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The Bear's Den: October 27, 2016

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Again we hear fans and even some media using the word "tanking". This isn't the NBA, in the NFL "You Play To Win The Game".

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

BEARRRSSSS

Wesseling: No merit to trade rumors for Bears WR Alshon Jeffery - NFL.com - NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday that there's no merit to trade rumors involving Bears receiver Alshon Jeffery. Find out why franchise players don't get traded.

Mullin: No hard feelings between John Fox and Jay Cutler, but no clear future, either - CSN ChicagoJay Cutler returned to practice on Tuesday and is expected to start against the Vikings, but his future in Chicago beyond 2016 remains murky.

LeGere: O-line hurting as Bears, Cutler face NFL's top defense - Daily Herald - As quarterback Jay Cutler observed, he could have picked a better time to return from the sprained right thumb that sidelined him for five games. Cutler's first game back is against a Minnesota Vikings defense that's No. 1 in the NFL.

Mullin: Bears running back committee still a work in progress as ground game languishes - CSN Chicago - The Bears have had three different leading rushers through seven games, but none have established any sort of consistent identity.

Jahns: 'Lighter, faster' Pernell McPhee feels good about his return - Chicago Sun-Times - Being able to practice Tuesday at Halas Hall meant everything to outside linebacker Pernell McPhee.

Biggs Bears Q&A: Alshon Jeffery trade rumors, Jay Cutler's return and more - Chicago Tribune - The Tribune's Brad Biggs answers your Bears questions weekly.

Wiederer & Campbell: With Jay Cutler back, what's ahead for him, John Fox and the Bears? - Chicago Tribune - From Jay Cutler to Brian Hoyer to Matt Barkley and now back to Cutler again.

Cox: Taking advantage of Vikings’ offensive line is key for Bears to pull off upset - Bears Wire - The Chicago Bears have to beat the Minnesota Vikings in the trenches at get pressure on Sam Bradford if they want to win the upset. WARNING: OBNOXIOUS STUPID LOUD MUSIC, use caution at work if your speakers are turned up.

Mulligan: Jay Cutler's seeming swan song with Bears more like audition for others - Chicago Tribune - As Bears turn back to Jay Cutler out of necessity, the quarterback really will be trying to show other teams what he can do.

Renner: PFF Grades Bears vs. Packers - Pro Football Focus - Here are the top takeaways and highest-graded players for Green Bay's 26-10 win over Chicago.

Bears giving away trip to Tampa game - ChicagoBears.com - Some lucky fans will join the Bears in Tampa Nov. 13 for their game against the Buccaneers.

Perez: Should the Chicago Bears trade Alshon Jeffery? - Bears Wire - A look at whether the Chicago Bears should trade wide receiver Alshon Jeffery. WARNING: OBNOXIOUS STUPID LOUD MUSIC, use caution at work if your speakers are turned up.

Kwiecinski: Chicago Bears vs. Minnesota Vikings 2016 live stream, Time, TV schedule and how to watch online = Bears Wire - Everything you need to know to watch, listen and live stream the Bears vs. Vikings 2016 Monday Night Football game. WARNING: OBNOXIOUS STUPID LOUD MUSIC, use caution at work if your speakers are turned up.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Kurtenbach: Goals for every NFL team for the remainder of the 2016 season - FOX Sports - There are contenders, pretenders, and a lot of "meh" in the middle this year, but each team has something to play for as the season nears its second-half:

Mayer: Bears launch annual coat drive - ChicagoBears.com - Bears equipment manager Tony Medlin was joined by defensive end Akiem Hicks and center Cody Whitehair earlier this week to kick off the team's 28th annual coat drive.

Gantt: Jaguars owner meets with players and coaches - ProFootballTalk - Jaguars owner Shad Khan wants to know what's going on. According to the Associated Press, Khad met with players and coaches Monday, asking "why are we not winning and what can we do to fix it?" Khan has generally been upbeat and low-profile, but his team is now 14-40 under coach Gus Bradley.

KNOW THY ENEMY

Thompson: A brief look at Vikings/Bears history - Daily Norseman - It’s time to kick off our weekly coverage by delving into the history between the Minnesota Vikings and their upcoming opponents. This week it’s the team they have faced off against more than all but one team in their history, the Chicago Bears.

Smith: Artis Hicks says Vikings had a bounty program like the Saints’ - ProFootballTalk - The NFL cracked down severely on the Saints and many of their players and coaches after an investigation revealed a bounty program with cash payouts to players who injured opponents.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Sunderbruch: Reacting to the 2016 Bears - Windy City Gridiron - In a frustrating season it’s worth looking a little more closely at some of the narratives being thrown around.

Silverstein: How Jay Cutler fares after injury (with help from Michael Myers of "Halloween") - Windy City Gridiron - Jay Cutler is back, just in time for the Halloween game Monday night against the Vikings. If that’s not scary enough, let’s take a look at the seven games he’s played in a Bears uniform following...

Wiltfong: NFL Power Ranking Round Up, where are the Bears? - 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.

Mitchell: WCG Power Rankings, Vikings ship sinks with loss of all hands, Patriots back on top - Windy City Gridiron - Another full (and somewhat weird) week in the NFL shakes out the haves from the have-nots

FANPOSTS

TheProudHypocrite: Top 40 music between Butkus & Payton - Windy City Gridiron - Dick Butkus retired after the 1973 season because of bad knees, while Walter Payton was drafted #4 overall in 1975. 1974 marked the only season during the franchise's first 74 seasons (1920 thru...

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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