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The Bears Den: September 24, 2014 - Chicago Bears week 4 news & notes

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Larry Mayer's Chalk Talk - Larry Mayer discusses the improvement of the defense, Matt Forte as a runner and receiver, and who holds the Bears rookie record for interceptions.

Lunch With Larry - Larry Mayer's fan Q&A session.

Washington and Jay Cutler came close to living happily every after - Jason La Canfora: The behind-the-scenes machinations were diverse and multiple, and the fallout continues to resonate not only within the three organizations directly involved, but around the league.

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Chicago Bears 27, New York Jets 19

What we learned in win over Jets - Larry Mayer lists four things we learned about the Bears in Monday night's win over the Jets, beginning with rookie Kyle Fuller.

[Video] ESPN - Jeff Dickerson breaks down the Bears' 27-19 win over the Jets.

[Video] - Adam Hoge recaps Bears-Jets.

Stats & Info - (CBS): Fast facts from Bears-Jets.  Matt Forte is now second in franchise history in career receptions, with 360.

Game review - Jeff Dickerson with five things we learned in the Bears' victory over the Jets: Defensive turnaround is evident, draft class is booming, and more.

Game review - Greg Gabriel's positives and negatives from the game.

Game review - Michael C. Wright's weekly look at what the Bears must fix.

[Video] SportsTalk Live - Encouraging signs and key moments as Bears grab road win over Jets. [KAPCON: 5]

Game notes - Dan Durkin: Injuries piling up in secondary; quick count caught Jets off guard; Defense is playing ‘greedy’ as Tillman mentors Fuller.

Game notes - Adam Hoge's notes and thoughts in the wake of Bears-Jets.

Game notes - James Neveau: Matt Forte did the little things right in team victory; Ahman Dixon an unheralded hero; Pat O'Donnell progressing.

Game notes - Dan Wiederer, Rich Campbell: Alshon Jeffery snares big catch on big night; run game grinding it out; injury issues at safety; Josh Bellamy signed to PS.

Bennett shines in Bears win - Mini-Larry: With another big game, Martellus Bennett is proving to be more than just a "big dude" in the Chicago offense.

Game grades - Jeff Dickerson's Stock Watch: Ryan Mundy a stabilizing force at SS.

Game grades - Is-Hub Arkush: Is it time to worry about Lance Briggs?

Game grades - Brad Biggs: Rookies make big plays to help turn back Jets near goal line; Cutler sharp in decision-making, takes care of the football.

[Video] SportsTalk Live - Bears' top defensive performers vs Jets. [KAPCON: 5]

[Video] SportsTalk Live - Jay Cutler hangs tough. [KAPCON: 5]

Photos from - Inside the locker room ... from the sideline ... photo journal.


Jared Allen facing familiar foe in search of first sack - Patrick Finley: Veteran DE will benefit Sunday from not having to face a zone-read offense.

Why an Allen-Peppers comparison matters this week - Dan Wiederer: Sunday features a showdown between a pair of aging and accomplished DEs both looking for their breakthroughs with new teams.

Good time for Bears to make a point against Packers - Mike Imrem: The Packers, who play here Sunday, still are the NFC North's team to beat despite their 1-2 start. The Bears' assignment is to be the team that beats the team to beat.

Packers and Bears appear headed in different directions - Mike Mulligan: The Bears currently are loaded with a couple of things the Packers used to boast in excess — faith in an offensive system and confidence in the players operating within it. Now comes a chance to turn the tables on a division bogeyman.


Bears' defense tough when it matters most - Bob LeGere: The Bears have converted their tied-for-league-high 8 take-aways into 35 points, second only to the Falcons.

[Video] SportsTalk Live - Are the Bears a playoff team? [KAPCON: 4]

Joniak’s Journal - Jeff Joniak: Young players are making their mark on the team, none more so than Kyle Fuller; red zone defense among the best in the league.

10 thoughts on the Bears - Mark Potash: Don’t put Kyle Fuller in Hall of Fame ... yet; Bears only the second team in the past five seasons to win back-to-back prime-time games on the road; and more. Patrick Finley: Tillman has surgery on triceps.

Run game struggles neither unique nor concerning - Moon Mullin: The Bears have played three teams with run defenses currently ranked in the top seven this season (Jets  No.1, 49ers No. 7, Bills No. 6).

Gould: Bears molding into complete team - Bears kicker joins the Spiegel and Mannelly Show, is confident that Chicago can win any type of game that needs to be played [with Audio].

[Video] - Jeff Joniak sits down with Willie Young to discuss his decision to sign with the Bears in the offseason.

[Video] Inside the Bears - Lamarr Houston goes for a ride in another edition of "Big Guys in Compact Cars" and reveals his real name, talks about his favorite superheroes and impersonates one of Batman's greatest villains.

[Video] - Bears fans and runners got together for the first ever Super Bears Shuffle 5K at Soldier Field. Brandon Marshall and a few of his teammates surprised some of the winners.

[Video] - Bears mascot Staley pranks some unsuspecting shoppers and does some twerking.

Bears history - Josh Katzowitz with a 1943 photo of Sid Luckman and Bob Snyder, just after they set scoring records in a 56-7 rout of the New York Giants.

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Jack Bechta: The Agent's Journal - The NFL along with each team, are going to have to retool their front offices to minimalize any further embarrassments.

Know thy enemy: Vikings - Jarrett Bell: Teddy Bridgewater is latest change for Vikings. Ben Goessling: Things Vikings must fix.

Know thy enemies - Michael Rothstein and Rob Demovsky with a look at things the Lions and Packers must fix from their week 3 game, respectively.

Know thy enemy: Lions - Robert Klemko: With the new spread-heavy offenses of the NFL, defenses have begun to utilize a new, athletic kind of linebacker such as DeAndre Levy, who can cover better than many safeties.


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