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The Bear’s Den: October 25, 2017

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Can Chicago slow down the potent New Orleans passing game, can the Saints stop the run?

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Pierre Thomas #23 of the New Orleans Saints avoids a tackle by Lance Briggs #55 of the Chicago Bears at the Louisiana Superdome on September 18, 2011 in New Orleans, Louisiana.
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BEAR DOWN, CHICAGO BEARS, BEAR DOWN!!!!

BEARRRSSSS

Finley’s ears mailbag: Trubisky vs. Tebow? Adrian Amos a keeper? Trade for WR? - Sun Times - The Sun-Times’ experts can answer your Bears questions all week on Twitter. Here’s a sampling of queries sent to Patrick Finley.

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. Ken’s Note: I’m not sure two wins qualifies as a “streak”, but OK.

Wiederer: 'We want to be ferocious' Tenacity becoming contagious for 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.

Rosenbloom: The Bears' forecast for opposing offenses? Pain. - Chicago Tribune - But there’s a statistic that’s missing, one that might better define and describe this Bears defense: the G force of their hits.

Campbell & Wiederer: Is Bears' conservative philosophy hindering Mitch Trubisky's long-term growth? - Chicago Tribune - Break up the Bears. They've found a formula that works. Six takeaways plus three defensive touchdowns equals two straight wins.

Emma: For Receiver-Needy Bears, Martavis Bryant Risk May Outweigh Reward - CBS Chicago - Bryant's history is likely too much for the Bears to welcome in, despite his fit for their needy offense.

Wiederer & Campbell: Mitch Trubisky's development vs. Bears' W-L record - Chicago Tribune - Welcome to the weekly Bear Download podcast with Rich Campbell and Dan Wiederer.

Wiederer & Campbell: Mitch Trubisky's development vs. Bears' W-L record - Chicago Tribune - Welcome to the weekly Bear Download podcast with Rich Campbell and Dan Wiederer.

Thompson: What's with all the Mitch Trubisky tribute songs? - Chicago Tribune - Matt Spiegel and Danny Parkins are among some local radio and TV personalities who have crafted songs about Bears rookie quarterback Mitch Trubisky.

Mulligan: Saints likely to force Bears' Mitch Trubisky out of his shell - Chicago Tribune - Bears have been cautious with rookie quarterback Mitch Trubisky but if they fall behind against Saints that may have to change for any chance for victory.

Jahns: Feeling a Brees - How Mitch Trubisky’s intangibles are changing Bears - Sun Times - When you trade up and draft a quarterback with the second overall selection, you do so with the hope and the goal.

LeGere: Why the Chicago Bears offense could struggle to improve - 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.

Lunch with Larry: 10.24.17 - ChicagoBears.com - Bears Senior Writer Larry Mayer answers fan questions during the lunch hour beginning at noon CT every Tuesday during the season. Check back then to hear from Larry.

Moreano: Secondary making a difference for the defense - Da Bears Brothers - Chicago's defensive backs are becoming game changers.

Gantt: Dolphins sign quarterback David Fales – ProFootballTalk - The Dolphins needed another quarterback in a hurry, so they added one Tuesday they're familiar with. Via Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald, the Dolphins filled the spot created by today's release of cornerback Byron Maxwell by signing David Fales.

HOT TAKES

Steele: John Fox has Bears winning, playing defense and saving his reputation - Sporting News - John Fox has taken two teams to the Super Bowl, and he has won a division title and a playoff game with Tim Tebow at quarterback. So any mention of this season with the Bears being the best coaching job he has ever done is automatically up for serious discussion. Let's discuss it.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Patra: Martavis Bryant says ff Steelers won't use him, 'I want out' - NFL.com - Steelers WR Martavis Bryant dispelled with beating around the bush. Bryant talked on the record with ESPN's Josina Anderson, saying if the Steelers aren't going to target him, they should trade him.

KNOW THY ENEMY

NFC North Rundown, Week 7: Vikings take over first place as Bears’ defense rolls - Acme Packing Company - Special teams and defense loomed large in divisional rivals’ victories in week seven.

Payton: The Lions have no excuse to not win the NFC North - Pride Of Detroit - Analyzing why the Lions have to win the NFC North for the first time in 2017.

Perfett: PODcast explores a frightful NFC North and LISTCASTs costumes - Pride Of Detroit - Are the Bears kinda scary? Maybe?

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Wiltfong's NFL Power Rankings: Are the Chicago Bears good? - Windy City Gridiron - We saw a small uptick in the power rankings last week after the Chicago Bears knocked off the Baltimore Ravens in overtime. So I wonder if we’ll see a similar rise up the rankings now that the...

Infante's The Infantry: Recapping Bears rookie (and sophomore) performances from Week 7 - Windy City Gridiron - One rookie in particular stole the show on Sunday.

Link's Bears Week 7 Reaction: Three Up, Three Down - Windy City Gridiron - We take a look at how the Bears performed based on the keys to the Panthers game as well as three players who performed well and three who did not.

Wiltfong: Ten Thoughts on the NFL - Windy City Gridiron - Check out my Ten Thoughts on the NFL this week, and as always, make sure you play along and chime in as well.

Mitchell: Ten Game Notes From PFF & What I Think About Them - Windy City Gridiron - PFF ranges from insightful to absolutely bonkers in this week’s game notes.

Zeglinski: Bears mailbag call, Week 8 - Windy City Gridiron - The Bears have won two games in a row for the first time since November 2015. So, what questions are on your mind during this rise?

FANPOSTS

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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