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A FEW BONUS LINKS THIS WEEK
Ken's Note: I got stuck in a waiting room and got bored, so I threw together some links for you all to peruse.
DeWitt: Spotlight is on the Bears, the time to run the table is now - Da Bears Brothers - The Chicago Bears playoff push starts Sunday. Here's how they win.
Finley's 10 Bears questions: On Chris Conte, shared b-days, rugby & draft - Chicago Sun-Times - Whether the Bears united to beat the Vikings or because they beat the Vikings isn’t a question John Fox cares to parse.
Bears at Buccaneers: How Bears can take advantage of Bucs weaknesses? - Chicago Tribune - Buccaneers have a porous defense and a young quarterback Bears can exploit.
White: For the Bears, Sunday is a Prove It Game - Da Bears Brothers - If the Bears want to demonstrate progress, this is a game they go win.
Emma: What To Watch For Bears-Buccaneers - CBS Chicago - The Bears have a good feeling about their chances in the second half of the season.
Emma: Goldman, Hicks Strengthen Identity Of Bears’ Budding Defense - CBS Chicago - Eddie Goldman is in line to return from injury on Sunday in Tampa.
Podcast: Previewing Bears vs. Buccaneers and recapping the Cubs World Series - Pro Football Weekly - The guys are back! Following the Bears bye week, Cubs World Series and election, Kevin, Dan and John return to recap what was a big Bears win on Halloween (3:04) and get you set for this Sunday's game vs. the Buccaneers. Roy Cummings (@RCummingsFRS)
Mullin: These Bears have strengths, and 3 of them bode well for second half - CSN Chicago - The Bears are 2-6, but they've got three hidden strengths which could help them bounce back in the season's second half.
PODCAST: 4 keys for Bears to beat the Buccaneers - Chicago Sun-Times - In the latest episode of Halas Intrigue, the Chicago Sun-Times' Patrick Finley breaks down four keys for the Bears to beat the Buccaneers on Sunday.
Hub Arkush: If the Bears' new confidence is well-placed, Sunday should be a win vs. Bucs - Pro Football Weekly - Coming into the 2016 NFL season, it seemed the Bears had a fairly easy schedule with the second half possibly being a bit more challenging than the first.
Cox: What we’ve learned about the Bears safeties at the bye - Bears Wire - Two 23-year-olds have handled the safety position for the Chicago Bears this season, overcoming inexperience to try and make plays.
Players to watch versus Buccaneers - ChicagoBears.com - Larry Mayer and Eli Kaberon of ChicagoBears.com discuss the Bears players they'll be watching on both sides of the ball in Sunday’s road game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Jahns: Bears, Bucs both looking better health-wise for Sunday - Chicago Sun-Times - When it comes to banged-up Bears and Buccaneers, the big news was in Tampa.
Campbell: Bears expect healthy Pernell McPhee, Leonard Floyd to energize pass rush - Chicago Tribune - When the Bears drafted Leonard Floyd in April, they envisioned combining his speed with Pernell McPhee's power and Willie Young's length.
The Pick is in: Bears-Buccaneers - ChicagoBears.com - NFL analysts from across the nation make their picks for Sunday's matchup between the Chicago Bears and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium.
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