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The Bear's Den: December 7, 2016

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Wednesday, it's time to turn our thoughts towards the Lions game...

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Ken's Note: Today's Bear's Den is dedicated to Macomb, Illinois native and Chicago Bears fan Stirling Cale, a Pearl Harbor survivor who was kind enough to take time out of his day to share his story with my wife and I a few years ago, spending several hours giving us an overview of what happened to him and his fellow Navy & Army service men and women on December 7, 1941. Mr. Cale's story & bio is here: Stirling Cale, Pearl Harbor survivor

Stirling Cale US National Park Service

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

BEARRRSSSS

Wiederer & Campbell: How will Bears impact teams' push for NFC North championship? - Chicago Tribune - In practical terms, the Chicago Bears were eliminated from playoff contention weeks ago, likely destined to finish in last place in the NFC North for a third consecutive season. At 3-9, the Bears remain three games back of the Minnesota Vikings and Green Bay Packers with four weeks left. But that's not to say John Fox's club can't have a say in the race for the division crown.

Mulligan: Vic Fangio rumored to be leaving Bears after season - There is nothing like losing to stir gossip in NFL circles. It's not unusual to hear one whopper after another. And when dubious stories are repeated often enough, they can be mistaken as truth.

Lambert: Chicago Bears Three-Round Mock Draft: Pour on the Speed - FOX Sports - Ryan Pace knows the 2017 NFL draft could be the defining moment for his tenure as Chicago Bears GM. That's why it must go well.There has been plenty of talk about needing a new quarterback what with Jay Cutler all but finished in his time with the team. However, the bottom line is they are 3-...

Lunch with Larry for December 6, 2016 - ChicagoBears.com - Bears Senior Writer Larry Mayer discussed linebacker Leonard Floyd, running back Jordan Howard and more in this week's Lunch with Larry.

Kwiecinski: Bears sign former second-round pick CB Johnthan Banks - Bears Wire - The Chicago Bears signed former second-round pick CB Johnthan Banks.

Potash: 2016 draft class giving Bears something to grow on - Chicago Sun-Times - It’s always dicey to judge anything off a victory against a team as woeful as the 1-11 San Francisco 49ers, but this disappointing Bears season might have one redeeming quality, a foundation-quality draft class.

Kwiecinski: Predicting how many more games the Bears will win in 2016 - Bears Wire - A look at the rest of the Bears 2016 NFL season.

Jahns' Film Study: Rookie LB Nick Kwiatkoski has his best day with Bears - Chicago Sun-Times - Thoughts and observations after watching the film of the Bears’ 26-6 victory against the 49ers.

Mullin: Bears' benching of rookie Jonathan Bullard a surprise message from coaching staff - CSN Chicago - John Fox and his staff deactivated rookie lineman Jonathan Bullard on Sunday, sending a message that they aren't going to stick with a player just because they drafted him

Kwiecinski: Bears RB Jordan Howard nominated for FedEx Ground Player of the Week - Bears Wire - Jordan Howard has been nominated for FedEx Ground Player of the Week

Ex-Bears RB Rashaan Salaam found dead: 'It's just tragic' - Chicago Sun-Times - Salaam, 42, was found at Eben G. Fine Park on Monday.

Perez: Jordan Howard, Leonard Floyd nominated for Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Week - Bears Wire - Jordan Howard and Leonard Floyd were nominated for Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Week

Sun-Times Bears Twitter Mailbag: Time for Bears, Jay Cutler to move on - Chicago Sun-Times - The Sun-Times’ experts can answer your Bears questions all week on Twitter. Here’s a sampling of Wednesday’s

Mullin: Bears DL Akiem Hicks making the most of a chance the Saints never gave him - CSN ChicagoAkiem Hicks didn't get a chance to be a pass rusher with New Orleans. He is succeeding in that spot with the Bears now.

Boden: Matt Barkley about to get a different type of test - CSN Chicago - If the Lions can intercept Drew Brees three times and keep him without a TD, what does that mean for Matt Barkley in his first NFL start on the road?

Mullin: Recalling Bears RB Rashaan Salaam: a gentle young man, now dead at age 42 - CSN Chicago - CSNChicago.com's John "Moon" Mullin recalls the late Rashaan Salaam, who died at the age of 42 on Monday night.

Wiederer & Campbell's Bear Down Podcast - Chicago Tribune - Rich Campbell and Dan Wiederer break down the Bears' win over the 49ers, focusing on the Akiem Hicks-led defense (1:55 mark), dress code violations (18:33), the state of the NFC North and Matt Barkley's next four starts (26:00) and the play of Jordan Howard (38:35).

Bears film session: Pressure plan works wonders against 49ers - Some teams elect to use a spy or a mush rush, a pass rush designed more to keep the quarterback in the pocket than bludgeon him, but the Bears went right after the 49ers' Colin Kaepernick.

POLISH SAUSAGE

The Shek Report Week 13 - Snow Kap - NFL Videos - NFL Media’s Dave Dameshek breaks down the most shameful plays and players of Week 13 in the NFL.

KNOW THY ENEMY

Reisman: Lions place three players on IR, sign Joique Bell - Pride Of DetroitJoique Bell is back, but the Lions lost three more players for the season.

Western: Packers DT Mike Pennel to serve a second 4-game suspension - Acme Packing Company - One Packers tackle will be ending his regular season the same way he started it: on a league-mandated suspension.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Wiltfong: Chicago Bears Josh Sitton is the leading vote getter at guard for the NFC - Windy City Gridiron - The 3-9 Chicago Bears have one player leading at his position in Pro Bowl voting.

Householder: Bears-Niners Observations - Windy City Gridiron - The Bears won a game, could some building blocks be emerging?

Silverstein: Rashaan Salaam dead at 42 - Windy City Gridiron - Salaam won the 1994 Heisman and spent his first three NFL seasons on the Bears. No cause of death has been announced.

Wiltfong: Ten Thoughts on the NFL - Windy City Gridiron - Give my latest Thoughts a gander and be sure to drop a few of your own thoughts in our comment section.

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