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The Bears Den: November 10, 2016

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Thursday is here, just three days until game day! (Nice to be excited about the thought of a game this weekend again, isn't it?)

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

BEARRRSSSS

Mullin: Bears' sick-bay list encouraging as practice begins for Tampa Bay - CSN Chicago
Virtually every player was able to practice to some extent on Wednesday as the Bears began on-field preparations for Sunday against the Buccaneers.

Fishbain: Who has the edge? Chicago Bears at Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Pro Football Weekly
Bears rushing offense vs. Buccaneers run defense

Mayer: Freeman pays visit to veterans at Rush - ChicagoBears.com
Linebacker Jerrell Freeman, the Bears nominee for the "Salute to Service Award," visited veterans Tuesday at the Rush University Medical Center as part of the Road Home Program.

Mullin: Bucs' Jameis Winston yet another young QB problem for Bears - CSN Chicago
Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston will be one of four first-or-second-year starting signal-callers on the Bears’ 2016 schedule.

Podcast: Coaches Show with Fox, Loggains - ChicagoBears.com
Chicago Bears Network's Jeff Joniak sits down the Bears head coach John Fox and offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains on the Bears Coaches Show Podcast.

Mayer: Bears resume preparing to face Bucs - ChicagoBears.com
After a day off Tuesday, the Bears return to the practice field Wednesday to begin preparing for Sunday's road game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Kwiecinski: Keys to the second half of the season for the Chicago Bears - Bears Wire
It's safe to say a 2-6 first half of the season was not what coach John Fox and general manager Ryan Pace had in mind. While the landfill of injuries wreaked havoc on the Bears' entire defense and quarterback position, fans saw a glimmer of hope two Mondays ago when the Jay Cutler-led Bears beat the...

Mullin: Bears, Jay Cutler hoping for Marquess Wilson's return to offense - CSN Chicago
The Bears are hopeful that the return of WR Marquess Wilson will provide another weapon to the Bears' passing attack.

Mulligan: Last half of season to determine Alshon Jeffery's future with Bears - Chicago Tribune
Bears appear to have limited options with star receiver: give him lucrative long-term deal, tag him once again for big money or just say goodbye.

Moreano: Don't Worry, the Chicago Bears' playoff hopes are still alive - Da Bears Brothers
The Chicago Bears exit the bye week with hope, optimism and hopefully a new sense of purpose, direction.

Cox: What we’ve learned about the Bears linebackers at the bye - Bears Wire
The Chicago Bears are on their bye week at the halfway point of the 2016 season, providing a perfect time to look back at what we’ve learned about each position group on the team through eight games. WARNING: HORRIBLE LOUD OBNOXIOUS STUPID POINTLESS AUTOPLAY VIDEO

Wiederer: Your Bears primer for the season’s stretch run - Chicago Tribune
After a welcome week off, the Bears returned to work Monday in Lake Forest, refreshed and rejuvenated as they enter the second half of their season.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Florio: Maybe Buffalo’s spike should have been ruled intentional grounding, after all - ProFootballTalk
The decision not to penalize the Bills for intentional grounding for the spike aimed not at stopping the clock but consuming a snap perhaps has become more curious, given a separate, obscure area of the rule book.

Florio: Five more NFL teams will be playing in weed-legal states - ProFootballTalk
More and more NFL teams play in jurisdictions where the recreational use of marijuana is now legal. In one day, the total more than tripled, from two to seven.

Spanos: No discussion of stadium plans until after season - ProFootballTalk
In a letter to Chargers season ticket holders on Tuesday night following the defeat of a ballot measure to finance a new stadium in San Diego, owner Dean Spanos said that no decision about next steps would be "made in haste.

Crabtree: Dean Spanos thanks fans for support, uncertain on path forward as stadium initiative fails - ProFootballTalk
The ballot initiative in San Diego for a new stadium for the Chargers is going to fail by a massive margin. Via Jay Posner of the San Diego Union-Tribune, the measure was failing by a 59-41 margin with roughly half of the vote counted on Tuesday night. It needed a 2/3rds majority to pass.

KNOW THY ENEMY

Philipse: What are the Buccaneers actually good at? - Bucs Nation
Is there anything the Bucs can hang their hat on?

Bergman: Jameis Winston, 9-15 as starter, says 'I'm not a loser' - NFL.com
On the heels of an embarrassing, nationally televised loss at home, little is rosy around Tampa. While Jameis knows his team's place in the standings, he's confident Tampa Bay can turn it around.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Mitchell's WCG Power Rankings: Week 10 - Windy City Gridiron
Minnesota and Green Bay crash while the Lions and Bears climb the ladder

Sunderbruch: Fact Check - Penalties and Drafts - Windy City Gridiron
Heading back into Bears football after the bye, I thought it would be a good idea to check in on a couple of ideas circulated around the boards. First, one thing that gets brought up a lot is...

FANPOSTS

Anona Mister: A solution to the NFL officiating inconsistencies. - Windy City Gridiron
This flap with Richard Sherman once again beings up the inconsistency of NFL officiating. Here's the answer:Quite simply, throw money at it. With the advent of HDTV & DVRs, people at home have...

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