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The Bear's Den: September 30, 2016

September ends with the Bears still searching for the first win of the season. Will it be this week against the hated Detroit Lions?

The rivalry with Detroit runs deep...
The rivalry with Detroit runs deep...
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Fishbain: RB Howard, O-line get set for Detroit Lions' pass rush - Pro Football Weekly - Without Ziggy Ansah rushing off the edge because of an ankle injury, the Lions aren’t as imposing of a defensive front, but unknown defensive end Kerry Hyder is picking up the slack with four sacks this season...

Kageron: By the Numbers, Lions at Bears - - The Bears take on the team they have beat more than any other, but must stop the league's leading receiver.

Podcast: Bears vs. Lions preview with Justin Rogers - Pro Football Weekly - We carry on with this 0-3 Bears team in this week's podcast, quickly recapping what went wrong in Dallas before turning the page to the Lions and discussing the exciting battle for third place in the NFC North with Lions beat writer Justin Rogers.

Mayer: Howard vows to make most of chance - - Beginning to develop into a productive all-around back, rookie Jordan Howard is vowing to make the most of his opportunity to play against the Lions Sunday at Soldier Field.

Perez: Alshon Jeffery limited in practice with knee, hamstring issues - Bears Wire - Chicago Bears' franchise receiver Alshon Jeffery missed practice Thursday with knee and hamstring injuries

Finley: Bears turn to ex-Packers DL C.J. Wilson to beef up D-line - Chicago Sun-TimesC.J. Wilson had never been unemployed for so long.

Emma: Bears Can Hope Joique Bell Brings Backfield Stability - CBS Chicago - The Bears brought in Bell after the Lions passed on the 30-year-old last week.

Mullen: Bears defensive problems vs. Cowboys not complicated (unfortunately) - CSN Chicago - That the Cowboys were able to put 447 yards on the Bears was concerning in itself. The way it happened, was perhaps more concerning.

Potash: Young Bears on D making progress, 'but not enough' - Chicago Sun-TimesJonathan Bullard’s contribution against the Dallas Cowboys was largely imperceptible to the naked eye Sunday night.

Campbell & Wiederer: Cody Whitehair's reach block a sign of personal growth, team potential - Chicago Tribune - The Bears' offense has mostly been broken during their 0-3 start. But the unit does contain some working parts.

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Could Jay Cutler lose his starting job as Bears QB? - CSN Chicago - The SportsTalk Live panel talks about whether Jay Cutler could lose his starting job and what Robin Ventura's future is with the White Sox.

Widerer: Jay Cutler out of practice, Brian Hoyer still in command - Chicago Tribune - Quarterback Jay Cutler almost certainly will be listed as doubtful when the Bears turn in their official injury report Friday.

Mayer: White making steady improvement - ChicagoBears.comKevin White has yet to have a breakout game. But after missing his entire rookie season last year with a leg injury, the 2015 first-round pick has improved each week.

Finley: 'Toughest guy' Jay Cutler still dealing with thumb sprain, sits - Chicago Sun-Times - Dowell Loggains doesn’t doubt Jay Cutler’s mettle.

Emma: Bears’ Downturn Marked By Struggles Against Lions - CBS Chicago - The Bears are looking to avoid a franchise-worst seven-game losing streak to the Lions.

Howard: 'I'm going to make the most of my opportunity' - CSN Chicago - Bears rookie running back Jordan Howard talks about his opportunity to start for the team on Sunday.

Mullen: Bears in dire need of RB Jordan Howard delivering latest rookie first-start impact - CSN Chicago - Sitting at 0-3 without Jay Cutler, the Bears are in dire need of rookie running back Jordan Howard making a quick impact.

LeGere: Bears RB Howard ready to shoulder heavy load - Daily Herald - When Jordan Howard was drafted in the fifth round (150th overall) back in April, he never considered he might be the Bears' featured running back by Week Four. But Howard will do most of the heavy lifting in the ground game Sunday against the Lions at Soldier Field, where the Bears have lost 11 of their last 12.

Wiederer & Campbell: Bears defense ahead of Lions - Chicago Tribune - The Tribune's Rich Campbell and Dan Wiederer look at the Bears defense ahead of Sunday's game vs. the Lions.

Jahns: This is a good week to have Zach Miller on your fantasy team - Chicago Sun-Times - Bears notebook: Looking at Zach Miller's production and the injury report.

Moreno: Are the Chicago Bears Stuck on Repeat? - Da Bears Brothers - In year two of John Fox as head coach of the Chicago Bears, the team has the same exact record as they did a season ago through three games, 0-3.

Detroit Lions at Chicago Bears Preview Week 4 - Pro Football Weekly - The Detroit Lions got off to a great start on opening day with an upset of the Colts at Indianapolis. But then they blew a lead late at home to the lowly Titans and got smacked around last Sunday in Green Bay before piling up a lot of passing yards a

Fishbain: RB Howard, O-line get set for Detroit Lions' pass rush - Pro Football Weekly - Without Ziggy Ansah rushing off the edge because of an ankle injury, the Lions aren’t as imposing of a defensive front, but unknown defensive end Kerry Hyder is picking up the slack with four sacks this season...


Schwab: 'The season is not over!' Jim Mora Sr. gives us a great new rant - Shutdown Corner - Jim Mora getting mad this week wasn’t on the level of his famous "PLAYOFFS?!?" or "diddly poo" rant, or even his underrated "You may think you know" lecture. The former Indianapolis Colts and New Orleans Saints coach was asked on a postgame show in New Orleans after the Saints lost Monday night to fall to 0-3. Ken's Note: EPIC Jim Mora rant, great to see him in top rant form again this year!


Fishbain: Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions' passing game off to great start, even without 'Megatron' - Pro Football Weekly - Marvin Jones is stepping in to create big plays for the Lions' high-octane passing game

Simon: 10 things I think I know about Week 4: Detroit Lions vs. Chicago Bears - Pride Of Detroit - Here are a few things I think I know about the Week 4 matchup.


Zetlinski: The merits and trials of a proper rebuild - Windy City Gridiron - 2016 has been a trying time for the Bears and it may become worse before it gets better. But, that doesn’t mean there isn’t reason for positivity long-term.

Berckes: Five Questions with Pride of Detroit - Windy City Gridiron - We gather intel on this week’s opponent by sitting down with Christopher Lemieux of the Pride of Detroit


Marquettebullsfan: Fixing the Bears in one offseason - Windy City Gridiron - Okay, so here it goes. I have thought out a long and but fairly simple way that I believe the bears can be title contenders (or at least division contenders) by next year and going forward. It is a...

Roman F: Bears Rebuild, The Clock is Ticking - Windy City Gridiron - There are already points of view espoused that Ryan Pace is awful or at the very least, he screwed up his first pick by drafting a WR. I’m not going to re-hash those arguments. I am going to...

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