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The Weekend Bear's Den: October 8-9

Here's everything you need to know about the Bears-Colts game... plus a Green Bay Packer with a fried chicken head

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Krinch: CSN, Wiltfong recap Bears win, preview Week 5 vs. Colts - CSN Chicago -'s Scott Krinch and's Lester Wiltfong reflect on Week 4 and look ahead to Bears-Colts.


Adam Hoge: "I have the Bears winning 24-23 because I just think the Colts are a mess right now" - WGN Radio - Hoge spills the beans on the upcoming Bears-Colts game

DeWitt: Five Crucial Matchups the Bears Must Win to Beat the Colts- Da Bears Brothers - If the Chicago Bears want to get their second win of the season, they must win these five crucial matchups.

Cox: Lamarr Houston named this week’s NFLPA Community MVP - Bears Wire - Chicago Bears outside linebacker Lamarr Houston raised $150,000 to help prevent child abuse, earning honors from the NFLPA for his work.

Perez: Jordan Howard is a must-start in Week 5 fantasy football lineups - Bears Wire - Chicago Bears rookie running back Jordan Howard is a must-start in Week 5 fantasy football lineups vs. Indianapolis Colts

Jahns: Expert says strengthening Kevin White's leg, ankle is all-important - Chicago Sun-Times - Bears offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains’ interactions with receiver Kevin White have been brief this week, but heartfelt. The news that White’s severe high-ankle sprain resulted in a spiral fracture in his left fibula and an injured-reserve designation saddened everyone at Halas Hall.

Emma: What To Watch For, Bears-Colts - CBS Chicago - Can the Bears make it two wins in a row?

MullIn: Brian Hoyer using time-honored simple approach to running Bears offense - CSN ChicagoBrian Hoyer is doing what he does best at the helm for the Bears, keeping it simple by executing the game plan in front of him. And it's working.

Wiederer: Vic Fangio trying to hold Bears defense together as injuries pile up - Chicago Tribune - After four games, Bears defensive coordinator Vic Fangio has used 16 starters and 25 players overall with the thought of building continuity becoming a pipe dream.

Rosendoom: NFL is doing something nearly as remarkable as Cubs winning a World Series - Chicago Tribune - The NFL's ratings are dropping, which could mean the league will be forced to give back money to advertisers.

Wiederer: Will Bears defense be next to pummel Colts' Andrew Luck? - Chicago Tribune - Andrew Luck has been sacked a league-most 15 times and hit on 35 other occasions, enough of a beating to fluster even the most poised quarterback.

Biggs: Jerrell Freeman's winding path to Bears now takes him back to Indianapolis - Chicago Tribune - Pairing former Colts inside linebacker Jerrell Freeman with Danny Trevathan, the Bears have significantly upgraded at the position.

Matchup Stats at Colts - - takes a look at the stats and figures behind the Bears road game against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium.

Perez: Bears hope to have LB Danny Trevathan back for Week 5 game vs. Colts - Bears Wire - Chicago Bears linebacker Danny Trevathan might try to play with a custom cast in Week 5 against the Indianapolis Colts

Jahns: Bears predictions: Week 5 at the Colts - Chicago Sun-Times - The Chicago Sun-Times' experts offer their picks for the Bears' Week 5 matchup against the Colts.

Finley: 10 Bears Questions on Brian Hoyer's blinders, Andrew Luck's film - Chicago Sun-Times - The Bears will watch the same scouting tape again next week.

Potash: If Brian Hoyer keeps the hot hand, Jay Cutler still the Bears QB - Chicago Sun-Times - Most of the knocks on Jay Cutler can be rationalized one way or another, with varying degrees of plausibility: He had

Emma: There’s No Stopping Jerrell Freeman - CBS Chicago - Freeman has nothing more he can prove to the Colts, who let him join the Bears.

Mullin: Bears need to pressure Colts QB Andrew Luck, but exactly who’s going to do it? - CSN Chicago - Colts quarterback Andrew Luck has been sacked a league-high 15 times this season, but only five defenses have less sacks than the Bears.

Wiederer & Campbell: Bears injury tracker, Four players doubtful, 12 questionable for Sunday's game - Chicago Tribune - Details on the latest Bears' injury report with insight and analysis from Halas Hall.

Campbell, Wiederer & Biggs: How the Bears can beat the Colts - Chicago Tribune - The Bears discovered their running game last Sunday against the NFL's worst-ranked run defense.

Hoge: The Football Column, Week 5 - WGN Radio - It sucks. That’s the common sentiment from the Bears’ front office, coaches and players when asked about Kevin White’s latest injury, a spiral fracture in his left fibula. "I love the guy," offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains said. "I hate that this happened."

Mamola: 3 Keys to Beating the Indianapolis Colts - NFL Spin Zone - The Chicago Bears (1-3) take on the Indianapolis Colts (1-3) in Week 5 of the NFL season. Here are three keys for a Bears win.

Hub Arkush: Chicago Bears need to find a pass rush to take down Luck, Indianapolis Colts - Pro Football Weekly - Colts have struggled to protect Andrew Luck, but Bears aren't good getting after the passer

Players to watch versus Colts - - Larry Mayer and Eli Kaberon of discuss the Bears players they'll be watching on both sides of the ball in Sunday's road game against the Indianapolis Colts.

Jahns: Eddie Royal, Leonard Floyd officially listed as questionable - Chicago Sun-Times - A look at the Bears' injuries heading into the Colts game.

Wiederer: After gruesome thumb injury, Danny Trevathan itching to return - Chicago TribuneDanny Trevathan's thumb is useless, immobilized by a protective brace. He's wearing a specially designed cast that allows him to some use of his fingers.

Wiederer: With Leonard Floyd questionable, Bears first-round picks dropping like flies - Chicago TribuneLeonard Floyd's calf injury comes alongside Kevin White's fractured fibula and a week after Kyle Fuller went on injured reserve with a knee issue.

PODCAST: How can the Bears' defense exploit Colts QB Andrew Luck? - Chicago Sun-Times - The Chicago Sun-Times' Patrick Finley gets you ready for the Bears-Colts game in the latest Halas Intrigue podcast:

Finley: With Kevin White hurt, can Bears' Cam Meredith be silver lining? - Chicago Sun-Times - For practical purposes it couldn’t have worked out better: the Bears’ only Chicagoland native will make his first career start a three-hour drive away


Zimmerman: Former Bears running back Thomas Jones "The highlight of my career was going to the Super Bowl with the Chicago Bears" - WGN Radio - Former Chicago Bears great Thomas Jones joins Justin to reflect on his great NFL career and to discuss his new career as an actor in Hollywood. Thomas talks about taking the Chicago Bears to the Super Bowl, how he didn’t want to leave the organization, his contentious relationship with Cedric Benson, the unique experience of playing with the Bears and the team having fans all over the world, making the transition from professional athlete to professional actor, the similarities between being an actor and an athlete and his role in the new Netflix series, "Luke Cage."

McGuire: Packers Jared Cook got a chicken head at Buffalo Wild Wings, and there's a gross pic - The Comeback - Well, if you ever wanted to see a chicken head as served to an NFL tight end at Buffalo Wild Wings, do we have the post for you! Ken's Note: No, he said CHEESE HEAD not CHICKEN HEAD!

Florio: The do’s and don’ts of NFL celebrations - ProFootballTalk - The NFL's coaches and players want guidance regarding what can and can't be done when celebrating. In his weekly media video, NFL senior V.P. of officiating Dean Blandino attempts to clear things up.

Blazer: Antonio Brown questions why NFL fines are higher for celebrations than targeting - The ComebackAntonio Brown is becoming known more and more for his celebrations but will he stop if given the chance? Probably not.


Bergman: Grigson says paying Luck means building D will take time - - The Colts aren't winning much on Sundays, but they're undefeated in the blame game. For one, Colts GM Ryan Grigson sees some of Indy's woes as the by-product of Andrew Luck's contract.

Wilson: Ryan Grigson gave terrible reason why Colts defense is work in progress - Stampede Blue - The Colts have failed to build a particularly good defense, which is clear to anybody who watches them play. Even general manager Ryan Grigson admits that they’re not great right now, but that...

DeWitt: Are They Who We Think They Are? (Indianapolis Colts) - Da Bears Brothers - That’s the hope as the Bears will travel to Indianapolis on Sunday to square-off against the (1-3) Colts, who are coming off a loss in London to the Jaguars. The more we talked about this matchup, the more it became clear that the Colts are the Detroit Lions of the AFC, which gives us plenty of optimism heading into the game.


Berckes: Week 5 Fantasy Football Preview - Windy City Gridiron - We take a look at the week ahead in the wake of the David Johnson dominant performance on Thursday Night Football.

Householder: Bears vs Colts Injury report, Jeffery, Royal, Floyd questionable, Royal misses practice - Windy City Gridiron - Who’s in and who’s out

Householder: Three Key Bears for Colts game - Windy City Gridiron - The Bears are hitting the road against this weekend with a short trip to Indianapolis to face the Colts as they look to build upon their maiden win of the 2016 season. The Colts have struggled as...


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