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The Bears Den: September 10, 2014 - Chicago Bears week 2 news and notes

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Larry Mayer's Chalk Talk - Larry discusses why the Bears called a pass play on third-and-one late in Sunday's loss to the Bills, if there was a mix-up with Santonio Holmes on that same play, and the latest injury news.

Roster news - Larry Mayer: The Bears on Tuesday re-signed Eben Britton and terminated the contract of Micheal Spurlock.

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Looking back: Chicago Bears - Buffalo Bills

Joniak’s Journal - Jeff Joniak's notes on correctable mistakes, Marquess Wilson, Lance Briggs, and the offense's third-down efficiency.

Game review - Adam Hoge: Run Defense looks improved, even though results were the same; best and worst game grades; other observations from the game.

Game notes - Laurence Holmes looks back at Bears-Bills.

Game grades - Is-Hub Arkush: The Bears weren't as bad as we thought against the Bills. They just weren't very good.

Game grades - Jeff Dickerson takes a look at whose stock is rising and whose is falling in the wake of Sunday's loss.

Brandon Marshall: 'I'll be ready' for 49ers game - Dan Wiederer: Marshall ready to turn the page after rough season-opening loss.

Stats & Info - Kevin Seifert: Cutler looked an awful lot like a West [Trest - Den] Coast system QB. Historically, he's been at his best when moving outside the pocket and creating chances for his downfield guys to break open.

X&Os - All-22 Slideshow of Bears loss to Bills.

[Video] - Chris Bodden and Dan Jiggetts recap Sunday's loss to the Bills on United Bears Recap.

Looking ahead: Chicago Bears - San Francisco 49ers

Cutler looks ahead to 49ers - Jay Cutler spoke on the loss to the Bills and looked forward to Sunday’s matchup with the 49ers on his weekly radio show.

Game preview - Steve Silverman with a look at how the Bears and 49ers match up in each phase of the game.

Bears must establish running game vs Niners - Bob LeGere: With the health of their WRs iffy this week, the Bears' best chance of upsetting the 49ers on the road Sunday night is a strong running attack that can also keep the explosive San Francisco offense off the field.

Bears must get physical, and quickly against 49ers - Mike Mulligan: Football is a game of ferocity and brutality and the Bears looked feeble and faint-hearted in their opener.

Bears preparing for more zone read - Dan Durkin: Looking ahead to its next four opponents, Chicago expects to see a lot more of zone read until it proves it can defend it.

Game preview - James Neveau: The Bears showed some serious flaws against the Bills on Sunday, and if they aren't careful, those same mistakes could be their undoing against the 49'ers.

[Video] - Adam L. Jahns: Are the Bears fast enough to chase down zone read QBs?

Game preview - Lance Briggs' keys to the game.

Know thy enemy - Chris Boden: If the 49ers' starting corners are both sidelined, it could provide a shot in the arm for Jay Cutler, especially if Alshon Jeffery can return from his hamstring injury.

X&Os - Andy Benoit: Expect to see a lot of Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery using the "switch release" against the 49ers' thin secondary.

Bears' losing streak in San Francisco stretches back 29 years - Dan Wiederer: A road trip to San Francisco? 10 rough reminders on why the Bears might rather skip the getaway.

[Video] ESPN Hot Button - Carmen and Jurko talk about their biggest concern as the Bears head to San Francisco.

[Video] SportsTalk Live - Are the Bears in a must-win situation against the 49ers? [KAPCON: 5]


Lunch with Larry - Larry Mayer's weekly regular season fan Q&A session.

No excuses: Injuries, mistakes return max-spotlight onto Cutler - Moon Mullin: What is relevant is what Cutler now does as a leader, the QB who takes a damaged team and lifts it, rather than has it as the reason why he can’t be successful.

Can the Bears count on Jay Cutler? - Ryan Wilson: Sunday saw all the hallmarks of the pre-Trestman Bears offense: poor decision-making, iffy play-calling and piss-poor pass-blocking. Joel Corry: Bears may part ways with Cutler in 2017.

Meyer sees improvement from front five - O-line coach Pat Meyer reflects on the changes his unit had to make in the season opener and the challenges of facing different types of defenses.

[Video] - Tom Thayer breaks down a few examples of Matt Forte's blocking ability in the Bears' passing game.

[Video] - Running back coach Skip Peete joins Chris Boden on United Bears Recap.

Chris Conte 'promotion' official in latest Bears depth chart - Moon Mullin: Danny McCray is moved to the No. 2 at strong safety, where he played as a member of the Cowboys and not at free safety, where he was through training camp and preseason.

Team notes - Patrick Finley: Brandon Marshall says he’ll be ready to go vs 49ers; Lance Briggs addresses rumours of partying in his off-time [Video]; roster notes.

Power Rankings - takes a look at what national media outlets have to say about the Monsters of the Midway and how the team compares to the other 31 clubs in the NFL following an 0-1 start.  More from: Brad Biggs ... Fanspeak ... Hub-or-not-Hub.

Draft preview - James Neveau: The 2015 NFL Draft is still eight months (or so) away, but a couple of Pac-12 O-linemen caught our eye this weekend, as well as an ACC linebacker whose instincts and athleticism could appeal to the Bears.

Mock draft - If you're already looking ahead to the 2015 NFL draft, you might like to try Fanspeak's free 1-week Premium trial.

[Video] Inside the Bears - Inside the Bears is celebrating its 1-year anniversary, and co-host Anthony Adams looks back at some of his favorite moments with Jay Cutler, Matt Forte, Lance Briggs and Brian Urlacher.

[Video] Inside the Bears - The best of "Big Guys in Compact Cars" as Anthony Adams takes Martellus Bennett, Matt Slauson, Jermon Bushrod and more for a drive in his Ford Fiesta.

[Video] Inside the Bears - Lyndsay Petruny shows off her athletic skills as she kicks field goals with Robbie Gould and runs the treadmill with Matt Forte.

Photos - With the 49ers set to open brand new Levi's Stadium against the Bears, lists the top 10 newest stadiums the Bears have played in.

Ex-Bear news - Fred Mitchell: Catching up with Donnell Woolford.


Ditka - Da coach on Ray Rice, Jay Cutler, and the Bears ‘D’.

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Jack Bechta: The Agent's Journal - Looking forward to potential ramifications of the Ray Rice incident.

Ex-Bear news - Andrew Astleford: Josh McCown did not do much Sunday against the Panthers to show that he has what it takes to lead the Buccaneers all season.

Know thy enemy: Vikings - Ben Goessling: A few thoughts on the Vikings' 34-6 win over the Rams at the Edward Jones Dome ... Patterson shines in new offense ... Vikings must fix the penalties.

Know thy enemy: Lions - Michael Rothstein with a few thoughts on the Lions' 35-14 win over the Giants at Ford Field ... Megatron makes Giants pay in a big way ... Stafford has one of best nights of his career ... run game still needs work ... starting slot corner Bill Bentley out for season.

Know thy enemy: Lions - Robert Klemko: Golden Tate discusses Calvin Johnson, new coach Jim Caldwell and the reason he prefers Detroit to Seattle. Will BrinsonA tale of two offenses for Lions, Giants ... David Steele: Lions may finally have the Matthew Stafford they've been hoping for.

Know thy enemy: Packers - Rob Demovsky: Dom Capers could be mulling defensive changes ... Packers must correct tackling problem ... pressure on Sherrod if Bulaga can't go.