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The Bear's Den: December 6, 2016

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The rookies have been killing it for the Bears, can that continue this week in Detroit?

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

BEARRRSSSS

Biggs: 10 thoughts on the Bears' 26-6 win over the 49ers - Chicago Tribune - 10 thoughts after the Chicago Bears picked up their third victory of the season by pummeling the hapless San Francisco 49ers 26-6 on Sunday at Soldier Field.

Lambert: Who Is Matt Barkley and Is He For Real? - FOX Sports - By all rights this 2016 season should be plummeting towards an inevitable crash to earth for the Chicago Bears. Instead they've somehow stayed competitive.Over the past two weeks they were a dropped pass away from beating the Tennessee Titans and just got done hammering the San Francisco 49er...

Mayer: 3 things that stood out in Week 13 win - ChicagoBears.com - One day later, senior writer Larry Mayer discusses three things that stood out to him in the Bears' 26-6 win over the 49ers Sunday at Soldier Field.

Monson: QB Matt Barkley proving to be long-term option for Bears? - Pro Football Focus - The Chicago Bears may have just found something in quarterback Matt Barkley. Forced into starting action due to the injuries of Jay Cutler and Brian Hoyer, Barkley has started each of the last two games for Chicago; he played well in each, earning PFF grades of 79.4 and 83.7, respectively.

Performance Metrics: Week 13 - ChicagoBears.com - ChicagoBears.com takes a look at key performers, stats and game notes from the Bears' 26-6 win over the 49ers at Soldier Field.

Cox: Leonard Floyd says he ‘can’t really remember much’ after the hit that caused head injury - Bears Wire - Chicago Bears outside linebacker Leonard Floyd made his return from his head injury that he can't remember too much about.

Kwiecinski: Pernell McPhee on Bears’ win over 49ers ‘(Expletive) teams like that, we’re supposed to beat them’ - Bears Wire - Pernell McPhee had harsh words for the 49ers after the Bears' Week 13 win, while John Fox was more politically correct

Mayer: Bears dominate in win over 49ers - ChicagoBears.com - 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.

Finley's Podcast: Do Bears build around RB Jordan Howard? - Chicago Sun-Times - Patrick Finley of the Chicago Sun-Times wonders if Jordan Howard's performance Sunday cements the fact the Bears will build around him:

Emma: Jordan Howard Ran With Late Father In Spirit - CBS Chicago - Howard wore custom cleats to honor his late father, who died of pulmonary fibrosis.

Gabriel: Enough With The ‘Bears Lost By Winning’ Narrative " CBS Chicago - Players, coaches and front office members are judged by whether they're successful. So a win is always good.

Finley: John Fox says Bears QB Matt Barkley 'more confident now' after win - Chicago Sun-Times - Quarterback Matt Barkley made adjustments faster Sunday than he did the week before, when he caught fire in the fourth quarter.

Around the NFL Staff: Thirty-nine things we learned from Week 13 - NFL.com - Sunday's snowy tilt between the 49ers and Bears served as another highlight game for Chicago rookie running back Jordan Howard. Howard recorded his first career TD hat trick and amassed 117 rushing yards.

Pompei: Observations From Bears-49ers - CBS Chicago - The Bears' young players continue to show growth. What more could you want from this season?

Moreano's Nick's Quick Column: Bears have their "workhorse" - Da Bears Brothers - Jordan Howard has shown physicality ever since he became the full-time starter back in Week 4 and has proved ready to take over as the Bears' "workhorse."

Eurich: Bears' lack of confidence led to Jonathan Bullard's benching - CBSSports.com - The Chicago Bears explained after the game in Week 13 why Jonathan Bullard did not play.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Hanzus: Cam Newton benching was the dumbest thing of 2016 - NFL.com - Dan Hanzus thinks the Panthers got what they deserved in Sunday night's 40-7 blowout loss against the Seahawks after benching Cam Newton for a dress code violation.

McGuire: Cam Newton didn't wear a tie because it didn't go with his shirt - The Comeback - Why didn't Cam Newton wear a tie before the Panthers-Seahawks game on Sunday night? Well, it didn't go with his shirt, and he was not pleased.

KNOW THY ENEMY

Panacy: Colin Kaepernick Free-Agent Value Takes a Huge Hit in 49ers Loss to Bears - FOX Sports - San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick wants to opt out of his current contract after this season, per a report. But a wholly ugly performance in Week 13 against the Chicago Bears dealt a blow to his free-agent value this offseason. It's not surprising quarterback Colin...

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Schweickert: Notes, Scribbles, and Things Jotted Down - Windy City Gridiron - The Bears spat in the face of a better draft position with their win yesterday as they took care of business against a worse Niners team. We're going over our notes from the win.

Wiltfong: Snap counts, stats and more - Chicago Bears beat an even crappier team - 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 26-6 win against the San Francisco 49ers.

Noble: Chicago Bears still top-5 pick, could they draft QB DeShone Kizer? - Windy City Gridiron - The Chicago Bears are currently sitting at #4 in the 2017 NFL Draft order.

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