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The Bears Den: November 01, 2013 - Week 9 news and notes

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McCown 'very thankful' for opportunity with Bears - Larry Mayer: As he prepares to start Monday night's game against the Packers, Josh McCown takes a few minutes every morning to reflect on his incredible journey back to the NFL.

Bears-Packers game a family affair for Jordan Mills - Larry Mayer: For rookie Jordan Mills, Monday night's game in Green Bay will be more than just a grudge match between fierce NFL rivals.

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Game preview - Jeff Mezydlo: Prepared to play without two of their leaders, the Bears try to end a six-game losing streak to their archrivals and deny the Packers a fifth consecutive victory Monday night at Lambeau Field.

McCown gives Bears a chance against Packers - Mark Potash: With the weapons he has, McCown has a chance to survive if he can avoid the disaster that usually envelops the Bears in Green Bay.

[Video] CSNChicago discussion - Will McCown succeed in West Coast Offense? [Have these guys not heard of the TCO? - Den]

McCown more prepared for Packers this time - Bob LeGere: An entire off-season and training camp have provided the 34-year-old McCown with a better base than the last time he took on Lambeau Field. Dan Wiederer: No stranger to pressure in Green Bay,

Matt Bowen: Scouting the Bears - Bears will have to execute run-pass option reads against Packers.

Bears success against the Packers offensively all hinges on the line - Brad Biggs: The revamped unit has protected the QB well this season and the Packers defense has taken note.

Bears reality is either run the ball or get run over - Steve Rosenbloom: Running the ball effectively will eat clock and protect the Bears’ bloodied defensive unit from getting drilled by Aaron Rodgers and the Packers offense.

Bears stress individual focus for team defense - Dan Wiederer: If every defender sticks to just his own responsibility, the Bears believe they can limit Aaron Rodgers and the Packers offense. Chris Boden: Tucker defends Defense's time off.

James Anderson to call defense vs. Packers - Jeff Dickerson: As the last veteran LB standing, until Briggs returns, Anderson will be responsible for properly aligning the defense against one of the best QBs in the NFL. Moon Mullin: Anderson there to play, not babysit.

Bostic, Greene have to keep mistakes to a minimum vs. Packers - Hub Arkush: Peppers must tear up the line of scrimmage enough to cover for the occasional assignments the young LBs will blow, and the kids have to keep them to a minimum.

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

More valuable: Lacy or Forte? - James Neveau: Forte leads in statistical categories, but Lacy has been a big part of the Packers' offense lately.

Joniak's Journal - Jeff Joniak with some thoughts and observations approaching Bears-Packers.

[Audio] - What do the Bears bring to Lambeau Monday night? Lester ventures onto whatever they have for radio up in Packer country and shares his thoughts.

Aaron Rodgers: Packers’ catalyst for success - Patrick Finley: Rodgers has won six in a row against his rival, including an NFC title game during the Packers’ Super Bowl year, and is 9-2 all-time against the Bears.

X&Os - Dan Durkin takes a closer look at the Packers' rejuvenated running game.

Game notes - Bob LeGere: Monday night's outcome at Lambeau Field is crucial to Bears; Lance Briggs still providing leadership on day-to-day basis; Tucker on Rodgers; injury news.

Game notes - Mark Potash: Nobody in NFL history is better at avoiding the ultimate disaster, a pick 6, than Rodgers; Bears, Idonije could have helped one another.

[Video] ESPN - Sarah Spain heads to Lambeau Field to check out how Packers fans turn their backyards into tailgating frenzies.

Know thy enemy - Jim Owczarski: Packers rushing attack key to recent success.

Rodgers OK being squeezed by Bears 'Super Fans' - Moon Mullin: Packers QB wasn’t altogether sure about the whole thing at the beginning, but had fun doing the ad with two originals from the “Saturday Night Live!” Super Fans skit.


Emery: No new timetable for Briggs, Cutler - Though both players have made public comments expressing their desire to return from injuries earlier than their initial timetables, don't expect to see either Jay Cutler or Lance Briggs any time soon.

Safeties taking hit for defensive breakdowns - Adam Hoge: Calls for Conte and Wright to lose their jobs have been very premature when you consider the season as a whole.

QB Jordan Palmer 'ready right now' if called upon - Michael C. Wright: New Bears addition Jordan Palmer confident in his ability to fill at QB if emergency arises.

Jay Ratliff drawing interest from teams - Ed Werder: Former Cowboys DT Jay Ratliff spent Tuesday meeting with the Chiefs and the Bears, league sources said. James Neveau: Worth signing to a deal?

Brad Biggs' Bears mailbag - Reader Q&A about McClellin's liabilities, backup QB option, Cutler's future, and more

Team notes - Rich Campbell: Jay Ratliff visiting with Bears Thursday; James Anderson to call plays; more team notes.

Team notes - Adam L. Jahns: Marshall hopeful on Cutler return; Bears host Jay Ratliff for a visit; injury news.

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[Audio] Ditka - Da Coach joins Waddle and Silvy to preview the Packers and discuss how the Bears will respond to playing without Jay Cutler.

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Jack Bechta: The Agent's Journal - 3 CBA rule changes to make the game safer, benefiting both players and owners.

Know thy enemy: Vikings - Ben Goessling: For a team that was so unabashedly devoted to Adrian Peterson last season, the Vikings have seemed surprisingly unwilling to rely on the reigning NFL MVP the same way this year.

Know thy enemy: Vikings - Ben Goessling: Vikings DC tells his 'D' to stay the course. Cordarrelle Patterson has green light on kickoff returns.

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