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The Bear's Den: October 31, 2016

On Halloween night, can the Bears scare up a victory against Minnesota?

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Rapoport: Bears' brass scrutinizing team, John Fox after another poor start - - With the Chicago Bears once again heading in the wrong direction, the team's brass has begun a full examination of the football operation from top to bottom, Ian Rapoport reports.

Wiedman: Jay Cutler or John Fox the One Auditioning? - NFL Spin Zone - With a Monday Night showdown against the Minnesota Vikings, the Chicago Bears have Jay Cutler back. But who is really auditioning for job security?

Mullin: Bears again seek to end slide vs. Vikings as Jay Cutler returns - CSN Chicago - With an extended time to prepare and Jay Cutler returning as starting quarterback, the Bears look to end their slide against the Vikings.

LeGere: Bears' Porter is on-field coach for young DBs - Daily Herald - Nine-year veteran Tracy Porter is more than the Chicago Bears' best cornerback. The 30-year-old is surrounded by a kiddie-corps secondary that includes six key players 23 or younger and another who just turned 25 last week. None of them had more than one year of NFL experience going into this season, so Porter is like a coach on the field.

Finley: Bears blockers ready for 'America's blitz,' its originator Monday - Chicago Sun-Times - The wrinkle Mike Zimmer developed seven years ago isn’t unique to his teams anymore.

Emma: Bears’ Dysfunction Comes To Light With John Fox On Hot Seat - CBS Chicago - Fox's place as head coach of the Bears is considered "shaky," according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

Mullin: For Bears, a healthier Pernell McPhee for recovering defense - CSN Chicago - The muscles of Pernell McPhee's surgically repaired left leg are almost the same size as his right one, a telling indicator of how his comeback is proceeding.

Campbell: Bears believe supporting cast key to Jay Cutler's success - Chicago Tribune - Jay Cutler will need a strong group around him Monday night against the Vikings but guards Josh Sitton and Kyle Long real iffy.

Wiederer: Glimpse into what makes the Vikings' defensive world so successful - Chicago Tribune - What the Vikings have right now on defense is what the Bears ultimately want, a loose swagger and a belief they can conquer all challengers.

Campbell: Eliminating turnovers will be critical for Jay Cutler in return vs. Vikings - Chicago Tribune - The Bears host the NFC North-leading Vikings on Monday night in their only game between Oct. 21 and Nov. 12. With the open date scheduled for next week, the

Mamola: 5 Reasons to Still Watch the Chicago Bars in 2016 - NFL Spin Zone - It has been a pretty awful 2016 season for the Chicago Bears, but there are still plenty of reasons why you should still tune in every Sunday.

Finley: What can Bears learn from Vikings, thriving since major injuries? - Chicago Sun-Times - Mike Zimmer didn’t know what to tell the Vikings when Teddy Bridgewater suffered a catastrophic knee injury 13 days before the regular season started

Finley: 'Tough one to call,' but Bears G Josh Sitton wants to play Monday - Chicago Sun-Times - Josh Sitton wants to play Monday night.

Mullin: Bears hoping to avoid familiar problem as Jay Cutler returns from thumb injury - CSN Chicago - Monday's game against a Vikings defense among the NFL’s best, while Jay Cutler is without many key players, will challenge his focus.

Vikings at Bears: Can worst-scoring offense solve stingiest defense? - Chicago TribuneJay Cutler's return to the huddle this week brought

Campbell: Ghost or goblin? Bears linebacker Pernell McPhee out for blood - Chicago Tribune - Bears linebacker Pernell McPhee promises to be close to usual dominating self against the Vikings on Halloween in second game back from injury.


Babb & Rich: Fan violence and how to contain it - Chicago Tribune - An equally alarming threat is unruly fan behavior in and around NFL stadiums. It has some in the league concerned that it is driving fans to stay away.


Huffman: Vikings at Bears: Preview, Predictions, and More - - The Minnesota Vikings head to Soldier Field to face the Chicago Bears on Halloween for a battle between divisional foes on Monday Night Football.

Mayer: Long, two others unlikely to play - - Bears guard Kyle Long, receiver Eddie Royal and nose tackle Eddie Goldman did not practice Saturday and were listed as doubtful for Monday night’s game against the Vikings.

2016 Bears Halloween Cinemagraphs - - With the Bears facing the Vikings on Halloween night, we created these Monsters of the Midway cinemagraphs for our social media accounts.

Cox: Ryan Pace among four Bears scouts at Notre Dame-Miami game - Bears Wire - Chicago Bears general manager Ryan Pace got a first-hand look at two of the draft's top quarterback prospects at Notre Dame-Miami.

Kwiecinski: Vikings will be lacking depth vs. Bears on Monday Night - Bears Wire - A look at the Vikings injury report for Week 8 Monday Night Football vs. the Bears

Skol Girl: Feeling Minnesota - Daily Norseman - Learing to look for the upside in bad situations is a Minnesota survival skill. It works especially well when cheering for the Vikings.


Wiltfong: Chicago Bears vs Minnesota Vikings Injury Report, Kyle Long doubtful - Windy City Gridiron - Here’s the full injury report in advance of the Monday Night game between the Bears and Vikings.


Kilmoturtles: And with the first pick in the 2017 NFL draft, da Bears select.. - Windy City Gridiron - Who do you guys think we should draft for our fist pick? It has to be a quarterback, right? I'm not a fan of Desaun Watson with Clemson, but I do like Deshon Kizer,and he will most likely...

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