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Detroit weekend is here. Time to go Lion hunting.

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BEAR DOWN, CHICAGO BEARS, BEAR DOWN!!!!

BEARRRSSSS

Perez: Jordan Howard ready to seize starting RB job in Week 4 vs. Lions - Bears Wire - Chicago Bears rookie running back Jordan Howard is set to make his first NFL start in Week 4 against the Detroit Lions

Rosendoom: A play that sums up the Bears’ disturbingly bad offense - Chicago Tribune - I don’t know if you can point to just one play that symbolizes the Bears’ uncoordinated and disturbingly lousy offense, but I’m going to try.

Cox: Lions provide breakout opportunity for Leonard Floyd - Bears Wire - Chicago Bears rookie outside linebacker Leonard Floyd could be in for a breakout game as he faces struggling Lions left tackle Taylor Decker.

Hub Arkush: Detroit Lions have holes in their defense that Chicago Bears can exploit - Pro Football Weekly - But Bears' 'D' will have a tough time defending against Matthew Stafford

Mayer: Bears news week-in-review - ChicagoBears.com - As the Bears prepare to host the Lions Sunday at Soldier Field, we take a look back at the stories that made news this week at Halas Hall.

Finley: 10 Bears questions On Lions' 6-0 streak, home woes & Mega-Waltz - Chicago Sun-TimesJohn Fox didn’t challenge a spot in Week 1, saying that dog piles such as the end of Brock Osweiler’s sneak typically don’t result in overturned calls

Perez: Chicago Bears vs. Detroit Lions 2016, 6 things to know about their Week 4 game - Bears Wire - Six things to know about the Chicago Bears game vs. the Detroit Lions in Week 4 of the 2016 NFL season

Arthur Arkush: Locked On Bears Podcast - Matt Dery, Locked on Lions host, joins the show to dissect the visiting team Sunday @ Soldier Field

DeWitt: Week 4 Preview Podcast, Are The Detroit Lions Who We Think They Are? - Da Bears Brothers - Da Bears Brothers preview the Week 4 Bears matchup against the Detroit Lions and highlight key players and stats that will determine the game's outcome.

Bears Talk: Youth to contribute - ChicagoBears.com - Jeff Joniak and Tom Thayer are joined by former Bears defensive end Corey Wootton on the Week 4 edition of "Bears Talk" to discuss the Chicago Bears matchup up division rival, the Detroit Lions. Ken's Note: This is a good one, give it a watch.

The Pick is in: Bears-Lions - ChicagoBears.com - NFL analysts from across the nation make their picks for this week's matchup between the Chicago Bears and the Detroit Lions at Soldier Field.

Campbell, Wiederer & Biggs: How 0-3 Bears can win their first game - Chicago Tribune - Quarterback Jay Cutler is likely to miss his second consecutive start, still dealing with a sprained thumb on his throwing hand.

Five Questions with Windy City Gridiron: It’s not the end of Jay Cutler... is it? - Pride Of Detroit - We speak with Jeff Berckes about rookie grades, injuries and all manner of ills plaguing the Bears.

Mamola: 3 Keys to Beating the Detroit Lions - NFL Spin Zone - On paper, this Week 4 matchup appears to give a slight edge to the Detroit Lions (1-2). However, the Chicago Bears (0-3) do have a shot of winning (finally), and here’s how:

Weaver: What Joique Bell brings to the Chicago Bears - Cover32Joique Bell is already a somewhat known commodity for the Chicago Bears. On Tuesday the team signed the former Detroit Lions running back...

Finley: Bears WR Kevin White improving, still putting pressure on himself - Chicago Sun-TimesKevin White’s best play Sunday was rooted in his worst one.

Potash: Short-handed, under-performing front seven has to be better - Chicago Sun-Times - Like every good NFL defense, it was supposed to start up front for the Bears. But "We’re not playing up to our ability," Bears defensive end Mitch Unrein said when asked about the early season performance of the defensive front. "Even if we were 3-0 there would be things to improve on. But we’re not 3-0. We’re 0-3, so there’s a lot of stuff we need to improve on."

Jahns: Is the Bears' offensive line coming together? - Chicago Sun-Times - Adam L. Jahns' "Inside the Huddle" column appears in game-day editions of the Chicago Sun-Times.

Joniak: Keys To Bears-Lions - CBS Chicago - The Bears (0-3) host the Lions (1-2) on Sunday at Soldier Field at noon.

Mullin: Bears defensive backs using off-field bonds to improve on-field ones - CSN Chicago - Every Thursday night, Bears defensive backs try to all get together at Tracy Porter’s house for dinner in an attempt to strengthen bonds both on and off the field.

Campbell: Rookie Jordan Howard hopes to get Bears offense running vs. Lions - Chicago Tribune - The Bears will turn to rookie Jordan Howard to jump-start their sputtering running game, but their problems go much deeper than the rotation of backs.

Biggs: Bears have no choice but to go young in secondary - Chicago Tribune - The Chicago Bears need to identify young players who can be building blocks at defensive back so GM Ryan Pace can turn to other positions of need.

Campbell: No way around it, quarterback Brian Hoyer must play better - Chicago Tribune - Bears problems and questions on both sides of the ball are legion, but if quarterback Brian Hoyer doesn't make some plays improvement elsewhere won't matter.

Hub Arkush: Injury to Cutler, struggles on offense put future of Bears QB in spotlight - Pro Football Weekly - Chicagoans running for the exit sign on their beloved Bears bandwagon appear to need a bit of a jolt to their memories before making the final leap.

What They're Saying About the Bear & Lions - ChicagoBears.com - According to the official Lions website, here is what Detroit players and coaches are saying about Sunday's home game against the Bears.

Perez: Chicago Bears Week 4 injury report vs. Detroit Lions - Bears Wire - A look at the Chicago Bears injury report in advance of their Week 4 game against the Detroit Lions

Emma: What To Watch For, Bears-Lions - CBS Chicago - Could this be a big game for Alshon Jeffery and Kevin White?

Wiederer & Campbell: Jay Cutler 'doubtful' for Lions - Chicago Tribune - Details on the latest Bears' injury report with insight and analysis from Halas Hall.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Birdo: Week 4 fantasy starters and benchwarmers - Chicago Sun-Times - Over the first three weeks, Russell Wilson has racked up more injuries (three) than TD passes (two).

Knoblach: Cleveland Browns planning to release Josh Gordon - NFL.com - The return of Josh Gordon has hit another snag. The Cleveland Browns wideout is entering a rehabilitation facility and the team is making plans to release him, Ian Rapoport reports.

McGuire: Eli Manning's got (dad) jokes about the Vikings - The ComebackNew York Giants quarterback Eli Manning talked to the media before the Giants-Vikings game this Sunday, and broke out a cringeworthy dad joke.

KNOW THY ENEMY

Alper: Marvin Jones practicing Friday and looks fine - ProFootballTalk - The NFL's leader in receiving yards through the first three weeks of the season popped up on Thursday's injury report with a hamstring injury, but it looks like Marvin Jones will be good to go against the Bears this weekend.

POD Week 4 staff predictions: We’re all taking the Lions over Bears - Pride Of Detroit - It worked last time, so let’s do it again.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Wiltfong: Chicago Bears Injury Report, Jay Cutler doubtful, Alshon Jeffery questionable - Windy City Gridiron - Here’s the full injury report for the Chicago Bears and the Detroit Lions. The two teams will meet this Sunday at Soldier Field.

Householder: Three Important Bears for Lions game - Windy City Gridiron - Key players for Bears to get a win.

Silverstein: We need to talk about the Lions - Windy City Gridiron - Hardly the doormat, the Detroit Lions are riding a six-game winning streak against the Bears, and have a better record than we do since our trip to the NFC title game six seasons ago. It’s time we acknowledge them as a legitimate threat to our psyche.

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