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The Bear's Den: October 19, 2016

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What happened the last time Chicago played in Green Bay on a Thursday Night? Anybody remember?

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

BEARRRSSSS

Wiederer: Pernell McPhee on prolonged absence from Bears ‘It’s been real stressful’ - Chicago TribuneBears outside linebacker Pernell McPhee is eligible to play Thursday night in Green Bay.

Hub Arkush: Chicago Bears show flashes of good, lots of inconsistency in review of Jacksonville Jaguars game - Pro Football Weekly - There are weeks when watching the tape of the Bears' most recent game three or four times to write this column feels like a punishment of some kind. So, as I watched Sunday’s loss to the Jaguars, over and over it occurred to me more than once: What did I do to deserve this? Ken's Note: Congrats on joining the "I whine a lot because my job requires me to watch professional football on a monitor" club, Hub. Try working a management shift at a Micky-D's just once, and you will never whine about how punishing it is to watch sports on a computer with a cuppa and a doughnut, bud.

Cox: Bobby Massie showing gradual improvement on right side - Bears Wire - Chicago Bears right tackle Bobby Massie was horrendous early in the season, but he is improving into a serviceable offensive lineman.

Cox: Jaguars picked on banged-up Bryce Callahan on key 4th quarter drive - Bears Wire - Chicago Bears cornerback Bryce Callahan was battling a hamstring injury, and the Jacksonville Jaguars took advantage in the fourth quarter.

Perez: Packers likely to be without Eddie Lacy in Week 7 vs. Bears - Bears Wire - The Chicago Bears will face the Green Bay Packers in Week 7 of the 2016 NFL season who will be without starting running back Eddie Lacy

Wiederer: Willie Young bothered by iffy roughing-the-passer call - Chicago Tribune - Late in the third quarter, Willie Young was flagged for roughing the passer when he jabbed Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles in the face mask during a rush.

Bears film session: Red-zone futility not all Brian Hoyer's fault - Chicago Tribune - If the Bears eventually turn back to Jay Cutler, it will likely be because the yards they are racking up aren't turning into enough points as the team bogs down in the red zone. They could have put the Jaguars away with a touchdown in the fourth quarter of Sunday's 17-16 loss at Soldier Field,...

Rosendoom: Playoffs!?! You kidding me? John Fox mentions playoffs!?! - Chicago Tribune - John Fox’s Bears own a record so bad that even people eating hot dogs in the press box can see the season is over. Ken's Note: Why are they serving hot dogs in the press box. Polish sausage, that's the Chicago way!

Mayer: Lunch with Larry 10.18.16 - ChicagoBears.com - Bears Senior Writer Larry Mayer discussed quarterback Brian Hoyer, the Bears' injuries, bright spots and status for this week's TNF game against the Packers.

Perez: Jay Cutler still not practicing, unlikely to start in Week 7 vs. Packers - Bears Wire - Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler still isn't practicing and appears unlikely to start in Week 7 vs. the Green Bay Packers

Potash: At 1-5, it has to be asked, do the Bears miss Lovie Smith? - Chicago Sun-Times - Was Dave Toub right? "We are very lucky — the Chicago Bears are very lucky — to have Lovie Smith, and we better realize that," Toub said as the Sword of Damacles hung over Smith at the end of the 2012 season. "Everybody better realize that." Ken's Note: Not sure if the Bears miss Lovie, entirely sure that we miss Dave Toub however.

By the Numbers: Bears at Packers - ChicagoBears.com - The Bears and Packers once again meet in primetime, with both teams' quarterbacks hoping to maintain positive momentum.

Kwiecinski: Injuries may leave the Bears thin at cornerback in Week 7 vs. Packers - Bears Wire - The Chicago Bears could be without starting cornerback Tracy Porter for the Week 7 Thursday Night showdown against the Packers

Perez: After 1-5 start, Bears currently hold top-5 pick in 2017 NFL draft - Bears Wire - The Chicago Bears currently hold the highest pick they've had in the first round of the NFL draft since 2005 after their 1-5 start

Finley (Podcast) After inexcusable loss, Bears need to dig deep vs. rival - Chicago Sun-Times - The Sun-Times' Patrick Finley welcomes colleague Mark Potash to discuss where the Bears can pivot against after a shocking loss at home to the Jags

Mullin: A Bears turnaround involves more than just winning at Green Bay - CSN Chicago - Finishing games and playing with confidence are two themes John Fox is trying to instill in his 1-5 Bears.

Haugh: Bears' view from bottom of their hole brings frustration, emptiness - Chicago Tribune - A Bears playoff run is hardly realistic given the evidence so far. And that opens the question of what truly is feasible for this team over the final 10 games.

Biggs Bears Q&A: Jay Cutler, drafting a QB, hot seats and more - Chicago Tribune - The Tribune's Brad Biggs answers your Bears questions every week.

Mayer: Bears prepping to visit Packers - ChicagoBears.com - Two days after losing to the Jaguars 17-16 at Soldier Field, the Bears returned to the practice field Tuesday to begin preparing for Thursday night's game against the Packers in Green Bay.

Emma: Bears’ Grim Outlook Goes Beyond This Disappointing Season - CBS Chicago - What is worse than 1-5? The lack of organizational growth from these Bears.

Mullin: Can Bears win at Lambeau Field without Rex Grossman or Shea McClellin? - CSN Chicago - The Bears have won two of the past three in Green Bay, but a lack of pass rush this season is concerning when facing Aaron Rodgers.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Steinberg: The NFL is attempting to legislate joy out of its game. Maybe it should stop. - Chicago Tribune - In the perfect NFL game, nobody smiles. Not even on the inside.

KNOW THY ENEMY

Boden: Pack’s defensive backfield in motion - CSN Chicago - The Packers have had some injuries in the defensive backfield, which is something the Bears can hope to expose on Thursday.

Perez: Packers likely to be without Eddie Lacy in Week 7 vs. Bears - Bears Wire - The Chicago Bears will face the Green Bay Packers in Week 7 of the 2016 NFL season who will be without starting running back Eddie Lacy

Boden: Packers fans are not R-E-L-A-Xing about offense - CSN Chicago - Aaron Rodgers and the Packers' offense has not looked as dominant as years past, but the threat is still there.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Wiltfong: Chicago Bears’ Josh Sitton may miss time with ankle injury - Windy City Gridiron - The Chicago Bears may be forced to alter the starting five on their offensive line this week.

Zeglinski: The rise of the Bears’ "other" receiver, Cameron Meredith. - Windy City Gridiron - With extended playing time, the former un-drafted free agent has become one of the Bears’ few bright spots in a long season.

Wiltfong: NFL Power Rankings, Technically the Chicago Bears are still in the playoff hunt - Windy City Gridiron - We take our weekly trip around the interwebs to see where various NFL "experts" rank the Chicago Bears in their NFL Power Rankings.

Wiltfong: Ten Thoughts on the NFL - Windy City Gridiron - Check out my Thoughts on the NFL this week and be sure to add a few of your own in the comment section.

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