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The Bear's Den: December 5, 2016

So... I guess the Bears were not "baaaaaaaaaad" on Sunday after all...

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Ken's Note: There were socio-political overtones to a player in yesterdays's game. Don't care, this is a politics-free zone. ANY political comments will be deleted, and I know where the banhammer is stored. Probably don't want to test us on this one, just sayin. WCG is all about Bears & NFL football, not politics. The end.



Haugh: Josh Bellamy, Matt Barkley combine to help Bears seize day against 49ers - Chicago Tribune - Perhaps only one guy in Chicago still believed in Bears wide receiver Josh Bellamy after the ball slipped through Bellamy's buttery fingers yet again Sunday in the Bears' 26-6 win over the 49ers. Fortunately for Bellamy, that one guy was his quarterback.

Hoge: Pace Is Making Progress With Bears - WGN Radio - There is some growth on the Bears' roster. It may be hard to see in the midst of 3-9 season, but it was present Sunday under the falling snow at Soldier Field.

The Hamp & O’B Show with Koz (12/4/16): Full Bears vs 49ers Postgame Reaction - WGN Radio - Dan Hampton, Ed O’Bradovich and Glen Kozlowski along with Mark Carman break down the Bears’ 26-6 victory over Colin Kaepernick and the 49ers at a snow-swept Soldier Field.

Da Bears Brothers Week 13 Postgame Show: Jordan Howard Has Career-High Three Touchdowns in Bears Third Win - It took a little while for the Bears to get going, but once they did, they never looked back. Da Bears Brothers instantly broke down the Bears victory.

Congrats, Bears and 49ers: You delivered the promised bad and stupid football - Chicago Tribune - The Bears offense entered Sunday's game ranked 31st in points scored. The 49ers defense entered the game ranked 32nd in points allowed. Fox Sports should've repackaged the show as "So you think you can play football?'" Ken's Note: Congratulations, Steve, you have delivered the promised bad and stupid column.

Video: Colin Kaepernick responds to being benched vs. Chicago Bears in Week 13 - FOX Sports - San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick after being replaced early in the fourth quarter of a 26-6 loss to the Chicago Bears.

Jahns: Bears rookie DL Jonathan Bullard gets benched - Chicago Sun-Times - Thoughts and observations from the Bears' 26-6 win over the 49ers.

Potash: Dormant passing game awakens as Matt Barkley sparks Bears victory - Chicago Sun-Times - The home crowd at Soldier Field gave the Bears a Bronx cheer after Matt Barkley’s eight-yard pass to Deonte Thompson

Finley: Bears rookie Leonard Floyd dominates two weeks after scary injury - Chicago Sun-Times - The Bears’ most dominant pass defense day in a generation ended appropriately: with Leonard Floyd sacking 49ers backup quarterback Blaine Gabbert.

Jahns: Forget the 2nd pick, winning with youth matters today for Bears - Chicago Sun-Times - The Bears are better than the second overall pick in next year’s draft. And they might just be better than the third and fourth overall selections.

Emma: Facing Football’s Abyss, Bears Brought Their Best - CBS Chicago - The Bears showed they're better than the 49ers and the No. 2 pick.

Mullin: Defense records 6 sacks; Colin Kaepernick finished with net-minus yards - CSN Chicago - The Bears' defense took advantage of a stumbling Niners offense, limiting San Francisco in a 26-6 victory on Sunday.

Bears Talk Podcast: Bears back in win column - CSN Chicago - In the latest edition of the Bears Talk Podcast, Chris Boden, Alex Brown and Jim Miller react to the Bears 26-6 win over the 49ers.

Krinch: Bears' Matt Barkley 'showing the world' he can be a starting QB in the NFL - CSN Chicago - After two games as the Bears starting quarterback, Matt Barkley is showing why he belongs in the NFL.

Mullin: Significance of Bears win over 49ers lies beyond records and score - CSN Chicago - The Bears showed a lack of quit in the season and young players performed well in Sunday's win against the 49ers.

Imrem: For one game, the Bears' formula worked to perfection - Daily Herald - At least the Chicago Bears' formula is good enough to beat the San Francisco 49ers

LeGere: Chicago Bears RB Howard, O-line see success against 49ers - Daily Herald - A testament to the Bears offensive line and rookie running back Jordan Howard was their ability to successfully pound the ball on the ground even when the 49ers knew it was coming.

Aguilar: Hicks leads Bears' defense in crushing performance - Daily Herald - The Bears' defense played angry Sunday -- they didn't allow a touchdown and sacked 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick five times in a 26-6 victory.

LeGere: Bears QB Barkley gets first career win over Niners - Daily Herald - After a slow start, when it looked as if both teams were playing to get a higher draft choice, the Bears and QB Matt Barkley rolled over the 49ers at snowy Soldier Field.

BearsTalk Live: Bears receivers get it done vs. 49ers - CSN Chicago - In snowy conditions the Bears receiving corps had a solid day in Sunday's 26-6 win against the 49ers.

Notes: Drive before halftime sparks Chicago Bears' offense to roll past 49ers - Pro Football Weekly - Receiver Cameron Meredith didn’t notice that 28:17 into Sunday’s game, the Bears had yet to complete a pass. In snowy conditions, Matt Barkley was 0 for 3, and the Bears faced a third-and-5 with 1:43 to go in the half. They had only 34 yards of offense and trailed the 1-10 49ers, 6-0.

Biggs: Bears turn up pressure on 49ers, Colin Kaepernick - Chicago Tribune - The Bears defense is far from perfect with a lot of work left to get where it needs to be, but when Vic Fangio has set out to accomplish a task this season, he generally has found success.

Cox: Studs and Duds from the Bears’ 26-6 win over the 49ers - Bears Wire - The Chicago Bears defeated the San Francisco 49ers behind a strong rushing attack from Jordan Howard and big games from defensive playmakers.

Finley: Could be worse: Jordan Howard rumbles Bears past 49ers, 26-6 - Chicago Sun-Times - The Bears treated the second-worst team in the NFL like just that Sunday, riding Jordan Howard to three rushing touchdowns in a 24-6 win

Morrissey: Forcing the mind to wander while the bad Bears, bad 49ers play - Chicago Sun-Times - At least the snow was fun! Ken's Note: Should I put up a "Clownshow" category for Rosendoom, Morrissey & others of their ilk?

Perez: Bears’ win in Week 13 is a loss for their 2017 NFL draft - Bears Wire - The Bears win over the 49ers in Week 13 will cost them a few spots in the first round of the 2017 NFL draft

Hub Arkush: Chicago Bears' win over San Francisco 49ers no reason for Bears fans to sulk - Pro Football Weekly - Winning only helps players improve; never mind how it might affect draft position. Ken's Note: Hub thinks that there is no reason for anybody to be throwing pencils at this point in time.

Mayer: Pace discusses key Bears topics - - Bears general manager Ryan Pace discussed Jay Cutler's injury, Matt Barkley's performance last week against the Titans and more on today's pre-game radio show.

Kaberon: Sacks, safety highlight great Bears defense - - The Bears defense had its best game of the season Sunday at Soldier Field, shutting down the 49ers attack with a relentless pass rush.

Mayer: Bears dominate in win over 49ers - - Jordan Howard rushed for a career-high three touchdowns to help lead the Bears to a 26-6 comeback win Sunday over the San Francisco 49ers at snowy Soldier Field.

Kwiecinski: What we learned from the Bears’ 26-6 win over the 49ers - Bears Wire - A look at what Bears fans learned after Chicago's Week 13 win.

Wiederer: Leonard Floyd adds exclamation point to Bears' defensive dominance - Chicago Tribune - Trent Brown had little chance. As the 49ers right tackle tried to set in pass protection in the final minutes of Sunday's game, Bears outside linebacker Leonard Floyd was already at full bore. From a crouched two-point stance well wide of the ball, Floyd burst off the snap and accelerated. And when Brown planted and punched to contain the rush, Floyd sliced back inside and around Brown, grabbing quarterback Blaine Gabbert 2 yards deep in the end zone and flinging him to the ground. Safety. Exclamation point. Bears 26, 49ers 6.

Snyder: Joshua Bellamy has a career-day for the Bears on Sunday - FOX Sports - Former Louisville football wide receiver Joshua Bellamy had a dominating performancefor the Bears in their win over the 49ers.There isn't any doubt about it, this game between the 49ers and the Bears wasn't going to be a match-up of two great teams, but that didn't hold Joshua Bella...

Mayer: Howard shines in wintry conditions - - Playing a football game in the snow for the first time, Bears running back Jordan Howard ran for 117 yards and a career-high three touchdowns in a 26-6 win over the 49ers.


Garafolo: Weddle says Gase's adjustments helping Tannehill, Dolphins succeed - - Ravens linebacker Eric Weddle will be tasked with stopping the Dolphins on Sunday, and he's noticed the adjustments Miami coach Adam Gase has implemented help Ryan Tannehill and the offense.

Patra: Rams' Jeff Fisher gets extension; GM also extended - - The Rams have extended Jeff Fisher's contract for two more years, through the 2018 season, a source informed of the situation told NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport.

Hawaii to meet Middle Tennessee in 2016 Hawaii Bowl - Hawaii News Now KGMB & KHNL - Middle Tennessee State University and the University of Hawai‘i will meet in the 2016 HAWAI‘I BOWL, announced by Hawai‘i Bowl Executive Director Daryl Garvin. Ken's Note: I realize I am probably the ONLY rabid Hawai'i Rainbow Warriors football fan who will read this page today, but I don't care. After a long, ugly string of not being bowl-eligible, we are BACK in the bowl-season, baby!!!


Video: 49ers flagged for making snow angels after blocking Bears punt - FOX Sports - After the 49ers block a Bears punt they would celebrate by making snow angels in the end zone.

Kurtenbach: Chip Kelly should leave the 49ers and go back to college football - FOX Sports - Kelly needs to see the writing on the wall with the 49ers and jump.

Video: Colin Kaepernick responds to being benched vs. Chicago Bears in Week 13 - FOX Sports - San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick after being replaced early in the fourth quarter of a 26-6 loss to the Chicago Bears.


Noble: Bears vs 49ers final score: Chicago wins 26-6 on backs of Matt Barkley and Jordan Howard - Windy City Gridiron - The Bears notched their third win of the season Sunday versus the 49ers.

Silverstein: Six questions about #6 (part 1 of 2) - Windy City Gridiron - Jay Cutler has played his last game of 2016. Has he played his last game as a Bear? The WCG staff answers that question and five others.

Silverstein: Was the Jay Cutler acquisition a mistake? Six questions about #6 (part 2 of 2) - Windy City Gridiron - When it’s all said and done, what will you remember FIRST about Jay Cutler? The WCG staff answers that question and five others in Part 2 of "Six questions about #6."


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