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The Weekend Bears Den: September 20, 2014 - Chicago Bears vs New York Jets week 3 news & notes

"Game previews and varied degrees of arghlblargle from renowned columnists" - Steven Schweickert, on the Weekend Bears Den.

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Cutler excels in two-minute drill - Mark Potash: Since joining the Bears, Jay Cutler is fifth among NFL QBs with a 90.6 passer rating in the last two minutes of a half or a game, and the only one whose rating improves in those hurry-up situations.

Chris Conte has solidified safety spot after rough 2013, offseason surgery - Patrick Finley: ‘‘When you see [fans] telling you to go kill yourself, hoping you die, that you don’t deserve to live... it’s not a fun feeling,’’ Conte said.

Eric LeGrand's spirit plays through Khaseem Greene - Rich Campbell: How tragedy sent Khaseem Greene to brink of quitting football and how friendship brought him back, as he seeks closure Monday night in return to stadium where tragedy struck in 2010.

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Chicago Bears - New York Jets

Bears to face NFL's top running units - Larry Mayer: The Bears will face the NFL's top-rated run offense and run defense when they battle the New York Jets Monday night at MetLife Stadium.

Young looks to catch QBs - Mini-Larry: Just two games into his Bears career, DE and avid fisherman Willie Young has already made a big impact. Photos from Willie Young's NFL career.

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

Game preview - Is-Hub Arkush: Bears vs Jets will be decided up front, and this will be the stiffest test the O-line has faced in some time.

Know thy enemy - Not-Hub Arkush: Jets defense poses special challenges for Bears as Gang Green will roll out one of the league’s more impenetrable defensive fronts, paired with the defensive play-calling of Rex Ryan.

Know thy enemy - Moon Mullin: He may use a 3-4 base and his variations may be more exotic, but Rex Ryan is a strong echo of his father in bringing one more pass rusher than the offense can block.

Know they enemy - Dan Wiederer: Geno Smith's ball security could give Bears' D big-play potential; can secondary match up with Brandon Marshall, Alshon Jeffery?

Game preview - Dan Durkin: 5 matchups to watch. Can Stephen Paea stifle center Nick Mangold and the Jets' top-ranked running game?

Game preview - Jets beat writer Dan Leberfeld joins Not-Hub Fishbain to break down Bears vs Jets.

[Video] Game preview - Larry Mayer joins Chris Bodden and Dan Jiggetts on Bears Blitz on Comcast Sportsnet Chicago to preview Bears-Jets.

Team notes - Dan Durkin: Shea McClellin joins injury list; Cutler proud of Marshall; reaction to Hester’s big night.

Team notes - Adam Hoge: McClellin, Ratliff among Bears not practicing; Cutler takes high road on Hester; Bears extensively research Jets' defensive fronts and blitzing tendencies; more injury updates.

Team notes - Adam L. Jahns: Matt Slauson won’t be back to face former teammates; injury news.

Injury news - Not-Hub Fishbain: McClellin, Marshall sit; Allen returns to practice.

Rashad Ross next to try and to fix Bears' return game - Not-Hub Fishbain: This preseason, Ross returned four kickoffs for Washington for 128 yards, an average of 32.0 yards a kickoff with a long of 42. Dan Wiederer: Rules changes prompt league-wide changes in investment on kick return front.

Isaiah Frey getting rare second chance - Brad Biggs: Is the coaching staff comfortable using Frey because he will line up correctly and be assignment-sound, or can he make some plays? He's in the mix again, and not all young players get that shot.

Photos - brings you a pictorial preview of the Jets' starters.

Game picks - National and local media outlets make their picks for Monday night's prime time matchup between the Bears (1-1) and Jets (1-1) in New York.

The Bears don't play until Monday night, so Weekend Den game previews won't be updated. Monday's Den will be full of jam.

Brandon Marshall

Marshall's complex history with domestic violence - Thomas Lake: Brandon Marshall's history raises an uncomfortable truth: that it is possible for an NFL player to be both the perpetrator and the victim of domestic violence.

Sorry you’re not sorry, Brandon Marshall - Tim Baffoe: Marshall made yesterday all about him and not only that was doubly counterproductive, but at no point did he apologize to anybody. Troy Machir: Bears upset with Marshall's lengthy press conference.

[Video] - David Kaplan, David Haugh: Is it OK to be skeptical of Brandon Marshall? [KAPCON: 5]

Jay Cutler steals some scenes in Brandon Marshall's 'A Football Life' - Nate Davis: NFL Films documentary focuses on wideout's battles, but the real jewels come from Cutler playfully (and sometimes not) mocking the ebullient and spotlight-craving Marshall in practice and on the sideline.


10 thoughts on the Bears - Adam L. Jahns: Marshall’s news conference creates minimal distraction; special teams; Bears-Jets. Michael C. WrightBears add LB to practice squad, drop WR.

Forte understands Bears’ focus on passing game - (CBS): Joining the Spiegel and Mannelly Show on 670 The Score on Friday morning, Matt Forte expressed an understanding of why the Bears have gone to the air so often early in the season [with Audio].

X&Os - Football Outsiders' Ben Muth with a look at how the Bears' O-line kept Jay Cutler upright against the 49ers. [Hat tip to weepingbear.]

[Video] - Dan Jiggetts answers fans' tweets on Bears Blitz on Comcast Sportsnet Chicago.

[Video] - Jordan Mills answers three off-the-field questions for this weeks[sic] edition of 3 And Out.

Photos - On Dan Hampton's 57th birthday, takes a pictorial look back at the former D-lineman's Hall of Fame career in the NFL.

Ex-Bear news - (ESPN): Former All-American QB Jim McMahon will have his No. 9 jersey retired as he enters the BYU Hall of Fame later this fall, the school announced Thursday.

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Ex-Bear news - Michael C. Wright: Devin Hester unhappy with the end of his Bears tenure, reportedly didn’t want to play receiver for the Bears in 2013. Forte: Hester 'Hall of Fame worthy'.

Know thy enemy: Vikings - Kevin Chroust previews Vikings-Saints: AP's continued absence in Sunday's home opener at the Superdome, where they haven't lost since 2012, bodes well for a New Orleans defense that is surrendering an average of 446 yards.

Know thy enemies - Noey Kupchan's Packers-Lions preview: Only three teams have been less efficient running the ball than the Lions (3.0 yards / carry), but they face a Packers defense giving up an average of 176.5 rushing yards to rank 31st in the league.

Know thy enemies - Michael Rothstein: Lions on Jordy Nelson ... Rob Demovsky: Packers' corners prep for Mega challenge.

Cheerleaders - The best of week 2 from ... USA Today ... ... SportingNews.