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The Bears Den: November 07, 2013 - Week 10 news and notes

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Larry Mayer's Chalk Talk - Larry discusses the last time the Bears had a scoring drive as long as the one late in Monday night's win, why the Bears didn't challenge a spot and why Mel Tucker moved from a coaching booth to the sideline.

McClellin named player of week after breakout game - Larry Mayer: DE Shea McClellin's monster game Monday night in Green Bay earned the second-year pro NFC defensive player of the week honors.

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[Video] - Lance Briggs joins Chris Boden to weigh in on Bears win over Packers.

Emery draft calls already having impact on Bears-Packers - Moon Mullin: Ted Thompson's drafting has given Green Bay the upper hand over the Bears for years, but Phil Emery's picks appear to have begun to turn the tide.

Game grades - Adam Hoge breaks down the film from Monday night's win and singles out the best and worst performances, as well as going over each of McClellin's sacks.

Stock Watch - Jeff Dickerson takes a look at whose stock is rising and whose is falling.

Trestman’s guts put Bears on road to glory vs. Packers - Patrick Finley: Trestman’s decision to go for it on fourth-and-one — from the Bears’ 32 with 7:50 left — was the defining play of the 27-20 victory against the Packers.

X&Os - Dan Durkin: Conversion on a 4th-and-inches at their own 33-yard line against the Packers may prove to be the on-ramp in Bears' road to the playoffs.


Cutler to be evaluated Thursday before practice - Larry Mayer: Marc Trestman is hopeful that Jay Cutler will be able to start Sunday against the Lions. But more will be known about the quarterback's status after he’s evaluated Thursday morning.

Suh wants Cutler to play Sunday - Dave Birkett: If a torn groin muscle keeps Cutler out of Sunday’s game against the Lions, one of his most prominent tormentors will be severely disappointed.

Trestman hopeful for Cutler return - Michael C. Wright: Plan on Thursday is for the team to work out Cutler, to see where he is physically before making a determination.

Obstacles await Cutler if he faces Lions - Jeff Dickerson: QB's accelerated return from a torn groin muscle would present the Bears' offense with certain challenges if he's cleared to start Sunday.

Sit, Jay - Steve Rosenbloom: I can't think of one good reason for Jay Cutler to face the Lions on Sunday. Unless he can tackle and play safety. [He also played safety in HS and received more scholarship offers to play that position in college than he did for QB - Den]


Team Report - Michael C. Wright with a midseason report card for the Beloved. Not the report card you're used to seeing for the Bears before this season.

McClellin goes back to basics for breakout game - Moon Mullin: Coaches talk about working on fundamentals and technique to get beyond performance difficulties. Shea McClellin found one other solution to his.

Bears schedule - Moon Mullin: Bears hold their 2013 fate in their own hands.

Bears’ defense must get better against Lions, Bush - Adam L. Jahns: Tackling has been an issue all season, and it’s hurting the overall effectiveness — and morale — of the Bears’ defense.

Bears know there's much more work to be done on defense - Rich Campbell: Despite strong game in upset of Packers, they still couldn't stop the run, and that was a strength of the Lions in their earlier victory over the Bears

View from the enemy - Justin Rogers: Bears plan to change D-line calls, but not because of Israel Idonije.

Team notes - Larry Mayer: Mannelly could be replaced by Cain versus Lions; Trestman says Bears fortunate to have McCown; Ratliff officially signed to roster.

Team notes - Adam Hoge: Sunday’s game will likely be the fourth missed game of Mannelly's career; Trestman taking coaches' advice on play preceding 4th down attempt; injury news.

Football Outsiders - For those of you who like analytics, FO has the Bears as a top-5 offense and a top-10 defense, with special teams lying just outside of the top 10; Kyle Long is their Offensive ROTY at the midpoint of the season.

Dionne Miller's 'Happenings at Halas' - Marshall is always thoughtful when he talks, but you really saw his insight when he was asked about his former teammate Richie Incognito.

Hillenmeyer 'hated coming into work' because of Kreutz - Hunter Hillenmeyer discusses his history with being bullied in an NFL locker room. Adam Hoge: Trestman preaches respect between players.

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Who are the next NFL head coaching candidates? - Greg Gabriel: Expect to see these names when the coaching carousel season begins.

Know thy enemy: Packers - Rob Demovsky's midseason report card: Even at 5-3 and in a three-way tie top the NFC, the Packers’ prospects for the second half are in jeopardy with Rodgers missing time. Gregg Rosenthal: Can Packers get back on track without Rodgers?

Know thy enemy: Lions - Michael Rothstein's midseason report card: The Lions are in a good position after the first half of the season, having already won more games this season than last.

Know thy enemy: Vikings - Ben Goessling's midseason report card: Coming off a 10-6 season and a playoff berth, the Vikings didn't expect to be one of the three worst teams in the NFL at the halfway point.

Know thy enemy: Vikings - Jeff Mezydlo previews tonight's week 10 game between Washington and Minnesota; with Phil Loadholt out (concussion), J-Webb will start at RT for his new team. Rence rejoices!

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