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The Weekend Bears Den: November 08, 2014 - Chicago Bears week 10 news & Bears-Packers previews

Sink or swim time for the Bears. Bears ~can~ swim, right?

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Briggs faces uncertain future with resolve - Dan Wiederer: Still fighting through a nagging rib injury, Lance Briggs will return to the defense after a 35-day layoff. And the Bears may never have needed their play-making linebacker more.

Desperate Bears can't afford to look too far ahead - Brad Biggs: After a week off to assess and self-scout, the focus now is only on Sunday's game. Players cannot afford to consider what additional turns lie ahead even if that's a significant part of conversation outside the building already.

It's all on the line for Marc Trestman - David Haugh: A Bears victory can keep things interesting; a loss would dig an inescapable hole that could bury coach.

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Previewing Chicago Bears vs Green Bay Packers

Bears on mission to contain Rodgers - Larry Mayer: The defense is determined to play better in Green Bay than it has over the past several years against Packers star QB Aaron Rodgers.

Players to watch versus Packers - Larry Mayer and Mini-Larry discuss the Bears players they'll be watching on both sides of the ball in Sunday night's road game.

Game preview - Jeff Dickerson breaks down how the teams match up.

Game preview - Dan Durkin's five matchups to watch.  O-line shuffles for both teams.

Game preview - Michael C. Wright and Rob Demovsky discuss the matchup for Sunday's game.

Game preview - Is-Hub Arkush: Bears, Packers even everywhere but under center; can Cutler make a difference?

Game preview - Jeff Joniak's Keys to the game.  Will Packers try to establish the run?

Game preview - Patrick Finley: Ten questions for Bears entering Sunday’s rivalry against Packers.

Game preview - James Neveau: The Bears need Jay Cutler to step up against the Packers, but there are five more players who are just as important as he is to a Bears victory. Probably most important game of Cutler’s Bears career.

Game preview: QB - Moon Mullin: Against a Packers team that has had his number his entire career, Jay Cutler will need to curb his impulses and stay focused.  [Video] All Cutler's INTs vs Green Bay.

Game preview: RB - Moon Mullin: The better Matt Forte does, the worse the Bears seem to do, a fact that perhaps encompasses every oddball aspect of a frustrating 3-5 season so far.

X&Os - Matt Bowen: Bears can set 'trap' for Packers run defense.

Know thy enemy - Rob Demovsky: 171-yard rushing performance by Chicago in Week 9 last season started Green Bay's slump against opposing running backs.

Game preview: WR/TE - Moon Mullin: Anticipated pace of Green Bay point production demands that the receivers provide Jay Cutler and the offense a big-strike capability missing too often this season.

Game preview: O-line - Moon Mullin: Situation on O-line officially resolved with Jordan Mills remaining at RT and Michael Ola sliding into Matt Slauson's LG spot.

Game preview: D-line - Moon Mullin: The front four need to put pressure on Aaron Rodgers and get the Packers into 3rd-and-long.

Game preview: LB - Moon Mullin: Bears may have their full cadre of linebackers ready for Green Bay.

Game preview: DB - Moon Mullin: Secondary must upset route timing and force Rodgers to hold the ball a second longer, disrupting one of the NFL’s most formidable passing offenses.

Know thy enemy - Brad Biggs with a scouting report on Jordy Nelson.

Game preview - STATS: Packers might be missing a pair of O-linemen in their return from the bye week, while it remains to be seen if a week off was enough time for the Bears to solve their woes.

No 'Gronk' but Bears safeties dance with other dangers - Chris Boden: Former Bear and current defensive quality control coach Chris Harris looking for ways to slow down Aaron Rodgers.

[Video] ESPN - Jeff Dickerson, Michael C. Wright and Tom Waddle break down the best way for the Bears to disrupt Aaron Rodgers and explain why the run game could be the key to winning the showdown.

Packers can cripple Bears’ season - Chris Emma: While the Packers don’t want to say it, they know what’s at hand. A win would inch them closer to the playoffs and bounce the Bears from contention.

Game notes - Rich Campbell: How can the Bears' defense avoid Aaron Rodgers carving it up again?  Plus, injury updates and more on the game.

Team notes - Larry Mayer: After shuffling the O-line during the week, the Bears will start Jordan Mills at RT and Michael Ola at LG; Charles Leno Jr to fill in Eben Britton's role; injury updates.

Game notes - Bob LeGere: If Packers stuff the box, Bears know they must air it out; O-line announced; injury updates.

[Video] ChicagoBears.com - Bears Roundtable Wk 10, pt.2: Jeff Joniak, Tom Thayer, and Larry Mayer discuss the impact Matt Forte can have against the Packers.

[Video] ChicagoBears.com - Bears Roundtable Wk 10, pt.4: Joniak, Thayer, and Mayer discuss what it will take to stop Aaron Rodgers.

[Video] ChicagoBears.com - Larry Mayer joins Chris Boden and Dan Jiggetts on Bears Blitz on Comcast Sportsnet Chicago.

[Video] SportsTalk Live - Looking ahead to Bears-Packers. [KAPCON: 5]

[Video] ChicagoBears.com - A roundup of players and coaches speaking throughout the week as the Bears travel to Green Bay to take on the Packers at Lambeau Field.

Know thy enemy - ChicagoBears.com with a preview of the Packers' starters.

Game picks - ChicagoBears.com: National and local media outlets make their picks for Sunday night's game between the Bears (3-5) and Packers (5-3) at Lambeau Field.  More picks from ESPN Chicago ... Adam Hoge ... Hub-or-Not-Hub.com.

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Bearsss

Bears mailbag - Is-Hub Arkush answers questions about the Bears’ linebackers, the ideal way to defend the Packers, and more.

[Video] ChicagoBears.com - Jeff Joniak, Tom Thayer, and Larry Mayer are joined by Mini-Larry to discuss his article "In Depth: Sweetness' final play."

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Polish sausage

All Blacks' Keven Mealamu, Bears' Stephen Paea compare rugby, NFL - Mike McKnight: Keven Mealamu of New Zealand’s legendary All Blacks and Kiwi-born Bears DT Stephen Paea talk about how the two sports, which share a root, compare at the highest level.

NFL team logos redesigned as Disney characters - The Bears' one makes sense.....

Cheerleaders - The best of week 9, from NFL.com ... SI.com.

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