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The Bears Den: November 04, 2014 - Chicago Bears week 10 news & notes

The Bears returned to Halas Hall this week to prepare for the do-or-die Packers game.

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Bears begin to prepare for Packers - Larry Mayer: Back at Halas Hall Monday following their bye week, the Bears return to the practice field to begin preparing for Sunday night’s road game against the rival Packers.

Trestman, Bears not giving up hope - Bob LeGere: The Bears are a long shot to make the postseason, but a win Sunday night in Green Bay against the Packers would be a huge first step.

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Bears dispute reports of internal turmoil, focus on Packers - Adam L. Jahns: On Monday the Packers announced a contract extension for Mike McCarthy. In Lake Forest, Marc Trestman was asked about his job security. That sums up the different situations the teams are in with their prime-time matchup looming Sunday at Lambeau Field.  Dan Bernstein: Bears in denial.

Trestman: Support from Bears 'outstanding' - Rich Campbell: Consistency and emotional steadiness, two anchors of Marc Trestman’s coaching philosophy, showed as the Bears returned from a six-day break and began working to improve on their 3-5 record.  Dan Durkin: Coach also reached out to players to determine what more he can do to help them.

[Audio] - Jason La Canfora: Some thought a change could come during Bears' bye week.

Trestman doesn't blink, but says team will fight back - Is-Hub Arkush: It is bad form among reporters to judge their peers or challenge the veracity of their reporting short of a flat out violation of journalistic ethics, so I will forgo comment on the reporter in question. I will however respectfully suggest he might want to reconsider his sources before his next big scoop.

[Video] ESPN - Eric Allen discusses Marc Trestman's comments saying he feels the organization continues to stand behind him. and discusses how the Bears can fix the offense.


Healthier Bears team preps for Packers - Michael C. Wright: The Bears returned to the practice fields at Halas Hall coming off the bye week, and nearly every player on the roster participated in Monday's workout.  Jeff Dickerson: Marquess Wilson unlikely to be ready.

Trestman hopeful that Briggs, Fuller will play Sunday - (CBS) Marc Trestman joined WBBM to say he's hopeful that Lance Briggs and Kyle Fuller will be healthy enough to play Sunday night against the Packers, and discussed the options for the O-line [with Audio].

Game preview - James Neveau: Coming off a bye week, the Bears are greeted with arguably the most important game of their season as they head to Lambeau Field to take on the Packers.

Know thy enemy - Chris Boden: Can the Bears get revenge on the Packers in second meeting?  John Sahly: Jay Cutler's stats vs Packers.

[Video] View from the Moon - Moon Mullin and Kip Lewis have the latest from Halas Hall as the Bears prepare for Green Bay.

Mills at guard, Ola at tackle in practice - Larry Mayer: The Bears sported a new look on their O-line Monday when they returned to practice following their bye week, with Jordan Mills at LG and Michael Ola at RT.  Dan Durkin: Mills must adapt quickly to face upcoming talented 3-techniquesMichael C. Wright: Trestman: Mills possesses physical skill set to excel at guard.

Team notes - Patrick Finley: O-line shuffle sees Jordan Mills moved to guard; Briggs, Bostic and Fuller return from injury; Marquess Wilson unlikely to play Sunday; David Bass promoted to 53-man roster.  Dan Wiederer: Eben Britton had appendix removed, will be out at least this week.

Team notes - Not-Hub Fishbain: Bears return to work following bye week; new position for Jordan Mills; injury and roster updates.

Team notes - Adam Hoge: Are the Bears "in a state of crisis," as [La Canfora's] report claimed? That’s probably overstating it. Plus, more from practice at Halas Hall.

10 thoughts - Mark Potash: After losing 38-17 at Soldier Field on Sept. 28 and looking like they had no idea who Jordy Nelson was, facing the Packers at Lambeau is an ideal setting to see just how well the Bears have learned their lessons.

Bears 7-1 in second half and playoffs? Could happen, but… - Moon Mullin: The Bears managed a virtual table-run from 3-5 to 10-6 in 1979, but that team also had the good fortune of a second half replete with doormats. What many analysts considered a softer second half of schedule for the 2014 Bears is anything but.

[Audio] - Jason La Canfora: Cutler putting the defense at crisis with turnovers.  [Brings up the demeanour thing, too... - Den]

[Video] - Chris Boden and Dan Jiggetts reveal their Top 10 Defensive plays of the first half of the season ... Top 10 Offensive plays.

[Video] - Go behind the scenes as the 2014 Chicago Bears take their team picture at Halas Hall.

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Know thy enemy: Vikings - Brian Hall: Teddy Bridgewater uses legs to open up Vikings' passing game ... Ben Goessling: Felton, McKinnon would welcome Adrian Peterson back.

Know thy enemy: Packers - Rob Demovsky: With his new deal, Mike McCarthy will become the second-longest-tenured head coach in Packers history.

2014 NFL All-Overrated offensive team - Kenneth Arthur, surprisingly, has no Bears on the list.

Most popular NFL jerseys among women - John Breech: Women in Minnesota are all about Aaron Rodgers. [Side note: potential future Mrs Spongies can even look hot in those cheesehead hats.]