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The Bears Den: December 03, 2014 - Week 14 Chicago Bears news & notes

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With Robbie Gould nursing a leg injury, might we see Pat O'Donnell kicking against the Cowboys?

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Marc Trestman could learn from Jason Garrett - David Haugh: The Bears and Trestman either can run away from their problems or do what the Cowboys and Garrett did: Run through them, one handoff at a time.

No Offense, Bears (pt.1) - Dan Durkin with the first of a two-part piece breaking down the Bears’ underachieving offense under Marc Trestman: A variety of factors at play with the sputtering offense that span personnel, play-calling and execution.

Thursday Night Football food face-off - Mike Freedman: As the Cowboys take on the Bears on Thursday night, check out some of Texas' best barbeque and Chicago's famous deep-dish pizza [and vote in the Den poll].

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Bears-Cowboys

Bears prepare for their next challenge - Mini-Larry: The Bears are in the midst of a hectic part of their schedule, but it hasn't distracted the team from focusing on their next opponent and continuing to improve.

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

Game preview - Patrick Finley: Bears rush defense finally gets tested when it meets Cowboys’ DeMarco Murray.  Bob LeGereMurray, Cowboys can run wild.

Know thy enemy - Mini-Larry: The Cowboys invested heavily in their O-line in recent drafts, and that has paid off with an improved run game in Dallas.

X&Os - Hub-or-not-Hub's All-22 scouting report of the Cowboys.

Know thy enemy - Jarrett Bell: It's December, and you know what that means for Tony Romo and the Cowboys. Time for the annual December swoon?

Game notes - Rich Campbell: Bears counting on Kyle Long to get run game going; Henry Melton says Cowboys need to make Cutler uncomfortable in the pocket; injury updates.

Injury news - Larry Mayer: Robbie Gould’s status for Thursday night’s home game against the Cowboys is uncertain after he missed practice Tuesday with a sore right quad; more injury updates.

Photos - ChicagoBears.com's photos from practice this week at Halas Hall as the team prepares for Thursday's game against the Cowboys.

Photos - ChicagoBears.com: 10 players and coaches who have connections to both the Bears and Cowboys.

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Bearsss

Christian Jones eager to take a big step as nickel LB - Mark Potash: With a playoff berth unlikely, the 5-7 Bears would at least like to see if they have something they can build on for 2015 — and a breakout linebacker is high on the list.

5 questions with Jay Cutler - Michael C. Wright: A few tidbits from the QB's news conference on Monday at Halas Hall.

5 questions with Joe DeCamillis - Michael C. Wright: Five questions with the Bears' special teams coordinator.

Four Downs - Jeff Dickerson, Jon Greenberg on four issues facing the team as it prepares to play out the string: Marc Trestman, Jay Cutler, Tim Jennings, Brandon Marshall.

Team notes - Larry Mayer: A Pro Bowler as a rookie, Kyle Long is performing at an even higher level in his second NFL season; Bears will face Rolando McClain in middle of Dallas defense; more notes.

Team notes - Patrick Finley: Pat O’Donnell ready for field goals, hopes he’s not needed; Jeremiah Ratliff limited (knee) but should be ready to face former team; more injury news.

Team notes - Bob LeGere: Bears hope gimpy Gould can kick; Jon Bostic has big shoes to fill at Will; Mel Tucker on facing Dez Bryant.

Marc Trestman: The gift that keeps on giving - Steve Rosenbloom: Should run-pass imbalance be a point of discussion nearly two seasons into this offense?

Marinelli exit may have been first Bears disaster domino - Moon Mullin: Rod Marinelli's exit, perhaps as much as or more than Lovie Smith’s, arguably was the first tipping point in some of the difficulties Marc Trestman has had getting total buy-in to his program and by extension, Mel Tucker’s.

Stats & info - David Just: Jay Cutler plays better with facial hair, and the Bears are the baldest team in the league.  PFF compares Cutler to Tony Romo.

[Video] Inside the Bears - The Bears visit the Road Home Program to spend time with veterans and their families, and then later help distribute Thanksgiving meals to military families in Chicago.

[Video] Inside the Bears - One lifelong Bears fan shares his memories and experiences of supporting the team, including the story of how he got his season ticket in a way he'll never forget: from George Halas himself.

[Video] Inside the Bears - Anthony Adams plays inspector as he goes in search of clues to find a fan's stolen Bears flag.

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Ditka

Ditka - Da Coach on Ferguson, what the coaching staff should be looking for in the final four games, Matt Forte's under-usage in the run game, and whether Lance Briggs is a Hall of Famer.

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Polish sausage

X&Os - Robert Klemko: Mike Martz, architect of The Greatest Show on Turf, breaks down the game-planning and play-calling of the NFL’s top three offensive coaches..

Know thy enemy: Lions - Michael Rothstein: Second-year DE Ezekiel Ansah was credited with 10 QB hurries against the Bears ... Golden Tate evolves into one of NFL's best WRs.

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