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The Bear's Den: November 2, 2016

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Bye week is here, and we bask in the glow of beating the living tar out of a division rival

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

First, the Bears make a minor practice squad roster move:

BEARRRSSSS

DeWitt: Week 8 Postgame Show, Bears Accomplish the Seemingly Impossible and Topple Vikings - Da Bears Brothers - On Halloween night, the Chicago Bears had a monstrous performance from start to finish as they took down the Minnesota Vikings.

Huffman: Vikings at Bears Recap, Final Score, Highlights, and More - NFL Spin Zone - The Vikings head south for their second of back to back road games to face off with a divisional rival in the Chicago Bears.

Fishbain: Chicago Bears win battles in trenches and on third down in win over Minnesota Vikings - Pro Football Weekly - All-around impressive effort for the Bears in an upset win.

Lunch with Larry 11.01.16 - ChicagoBears.com - Bears Senior Writer Larry Mayer discussed the Bears win over the Vikings, Jordan Howard's performance this season, Jay Cutler's return and more in this week's Lunch with Larry.

Vensel: Fright night horror show, Last-place Bears take it to punchless Vikings - StarTribune.com - A hapless offensive line and leaky Vikings defense made the Chicago Bears look like the monsters of old in a 20-10 defeat at Soldier Field.

Moy: PPF Grades, Jordan Howard leads Bears to MNF Victory - Pro Football Focus - Jordan Howard got off to a fast start with a 69-yard run on Chicago's third offensive play in the game, setting them up for a field goal to take an early lead, and from there they just continued to ride their rookie HB all the way to a win.

Edholm: Vikings' offensive nightmare continues in surprising loss to Bears - Yahoo.com - At this point, it doesn’t matter what costume the Vikings put on their offensive line — it’s downright ghoulish to see what’s happening up front. Last week, we wrote that the Vikings still have the chance to overcome that weakness. Starting tackles Jake Long and T.J. Clemmings had nightmarish games

Jackson: Bears dominate up front, run away from Vikings - ProFootballTalk - The Bears overwhelmed the Vikings' offensive line Monday night, and rookie running back Jordan Howard had his biggest game as a pro. The Vikings had little answer for Howard or anything else, and the Bears rolled to a 20-10 victory. They took a 20-3 lead into their fourth quarter.

Burke: Vikings offense stagnant in Monday night loss to Bears - SI.com - One thing is clear after the Vikings' loss to the Chicago Bears on Monday Night Football: Minnesota is going to need to find some answers for its life

Cox: Studs and duds from the Bears’ 20-10 win over the Vikings - Bears Wire - Jay Cutler, Jordan Howard and Akiem Hicks were among the Chicago Bears who dominated in their team's victory over the Minnesota Vikings. WARNING: LOUD OBNOXIOUS POINTLESS BAD AUTO PLAY VIDEO, so turn your speakers down if you are at work.

Finley: John Fox says reports of outside consultant untrue, Bears 'unified' - Chicago Sun-TimesJohn Fox denied an NFL Network report Sunday that the organization was examining the football operation and the Bears coach with a consultant

Jahns: Rookie OLB Leonard Floyd stands out again - Chicago Sun-Times - Three observations from the Bears' upset of the Vikings.

Emma: Finally, The Bears Showed Their Best Form - CBS Chicago - In a 20-10 win Monday, the Bears battered the first-place Vikings and looked nothing like a last-place team.

Mullin: Bears Grades, Defense achieves 'finish' goal, shuts down Vikings in win - CSN Chicago - The Bears defense played with an obvious fire Monday night in shutting down the Vikings in the Bears' 20-10 win.

Perez: 3 takeaways from the Bears’ upset win over the Vikings in Week 8 - Bears Wire - A look at the three biggest takeaways from the Bears win over the Vikings in Week 8 on Monday Night Football. WARNING: LOUD OBNOXIOUS POINTLESS BAD AUTO PLAY VIDEO, so turn your speakers down if you are at work.

Jahns: Game changer, Jay Cutler's return, play inspire teammates in win - Chicago Sun-Times - From rookie running back Jordan Howard’s big day to the defense’s five sacks, there was plenty to like about the Bears’ upset.

PODCAST: How Jay Cutler inspired Bears in Monday's victory - Chicago Sun-Times - In the latest episode of Halas Intrigue, the Chicago Sun-Times' Patrick Finley looks at Jay Cutler's inspirational role in Monday night's win:

Emma: Jay Cutler Silences Outside Noise In Leading Bears To Victory - CBS Chicago - If the Bears indeed plan on moving on from Cutler, he'll do his best to prove them wrong.

Mullen: View from the Moon, Angry Bears turn to 'cold-blooded execution' in beating Vikings - CSN Chicago - The Bears knocked off the NFC North-leading Vikings and turned to "cold-blooded execution" in Jay Cutler's return.

Kwiecinski: Bears RB Jordan Howard nominated for FedEx Ground Player of the Week - Bears Wire - Chicago Bears rookie Jordan Howard is up for the FedEx Ground Player of the Week. WARNING: LOUD OBNOXIOUS POINTLESS BAD AUTO PLAY VIDEO, so turn your speakers down if you are at work.

Pompei: Observations From Bears-Vikings - CBS Chicago - The Bears' fortified front seven stepped up big Monday in an upset win.

Mullin: Bears Grades, Offense responds to Jay Cutler return in win over Vikings - CSN Chicago - Jordan Howard was a one-man wrecking crew and Jay Cutler managed the offense perfectly in the Bears' 20-10 win.

Cox: Former general manager, offensive coordinator reflect on Jay Cutler in ESPN feature - Bears Wire - Jerry Angelo and Ron Turner were among those who reflected on Jay Cutler's career in a recent ESPN feature on the polarizing quarterback. WARNING: LOUD OBNOXIOUS POINTLESS BAD AUTO PLAY VIDEO, so turn your speakers down if you are at work.

Mullin's Mid-year musings: Some stories ending, some starting with Bears at the break - CSN Chicago - The Bears are halfway through the season, and though it's been mostly bad, ending the first half on a high note provides some hope.

Biggs: 10 thoughts after the Bears' 20-10 win over Vikings - Chicago Tribune - Ten thoughts after the Bears stopped a three-game losing streak with a convincing 20-10 victory over the Vikings on Monday night at Soldier Field.

Perez: Jay Cutler is 46-8 when defense holds teams to under 20 points - Bears Wire - Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler has a record of 46-8 when his defense gives him a chance. WARNING: LOUD OBNOXIOUS POINTLESS BAD AUTO PLAY VIDEO, so turn your speakers down if you are at work.

Fishbain: Jay Cutler's return keys offense in Chicago Bears' upset win over Minnesota Vikings - Pro Football Weekly - Cutler, Howard, put up big numbers vs. stout Vikings 'D'.

EPIC GLOOM & DOOM

Rosendoom: Before a professional franchise plays in the World Series, let’s talk Bears - Chicago Tribune - Can we talk about the Bears’ 20-10 win before we watch an actual professional franchise try to bring a World Series title to the city? Ken's Note: I'm afraid there is very little chance that the Chicago Bears will ever win a World Series, Stanley Cup or NBA Finals.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Goodell speaks with Cam Newton over safety concerns - NFL.com - NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell spoke to Panthers QB Cam Newton on Tuesday, just two days after the signal-caller expressed concerns over his safety after sustaining a low hit last week.

Gagnon: This Weekend in NFL Stupid, feat. terrible game management - The Comeback - This Weekend in NFL Stupid recaps some baffling decisions by head coaches in game management. Use those timeouts! Save some time on the clock! You're pros! Ken's Note: Two things, A) how is John Fox not featured in this and B) We have assistant coaches for EVERYTHING why don't we hire a time management guy, somebody who's only job is to manage time during game conditions so the coaches can do the big picture and the assistants can call TO's when needed/etc.

Coppens: NFL admits hit on Cam Newton should have been a flag - The Comeback - After Cam Newton complained about not feeling safe, the NFL admitted a hit against him should've been penalized in Sunday's Cardinals-Panthers game.

KNOW THY ENEMY

Glover: Stock Market Report: Bears - Daily Norseman - The Vikings were dominated by a reeling Bears team.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Zeglinski: If this is the end for Jay Cutler in Chicago, it’s going to be fun - Windy City Gridiron - Amidst controversy, Cutler shined through adversity on Monday night, like he always has.

Sunderbruch: Bears Vs. Vikings Notes, Scribbles, and Things Jotted Down - Windy City Gridiron - In Jay Cutler’s 100th start for the Chicago Bears, coverage went over the usual angles—the revolving door at offensive coordinator, the up and down history of the team, and the traditional...

Householder: Bears-Vikings Observations - Windy City Gridiron - What did we learn in the Bears’ second win of 2016?

Wiltfong's Snap counts, stats and more: Chicago Bears play their best game of the year - Windy City Gridiron - We'll take a deeper look at the statistics, both individual and team, and also run down the playing time breakdown for the Chicago Bears in their big MNF win against the Minnesota Vikings.

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