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The Bears Den: September 22, 2014 - Chicago Bears vs New York Jets week 3 news & notes

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Bears' depth will be tested vs Jets - Larry Mayer: With five opening-day starters slated to miss Monday night’s road game against the Jets due to injuries, the Bears’ depth will be tested on both sides of the ball.

Emery's Bears came up big against 49ers; must do the same vs Jets - Mark Potash: Monday night’s game will be a test of the depth that Emery feels he is building — a particularly important test considering how the defense collapsed when injuries piled up last season.

Who are the Bears? - David Haugh: An opportunity to provide a definitive answer awaits a team that still has much to prove.

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Game preview - Matt Becker: Jets' secondary will have their hands full trying to slow down Cutler, who has a 61.6 completion percentage and 14:3 TD:INT ratio in leading the Bears to a 6-1 record on Mondays.

Bears gearing up for variety of blitzes - Larry Mayer: The Bears spent much of the past week trying to decipher the wide variety of blitzes they could see Monday night at MetLife Stadium.

Bears can take advantage of Jets' blitz - Matt Bowen: With the ability of Marshall, Jeffery and Bennett to create leverage at the point of attack, Cutler will have options in the passing game to target the secondary when the Jets come after the QB.

Bears must move Jets' powerful D-line - Bob LeGere: The Bears face a daunting task Monday night trying to get their run game going against one of the league's biggest and most impenetrable run defenses. James Neveau: Run game must show progress.

Game preview - Dan Durkin: If Cutler is kept clean in the pocket and the Bears defense can keep Smith in the pocket, Chicago should notch its second road victory of the young season. Preparing for pressure packages. Dan Wiederer: Bears mantra for Jets: Protect the passer.

De la Puente at the center of Bears' scheme vs Jets - Chris Boden: Brian de la Puente and Michael Ola to his left will work with the three regular starting linemen in trying to keep Cutler clean and out-scheme the blitz-happy Rex Ryan on the road.

[Video] Game preview - Will the Jets defense have their way with the banged up O-line of the Bears?

Game preview - The Tribune with matchups, thoughts on the game, and game picks. Sun-Times picks.

Game preview - Mark Potash with a look at how the teams match up.

Game preview - Adam L. Jahns: In their own words, five Bears and five Jets to watch in New Jersey on Monday night in Week 3.

Game preview - Jeff Joniak's keys to the game. More thoughts.

[Video] ESPN - Jon Gruden and Mike Tirico preview the Monday Night Football matchup between the Jets and the Bears, during which the running game will be key.

[Video] View from the Moon - Moon Mullin: Giving Jay Cutler time is key as big receivers can be a mismatch even when not fully healthy.

[Audio] Game preview - Lester speaks.  You listen!  You listen now!

Game preview: D-line - Moon Mullin: Bears need to slow down talented Jets rushing offense with a pair of rookie DTs in Ego Ferguson and Will Sutton.

Game preview: LBs - Moon Mullin: McClellin void creates uncertainty as Bears prepare to face top-ranked rushing attack on Monday night.

Game preview: DBs - Moon Mullin: The Jets running out of nickel personnel would involve Isaiah Frey in the run defense, at 190 pounds, vs D.J. Williams at 240 pounds.

Game preview: QB - Moon Mullin: Cutler may be looking to take advantage of injured cornerback Dee Milliner but his own athleticism and ability to vary the tempo created problems for a good 49ers defense.

Game preview: O-line - Moon Mullin: The blitzing of Ryan is its own problem but if the Jets can collapse the center of the protection with their power front and get in the face of Cutler, a broader collapse is almost inevitable.

Game preview: WR/TE - Moon Mullin: The Jets do not have the secondary to match up against the Bears' big targets, but they use pressure to cover their vulnerabilities.

Game preview: RBs - Moon Mullin: The primary Jets front four weigh 294-315-350-290. Running at that kind of mass is problematic. Stretching it out and forcing it to run horizontally early can tire out a unit for a second half run, literally and figuratively.

Game notes - Dan Wiederer: Shea McClellin, more injury news; spotlight on Calvin Pryor; can the Bears establish the run?

Team notes - Dan Durkin: Similar offensive schemes benefit Bears preparation; offense sees opportunities over middle; injury news.

Team notes - Adam L. Jahns: Returners have work cut out as Hester’s successors; spotlight on Michael Ola.

Injury news - Adam Hoge: Second straight season Shea McClellin will miss the game following a breakout performance; more from the injury report.

Game preview - Brad Gagnon: 12 things to know about Week 3's MNF game.

Know thy enemy - Brad Biggs with a scouting report on Muhammad Wilkerson, a disruptive pass-rushing threat who can have success lining up anywhere along the line.

[Video] - A roundup of players and coaches speaking throughout the week as the Bears prepare to take on the Jets in New Jersey on Monday Night Football.

Madden - Rich Mayor: Virtual Bears have what it takes to beat Virtual Jets, as Virtual Marshall isn't targeted once by Virtual Cutler.

Game previews updated 15.30 CT / 21.30 GMT.  More in the Weekend Bears Den.

Bears set to face Jets under the lights - Larry Mayer: The Bears will look to win their second straight primetime road game Monday night when they face the Jets at MetLife Stadium.

Team notes - Bob LeGere: Big plays there if Bears can beat the blitz; Cutler keeps huddle focused; Jets' rushing attack.

[Audio] - Marc Trestman: Alshon Jeffery and Brandon Marshall are both expected to play tonight; Jet's running game will challenge Bears.

[Video] Game preview - Not-Hub Fishbain and Not-Hub Arkush report from Halas Hall ahead of the Bears primetime showdown against the Jets.

Game preview - Chris Boden's three keys for a Bears victory Monday night against the Jets.

[Video] Game preview - Moon Mullin: How will the Bears go about beating the Jets?

Game preview - Jeff Dickerson with a look at how the teams match up.

Game picks - Thoughts and predictions from Moon Mullin ... Adam Hoge ... ESPN Chicago ... ESPN / Ditka.

[Video] ESPN - The EA Madden simulator predicts the outcome of the Bears-Jets matchup on Monday Night Football.


Young making the most of playing time - Bob LeGere: Even though he's not starting, Willie Young has been a huge contributor to the defense with 3 of the team's 5 sacks.

Hoke confident Bears will adjust without Tillman - Chris Boden: While Eric Decker's sore hamstring could provide some relief in a weak Jets wideout corps, upcoming matchups will be more challenging.

Most impressive rookie through two weeks? - Doug Farrar: It's very, very difficult to come into the NFL as a cornerback, with the league's restrictive rules, and play at a high level against excellent receivers from the start. But that's exactly what Kyle Fuller has done so far.

Matt Forte standout from Class of 2008 - Brad Biggs: Bears gave consideration to drafting Jamaal Charles with next pick after Matt Forte in 2008, so committed were they to getting off the bus running.

Bears doing good things - Adam L. Jahns: Josh Bellamy foots bill for NFL’s good guys, describes Bears as ‘‘very, very welcoming.’’

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Know thy enemy: Vikings 9, Saints 20 - (AP): Minnesota's loss capped a week of distractions as Matt Cassel left the game with a broken foot [with Video highlights].

Know thy enemy: Vikings - Ben Goessling: Vikings' new Bridgewater plan: Trial by fire.  Rapid Reaction. John Breech: Vikings have no plans for Adrian Peterson jersey exchange.

Know thy enemies: Packers 7, Lions 19 - (AP): Suh and the Lions pressured Aaron Rodgers throughout, and Detroit's injury-plagued secondary was never a problem Sunday [with Video highlights].

Know thy enemy: Packers - Rob Demovsky: Fourth-down miss sums up Aaron Rodgers' woes ... Packers, Lacy can't explain run game issues ... Rapid Reaction.

Know thy enemy: Lions - Michael Rothstein: Lions' D-line dominates Green Bay ... Rapid Reaction.

Laugh at the Lions - Sid Saraf: Linebacker Stephen Tulloch hurts himself... celebrating a sack [with .gif].


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