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The Bears Den: October 12a*, 2017

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*Denmaster Ken isn’t superstitious, of course, but he respects those who are and doesn’t want to jinx anything

Baltimore Ravens v Chicago Bears
Baltimore Ravens v Chicago Bears

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

BEARRRSSSS

Cahill: Attention, Mitch Trubisky, Harbaugh and Ravens are rookie killers -Sun Times -Just when Mitch Trubisky has those first-game jitters against a stingy Minnesota Vikings defense in the rear view mirror and is ready to settle in, here come the rookie-killer Baltimore Ravens.

Hoge & Jahns Podcast: Will Trubisky and Co. be better vs. the Ravens? - Sun Times - In episode 121 of their podcast, the Chicago Sun-Times’ Adam L. Jahns and WGN Radio’s Adam Hoge’s break down the Bears’ Week 6 matchup against the Ravens.

Potash: With Willie Young out, Pernell McPhee’s durability key for Bears - Sun Times - Bears outside linebacker Pernell McPhee acknowledged feeling the pain when the Ravens cast him away without making an offer in free agency in 2015. But he’s over it.

Halas Hall Pass: Bears takeaways deficit - Chicago Tribune - Tribune reporters Rich Campbell and Colleen Kane discuss the Bears' turnover deficit on Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017. (Dan Wiederer/Chicago Tribune)

Biggs Bears Q&A: John Fox's future, Mitch Trubisky's progress, wide receivers issues and more - Chicago Tribune - The Tribune's Brad Biggs answers your Bears questions weekly.

Wiederer: Joe Flacco offers advice for Mitch Trubisky - 'It's football; you can't make it bigger than that' - Chicago Tribune - Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco weighs in on his rookie experience, offers advice to Mitch Trubisky

Wiederer: Kyle Long, Markus Wheaton battling injuries as health woes continue for Bears - Chicago Tribune - A league source said Bears wide receiver Markus Wheaton underwent an MRI on Thursday and was awaiting the results. He has had durability issues this year.

LeGere: Are Bears about to break through on takeaways? - Daily Herald - Maybe this is the week - Sunday against the Ravens in Baltimore - that the Chicago Bears create some good news in the turnover department, which has seen only negative press in recent years.

Stankevitz: How Tarik Cohen is learning to combat being a focus of opposing defensive coordinators - NBC Sports Chicago - Tarik Cohen admitted he was trying too hard to make a play against the Minnesota Vikings, who clearly schemed to stop the 5-foot-6 rookie running back.

Stankevitz: Without much room for error, the Bears need to stop being penalized so frequently - NBC Sports Chicago - The Bears have been penalized eight or more times in four of their five games this year, creating problems for a team that's not good enough to overcome those mistakes.

Mayer: McPhee gearing up to battle former team - ChicagoBears.com - Sunday’s game against the Ravens will be special for Pernell McPhee, who will face his former team for the first time since leaving Baltimore to sign with the Bears in 2015.

Edholm: Baltimore Ravens, unfamiliar opponent for most Chicago Bears, represent homecoming for a few - Pro Football Weekly - Most Chicago Bears players don’t have much first-hand knowledge about the Baltimore Ravens, Sunday’s opponent. But Baltimore is pretty close to the hearts of a few players.

Podcast: What we learned from Mitchell Trubisky’s 1st start - Bears Wire - Listen as the Bears Wire Podcast breaks down Mitchell Trubisky's first start for the Chicago Bears

Edholm: Chicago Bears go all in with Mitch Trubisky, even as team's structure uncertain - Pro Football Weekly - The Chicago Bears gave their fans a glimpse of the future, and it was fun. If you could look past the turnovers, penalties and mental mistakes — Bears fans are surely numb to them by now — you saw a more freewheeling team led by quarterback Mitch Tru

Mayer: Loggains culled two-point play from 2000 Bucs - Chicago Bears.com - The origin of the unique and entertaining two-point conversion the Bears ran in Monday night’s game against the Vikings dates back 17 years.

Hoge’s 10 Bears Things: Dowell Loggains Has His ‘Heisman’ Moment - WGN Radio
Audio Mailbag: Is Cody Whitehair Going Through a Sophomore Slump? (And More) - Da Bears Brothers - In this week's Audio Mailbag, Da Bears Brothers answer questions submitted by fans including whether or not Whitehair is in the dreaded sophomore slump. The Mitch Trubisky era is fully upon us, and while the Bears lost his debut Monday night, there were plenty of exciting (and hopeful) moments, including the creative, brilliant two-point conversion that was pulled off.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Williams: Julius Peppers gets his 150th career sack – ProFootballTalk - Panthers defensive end Julius Peppers recorded his 150th career sack on the Eagles' first possession. He needs only one sack to move ahead of Chris Doleman into fourth place all time. Doleman had 150.5 sacks in his 15 seasons with three teams.

Gantt: Jay Cutler was “piss poor” but Dolphins not making a change – ProFootballTalk - By his own admission, Dolphins quarterback Jay Cutler was "piss poor" yesterday against the Titans. But that doesn't mean he's getting replaced anytime soon. Ken's Note: "Jay Cutler is our quarterback".

Smith: Jarvis Landry calls fans who rip Jay Cutler “disrespectful” and “embarrassing” – ProFootballTalk - Dolphins receiver Jarvis Landry has heard the fans call for quarterback Jay Cutler's benching, and he's sick of it. Landry said fans who are blaming Cutler for the Dolphins' offensive struggles are off base and ought to be more supportive.

KNOW THY ENEMY

Smith: Sam Bradford again out at Vikings practice – ProFootballTalk - Vikings quarterback Sam Bradford missed practice again today, indicating that his knee injury will cause him to miss yet another game. Although the Vikings haven't said whether Bradford will play on Sunday against the Packers, it's hard to believe he would play after missing the first two practic...

Rank: 40-year-old Tom Brady tops Aaron Rodgers - NFL.com - Is Aaron Rodgers the top quarterback in the game today? Not according to Adam Rank, who explains why Tom Brady still reigns at age 40. Plus, an argument for the Rams being the best in the West.

Reisman: NFL Week 6 picks against the spread: Heavy favorites everywhere - Pride Of Detroit - POD author picks Bears, says “Okay, I’ll admit it. I’m scared of Mitchell Trubisky. I was really hoping Mike Glennon would show something resembling quarterbacking in the first few months of the season, so the Lions could avoid the potential embarrassment of losing to a rookie quarterback with nothing to play for. But now the table is set for disappointment." Ken's Note: POD mocked the Trubisky pick mercilessly... quotes I am hoping to use against Detroit for the next 10 years or so...

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Wiltfong: Ten Thoughts on the NFL - Windy City Gridiron - Check out my Thoughts on the NFL and be sure to leave your thoughts in the comment section.

Wiltfong's Chicago Bears Sackwatch 2017: Week 5 vs Minnesota Vikings - Windy City Gridiron - Believe it or not, the Chicago Bears are one of the least sacked teams in the NFL. With only one allowed the the Minnesota Vikings, they sit in ninth place for fewest sacks allowed this season.

Householder's Week 6 Game Preview: Bears-Ravens - Windy City Gridiron - On a short week, the rookie goes on his first road trip as the starter.

Householder: Markus Wheaton out 4-6 weeks - Windy City Gridiron - He tore his groin and might be one of the worst free agent signings in years

FANPOSTS

IOftenPanic: NFL Draft 2018: Mock Draft v2.0 - Windy City Gridiron - Obviously there is a lot of football to go... and any pre-April mock draft is too early for some... but I enjoy throwing these together on occasion when I'm bored. Draft order pulled from T...

FanPosts - Recent - Windy City Gridiron - Here's a link to our FanPost section, where YOU have the opportunity to contribute to Windy City Gridiron. Take a few minutes and write a post about what you are thinking about regarding the Chicago Bears, and there's a chance it will be linked right here in the Den.

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