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The Bears Den: November 11, 2016

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We'll put the band back together, do a few gigs, we get some bread. Bang!

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Ken's Note: There was some news yesterday about a member of the Bears team and who he supported/supports politically. You won't find any links about that story here, the Den is a POLITICS FREE ZONE. Any political comments of any kind will be deleted, and the poster will be warned. Get it? Got it? Good!

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

BEARRRSSSS

PFW Matchup Breakdown: Chicago Bears vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - St. Louis Post Dispatch - The Chicago Bears are coming off a bye following just their second win of the season in a big Monday night upset of the Minnesota Vikings.

Mayer: Howard developing into impact player - ChicagoBears.com - Less than two months after opening the season as the Bears' third-string running back, rookie Jordan Howard has emerged as one of the team's top playmakers.

Potash: Akiem Hicks in his comfort zone in Vic Fangio's 3-4 - Chicago Sun-Times - Akiem Hicks doesn’t have to be reminded he could be 7-1 with the Patriots right now instead of 2-6 with the Bears.

SportsTalk Live Podcast: The Bears defense is getting healthy - CSN Chicago - The Bears are getting healthy, the White Sox may be beginning a rebuild and the Big Ten is headed under the Friday night lights in the latest STL Podcast.

Take 2: Which Chicago Bears rookies should we see more of down the stretch? - Pro Football Weekly - Bullard, Bush among Bears rookies who could see more time in second half

Kwiecinski: Vic Fangio talks Bucs and creating turnovers | Bears Wire - Bears defensive coordinator Vic Fangio talked about the Buccaneers and QB Jameis Winston at his press conference today. WARNING: LOUD OBNOXIOUS STUPID POINTLESS BAD MUSIC AUTOPLAY VIDEO THING ON PAGE.

Podcast: Healthy Bears defense confident it can dominate 2nd half - Chicago Sun-Times - In the latest episode of Halas Intrigue, the Chicago Sun-Times' Patrick Finley talks about why the Bears' defense is confident it can dominate:

Mullin: Bears going beyond the cliche, injuries to flirt with top-10 defense and major attitude change - CSN Chicago - The Bears are coming off a good performance against the Vikings and the defense in particular is showing signs of improvement. Can it last?

Wiederer: John Fox on Bears' Mannequin Challenge 'It's hard to mess that one up' - Chicago Tribune - The Bears added a little entertainment to the conclusion of Wednesday’s practice, fully committing to the #MannequinChallenge.

Mayer: Bears defense prepping for Winston - ChicagoBears.com - Rejuvenated after a week off, the Bears defense is preparing to face talented Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston Sunday in Tampa.

Cox: What we’ve learned about the Bears cornerbacks at the bye - Bears Wire - The cornerback position on the Chicago Bears has gone through a ton of injuries as the team fielded many different lineups in the secondary.

Finley: Which Bears rookies can take next step in second half? - Chicago Sun-Times - In this week's edition of 'Take 2,' Patrick Finley of the Chicago Sun-Times and Kevin Fishbain of Pro Football Weekly analyze key Bears rookies

Wiederer: How rookie Jonathan Bullard is developing by using his hands better - Chicago Tribune - Let’s take a closer look at that third-down stop to get a deeper understanding of how Jonathan Bullard helped the defense get off the field.

By the Numbers: Bears at Buccaneers - ChicagoBears.com - The Bears look to continue their success versus Tampa Bay, with John Fox's post-bye record a sign for encouragement.

Jahns: Bears' Vic Fangio waiting to see healthy, ready DT Eddie Goldman - Chicago Sun-Times - Bears notebook: Goldman still not "100 percent."

Emma: Fiery McPhee Keeps Bears Hungry For Better - CBS Chicago - As the Bears look to rally back this season, McPhee has them playing inspired.

Biggs: Despite nagging knee injury, Tracy Porter a rock in Bears secondary - Chicago Tribune - After a week off, the Bears' Tracy Porter, 30, is refreshed. He has had fluid drained from his knee on game day more than once this season.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Brandt: Steelers trending up, Packers & Ravens down among 4-4 teams - NFL.com - Ben Roethlisberger's Steelers and Aaron Rodgers' Packers are both 4-4 -- but Gil Brandt sees bright things for one squad and tough times ahead for the other. Look into the future for all six 4-4 teams.

Alper: No discipline expected for ref Walt Anderson or crew - ProFootballTalkSeahawks cornerback Richard Sherman has been fined for what NFL senior vice president of officiating Dean Blandino said should have been an unnecessary roughness penalty during last Monday night's victory over the Bill, but the officials who should have called the foul will reportedly avoid league discipline...

KNOW THY ENEMY

Philipse: Doug Martin practices, but Dirk Koetter urges caution - Bucs Nation - The Bucs’ Thursday injury report is good, but Martin is still limited.

Finley: Bucs' Jameis Winston proof drafting a QB not an overnight success - Chicago Sun-Times - The Buccaneers knew exactly what they were getting into when they drafted a quarterback first overall last year.

DLT's Deadlocks - NFL Week 10 Picks 2016 - Bucs Nation - Another week, another bevy of overly mediocre picks. Now, I wasn't quite as bad as I have been the rest of the season, but I did go ohfer with my upset specials, including our beloved bumbling bunch of Buccaroonies.

Philipse: Does the Bucs defense just lack talent? - Bucs Nation - And if the defense lacks talent, what did firing Lovie Smith accomlish?

Alper: Mike Evans is out of the concussion protocol - ProFootballTalk - The Buccaneers may get running back Doug Martin back in the lineup this weekend, which would be a nice change for a running back corps that's gotten used to losing running backs to injury over the course of this season.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Zeglinski: The Bears second half is hidden in a fog-filled crystal ball - Windy City Gridiron - Whatever future there is, it’s very much all clouded in doubt for the Bears in the second half of the 2016 season.

Wiltfong: Jerrell Freeman named Mid Season All Pro - Windy City Gridiron - Pro Football Focus has named Bears inside linebacker Jerrell Freeman to their 2016 Midseason All Pro Team.

Noble: Chicago Bears mannequin challenge video: Jay Cutler and what even is going on here - Windy City Gridiron - The Chicago Bears have gotten into the mannequin challenge game...

Householder: Week 10 Game preview: Bears vs. Bucs - Windy City Gridiron - The Bears hit the road after their bye to try and start a win streak

Silverstein: Building the 2018 Super Bowl champion Chicago Bears - Windy City Gridiron - The Chicago Bears, of all teams, now hold Chicago’s longest professional championship drought, 31 years and counting. Fortunately, Ryan Pace is working to dig us out of that slot, and has several...

Wiltfong: Are the Chicago Bears getting healthier for a 2nd half run? - Windy City Gridiron - In Lester's latest T Formation Conversation podcast, he goes over all the returning Chicago Bears' players and talks about their depth chart and playing time for the final eight games.

FANPOSTS

TheProudHypocrite: NFL expansion + relocation + name changes + realignment - Windy City Gridiron - Grant future expansion franchises to: London (2 teams to share stadium), Las Vegas, San Antonio, Portland, Salt Lake City or Tulsa.

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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