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The Bear’s Den, October 24, 2017

We put the Panthers to bed, and start preparing for the New Orleans Saints. Who dat? The Chicago Bears, dat’s who.

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Akiem Hicks #96 of the Chicago Bears tackles Jayron Kearse #27 of the Minnesota Vikings in the fourth quarter at Soldier Field on October 9, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. 
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DeWitt: Bears-Panthers Postgame Show (Part 1) Chicago's Defense Dominates - Da Bears Brothers - In this episode, Da Bears Brothers share their insight and analysis from the Bears' victory against the Panthers.

DeWitt: Bears-Panthers Postgame (Part 2) - More Insight on the Bears' Victory with Adam Jahns - Da Bears Brothers - In this episode, Da Bears Brothers are joined by The Sun-Times' Adam Jahns and discuss yesterdays' victory (and more).

Hub Arkush: It's getting tough not to get excited about Chicago Bears defense - Pro Football Weekly - Panthers too talented for Bears' win to be a fluke

Mayer: 3 things that stood out in Week 7 win - - Senior writer Larry Mayer identifies three things that stood out Sunday in the Bears' 17-3 win over the Carolina Panthers at Soldier Field.

Perez: Bears Wire Podcast, Mitchell Trubisky’s impact on the Bears goes beyond the box score - Bears Wire - In Episode 6 of The Bears Wire Podcast, host Bryan Perez recaps the team's win over the Carolina Panthers and much more!

Emma: Bears Secondary Producing Results By Playing Inspired Football - CBS Chicago - Behind the Bears' strong play in the secondary, there are players fighting for personal gains.

Stankevitz & Mullen video on Bears ugly win: 'Take the win and just be quiet' - NBC Sports Chicago - JJ Stankevitz and John 'Moon' Mullin analyze the talk about the Bears' struggling offense.

Mullin: Another sign of culture shift evident within emerging Bears team - NBC Sports Chicago - The Bears' 17-3 win over the Carolina Panthers in Week 7 on Sunday wasn't pretty, but it was another sign of a culture shift within an emerging team.

Bears grades: Straight A's for the defense, not so much for the offense - NBC Sports Chicago - The Bears defense was dominant on Sunday from top to bottom, and earned straight A's in this week's report card for it.

Mullin: Bears handling of Mitch Trubisky, run-pass balance fits a pattern as Leonard Floyd heats up - NBC Sports Chicago - There's plenty of talk about the Bears not throwing much with Mitch Trubisky, but some of the numbers are a bit deceiving.

LeGere: Chicago Bears' offensive approach not sustainable - Daily Herald - The 3-4 Chicago Bears have won back-to-back games for the first time in almost two years with rookie quarterback Mitch Trubisky throwing a total of 23 passes, an ultraconservative approach that is not sustainable.

Biggs: Bears film session: Dominant defensive line allowed Bears to be extra conservative in victory - Chicago Tribune - Bears defensive linemen Eddie Goldman and Akiem Hicks were too much for the Panthers to handle in the 17-3 victory at Soldier Field.

Kane: John Fox likes turnover-free day on offense, but Bears not satisfied - Chicago Tribune - Among the big topics of discussion is that the Bears' Mitch Trubisky completed just 4 of 7 passes for 107 yards, no TDs, no interceptions and was sacked four times.

Wiederer: Tenacity becoming contagious for resurgent Bears defense - Chicago Tribune - The defense sacked Cam Newton five times and hit him on 11 other pass attempts. Safety Eddie Jackson provided the biggest fireworks with the game's two TDs.

Jahns: 4 takeaways from the Bears’ 17-3 win against the Panther - Sun Times - Some thoughts and observations after watching the film and going through the stats of the Bears’ 17-3 win against the Panthers on Sunday.

Halas Intrigue Podcast: How good can the Bears be? Breaking down their victory - Sun Times - In the latest Halas Intrigue podcast, Patrick Finley and Sun-Times colleague Mark Potash break down the Bears’ win against the Panthers on Sunday:

Finley: Good, bad and better: How the Bears fared in 17-3 win vs. Panthers - Sun Times - Some weeks are better than others for the Bears.

Jahns: Film Study: Mitch Trubisky does have missed opportunities to bemoan - Sun Times - Thoughts and observations watching film of the Bears’ 17-3 win against the Panthers in Week 7.

Potash: First-and-10: Bears’ win streak gives GM Ryan Pace a well-timed boost - Sun Times - Ryan Pace can’t win ’em all. But most of his hits have a chance to clear the wall.

Finley: Bruising Bears ‘D’ finds identity: ‘Being the Monsters of the Midway’ - Sun Times - If there was a play that encapsulated the Bears’ rough-and-tumble front seven Sunday, consider the Panthers’ fourth-and-two run in the third quarter.

Finley: From Wildcat to Tebow, Fox proves ‘you do what you have to do to win’ - Sun Times - Before the Bears’ victory Sunday, only two teams since 1983 had thrown seven or fewer passes in a game.

Morrissey: Watching Trubisky hand off is dull — and counterproductive - Sun Times - Just because the Bears’ defense is so good, it doesn’t follow that the passing offense has to be so invisible.

They Said It: Week 7 - - A look at what writers around the country are saying about the Bears following Sunday’s Week 7 game against the Carolina Panthers.

Perez: Leonard Floyd wants to bring back Chicago’s love for the Bears - Bears Wire - Chicago Bears OLB Leonard Floyd wants to renew Chicago's love for the Bears in 2017

Perez: Bears’ Week 7 win was first of its kind in 67 years - Bears Wire - This crazy stat shows just how bad the Chicago Bears' offense was in Week 7's win over the Carolina Panthers

Gabriel: Bears’ Solid Defense Shows It Has Ability To Dominate Too - CBS Chicago - The Bears' defensive front is quickly becoming one of the best in the league.

Pompei: Observations On Bears-Panthers - CBS Chicago - The Bears defense is playing fast, which reflects their preparation and confidence.

Kading: Bears Knock Off Panthers Behind Strong Defensive Showing - Cover32 - In perhaps the most boring second half of football in the NFL this year, the Bears hold on to win 17-3.

Hoge: Bears Inching Back Towards Relevance, But Offense Needs To Catch Up - WGN Radio - The Bears’ rebuilding effort under general manager Ryan Pace has been a long, painstaking process with few highlights and plenty of losses. But that seems to be changing, at least on one side of the ball.

Wiederer: Behind dominant defense, Bears own 2-game winning streak for 1st time since November 2015 - Chicago Tribune - The Bears are now on a two-game winning streak for the first time since November 2015 and will have a chance next week to reach .500.

Biggs: 10 thoughts on Bears' 17-3 win over the Panthers - Chicago Tribune - The Tribune's Brad Biggs offers 10 thoughts after the Bears defeated the Panthers 17-3 on Sunday at Soldier Field.

Clement: The Panthers lost a very bad game to the Bears - Cat Scratch Reader - Ron Rivera out foxes John Fox in defensive snoozefest.

Smiley: 3 plays to love, 3 plays to hate from the Panthers’ 17-3 loss to the Bears - Cat Scratch Reader - These key plays swung momentum and decided the Panthers awful, horrendous, gutless 17-3 road loss against the Chicago Bears, putting Carolina’s record at 4-3.


Week 8 NFC North standings: Lions fall 1.5 games back - Pride Of Detroit - Though there is still one game left before Week 7 is completely in the books, the NFC North table is set for Week 8. The Detroit Lions sat back this week and watched as thing unfolded on Sunday....

Week 7 injuries include Dolphins' Jay Cutler, Cardinals' Carson Palmer - Chicago Tribune - Arizona quarterback Carson Palmer suffered a significant injury just a week after Green Bay's Aaron Rodgers was lost for the season.

Chargers lose starting left guard Matt Slauson for season - USA Today - Los Angeles Chargers left guard Matt Slauson will miss the rest of the season with a biceps injury


Bukowski: Dom Capers must align Packers’ defense with his players’ strengths - Acme Packing Company - Capers is calling a defense like it’s 2012 again.

Smith: NFL suspends Vikings’ Andrew Sendejo for hit on Mike Wallace – ProFootballTalk - Vikings safety Andrew Sendejo won't be playing in London on Sunday. Sendejo has been suspended for one game for his hit on Ravens receiver Mike Wallace yesterday. The Vikings play the Browns in an early kickoff at Twickenham Stadium this week.

Gantt: Ron Rivera is all-in with offensive coordinator Mike Shula – ProFootballTalk - Panthers coach Ron Rivera promoted Mike Shula from quarterbacks coach to offensive coordinator in 2013, when his own job was under scrutiny. And he's apparently going to continue to repay the loyalty.

Florio: Vikings don’t want to expose Bridgewater to slippery field in London – ProFootballTalk - Lost in the fact that Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater has been cleared to practice but not play is the reality that, for the kind of injury Bridgewater sustained (and in light of the position he plays), clearance to practice is clearance to play.

Hirschhorn: Green Bay must take restrictor plates off Brett Hundley to win - Acme Packing Company - The Packers tried to play it safe with Hundley rather than empower him to succeed, and it cost them a game against the Saints.

Glover: Vikings Sitting Pretty For 2018 Salary Cap - Daily Norseman - The Vikings will be major players in free agency if they want to be. But they can also take care of a lot of in house business, too.

Maske: The Green Bay Packers played without Aaron Rodgers, and it went about how you'd expect - Chicago Tribune - Brett Hundley throws for only 87 yards in his first NFL start as the Packers lose at home to the Saints.

Smith: The Carolina Panthers should fire Ron Rivera and Mike Shula - Cat Scratch Reader - The so-called ‘offensive evolution’ we heard about all summer has been nothing more than a cute name for ‘we don’t know what we’re doing’ so far this season.

Clement: The Panthers shouldn’t fire Ron Rivera - Cat Scratch Reader - But they should probably fire Mike Shula


Zeglinski: A swag-filled defense is driving these Bears - What else is new? - Windy City Gridiron - After yet another dominant performance against the Panthers, the Bears' defense is bringing back an old school tradition.

Sunderbruch & Zeglinski's Week 7 Overreaction: Beating Carolina! Edition - Windy City Gridiron - The Bears are 3-4 and have signs of life in the 2017 season. This is not to say that they are a complete football team, however. Here are some quick reactions to the game.

Wiltfong's snap counts, stats and more: Chicago Bears vs Carolina Panthers - Windy City Gridiron - We'll list out the complete playing time breakdown, and spotlight a few individual and team statistics from the Chicago Bears in their 17-3 win against the Carolina Panthers


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