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The Bear’s Den, October 20, 2017

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Mitchell Trubisky talks about facing an unexpected defensive set in Baltimore, plus much more

Kyle Long surprised Troy McAllister’s Phillips Academy High School football team , filling in for his duties at practice as a part of Campbell’s Chunky Soup “We’ll Fill In, While You Fill Up” promotion Tuesday, October 18.

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

BEARRRSSSS

Campbell: How Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky was strip-sacked by the Ravens - Chicago Tribune - As Bears’ strive for more explosiveness and consistency with rookie Mitch Trubisky, we look at a big play to see what's working and what's not.

Biggs' Bears Q&A: Adding Martavis Bryant, NFC North chances, Mitch Trubisky's confidence and more - Chicago Tribune - The Tribune's Brad Biggs answers your Bears questions weekly.

Wiederer: In his 16th season, Panthers' Julius Peppers still producing at a high level - Chicago Tribune - At his current pace, Julius Peppers is on track for 17 sacks this year, which would top his previous career high set nine seasons and three teams ago.

Keys to the Game: Bears-Panthers - NBC Sports Chicago - NBC Sports Chicago Bears reporters JJ Stankevitz and John 'Moon' Mullin gives their keys to a Bears' victory over the Carolina Panthers in Week 7.

Under Center Podcast: Defending Dowell Loggains - NBC Sports Chicago - Dowell Loggains' gameplan for Mitchell Trubisky has come under fire. JJ Stankevitz and John "Moon" Mullin explain why it's worked.

Mullin: Mitch Trubisky's next developmental step is adjusting to NFL defenses - NBC Sports Chicago - The book is beginning to come out on Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky. How he responds to defenses is his next developmental step.

Stankevitz: Even in a controlled gameplan, Mitchell Trubisky's playmaking ability shines through - NBC Sports Chicago - The Bears' offense may not be very dynamic right now, but Mitchell Trubisky's ability to make plays still is showing up.

Mayer: Trubisky made major strides in second NFL start - ChicagoBears.com - Bears offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains on Wednesday praised Mitchell Trubisky for a performance last Sunday in Baltimore that was much more impressive than his modest stats indicated.

Mayer: Cohen showing he can do it all as Bears rookie - ChicagoBears.com - Bears rookie Tarik Cohen has demonstrated great versatility in his first six NFL games, lining up as a running back, receiver and wildcat quarterback while also returning kicks and throwing a touchdown pass.

Finley: Breaking down the Bears’ blown special teams coverages on Ravens’ TDs - Sun Times - Someone asked Jeff Rodgers on Thursday if the kickoff return touchdown the Bears allowed Sunday was more disappointing than the punt return score.

Jahns: Bears defense is benefiting from youth movement in the secondary - Sun Times - “To me, it’s just what your eyes tell you, not what stats tell you,” defensive coordinator Vic Fangio said. “I think we’re seeing some growth.”

Perez: Bears sport top-3 defense in NFL, according to Pro Football Focus - Bears Wire - The Chicago Bears have a top-3 defense, according to analytics giant Pro Football Focus

Hoge’s 10 Bears Things: Patience Required With Trubisky, Run-Heavy Offense - WGN Radio - The Bears got a win in Baltimore Sunday, but you almost wouldn't know it based on the reaction to John Fox's team blowing an 11-point lead in the final three minutes, which forced rookie Mitch Trubisky to work his magic in overtime.

Moreano: Kyle Fuller proving he belongs with Bears - If the cornerback can maintain this high-level of play for the remainder of the season, he will be deserving of a contract extension.

Audio Mailbag: Can the Chicago Bears Realistically Claim the NFC North? (And More) - Da Bears Brothers - In this week's Audio Mailbag, Da Bears Brothers answer questions submitted by fans including if the Bears have a shot at the division with Rodgers out.

Campbell: Healthy cornerback Kyle Fuller coming off one of his best games as a Bear - Chicago Tribune - Cornerback Kyle Fuller is finally healthy and coming off one of his best games for the Bears, who took him as the 14th pick in 2014.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Smith: Hue Jackson supports players celebrating big plays, even when Browns get blown out – ProFootballTalk - With the Browns trailing the Texans 24-3 on Sunday, Cleveland defensive tackle Danny Shelton tackled Houston running back Lamar Miller for a loss of three yards. Shelton got up and celebrated boisterously.

KNOW THY ENEMY

Week 7 NFL Picks: Can Packers beat Saints with Hundley at QB and injuries galore? - Acme Packing Company - Overall, APC isn’t feeling optimistic about the Packers’ chances against the Saints on Sunday.

Thompson: Vikings vs. Ravens Preview - Caught Looking - Daily Norseman - With the return of a certain quarterback and a trip to London looming, the Vikings must not overlook Baltimore this week.

Reisman: Which NFC North team has the most difficult remaining schedule? - Pride Of Detroit - A look at each team’s remaining strength of schedule.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Berkes: Five Questions with Cat Scratch Reader - Windy City Gridiron
We sat down with the Carolina Panthers blog, Cat Scratch Reader, to talk all things Panthers - Bears

Householder's Week 7 Game Preview: Bears-Panthers - Windy City Gridiron - The Bears look to build off a win but another tough defense stands in the way.

Wiltfong & Infante: Grading the Chicago Bears sophomores - Windy City Gridiron - In Lester’s latest episode of T Formation Conversation, he’s joined by Jacob Infante and they break down all the second year players on the Chicago Bears.

Silverstein: How the Panthers became one of my “other” teams - Windy City Gridiron - One Bears fan’s story of a football crush.

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