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The Bear's Den: November 9, 2016

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It's Buccaneers week! Let's get after it!

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The Bear's Den is now and shall remain a politics-free zone. Thank you for your cooperation on this.

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

BEARRRSSSS

Mamola: Welcome to the Party, Jordan Howard! - NFL Spin Zone - Rookie running back Jordan Howard has been one of the few bright spots for the Chicago Bears this season, and his best could still be yet to come.

Mullin: Wilber Marshall overlooked for HOF? The ’85 Bears LB thinks so and he’s not alone - CSN Chicago - The 1985 Bears already have three members of their defense in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. In more than one opinion, another of that group is overdue for recognition.

LeGere: Chicago Bears healing up nicely for second half of season - Daily Herald - John Fox's team was closer to full strength at Monday's practice than it's been since Week 1. That, combined with Sunday losses that dropped the NFC North-leading Vikings to 5-3 and the Packers to 4-4, buoyed Fox's outlook for the final eight games. "(The NFC North) is there for the taking," he said.

Wiederer & Cambpell: At 2-6, how can the Bears redefine their second-half goals? - Chicago Tribune - As Chicago’s Cubs euphoria starts to recede, the city's football team will again return to the spotlight with eight games left to redefine its season.

Hangst: Cutler one of worst NFL contract values at the season midpoint - TheComeback - The true test of whether any given NFL team has spent its money wisely is what the on-field results look like.

Lunch with Larry 11.8.16 - ChicagoBears.com - Bears senior writer Larry Mayer updated a number of Bears injuries and discussed the season outlook, Bears he would vote to the 2017 Pro Bowl and much more.

Mullin: Bears get defense centerpiece back as NT Eddie Goldman practices after five missed games - CSN Chicago - After missing five games with an ankle injury, Eddie Goldman returned to practice Monday and looks to provide a boost for the Bears up front.

Emma: Down But Not Out, Bears Believe They Can Rally In Division Race - CBS Chicago - The Bears trail by three games in the NFC North race and are getting much healthier.

Potash: One more time? Marquess Wilson feeling good after first practice - Chicago Sun-Times - Marquess Wilson is happy to be back... again.

Finley's Bears Twitter Q&A: on Jay Cutler, injured returners and the draft - Chicago Sun-Times - The Sun-Times’ experts can answer your Bears questions all week on Twitter.

Campbell & Wiederer: Bear Download podcast - Chicago Tribune - Welcome to the weekly Bear Download podcast with Rich Campbell and Dan Wiederer.

Finley's Podcast: Why the 2-6 Bears are optimistic about the second half - Chicago Sun-Times - In the latest episode of Halas Intrigue, the Chicago Sun-Times' Patrick Finley examines the factors that have made the Bears optimistic

CSN’s 'Bears Classics' on Dick Butkus to profile the standard for middle linebacker greatness - CSN Chicago - CSN’s latest installment of 'Bears Classics' on Dick Butkus will profile the standard for middle linebacker greatness.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Florio: Seahawks fan heckled Bills assistant Kathryn Smith with "waitress" taunt - ProFootballTalk - Yes, idiots are everywhere. And all too many of them are willing to behave that way in public. At last night's Bill-Seahawks game in Seattle, a fan heckled Bills quality control/special teams coach Kathryn Smith by yelling at her: "Hey waitress! Waitress! Waitress! Can I have a Pepsi, please? Wa...

KNOW THY ENEMY

Duckie: Would a secondary rotation help the Buccaneers defense? - Bucs Nation - The Bucs have not been rotating in backups in the secondary at all this season.

Duckie: The Bucs offense is a bigger issue than the defense, so far - Bucs Nation - The Bucs need to fix their offense more than they need to get their defense going.

Jackson: Bullock, Coons, Forbath among six kickers at Vikings workout - ProFootballTalk - As expected, and in some cases previously reported, the Vikings worked out six kickers on Tuesday: Randy Bullock, Travis Coons, Kai Forbath, Zach Hocker, Marshall Koehn and Aldrick Rosas. Earlier Tuesday, ESPN reported that the Vikings have decided to stick with struggling kicker Blair Walsh.

Boden: Bucs' banged-up backs grounds offense - CSN Chicago - The Buccaneers' backfield has been dropping like flies, but the offense remains dangerous with Jameis Winston and Mike Evans.

Boden: Bucs' 'Smith-for-Smith' swap a bad one thus far - CSN Chicago - With Lovie Smith out and Mike Smith in, the Buccaneers' defense has slipped to the bottom five in allowing 29 points per game.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Wiltfong: Chicago Bears mid-season awards - Windy City Gridiron - In Lester's latest edition of his podcast, T Formation Conversation, he hands out some mid-season awards for the Chicago Bears.

Wiltfong: Ten Thoughts on the NFL - Windy City Gridiron - Check out my Thoughts on the NFL this week and be sure to leave a few thoughts of your own in the comment section.

Zeglinski: Dysfunction reigns in the NFC North - Windy City Gridiron - Amidst parity, the NFL’s "Norris Division" is currently very much in flux, sending the second half of the season into an interesting tailspin.

Wiltfong's NFL Power Rankings: Vote early and often for the Chicago Bears! - Windy City Gridiron - We take our weekly trip around the interwebs to see where various NFL "experts" rank the Chicago Bears in their NFL Power Rankings.

FANPOSTS

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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