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As the Bears prepare for a trip to Indianapolis, the Colts are cutting starters on their defense. Jerrell Freeman is proving hard for Indy to replace.

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

BEARRRSSSS

Wilson: As Jerrell Freeman returns to Indianapolis as member of Bears, Colts still struggling to replace him - Stampede Blue - This offseason, the Colts let their starting inside linebacker walk in free agency. Even though Jerrell Freeman had been a very good and productive starter for the Colts for four seasons, the team saw him leave for the Chicago Bears.

Fishbain's All-22 Slideshow: Run game on offense, sound coverage on 'D' boost Chicago Bears in win | Pro Football Weekly - Using the coaches tape angle, we break down key plays from the Bears' first win.

PFW Chicago Podcast: Bears fantasy football talk and a Colts preview - Pro Football Weekly - We have a Bears win to recap! What went right against the Lions, and what do the Bears still need to improve? Then we talk fantasy football from a Bears perspective with Michael Beller (@MBeller) (7:38) of Sports Illustrated.

Mayer: Lunch with Larry 10.4.16 - ChicagoBears.com - Bears Senior Writer Larry Mayer discussed the Bears win over Detroit, the defensive performance and answered fan questions during the lunch hour.

Perez: Bears are road underdogs for Week 5 game - Bears Wire - Despite a win in Week 4, the Bears are road underdogs against the Colts in Week 5 of the 2016 NFL season.

Jahns: Twitter Q&A: Why isn't CB Deiondre' Hall playing more for Bears? - Chicago Sun-Times - The Sun-Times’ experts can answer your Bears questions all week on Twitter. Here’s a sampling of Tuesday's queries sent to @adamjahns.

Ditka: Ditka weighs in on Cutler, Hoyer and Odell Beckham Jr. - Chicago Sun-Times - I think coach John Fox has a tough decision coming up.

Emma: Bears Have Called Jay Cutler’s Future Into Doubt - CBS Chicago - Could we be watching the beginning of the end for the Bears and Cutler?

Wiederer: Game ball or not, Jordan Howard earns Bears' trust - Chicago Tribune - Game ball or not, Jordan Howard earned additional respect from his teammates and coaches, turning in a gritty effort in which he averaged 4.8 yards per carry.

Campbell: Let's play John Fox's quarterback guessing game - Chicago Tribune - Bears coach John Fox remained ambiguous when asked what guidelines he'll use to determine his starting quarterback once Jay Cutler is cleared to return.

Biggs Bears Q&A: Jay Cutler trade option, Jordan Howard vs. Jeremy Langford, injuries and more - Chicago Tribune - The Tribune's Brad Biggs answers your questions every week.

Campbell & Wiederer: How much hope can be found in Bears' first win? - Chicago Tribune - Bears' victory created a surge of positive energy for a team that suffered through the distress of a winless September

Mullen: Bears offense fueled by three keys to franchise’s future in win over Lions - CSN Chicago - The Bears had plenty of contributors in their Week 4 win over the Lions. But three young players contributed in ways that could be a good sign for the future.

Boden: Ordinary Joes on Colts' O-line make Andrew Luck need luck - CSN Chicago - The Indianapolis offensive line hasn't protected Andrew Luck much, while Colts running backs are among the least prolific over the past decade.

Bear Download podcast - Chicago Tribune - Rich Campbell and Dan Wiederer are back for a Victory Edition episode: Bright spots and the narrative going forward after the Week 4 win (1.56 mark), Odell Beckham Jr. and Brandon Marshall's response (20:09), QB games with John Fox (25:39) and Eddie Royal, the MVP of the win (41.36)

Perez: Bears’ silence on Kevin White’s injury speaks volumes - Bears Wire - The Chicago Bears have not provided an update on Kevin White's ankle injury, raising concerns that it could be worse than originally feared

Boden: Colts' defense forces offense to play keep-up - CSN Chicago - A quarter of the way through the season, the Colts' defensive staff changes haven't worked too well, Indy allowing 31 points per game.

Mullen: John Fox holding Bears QB decision off until later this week - CSN Chicago - For the third time in less than a week, John Fox deferred his Jay Cutler-or Brian Hoyer decision.

Biggs ANNOYING SLIDE SHOW: Week 5 NFL power rankings - Chicago Tribune - The Tribune's Brad Biggs ranks NFL teams after Week 4 (Last week’s ranking in parentheses).

POLISH SAUSAGE

Shook: Falcons agree to terms with A.J. Hawk - NFL.com - The Falcons are turning to a veteran defender to help with their thin linebacking corps. Atlanta has agreed to terms with linebacker A.J. Hawk, according to Hawk's agent.

KNOW THY ENEMY

Approval rating for Colts Head Coach Chuck Pagano running at 95 percent against - Stampede Blue - We are now officially at the quarter pole of the 2016 NFL season for the Indianapolis Colts, and it's safe to say that things haven't gone like the team or their fans had hoped.

Wilson: Colts cut starters Antonio Cromartie, Sio Moore - Stampede Blue - The Indianapolis Colts made two very notable roster moves today as they cut two starters following Sunday’s disappointing loss. The Colts released cornerback Antonio Cromartie and waived inside...

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Householder: Four Bears Observations Through Four Games - Windy City Gridiron - What have we learned about the Bears in the first quarter of the season?

Wiltfong: Ten Thoughts on the NFL - Windy City Gridiron - Check out my latest Thoughts on the National Football League.

WIltfong: Do the Chicago Bears finally have a working game-plan? - Windy City Gridiron - In the latest edition of T Formation Conversation, Lester looks at what worked against the Detroit Lions and talks about applying that same game-plan to this Sunday's game against the Indianapolis Colts.

Wiltfong: NFL Power Rankings, The Chicago Bears are not 32nd! - 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. The Chicago Bears are not the worst team in football. I repeat. ...

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