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The Bear's Den: December 22, 2016

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Fun Fact: Did you know that the Redskins have been struggling to stop the run?

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

BEARRRSSSS

Ross: Redskins Opponent Profile - With Playoffs Still In Reach, Washington Prepares For Chicago " CBS DC - Here’s everything you need to know about the Chicago Bears.

Fishbain: Who has the edge? Chicago Bears vs. Washington - Pro Football Weekly - Bears' ground game should have the advantage on Sunday

PFW Chicago Podcast: Previewing Christmas weekend for the Chicago Bears - Pro Football Weekly - It's a special Christmas edition of PFW's Chicago Football Podcast. Kevin, John and Dan start with a lump of coal for Bears fans by recapping Sunday's loss to the Packers. Then the conversation shifts to another first-round pick that doesn't appear t

Mayer: Kwiatkoski making steady improvement - ChicagoBears.com - Rookie linebacker Nick Kwiatkoski has impressed Bears coaches with his instincts and playmaking ability while starting the last four games.

Perez: 4 NFL draft prospects Bears Fans should scout in the 2016 Poinsettia Bowl - Bears Wire - A look at four players that Bears fans should be watching in the December 21 Poinsettia Bowl

Mayer: Barkley feels capable of "a lot more" - ChicagoBears.com - Matt Barkley is pleased with the progress he's made in his first four NFL starts, but the young Bears quarterback is confident that he can play even better.

Finley: Bears Twitter Q&A On John Fox's value, Floyd's coverage and IR - Chicago Sun-Times - The Sun-Times’ experts can answer your Bears questions all week on Twitter. Here’s a sampling of Tuesday's queries sent to @patrickfinley

Perez: Matt Barkley focused on getting teammates to believe they can win last 2 games of 2016 - Bears Wire - Matt Barkley has become the most unexpected of leaders for the Chicago Bears in 2016

Zeglinski: Bears out-Foxed by Pack again - The Rock River Times - The common theme for the Bears against the Packers over the past approximate decade – quarterback Aaron Rodgers has perpetually come through to snatch victory

Finley's Podcast: Has Kyle Fuller played his last down for Bears? - Chicago Sun-Times - In the latest episode of Halas Intrigue, the Chicago Sun-Times' Patrick Finley wonders if cornerback Kyle Fuller has played his last Bears game:

Emma: Sent Packing From Green Bay, Sitton Has Fit With Bears - CBS Chicago - The Packers' decision to release Sitton was part of a recent flaw in NFL evaluations.

LeGere: Bears' Freeman takes full responsibility for PED suspension - Daily Herald - Bears leading tackler Jerrell Freeman remains vague about the prescription that earned him a four-game suspension for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing drugs. But he knows who to blame. "I'm going to take full responsibility for that," said Freeman, who practiced Tuesday and is expected to be back in the starting lineup Saturday.

Finley: Bears keep Kyle Fuller on IR, lose him for season - Chicago Sun-Times - Kyle Fuller won't play this season.

DeWitt: Four Bears Who Deserved to be 2017 Pro Bowlers - Da Bears Brothers - There are four Chicago Bears whose play this season was worthy of a Pro Bowl selection.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Florio: Belichick "I love caroling" - ProFootballTalk - There's a video making the rounds of Patriots coach Bill Belichick press conference clips mashed together to create the impression that he (and others) are singing Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas. During a Wednesday press conference, reporters showed Belichick the video.

KNOW THY ENEMY

Loverro: Jay Gruden sounds like he's lost confidence in run game - Washington Times - Washington's hurry-up offense on Monday night looked like a flashback to Donovan McNabb running the no-huddle for Mike Shanahan. And that's not a good thing.

Smith: Jay Gruden admits he was out-coached - ProFootballTalk - When a team fighting for a playoff spot comes out looking as flat as Washington did on Monday night, it's hard not to blame the coach. Even Jay Gruden admits that.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Sunderbruch: Players play, but fans worry - Windy City Gridiron - Should a team with nothing to gain pull its best players to minimize risk?

Wiltfong's Chicago Bears Sackwatch 2016: Week 15 vs Green Bay Packers - Windy City Gridiron - Check out our breakdown of the one sack allowed by the Chicago Bears this week and see where the Bears stand in the Sackwatch up to week 15.

Mitchell: WCG Power Rankings - Patriots take charge - Windy City Gridiron - New England stays on top, Dallas and Oakland stay close.

Wiltfong: Chicago Bears Pro Bowl Snubs - Windy City Gridiron - Do any players on the 3 win Bears deserve to be picked to play in the Pro Bowl?

Zeglinski's NFC North Review, Week 15: The dragon has returned - Windy City Gridiron - As Aaron Rodgers saved the Packers, the Lions took a huge hit, and set a potential division title game in motion.

Wiltfong: Chicago Bears’ Kyle Fuller to remain on Injured Reserve - Windy City Gridiron - Well that seemed like a gigantic waste of time. When Chicago Bears corner Kyle Fuller went under the knife way back in August, it was believed to be a simple procedure to his knee. But then his...

FANPOSTS

CaliforniaBrownBear: Did we all forget that Jay is injured? - Windy City Gridiron - There's a lot of debate right now regarding whether or not the Bears should bring Jay back next season based on how Barkley is playing, but do they even have a choice? So the question in the...

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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