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The Bears Den: September 27, 2013 - Week 4 news and notes

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Trestman marvels at defense's ability to force turnovers - Larry Mayer: In over 20 years as a pro football coach, Marc Trestman has never seen a defense that's more adept at generating takeaways than the one he works with regularly at Halas Hall.

Ball-hawking Bears are quite a sight - David Fleming: It's dazzling to look at every one of the Bears' 55 takeaways since 2012.

Brad Biggs' Bears mailbag - Readers Q&A about Cutler's contract, Melton's future, defensive concerns, loud crowds and, of course, the pass rush.

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Matt Bowen: Scouting the Bears - Bears can use the wheel route to exploit holes in the Lions' Cover-3 defense Sunday.

Isaiah Frey still looking to make a splash - Brad Biggs: Nickel back Isaiah Frey hopes to join takeaway gang, should get more playing time vs. Lions.

Bears need another strong Peppers outing - Michael C. Wright: Use a skeptical eye when perusing information gleaned from football analytics, but according to PFF Julius Peppers graded out highest of the club’s defensive players against the Steelers.

X&Os: O-Line prepares for another unique front - Adam Hoge: Lions' wide-9 technique presents some new challenges.

X&OsL Defending Reggie Bush on the screen - Dan Durkin: With Calvin Johnson requiring safety help over the top, space is created underneath for Bush to operate in, typically against LBs.

To slow down Johnson, shut down Lions’ slot receivers - Steve Silverman: The Lions found out last year what happened when they were unable to present a balanced offense.

Joniak's Journal - Cutler and Stafford may be headed for a gunslinger’s showdown; taking advantage of the wide 9; more thoughts on the game.

Bears-Lions rivalry intensifies - Dan McNeil: Jim Schwartz, Ndamukong Suh have helped make series relevant; more thoughts on the game and around the NFL.

Jay Cutler typically lights out against Lions - Michael C. Wright: Cutler calls it merely "circumstance" that he seems to light up the Lions every time the teams meet, but a look at the numbers suggest otherwise.

[Video] CSNChicago discussion - The panel previews Bears-Lions. Hub sounds like he's coming around to the rookies on the O-line. [KAPCON: 5] View from the enemy: Drew Sharp talks Lions.

[Video] CSNChicago discussion - Will Tillman play on Sunday? And just how good is he? [KAPCON: 5]

Long vs Suh: The volcano is rumbling - Moon Mullin: The matchup on Sunday brings together the NFL’s ranking 'Prince of Darkness' and the Bears’ emerging tough guy, with MMA training and a disposition to match. Adam L. Jahns: College teammate Slauson familiar with Suh's game.

Suh, Lions have Kyle Long's full attention - Dan Wiederer: Energetic rookie lineman Kyle Long shies away from spotlight this week to prepare for Lions. Hub Arkush: Long guarded about creating bulletin board material.

Team notes - Rich Campbell: Martellus Bennett likes 'nice guy' Ndamukong Suh; injury news. Brad Biggs: Suh lauds Cutler's toughness.

Team notes - Adam L. Jahns: Lance Briggs looking forward to seeing Israel Idonije; Lions' new threat in Reggie Bush; injury news.

Tillman: Calvin Johnson a Madden NFL creation - Michael C. Wright: Charles Tillman remains somewhat in awe of Calvin Johnson, comparing him to a custom player you can create on the "Madden NFL" video game.

Game preview - Michael Rothstein and Michael C. Wright go back on forth on the two teams and make their predictions.

Four Downs - Jeff Dickerson and Jon Greenberg on Suh, Melton, sliding, and being contenders for the NFC.

Know thy enemy: Lions - Michael Rothstein with a look at where Matt Stafford is throwing.


Trestman won’t let Bears get complacent, wants to see improvement - Adam L. Jahns: 3-0 means very little to Marc Trestman, who views Sunday as Game 1 of 13..

Bears score with back-shoulder throws - Rich Campbell: Cutler, receivers showing a knack for tricky pass play early in season.

Proud homecoming for Phil Emery - David Haugh: Phil Emery returns to native Detroit with 3-0 team he has put his stamp on.

[Audio] Lester speaks! - Our own Lester A. Wilftong, Jr. joins the Patrick Schm*dt Show and talks Bears.

[Audio] Lester speaks some more! - Lester on the 2-Minute Drill out of New Jersey (jump to about 22:30 in).

MOAR Lester! - The Tribune's Redeye asked fans of the NFC North teams to take stock of their emotions surrounding their divisional rivals. For the Bears, Lester representz, yo.

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NFL teams are passing over the RB - Sam Farmer: NFL power backs seem all but forgotten as the league becomes even more of a QB's domain.

Know thy enemy: Vikings - Ben Goessling: Greg Jennings handling surprisingly small role for a receiver who signed a five-year, $47.5 million contract.

EA Sports won't have college football game next year - Mike Huguenin : Video game manufacturer EA Sports announced that it won't produce a college football game next year and may not produce one ever again.

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