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The Bears Den: November 18, 2014 - Chicago Bears week 12 news & Bears-Vikings analysis

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Larry Mayer's Chalk Talk - Larry discusses the Bears record when Matt Forte rushes for more than 100 yards, passes thrown to Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery, and why the Bears ran the ball late in the first half against the Vikings.

10 thoughts - Mark Potash: With consecutive losses to three of the hottest teams in the league, is it possible the Bears aren’t as bad as we thought?

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Chicago Bears 21, Minnesota Vikings 13

What we learned in win over Vikings - Larry Mayer discusses what he learned in the Bears' 21-13 win over the Vikings Sunday at Soldier Field.  (CBS): Fast facts from the game.

Pass protection fueled offense in win - Larry Mayer: After watching the game tape, it was even clearer to Marc Trestman that quality pass protection helped pave the way to the victory.

[Video] - Not-Hubs Fishbain & Arnold break down the Bears offense after the Bears beat the Vikings 21-13.

Bears look to build some momentum - Bob LeGere: Improvement in certain areas that were weaknesses in the past could help build momentum as they prepare for this week's game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Game notes - Not-Hub Fishbain: Plan on 'D' worked; offense finally got going; Bears quickly moving on to Tampa game.

Cutler explains 15-yard penalty - Michael C. Wright: Jay Cutler incorrectly recalled the events leading to a penalty in the first quarter against Minnesota, but he probably didn't deserve to be flagged.  Kevin Seifert: Incomplete pass or Cutler fumble?

Game review - Dan Durkin: The Bears beat an inferior opponent at home, which is what teams are supposed to do. A real team awaits them on Thanksgiving and will serve as the true measuring stick of where the Bears are.

Game review - Adam Hoge's best- and worst-rated performances from the game, plus more thoughts.

Game grades - Brad Biggs' film session: Bears exploited Vikings from a matchup standpoint by dictating personnel.

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

Game review - Greg Gabriel with the good and the bad from Bears-Vikings.

[Video] - Adam Hoge breaks down the Bears victory against Minnesota.

[Video] - Is-Hub Arkush discusses which factors led to victory over Vikings.

[Video] SportsTalk Live - Bears snap Soldier Field losing streak. [KAPCON: 5]

[Video] SportsTalk Live - Bears' questionable fourth down decisions. [KAPCON: 5]

[Video] - Robbie Gould on the win, botched kicks, and whether Lovie Smith will want revenge.

Trestman: 'Guys hung together' - Marc Trestman discusses the game and his QB sweep call on fourth-and-goal from the 1-yard line in the third quarter [with Audio].

[Video] - Charles Tillman on difference in win: 'Our attitude was changed.'

[Video] - Chicago Bears Network had Jeremiah Ratliff Mic'd up Sunday for the Bears victory over the Vikings.

[Video] - All the action on the Bears' sideline from their Week 11 match-up against the Vikings.

Photos - From the sideline ... in the locker room ... photo journal.


Bears focused on Bucs, not reunion with McCown, Lovie - Jeff Dickerson: Marc Trestman stressed that the Bears are playing against the whole Tampa Bay team, not just a former player or coach.

Trestman must deal with 'legend' of Lovie Smith - Moon Mullin: Marc Trestman understands enough human nature to know that Smith will be on some minds this week when the latter’s Buccaneers (2-8) come to Soldier Field.

Cutler: Trestman not affected by criticism - Michael C. Wright: Marc Trestman remains a constant target for criticism, but he’s certainly not showing adverse effects, according to Jay Cutler.  David Just: Cutler admits confusion over Bears’ clock management.

Kreutz: Don't underestimate Lovie, McCown - Olin Kreutz joined the Kap and Haugh Show to preview Sunday's game [with Audio].

Tillman: Lovie Smith 'wants to dominate' Bears - Charles Tillman stopped by SportsTalk Live to preview Lovie Smith's return to Chicago as the Bears hope to keep their slim playoff chances alive against the Bucs on Sunday [with Video].

[Video] - Not-Hubs Arkush & Fishbain report from Halas Hall, where the Bears have already begun their prep to face Lovie Smith's Buccaneers next Sunday.

[Video] ESPN - Jeff Dickerson breaks down the biggest storylines surrounding the Bears heading into Week 12.

Trestman, Marshall mum on Twitter punishment - Jeff Dickerson: Brandon Marshall refused to disclose if the team punished him for taking to Twitter last week to challenge a Lions' fan to a boxing match in exchange for $25,000.  Patrick Finley: Trestman: Marshall not a distraction.

Trestman becoming increasing guarded - Dan Wiederer: If he was feeling any jubilation in his team's win over the Vikings, Marc Trestman wasn't showing it. In hushed tones, he seemed guarded and dismissive.

Bears schedule - Moon Mullin: Bears stop slide with 'W' over Vikings but the victory simply moved them to 4-6, still a long way from any playoff thoughts and still with serious questions.

Long keeps short-term view of success - Barry Rozner: Among so much bad this season for the Bears has been the good play of Kyle Long, who is emerging not just as a future tackle and solid lineman, but also a locker room presence.

[Video] SportsTalk Live - Could Bears find a taker for Cutler? [KAPCON: 5]

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