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The Bear's Den: October 20, 2016

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Packers Day! It's time to drop a beatdown on those smug cheeseheads, right? Right!

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

BEARRRSSSS

Hirschhorn: Bears-Packers Q&A with Jeff Berckes of WCG debating Cutler vs. Hoyer - Acme Packing Company - Jeff Berckes of SB Nation's Chicago Bears blog Windy City Gridiron answers our questions about Jay Cutler vs. Brian Hoyer, Chicago's brain trust, and what he expects from Bears vs. Packers.

Fantasy Football: Start or sit for Bears vs. Packers - Cover32 - The Chicago Bears visit their old rivals the Green Bay Packers this week on Thursday Night Football. Here is a look at who to sit and who to start in fantasy football.

Mayer: Players to watch versus Packers - ChicagoBears.com - Larry Mayer and Eli Kaberon of ChicagoBears.com discuss the Bears players they'll be watching on both sides of the ball in Thursday night's road game against the Green Bay Packers.

Fishbain: Sitton, Porter, Royal among those who missed Tuesday's practice - Pro Football Weekly - Bears could be without several key players for Thursday's game vs. Packers

PFW Chicago Podcast: Previewing Bears-Packers on Thursday Night Football - Pro Football Weekly - It's Color Rush Week! But before we give you our analysis of the Bears uniforms for Thursday night, Kevin recaps what went wrong in the loss to the Jaguars (2:37). We turn the page to the Packers and preview the game with Ryan Wood.

Emma: Thursday’s Date With The Bears May Reveal The Real Aaron Rodgers - CBS Chicago - Rodgers has struggled more than ever this season, but the Bears have a depleted defense, particularly in the secondary.

Mayer: Players to watch versus Packers - ChicagoBears.com - Larry Mayer and Eli Kaberon of ChicagoBears.com discuss the Bears players they'll be watching on both sides of the ball in Thursday night's road game against the Green Bay Packers.

Cox: Bears can take advantage of Packers’ aggressive run defense - Bears Wire - The Dallas Cowboys had success running on the Green Bay Packers' defense, providing a blueprint for the Chicago Bears.

Kwiecinski: Bears will don all navy in Week 7 as part of NFL’s ‘Color Rush’ - Bears Wire - The Chicago Bears will wear all navy uniforms in Week 7 against the Green Bay Packers

Perez: Why Cameron Meredith should be starting in your fantasy football league - Bears Wire - Chicago Bears WR Cameron Meredith should be starting in your fantasy football league in Week 7 versus the Green Bay Packers

Mullin: Bears' pass rush needs Pernell McPhee, but when will he return? - CSN Chicago - The Bears' ineffective pass rush desperately needs Pernell McPhee to return, but he's not expected to be available vs. the Packers.

Mulligan: Has John Fox lost his turnaround touch? - Chicago Tribune - Six weeks into a disastrous second season with the Bears you can't help but wonder if John Fox has taken on one rebuild too many. Is he still what he once was?

Bear Download podcast - Chicago Tribune - Rich Campbell and Dan Wiederer talk about the Bears' spiral since their last visit (and win) to Lambeau Field last Thanksgiving

Cambell, WIederer and Biggs: Expect Aaron Rodgers to heat up - Chicago Tribune - A short week was the last thing the banged-up Bears needed, especially with quarterback Aaron Rodgers coming up.

Beller: Cameron Meredith quickly becoming a key part of Bears' future - FOX Sports - Sports Illustrated - Bears WR Cameron Meredith is carving out a place for himself in the Chicago offense, making him relevant in nearly all fantasy football leagues.

NFL odds: Packers have the edge on Bears as struggling NFC North teams meet - FOX Sports - The Packers and Bears are both struggling heading into their Thursday night showdown, but Green Bay is still a heavy favorite.

Fishbain: To opponents, no change in Packers quarterback, 'Aaron Rodgers is still Aaron Rodgers' - Pro Football Weekly - Packers' offense and Rodgers have been off to start the season

Mayer: Offense aims to produce more points - ChicagoBears.com - Heading into Green Bay Thursday night, the Bears offense is focused on generating more points by improving on third down and scoring more touchdowns in the red zone.

Cox: Bears lucky to be facing Aaron Rodgers playing at his worst - Bears Wire - The Chicago Bears are lucky that they play the Green Bay Packers at a time when Aaron Rodgers is playing so poorly.

Mullin: Bears, Packers dealing with new injuries on offense - CSN Chicago - The Bears and Green Bay Packers will both likely be without two key members of their respective offenses Thursday night at Lambeau Field.

Campbell: Bears to play Packers without Josh Sitton and probably Pernell McPhee - Chicago Tribune - Former Packers guard Josh Sitton is expected to miss his return to Green Bay after he sprained his right ankle late in Sunday's loss to the Jaguars.

Wiederer: Missed opportunities gnawing at inconsistent Bears offense - Chicago Tribune - On so many occasions, the Bears had the Jaguars on the ropes. And as has been the case for most of the season, the offense failed to land the uppercut.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Smith: Roger Goodell says NFL not losing viewers, but some are watching less - ProFootballTalk - The NFL's television ratings decline this season is not a result of fewer fans watching, but rather of fans who are watching football watching less of it than they used to.

Vontaze Burfict fined $75K for unnecessary roughness - NFL.com - Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict was fined $75,000 by the NFL on Wednesday for unnecessary roughness against Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount on Sunday.

KNOW THY ENEMY

What happened to Aaron Rodgers? - NFL Videos - Former NFL scouts Daniel Jeremiah and Bucky Brooks take a look at Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers and answer the question every has; what is wrong with Aaron Rodgers?

Sessler: Mike Zimmer's resiliency defines undefeated Vikings - NFL.com - Mike Zimmer waited forever to run an NFL team, but the 60-year-old clearly is making the most of his opportunity with the 5-0 Vikings. Marc Sessler chronicles one of the league's most respected coaches.

Rosenthal: QB Index - Matthew Stafford up, Aaron Rodgers down? - NFL.com - Matthew Stafford's a top-five quarterback, while Aaron Rodgers continues to plummet down the board. Wait, what?? Gregg Rosenthal updates his quarterback rankings. Who's No. 1? Who's No. 32?

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Silverstein: Rashied Davis, The King of 3rd Down - Windy City Gridiron - How did Rashied Davis go from Arena Football bench-warmer to the #3 receiver on a Super Bowl team in three years? By epitomizing the words "tough," "opportunistic," and "prepared." Also by being...

Berckes: Five Questions With Acme Packing Company - Windy City Gridiron - We get a behind the scenes peek at the arch rival Packers with Jason Hirschhorn of the Acme Packing Company

Mitchell: WCG Power Rankings Cowboy up, Packers fall & Jets crash - Windy City Gridiron - Ezekiel Elliot explodes as Aaron Rodgers does his "Bad Rex" impersonation

Zeglinski's Bearish and Bullish: Week 6, Chicago Bears vs. Jacksonville Jaguars - Windy City Gridiron - Cameron Meredith builds consistency, Ka’Deem Carey makes a return, and more in the Week 6 stock report.

Wiltfong; Are you ready for Jay Cutler to return yet? - Windy City Gridiron - In Lester's latest podcast, T Formation Conversation, he goes over why the Bears need to go back to Jay Cutler as soon as he’s cleared.

FANPOSTS

FanPosts - Recent - Windy City Gridiron - Here's a link to our FanPost section, where YOU have the opportunity to contribute to Windy City Gridiron. Take a few minutes and write a post about what you are thinking about regarding the Chicago Bears, and there'a chance it will be linked right here in the Den.

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