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The Bears Den: November 27, 2013 - Week 13 news & notes

Tony Fiammetta: tough to bring down, tougher to spell.

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Larry Mayer's Chalk Talk - Larry discusses why the Bears didn't kick a field goal against the Rams, why they sat on the ball late in the first half, and if Hester will get any snaps on defense.

With AP next, Bears' focus remains on fixing run defense - Larry Mayer: With a game against the Vikings' Adrian Peterson looming Sunday, the Bears will continue to focus on trying to improve their struggling run defense.

Is Forte Bears' offensive MVP? - James Neveau: Forte has proved to be the most indispensable skill position player on the roster this season, and he proved his worth in plenty of areas Sunday.

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Lunch with Larry - Q. Have you ever had dinner at any player's home on the current roster? LM: Not as far as they know.

Game grades - Adam Hoge with his best and worst performances from Bears-Rams.

Stock Watch - Jeff Dickerson: As usual, Marshall recovers; who else is rising, and who's falling?

[Video] Watching sons play 'stressful' - Howie Long's thoughts after watching sons Chris & Kyle square off against one another in St. Louis.

[Video] View from the Moon - Moon Mullin: Was the O-line as bad as PFF says, can Bears turn their defense around, and how will they take on the Vikings?

Bears’ ‘D’ must get act together to prevent further humiliation - Mark Potash: The Bears held AP to 100 yards and no TDs on 26 carries in a 31-30 victory at Soldier Field in Week 2, but have lost five key defensive players to injuries since, six if Paea remains out.

Bears defense needs to toughen up - Mike Mulligan: Inability to stop the run is an insult to the proud tradition of the franchise in that, injuries aside, it shows a lack of toughness.

Trestman thinks run D is fixable - Michael C. Wright: Bears consider their issues to be more about improper fits than opponents blocking the defenders out of the gaps.

[Video] - Ross Tucker on how the defense can recover, why he believes the Bears will win the NFC North, and shares his thoughts on Cutler's contract situation.

Hester’s record could be better - Mark Potash: When Devin Hester was at his best as the most dangerous kick returner in NFL history, every special-teams player made an extra effort to avoid penalties, knowing how dearly it might cost the team. But they’re losing their touch.

Joniak's Journal - No team in the NFL has pressured QBs more than the Vikings; more Bears thoughts.

[Video] CSNChicago discussion - Can the Bears just out-score teams the rest of the way, and what to do about Cutler? [KAPCON: 4]

Cutler would not be upset if Bears franchise tag him - Michael C. Wright: QB acknowledges his injury situation could make the team's evaluation of him more difficult.

Trestman understands he must win PR battle - Steve Silverman: Belichick doesn’t have to answer to anyone and he usually doesn’t, win or lose. That’s one of the benefits that comes with having won three Super Bowls. Trestman does not yet have that luxury.

[Video] ESPN - The NFL Live crew make their picks for Chicago at Minnesota.

Bears doing good things - Larry Mayer: Robbie Gould is auctioning a one-hour kicking lesson and the shoes he wore to kick the game-winning field goal against the Ravens to raise money for Illinois tornado victims.

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CSN's first installation of "Bears Classics" will begin with "Night of Ridiculous' which debuts on Comcast SportsNet Wednesday night at 9:30 p.m.

2006 Bears-Cardinals history has both good, bad memories - Moon Mullin: It was a game from which some wondered whether Grossman ever recovered, arguably the start of "Good Rex/Bad Rex" cycles that defined him ultimately.

Why did the Cardinals kick to Devin Hester? - Chuck Garfien: Some of Scott Player's former Cardinals teammates aren't going to like what he has to say. Neither will the Bears.

And, of course, it would be wrong to mention this game without having this Dennis Green moment in all its uncensored glory...

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Know thy enemy: Packers - Rob Demovsky: Matt Flynn's ability to run no-huddle, a key component to the Packers' offense during Rodgers' tenure, gives him an advantage and likely the start on Thursday. Dave Dye: Had career day against Lions in 2011. Brent Sobleski: Rodgers still out.

Know thy enemies - John Breech: Packers OL Josh Sitton rips Jim Schwartz, calls Lions D 'scumbags'. [Whaddya know, Bears and Packers do have something in common - Den]

Know thy enemy: Vikings - Ben Goessling: An elite QB can cover a team's flaws, and the Vikings in all likelihood will head out on another search for one.

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