regain form.

Team notes - Adam L. Jahns: Team hopes tryouts motivate Podlesh; injury report.

Team notes - Rich Campbell: Sean Payton laments loss of Bushrod; injury news.

Injury news - Jeff Dickerson: The Bears rested several key veterans Wednesday as the club began preparations to face the undefeated Saints. Brad Biggs: Hamstring injury could sideline Walters.

Dionne Miller's `Happenings at Halas' - October 2: The Bears got back to work on Wednesday, a focused and energetic practice.

2012 First-Rounders in Focus - PFF with a look at how they're doing. Shea McClellin doesn't grade out well as a traditional 4-3 DE.

Bears doing good things - Matt Forte partnered up with Duracell to donate 50,000 new quantum batteries to support Chicago firefighters.

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Know thy enemy: Lions - Michael Rothstein: Reggie Bush has grown as a runner and understands what it means to be an actual running back instead of a multipurpose player.

Know thy enemy: Lions - Michael Rothstein: Whoops. Joking or not, if you’re Detroit Lions vice chairman Bill Ford Jr., that’s pretty much what you have to be thinking this morning.

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