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The Bears Den: November 27, 2014 - Week 13 Chicago Bears vs Detroit Lions news & previews

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Bears prepare for special Thanksgiving - Mini-Larry: Thanksgiving is a day of work for the Bears this season, but the players haven't forgotten what makes this holiday so special.

Four reasons the Bears can give thanks - Dan Wiederer with the top four reasons for Marc Trestman and his team to give thanks this week.

Young Bears showing big improvement on defense - Bob LeGere: Some of the Bears' youngest and most little-known defensive players have been making big contributions lately, and they'll need to continue that to pull off an upset in Detroit.

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Previewing Bears-Lions

[Video] - Larry Mayer and Tom Thayer preview the upcoming Bears' Thanksgiving match-up with the Lions.

[Video] - A roundup of players and coaches speaking throughout the week as the Bears prepare to take on the Lions.

Game breakdown - The Tribune with team matchups, how the Bears will look to slow down Ndamukong Suh, game picks, and thoughts going into the game.

Game preview - Mark Potash: If Bears’ ‘O’ can combat noise at Ford Field, it has what it takes to win.

Game preview - Dan Durkin: There’s no love lost between these two teams who are playing against each other in a must-win on Thanksgiving for the first time since 1999.

Bears passing game must be quick - Dan Wiederer: In a short week without practice and on the road, Cutler and the Bears' offense will face maybe their greatest challenge all season.

Game preview - Is-Hub Arkush: If the Bears are to pull off the upset, they will almost certainly have to do it with defense and special teams because Detroit’s defense has been dominant for most of this season.

Game preview - Michael C. Wright, Michael Rothstein: The Lions face a Bears team that has won two straight games and much like Detroit has a bunch of offensive talent underperforming their expectations.

Game preview - Not-Hub Fishbain. Josh Katzenstein preview Thanksgiving Day game: What should Bears fans expect to see from this Lions offense?

Game preview - Jeff Dickerson with a look at how the teams match up.

Game preview- Greg Gabriel: If the Bears are going to have any chance in Detroit, they have to play strong from the opening kickoff and Jay Cutler has to be on top of his game.

Game preview - Larry Mayer and Mini-Larry discuss the Bears players they'll be watching on both sides of the ball in Thursday's Thanksgiving road game against the Lions.  Key numbers for both teams.

Game preview - Chris Trapasso's key stats to know for Bears-Lions. Contrary to popular opinion, the Bears' gunslinger has been very effective under pressure in 2014. Stafford ... well, not so much.

[Video] - Jeff Joniak previews his four Keys to the Game... (text version).

Game preview - Chris Boden: Three Bears necessities to help them get to .500.

Game preview - Andy Benoit with a look at how the teams match up.

[Audio] - Drew Sharp previews the Bears-Lions matchup.

Game notes - Adam L. Jahns: Time to give Chris Conte some credit; a look at the Lions defense with Aaron Kromer; players to watch; spotlight on Demontre Hurst.  Inside the Bears numbers by STATS.

Game notes - Rich Campbell: Cutler reiterates need to move his passing point against ferocious Lions pass rush; Calvin Johnson could pose big problem; injury updates.

Game notes - Bob LeGere: Stopping Suh big key for Bears today; Mel Tucker sees positive signs of growth; Cutler expects moving pocket; injury news.

X&Os - Matt Bowen: Ryan Mundy key to taking away Lions post patterns inside 35.

Know thy enemy - Mini-Larry: A strong defensive front is the staple of the Lions defense, while the team's inconsistent offense has yet to live up to expectations.

Know thy enemy - Dan Durkin: Injuries have certainly played a part in the Lions' recent struggles, but there are some other troubling trends developing in Motown.

Know thy enemy - Dan Wiederer: Like the Bears, the Lions' offense is struggling; Caldwell a steadying influence; Ndamukong Suh the engine of Lions' ferocious defense.  Brad Biggs: Suh presents quandary for Lions as free agency approaches.

Know thy enemy -'s All-22 scouting report.

Know thy enemy - Brad Biggs compiles a scouting report on DE Ezekiel "Ziggy" Ansah.

Know thy enemy - with a photo gallery preview of the Lions' starters.

This Thanksgiving is a Fuller family affair - Michael Rothstein: Brothers Kyle and Corey Fuller will play against each other on Thanksgiving.  Paul Roulmeliotis: Parents create own Bears-Lions jerseys.

[Video] - Kyle Fuller and Lions WR Corey Fuller discuss their excitement as the two brothers prepare to face one another for the first time on Thursday. Courtesy:

Game picks - National and local media outlets make their picks for Thursday's Thanksgiving game between the Bears (5-6) and Lions (7-4) at Ford Field.  More from: ESPN Chicago ... [Video] NFL Live ...


Bears set to face Lions in Detroit - Larry Mayer: The Bears will look to win their third straight game in a 12-day span and improve to 6-6 Thursday when they face the Lions at Ford Field.

Game preview: QB - Moon Mullin: Will Cutler be able to handle Detroit's relentless pass rush?

Game preview: RB - Moon Mullin: As the NFL's No. 1 run defense awaits the Bears, the offense will have to find ways to achieve any rush-pass balance against the Lions.

Game preview: WR/TE - Moon Mullin: With a dominant pass rush, Lions DBs can take liberties, getting up in the faces of wideouts at the line and contesting the first five yards of routes.

Game preview: O-line - Moon Mullin: The offense has struggled against some of the poorer defenses in the NFL, but now the problem escalates in the form of the Lions. This week they'll have to watch for more than Ndamukong Suh.

Game preview: D-line - Moon Mullin: Turf could lead to sack-fest.

Game preview: LB - Moon Mullin: The Lions have run the ball poorly this season, something they decidedly did not do in 2013 against the Bears.

Game preview: DB - Moon Mullin: With Calvin Johnson hampered with an ankle injury this season, Golden Tate has emerged as one of the most dangerous weapons in the NFL.

Game preview - Adam L. Jahns' 10 players to watch.

Willie Young has pulse on Lions offense - Not-Hub Arnold: Stafford has already been sacked 33 times this year, three shy of the career-high 36 times he was taken down in 2011. Young, whose eight sacks leads the team, is anxious to continue that trend.


[Video] ESPN - Michael C. Wright: Bears’ offense needs faster starts.

Injury news - Patrick Finley: Brian de la Puente lost for season with ankle injury.  Lance Briggs ruled out, Kyle Fuller questionable, Jeremiah Ratliff doubtful.

Willie Young flourishing in Chicago - Michael Rothstein: Former Lions DE returns to Ford Field after making his mark with the Bears, success that doesn't surprise his former teammates.

[Video] - Wanny analyzes where Bears' defense has improved.

Bears mailbag - Q. Why didn't the Bears keep Jordan Lynch?  Brad Biggs: /facepalm

Sorry, Jared Allen, you're wrong, but we can compromise - Steve Rosenbloom: Allen said the Bears beat the Bucs in "convincing fashion.'' Here's why he's wrong.

[Video] - Stephen Paea answers three Thanksgiving themed questions for this weeks[sic] edition of 3 And Out

Clark provides strength Bears need - Mini-Larry: Strength and conditioning coach Mike Clark works hard to make sure the Bears are in tip-top shape whenever they take the field.

[Video] Inside the Bears - Anthony Adams spoofs the hit web series "Between Two Ferns." Charles Tillman takes a seat on Adams' new talk show, "Between Two Helmets."

[Video] Inside the Bears - Alshon Jeffery was recently part of a commercial shoot in the Walter Payton Center at Halas Hall. Lyndsay Petruny talked to #17 about his day under the lights.

[Video] Inside the Bears - Former Bear Adrian Peterson's son was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor. Anthony Adams spent some time with Peterson and his son A.J., who continues to put up a strong fight against a deadly disease.

Bears fed Wheaton's Grange in first Thanksgiving game - Scot Gregor: The Bears have a rich Turkey Day history highlighted by legendary players like Red Grange, Johnny Lujack, Johnny Morris and Walter Payton.