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The Bears Den: December 02, 2014 - Week 14 Chicago Bears news & notes

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Is Lance Briggs a Hall of Famer? - David Just: "There are a number of articles on this subject already out there that are worth reading and incorporating into the discussion. Perhaps the best of them is this 2012 story (by) Lester A. Wiltfong Jr."

Briggs latest Bears star who won't get to go out on his terms - Brad Biggs: The Lance Briggs saga serves as a reminder that fairy-tale endings rarely happen in the NFL, even for the best of players. They rarely seem to happen for Bears players.

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Bears-Cowboys

[Video] ChicagoBears.com - Trailer for the Bears match-up with the Cowboys at Soldier Field.

Game preview - James Neveau: The Cowboys are loaded with plenty of offensive weapons, but questions on defense and a lackluster performance against the Eagles could give Bears fans reasons for hope Thursday.  Mike NorthCutler needs signature game.

Know thy enemy - Chris Boden takes a look at the Cowboys, who seek to avoid a fourth straight 8-8 finish that would keep them out of the playoffs.

Bears will see Cowboys' newfound run commitment - Not-Hub Arkush: NFL’s No. 2 ground attack led by runaway rushing champion DeMarco Murray, whose 288 attempts is 46 more than the league's second busiest runner.

Bennett ready to renew rivalry with Witten - Dan Wiederer: Martellus Bennett and Jason Witten will face each other again Thursday when the Bears host the Cowboys.

Ex-Bear news / View from the enemy - Mark Potash: Henry Melton enjoyed his time in Chicago, looking forward to facing his old teammates.

Know thy enemy - ChicagoBears.com with a photo gallery preview of the Cowboys' starters.

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Whither Bears' offensive balance?

Bears vow to be balanced on offense - Larry Mayer: The Bears generally don’t divulge information about their game plans, but it’s no secret that they intend to achieve greater balance on offense Thursday night when they host the Cowboys.

Marc Trestman: Bears need to run the ball - Michael C. Wright: The Bears hope to flip the script against Dallas, which currently ranks 22nd against the run, allowing 119.6 yards per game.  Not-Hub Fishbain: Rolando McClain awaits.

Cutler, Forte: Bears can’t win with only 8 rushes - Patrick Finley: It would have been easier to find a foam cheesehead Monday at Halas Hall than someone who thought running the ball eight times was a winning strategy.

Bears' pass-run imbalance doesn't sit well with players ... or coaches - Rich Campbell: Marc Trestman considers Thursday's game an opportunity to balance the attack and, in doing so, take a step toward fixing the offense.  Quotes.

Bears have to hand it to Forte -- literally - Bob LeGere: Part of the reason long passes have not been nearly as effective this year is because defenses can focus more energy on the deep ball when they don't have to respect the run.

Reasons for absent run game vs Lions unclear then and now - Moon Mullin: The unanswered question, 12 games into his second season, is that knowing the need to run the ball, as Trestman said he does, why at this point that is not happening?

[Audio] - Olin Kreutz: Bears could have shortened Lions game with better use of Matt Forte.

[Video] Game preview - Moon Mullin, Kip Lewis talk offensive (im)balance, look ahead to Bears-Cowboys.

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Jim Harbaugh to replace Marc Trestman?

How about a blast from the past, Halas style? - Mike Imrem: Papa Bear hired Mike Ditka to restore the Bears' growl and identity in 1982. Do the McCaskeys recognize that they have to figure out how to get Jim Harbaugh here to do the same?

Jim Harbaugh to the Bears? Not in the McCaskeys’ world - Rick Morrissey: Everything is awful.

Should the Bears pursue Jim Harbaugh? - James Neveau: Bears in desperate need of draft picks, and surrendering anything more than a mid-round pick to acquire Harbaugh would be detrimental.

The absurdity of the Jim Harbaugh trade talk - Greg Gabriel: The bottom line is the media can write all they want about a trade, but it’s not going to happen.

Time for George McCaskey to stop the stupid - Steve Rosenbloom: Bears chairman must separate football operation from the business operation, and bring in a football guy to run the former.

[Video] SportsTalk Live - Are these Marc Trestman's final games with the Bears? [KAPCON: 4]

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Bearsss

Five questions with Brandon Marshall - Michael C. Wright: Is the team’s current situation more difficult for the younger players?

Team notes - Larry Mayer: Marc Mariani starting to solidify return game; Jared Allen is not concerned about team's motivation; Christian Jones on the rise.

Team notes - Patrick Finley: Kyle Long played ‘best game’ among peers against Lions and Suh, credits Jay Cutler for helping his development [and fashion sense]; injury updates.

Team notes - Rich Campbell: Bears preparing for Cowboys' sack leader Henry Melton's return to Soldier Field; Jay Cutler on shopping with Kyle Long; injury updates.

Team notes - Adam Hoge: Marc Trestman is vowing to run the ball more… again; Bears struggling to overcome penalties; more team and injury notes.

Injury news - Michael C. Wright: Chris Conte being evaluated for eye injury; more from Monday's practice.

Stock Watch - Jeff Dickerson: Alshon Jeffery's production picking up, while Brock Vereen lacks the necessary aggressiveness to finish certain plays as an NFL safety.

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Bears multimedia

[Audio] - The Bears aren’t yet mathematically eliminated from playoff contention, but it’s only a matter of time. That’s what 5-7 brings you in a tough NFC, and Marc Trestman knows the situation well.

[Video] - Robbie Gould talks fan frustration, his team’s playoff chances, and his look ahead to Thursday’s game against the Cowboys.

[Video] SportsTalk Live - Bears thrashed by Lions on Thanksgiving Day; what now? [KAPCON: 5]

[Video] - Charles Tillman weighs in on Bears defense.  End of an era?

[Video] - Charles Tillman discusses Lance Briggs, Bears-Cowboys, Rod Marinelli's return.

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Polish sausage

Know thy enemies - Mini-Larry with a look at how the Bears' three NFC North division opponents performed over the weekend.

Know thy enemy: Packers - Greg A. Bedard: Packers' victory over New England showed just where Mike McCarthy belongs in the hierarchy of NFL coaches, and Bill Belichick confirmed it.  Paul Imig: GB sets sights on home-field advantage.

Know thy enemy: Vikings - Ben Goessling: Mike Zimmer says Vikings didn't keep Cordarrelle Patterson out of their offense for disciplinary reasons.

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