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The Bear’s Den: October 12, 2017

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Mitchell Trubisky is the talk of the week, but Jordan Howard is the locomotive that moves the train

NFL: Minnesota Vikings at Chicago Bears
Chicago Bears running back Jordan Howard (24) gains yardage against the Minnesota Vikings during the first half at Soldier Field. 
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BEAR DOWN, CHICAGO BEARS, BEAR DOWN!!!!

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Zeglinski: Despite falling short, Trubisky’s debut exactly what QB needs - The Rock River Times - Despite the Bears falling short in the much-hyped rookie Mitchell Trubisky’s debut on Monday night to the Vikings, there’s plenty to look forward to.

Campbell: Bears to promote receiver Tanner Gentry to active roster - Chicago Tribune - The Bears are planning to promote receiver Tanner Gentry from the practice squad, a person with knowledge of the situation said Tuesday.

Melton: I Want to Believe in Trubisky - Da Bears Brothers - I want to believe that Monday night was the start of something good, the first glimpses of a road that ends at a Super Bowl parade.

Wiederer: After buzz of first start, real grind begins for Bears QB Mitch Trubisky - Chicago Tribune - Justified or not, the Bears felt they had seen legitimate flashes of promise from Mitch Trubisky. And they felt compelled to focus on those directly.

Halas Hall Pass: What Mitch Trubisky, Bears can learn from Vikings loss - Chicago Tribune - Tribune reporters Rich Campbell and Dan Wiederer discuss what Mitch Trubisky can learn from his first Bears start and preview the game against the Ravens.

Mulligan: Mitch Trubisky intrigue a welcome distraction from Bears' many problems - Chicago Tribune - Playing Mitch Trubisky, the guy the Bears drafted No. 2 overall produces a priority and recreation that transcends wins and losses.

Bear Download Podcast: Mitch Trubisky's first Bears start - Chicago Tribune - Welcome to the weekly Bear Download podcast with Rich Campbell and Dan Wiederer.

Biggs' Bears' film session: Mitch Trubisky-led offense clearly has work to do - Chicago Tribune - In quarterback Mitch Trubisky's debut, Bears struggled sustaining drives and had only two possessions that generated more than 45 yards offense.

Kane & Wiederer: Suspension over, Danny Trevathan says he's on good terms with Davante Adams - Chicago Tribune - Danny Trevathan's return to the Bears is welcome as they are dealing with injuries to inside linebackers Nick Kwiatkoski and John Timu. Kwiatkoski.

Jahns: Mitch Trubisky is learning when, where to be his aggressive self - Sun Times - The first sign that rookie Mitch Trubisky was a risk-taker wasn’t his tipped 20-yard touchdown pass to tight end Zach Miller or his late interception against the Vikings. It came in the second quarter during a third-and-15 play from the Vikings’ 47.

Potash: Do. Your. Job. Bears looking to give Mitch Trubisky better support - Sun Times - Bears offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains can see the potential in a Mitch Trubisky offense. But that wasn’t foremost in his mind after the rookie’s encouraging but uneven performance in his NFL debut Monday night.

Campbell: What Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky learned from his NFL debut - Chicago Tribune - Mitch Trubisky completed only 48 percent of this passes (12-for-25), which won't win many games, and he mentioned that as one way to measure his improvement.

LeGere: Bears' QB Trubisky vows he won't be tenative against Ravens - Daily Herald - Despite a costly interception in his first start, Chicago Bears rookie quarterback MItch Trubisky says he won't be tentative this week. "You can't be scared," he said. "You've just got to think every time the ball's in your hand that it's going to be a completion -- my guy's going to come down with it."

Krinch: Get your popcorn ready - The Mitch Trubisky-Tanner Gentry connection is back - NBC Sports Chicago - The Bears added wide receiver Tanner Gentry to the 53-man roster and released wide receiver Deonte Thompson on Wednesday.

SportsTalk Live Podcast: What should we expect from Mitch Trubisky in second start? - NBC Sports Chicago - The SportsTalk Live panel talks about their expectations of Bears QB Mitch Trubisky in his second career start against Baltimore.

Mullin: Why timing of Bears quarterback change from Mike Glennon to Mitch Trubisky was interesting - NBC Sports Chicago - John "Moon" Mullin shares a few final thoughts on the Bears quarterback change from Mike Glennon to Mitchell Trubisky.

Stankevitz: A 20-year-old Dowell Loggains, a chance encounter and how the Bears' mesmerizing two-point conversion came to be - NBC Sports Chicago - Dowell Loggains made note of a trick play the Tampa Bay Buccaneers ran in 2000. On Monday, he called for that same play.

Stankevitz: Why Mitchell Trubisky can ‘raise all boats’ during the growing pains of his rookie year - NBC Sports Chicago - Mitchell Trubisky will have some ups and downs in his rookie season, but the Bears are confident he can work through some of the growing pains.

Perez: Mitchell Trubisky struggled when pressured Monday night vs. Vikings - Bears Wire - Chicago Bears QB Mitchell Trubisky struggled when the Vikings defense pressured him Monday night

Perez: How Bears fans graded Mitchell Trubisky’s 1st start - Bears Wire - A look at a recent poll that asked Bears fans to grade Chicago Bears starting QB Mitchell Trubisky's debut game

Cox: John Fox says WR Tanner Gentry ‘keeps catching our eyes’ - Bears Wire - The Chicago Bears promoted wide receiver Tanner Gentry to the active roster after he continued to impress the team.

Mayer’s Chalk Talk: What letter grade does Trubisky deserve? - ChicagoBears.com - Senior writer Larry Mayer discusses the letter grade Mitchell Trubisky deserves for his first start, how Trubisky ranks statistically among other Bears rookie quarterbacks making their first starts and rookie receiver Tanner Gentry's status.

Mayer: Bears begin preparing to visit Ravens - ChicagoBears.com - Two days after their 20-17 loss to the Vikings at Soldier Field, the Bears return to the practice field Wednesday to begin preparing for Sunday’s game against the Ravens in Baltimore.

Mayer: Bears add Gentry to roster, release Thompson - ChicagoBears.com - The Bears added a familiar weapon to quarterback Mitchell Trubisky’s arsenal Wednesday, promoting receiver Tanner Gentry from the practice squad to the 53-man roster.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Williams: Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie has left Giants three times since Friday – ProFootballTalk - Cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie has walked out on the Giants three times since Friday, according to Dan Graziano of ESPN. The Giants suspended him Wednesday, but, according to Graziano, they will "welcome him back with a clean slate once he has served his punishment.

Former Bears, Cowboys DT Stephen Paea informs team he's retiring - NFL.com - Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle Stephen Paea informed the organization he is retiring, a source with knowledge of the conversation confirmed to NFL Network's Mike Garafolo.

Rosenthal's QB Index, Week 6: Class of '04 woes; Cam Newton back - NFL.com - Eli Manning, Philip Rivers and Ben Roethlisberger entered the NFL together -- and now they appear to be aging out of the league together. Gregg Rosenthal discusses the Class of 2004's decline in his QB rankings.

KNOW THY ENEMY

Western: The NFC North hierarchy is defined by the teams’ quarterback situations - Acme Packing Company - When ranking the division, look no further than the signal-callers.

Gates: In The NFC North, The Vikings Aren’t The Best (Or The Worst) - Daily Norseman - Right now, they’re sort of in-between.

Lions-Saints injury report: Matthew Stafford full participant with an ankle injury - Pride Of Detroit - Stafford apparently wasn’t limited at all by his ankle injury during Wednesday’s practice.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Householder: Tanner Gentry back on the roster - Windy City Gridiron - We’re getting the band back together

Wiltfong: Grading the Chicago Bears rookie class - Windy City Gridiron - In Lester’s latest T Formation Conversation podcast, he’s joined by fellow WCG’er Jacob Infante, who has been analyzing the Bears rookie class all season long, and they give their grades on the rookies so far.

Wiltfong: The Best and Worst of the NFC North - Windy City Gridiron - Stop by and vote in our Chicago Bears daily double polls of the day!

Silverstein: The (possible) history of that wild Bears 2-point conversion - Windy City Gridiron - Did Dowell Loggains’s 2-point conversion come from a retired offensive guru? Jack M Silverstein explores.

Zeglinski: It's a Mitch-a-palooza on CLTV SportsFeed - Windy City Gridiron - With the debut of "The Future" past us, WCG editor Robert Zeglinski gave his initial impressions of the rookie Trubisky and more.

Sunderbruch & Zeglinski: Week 5 Overreaction: Mitch Mania Edition - Windy City Gridiron - The Bears are not a complete football team. However, they might be closer than we feared. It’s time for us to react to what we saw Monday night.

Infante's The Infantry: Recapping Bears rookie (and sophomore) performances from Week 5 - Windy City Gridiron - A certain Pretty Boy Assassin joins the list this week.

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