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The Bears Den: November 26, 2014 - Chicago Bears week 13 news & Bears-Lions previews

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Emery discusses Bears resiliency - Mini-Larry: Phil Emery discusses the comeback wins the Bears have had the last two weeks and what that says about the team's players and coaches.

Paea puts pressure on Bears in contract year - Dan Wiederer: Stephen Paea is headed for Thursday's Thanksgiving showdown in Detroit coming off a career game during a career season in a contract year.

Bears need to get Marshall much more involved in offense - Mike Mulligan: Good things happen when you run and if Matt Forte can get more than 20 carries per game it will open up play-action passes and more shots down the field to Brandon Marshall.

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Previewing Bears-Lions

Bears to face tough test on turkey day - Larry Mayer: Looking for their third straight win, the Bears will face a formidable challenge Thursday in Detroit when they battle a Lions D-line that’s among the best in the NFL.

Game preview - Rich Campbell's storylines leading up to the game. Can the Bears reverse the Lions’ dominance at the line of scrimmage?

Game preview - Not-Hub Arkush takes a look at how the teams match up.

Game preview - Steve Silverman: Detroit's defense appears to have a huge advantage over the predictable Chicago offense. That should give the Lions a chance to pull away in the second half.

Game preview - Not-Hub Arnold: As problematic as finding themselves offensively has been for the Bears this season, establishing an identity won’t be particularly easy this week of all weeks.

Pressure-packed defense big challenge for Bears - Bob LeGere: The strength of the Lions' elite defense is a front four that has dominated for much of the season, not a pleasant sight for a Bears offense that has struggled to get going early in games.

Willie Young excited for Long vs Suh - Jeff Dickerson: Teams must always account for Ndamukong Suh (four sacks) in the trenches, but a certain personality is required to match Suh’s special brand of intensity. Enter Kyle Long.

Long vs Suh: A ferocious fight looms on Thanksgiving - Adam L. Jahns: In 11 games this season, Kyle Long has allowed only one hit on Jay Cutler and a mere 10 hurries. Still, no interior player has been more disruptive this season than Suh.

Cutler expects to throw quickly against Lions DL - Michael C. Wright: Jay Cutler recognizes he can’t stand in the pocket too long against a pass rush Marc Trestman described as "relentless."  Rich Campbell: Cutler: Bears must 'get creative'.

[Video] ESPN - Jeff Dickerson discusses the potential issues that the Bears will have lining up against the Lions' defense, such as protecting Jay Cutler and creating opportunities for Matt Forte.

[Video] ESPN - Jeff Dickerson, Michael C. Wright and Tom Waddle break down why protecting Jay Cutler will be the key for the Bears to beat the Lions on the road.

[Video] View from the Moon - Moon Mullin joins Jen Lada and analyzes keys to the Bears beating the Lions.

[Video] Game preview - Patrick Finley discusses whether the Bears defense take advantage of a struggling Lions offense.

Game notes - Not-Hub Fishbain: NFL's best run defense awaits Bears in Detroit; injury updates; Lions' offense has had its own issues of late, scoring 15 combined points in its last two contests.

Game notes - Dan Durkin: Lions’ pass rush has Bears’ full attention; Mel Tucker credits Jeremiah Ratliff's football smarts as much as his physical skills; injury updates.

Know thy enemy - Mini-Larry: The Lions haven't been able to get their offense going the last two weeks, but Detroit remains confident it can turn things around against the Bears.

Know thy enemy - Chris Boden; Bears will try to continue the Lions' trend of going out like a lamb.


Game review - Laurence Holmes' 24 Hours Later blog: It was almost poetic (in a sad way) that the last two longtime "Lovie Smith guys", Lance Briggs and Charles Tillman, weren’t able to be a significant part of a win over Smith. It felt like the turning of a page for all three.

Game review - Adam Hoge's top- and bottom-graded Bears from Sunday, plus more thoughts from the game. Bonus: Vine clip showing what throwing into quintuple coverage looks like.

Game grades - Jeff Dickerson or, more likely, one of the ESPN webmonkeys: "A look at who's[sic] stock is rising and who's[sic] is falling on the Bears."

Game grades - Is-Hub Arkush: Bears beat Bucs but almost flunk the test; studying the tape tells a scary story.

[Video] - Tom Thayer breaks down the pressure created by the Bears' defensive front in the 21-13 victory over the Bucs.

X&Os - Not-Hub Fishbain illustrates how the Bears were able to dominate on defense against the Buccaneers.

X&Os - with an All-22 slideshow from Bears win over Tampa Bay.


Lunch With Larry - Larry Mayer's fan Q&As: 'The Lions are the only team that doesn't serve any food at halftime (except for pretzels)'.

Team notes - Larry Mayer: With Charles Tillman on IR, the Bears will employ an all-hands-on-deck approach to defending Calvin Johnson; Chris Conte, young players stepping up on defense; injury updates.

Team notes - Mark Potash: Lance Briggs out a few weeks; Willie Young pumped for Lions; if healthy, Kyle Fuller could face brother Corey.

Team notes - Rich Campbell: Willie Young eagerly anticipating return to Detroit; Lance Briggs' and Kyle Fuller' availability uncertain; Mel Tucker on Joique Bell.

Team notes - Bob LeGere: Hard-working Paea using his smarts, strength; short turnaround means no practices; injury updates.

Injury news - Adam L. Jahns: Lance Briggs says groin injury may keep him out a few weeks; expect to see Bears use Jon Bostic and Christian Jones as nickel LBs.  Rich CampbellBears wait on Briggs, Fuller.

Bears can offer us only indigestion this Thanksgiving - Rick Telander time / Everything is awful / To a bad writer.

Bad things come to Bears coaches who wait - Mike Imrem: It might have made a difference if Marc Trestman didn't wait until the 11th game of the season to challenge the Bears with some tough love.

[Video] - Ross Tucker on whether the Bears improved after back-to-back wins, if Mel Tucker is saving his job with improved defense, and more.

Has Cutler finally scared the offense out of Trestman? - Steve Rosenbloom: The Patriots beat the Lions with an up-tempo offense, but what will the Bears do with that blueprint?

Jay Cutler named fourth-most criticized QB of all-time - David Just: Only Tony Romo. JaMarcus Russell and Ryan Leaf clocked in higher.

[Video] - Not-Hub Arkush sits down with Willie Young to talk about his success on defense and the recent struggles, of which the Bears are working to pull themselves out of.

Bears history - Not-Hub Fishbain runs down the games that the Bears have played on Thanksgiving.

Bears stunned Lions in OT in 1980 - Larry Mayer: looks back at one of the most dramatic comeback victories in franchise history over the Lions on Thanksgiving Day 1980.


Ditka - Da Coach discusses the turnaround on defense, whether Marc Trestman's job is safe, and more.

Polish sausage

Jack Bechta: The Agent's Journal - Is the CBA hurting young players? The lack of coaching access is a challenge for the development of younger players.

Ex-Bears news / Know thy enemy: Vikings - Ben Goessling: J'Marcus Webb tweeted that he's returning to Vikings after RT Phil Loadholt was ruled out for the rest of the season.

Recipes - Mike Freedman's 2014 NFL Thanksgiving football food recipe survival guide.


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