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The Bears Den: November 14, 2013 - Week 11 news and notes

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Larry Mayer's Chalk Talk - Larry discusses why the Bears went for a fourth down conversion against the Lions, Jay Cutler's interception in the end zone, and Charles Tillman's future with the Bears.

Schedule points to improvement for defense - Adam Hoge: Defensive performances like Sunday’s against the Lions might be good enough to get the five wins in seven games the team needs to get to the playoffs.

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Bears begin prepping to face defending champions - Larry Mayer: Three days after their frustrating loss to the Lions, the Bears return to the practice field Wednesday to prepare for Sunday's home game against the Ravens.

Know thy enemy - Dan Durkin's Ravens preview: It’s hard to write off a team that’s been to the playoffs five straight years.

Know thy enemy - Mark Potash: Joe Flacco struggling after signing huge contract in offseason. Moon Mullin: Flacco's struggles may bode well for Bears.

Team notes - Patrick Finley: Ravens CB Lardarius Webb has been tough on Marshall; injury and roster news.

Know thy enemy - Moon Mullin: Ravens faring far better sans Lewis than Bears post-Urlacher.

Injury news - Michael C. Wright: Cutler, Briggs out; Ratliff progressing; McClellin did some light work prior to session. Never mind all that, Pat Mannelly sat out of practice Wednesday.


Injuries on defense causing Bears to rely on youth - Larry Mayer: Instead of dwelling on the injuries that have depleted the defense, the Bears are embracing the opportunity to develop a slew of young players.

Injuries lead to revamped ­practices, game plans for Bears - Adam L. Jahns: With numerous starters and veterans lost with injuries and so many rookies and inexperienced players are counted upon, there’s a balance between overloading first- and second-year players and being prepared for all the looks offenses present.

Bowman slides into Tillman's spot at CB - Jeff Dickerson: A strong effort from the 6-foot-1, 196 pound Bowman over the final seven games might influence the direction the Bears head in the offseason in regards to CB. Moon Mullin: Previous stint as starter didn't end well.

Critical lapses crushing Bears defense - Dan Wiederer: Mistakes key to Lions' clinching TD pass and on a crucial 39-yard run that ignited a scoring drive at the start of the second half.

Bears' defense leaky vs run game so far - Gene Chamberlain: Mel Tucker calls it more a matter of trust than physical failure, that players have to trust each other and stay in their gaps of responsibility. Rich Campbell: Trestman content with rookie LBs.

Trestman: Mel Tucker has done 'amazing' job - Moon Mullin: The Bears held only one of their final five opponents in 2012 to fewer than 21 points, suggesting that Tucker inherited some issues.

Conte 'needed' his game against the Lions - Moon Mullin: Until last Sunday, Chris Conte’s present was perhaps in more question than his future.


Roster news - Bears sign safety Derrick Martin to one-year deal.

Four Downs - Are Marshall & Jeffery the best receiver duo in the NFL, and has Peanut played his last game as a Bear? Jeff Dickerson & Jon Greenberg give their views on four Bears topics.

Team notes - Larry Mayer: Conte looks to build on breakout performance; Derrick Martin signed; injury news.

Team notes - Adam Hoge: Trestman gives Tucker a vote of confidence Wednesday; Marshall has respect for Ravens CB Lardarius Webb from previous encounter; injury news & more notes.

Team notes - Dan Wiederer: Ratliff return to action still uncertain. expected to be a force for decimated defense; Marshall-Jeffery most productive WR tandem in league; more team news.

Dionne Miller's 'Happenings at Halas' - November 13: Marshall focused on building dynamic WR tandem with Jeffery; Tucker currently putting together his 10th different defensive lineup for the 10th game of the season.

[Video] CSNChicago discussion - Trestman's mistake leaving Cutler in; should McCown stay in if he plays well? [KAPCON: 4 ... Peter Brown, as usual, out-Kaplans Kaplan]

Marshall should put down the whine list - Steve Rosenbloom: If you don’t want your QB to be so easily abused, have your O-line block someone.

Chicago sports have been hit hard by injuries - Rick Morrissey: We can’t help but look at all the injured athletes in Chicago and wonder, ‘‘Who’s next?’’

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Know thy enemy: Packers - Rob Demovsky: Positive vibes around Scott Tolzien-Matt Flynn combo ... but offense very different without Rodgers.

Know thy enemy: Vikings - Ben Goessling: Patterson's versatility sets him up for comparisons to Percy Harvin. Brian Murphy: Jerome Simpson could face prison time for drinking offense.

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