BEAR DOWN, CHICAGO BEARS, BEAR DOWN!!!!
Emma: Lost In State Of Misery, Bears’ Future Still Holds Hope - CBS Chicago - For all the Bears' present problems, their future still carries some promise.
Fishbain: Charles Leno taking on leadership role with Titans' pass rush coming to town - Pro Football Weekly - Bears' injuries on offense have made Leno one of the 'veterans' up front.
Mullin: Bears-Titans game contains multiple QB elements, good and bad - CSN Chicago - The Bears were enamored of QB Marcus Mariota in the 2015 NFL Draft and checked the price for trading up to No. 2, but opted to stay with Jay Cutler.
LeGere: Titans QB poses threat to Bears - Daily Herald - Since being selected second overall in the 2015 draft, Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota has been a red-zone marvel, which has the Bears' defense concerned. In his career, the just-turned-23 Mariota has thrown 31 touchdown passes in the red zone and zero interceptions.
VIDEO: Loggains on Barkley's progress - ChicagoBears.com - Offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains speaks with the media after Thursday's practice at Halas Hall.
Mayer: Opportunity knocks for Kwiatkoski - ChicagoBears.com - Having made strides in practice after missing most of training camp with an injury, rookie linebacker Nick Kwiatkoski is ready to step in to replace suspended veteran Jerrell Freeman.
Mullin: For Bears QB Matt Barkley, that NFL 'moment' is at hand - CSN Chicago - After injuries sidelined Jay Cutler and Brian Hoyer, Matt Barkley has an opportunity to show he can lead the Bears offense.
Emma: Bears Preparing Barkley To Start As Cutler Remains Sidelined From Practice - CBS Chicago - Cutler missed his second practice in a row on Thursday while mending a shoulder injury.
Mayer: Cutler misses second straight practice - ChicagoBears.com - Jay Cutler did not practice Thursday for a second straight day due to a shoulder injury, but the Bears quarterback has not yet been ruled out of Sunday's game against the Titans.
Cox's Film Room: Bears can take advantage of weak Titans cornerback - Bears Wire - Tennessee Titans cornerback Perrish Cox is one of the league's worst, and the Chicago Bears should take advantage of his vulnerability.
Potash: Opportunity knocks for rookie linebacker Nick Kwiatkoski - Chicago Sun-Times
- All we really know about rookie linebacker Nick Kwiatkoski is that he’s one of the guys the Bears took instead of Dak
Jahns: Bears rookie CB Deiondre' Hall practices for first time in weeks - Chicago Sun-Times - When Hall was injured, he was put in a hard cast and required a scooter to get around.
Finley: For Bears to develop young players, Matt Barkley must be passable - Chicago Sun-Times - The rest of the Bears’ season doesn’t hinge on wins and losses but, rather, finding out which players going to be on the next decent team.
Mullin: Bears LB Nick Kwiatkoski gets an opportunity to replace his mentor...for now - CSN Chicago - With Jerrell Freeman being suspended for four games for PEDs, Nick Kwiatkoski will take his spot, replacing his mentor for now.
Wesseling: Zach Brown, Lamar Miller among top free-agent hits - NFL.com - What do Josh Norman, Lamar Miller and Kelechi Osemele have in common? They've excelled in Year 1 with a new team. Chris Wesseling ranks the 10 best free-agent signings from this past offseason.
KNOW THY ENEMY
Sessler: Aaron Rodgers confident Green Bay Packers 'can run the table' - NFL.com - The 4-6 Packers are threatening to miss the playoffs, but quarterback Aaron Rodgers isn't worried, saying of Green Bay: "I feel like we can run the table, I really do."
Florio: Carl Cheffers says replay official determined Darius Slay was down by contact | ProFootballTalk - The play that proved decisive in the Vikings-Lions game started with an interception and ended with a possible fumble. Officials ruled that Lions cornerback Darius Slay was down by contact; the decision, which seemed to be sufficiently close to justify a replay review, wasn't reviewed.
Smith: NFC playoff picture, Lions take control of the North - ProFootballTalk - The Lions play every year on Thanksgiving, but they're rarely a first-place team. This year they are, and they're going to be tough for the rest of the division to catch.
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