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The Bear’s Den: October 30, 2017

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Chicago reaches a much-needed bye week, expect tryouts at key positions of need

Chicago Bears vs New Orleans Saints
Jordan Howard #24 of the Chicago Bears rushes the ball against the New Orleans Saints during the second quarter at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on October 29, 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana.
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BEARSSSSSSS

Haugh: Bears team with no margin for error couldn't turn tide after replay reversal - Sun Time - A serious injury tests the temerity of a fragile team like the Bears badly enough without adding insult. Yet with 5 minutes, 55 seconds left in the third quarter of Sunday's 20-12 loss to the Saints at the Superdome, the officiating crew kicked the Bears when they were down. Referee Carl Cheffers...

Biggs: 'Salty' defense will make Bears interesting the rest of the season - Sun Times - The most modest of winning streaks has come to an end for the Bears, but after a week to heal up some more injuries, they're poised to be interesting in the second half of the season.

Stankevitz: Why the Bears enter their bye week feeling like they’re ‘close’ to playing winning football - NBC Sports Chicago - The Bears' record isn't a great endorsement, but the players believe the team is turning a corner.

Kane: Bears suffer two blows in one play — Zach Miller's injury and overturned TD - Chicago Tribune - As trainers were preparing Zach Miller for the injury cart, the replay on the video board elicited murmurs and groans of sympathy pain from the crowd at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. On third-and-10 from the Saints' 25-yard line, Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky launched the football into the end...

Bears comeback attempt falls short in 20-12 loss to Saints - Chicago Tribune - The Bears defense slowed down the Saints and Drew Brees on Sunday at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome but not enough to pull off the victory.

Week 8: Photo Gallery Of Saints vs Bears - Chicago Tribune - Photos from Chicago Tribune staff photographers.

Hoge: Fans, Players - Especially Zach Miller - Deserve Better With Nuanced Catch Rule - WGN Radio - 720 AM - Well, here we go again. A horrible rule. A horrible interpretation. What is a catch, what isn’t a catch?

Mullin: Bears are what their 3-5 record says they are – but what is that, exactly? - NBC Sports Chicago - The Bears are at the midpoint of 2017, but the team's standing in the league still isn't quite clear yet.

Under Center Podcast: Should the Bears go to Jordan Howard more in late-game situations? - NBC Sports Chicago - Alex Brown, Jim Miller and Laurence Holmes recap the Bears' 20-12 loss to the Saints.

Finley: Bears lose offensive linemen Kyle Long, Cody Whitehair to injuries - Sun Times - The Bears finished Sunday’s game with their left guard at center, two backups at guard and their only remaining healthy center inactive.

Potash: No catch? NFL officials add insult to Zach Miller’s gruesome injury - Sun Times - It’s the fifth time in the last seven seasons that Miller has suffered a major injury. He has played in 44 games in that span.

Jahns: Bears defense does its part; in time, so will Mitch Trubisky’s offense - Sun Times - “They have a really good defense,” Saints coach Sean Payton said.

Finley: Banged-up Bears can’t take advantage of Saints’ turnovers, lose 20-12 - Sun Times - Mark Ingram’s two fourth-quarter fumbles gave the Bears life — just not enough — in a 20-12 loss Sunday.

Finley: Bears TE Zach Miller leaves with gruesome injury, has TD taken away - Sun Times - Zach Miller suffered a gruesome left knee leg injury Sunday while catching a touchdown pass that was then taken away.

Finley: New Bears receiver Dontrelle Inman inactive vs. Saints - Sun Times - Dontrelle Inman’s Bears debut will have to wait two weeks.

LeGere: Trubisky can't lift Bears over Saints - Daily Herald - The Chicago Bears took the wraps off rookie quarterback Mitch Trubisky and allowed him to throw more frequently, but it wasn't enough in a 20-12 loss to the New Orleans Saints.

Stankevitz: Three plays that swung Bears' loss to Saints - NBC Sports Chicago - It was clear the Bears have a mighty slim margin for error, with three key plays costing them points and a win Sunday in New Orleans.

Emma: Bears Ineptness On Offense Costs Chance At Key Victory - CBS Chicago - There is only so much that rookie quarterback Mitchell Trubisky can be expected to do with an offense lacking playmakers.

Cox: Bears forced to move Josh Sitton to center vs. Saints after injuries to Kyle Long, Cody Whitehair - Bears Wire - The Chicago Bears had to play Josh Sitton at center against the New Orleans Saints after Kyle Long and Cody Whitehair suffered injuries.

Mayer: Pace discusses Bears before game vs. Saints - ChicagoBears.com - General manager Ryan Pace discussed key Bears topics on the WBBM radio pregame show in advance of Sunday’s contest against the Saints in New Orleans.

Mayer: Game Recap - Bears suffer tough loss against the Saints - ChicagoBears.com - The Bears battled down the stretch with big plays on both sides of the ball, but came up short against the Saints in New Orleans, losing 20-12

Arkush: Chicago Bears' Zach Miller suffers gruesome leg injury, has apparent TD catch overturned on same play - Pro Football Weekly - Former NFL official-turned-FOX rules analyst Dean Blandino says Miller TD should've been confirmed by replay

Nabors: 3 and out - Breaking down the Bears' 20-12 loss in New Orleans - Pro Football Weekly - Three moments that matter.

Bears-Saints Postgame Show: Multiple Missed Opportunities Lead to Bears' Demise - Da Bears Brothers - In this episode, Da Bears Brothers share their instant reaction and analysis from the Bears' loss in New Orleans.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Ex-Bears TE Martellus Bennett indicates he’ll retire after season - Sun Times - Bennett is in the first year of a three-year, $21 million contract. In seven games for the Packers, he has 24 catches for 233 yards and no touchdowns.

KNOW THY ENEMY

Gates: Minnesota Vikings 33, Cleveland Browns 16 - It’s how you finish - Daily Norseman - The Vikings got off to a slow start, but turned it on in the second half for the victory

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Wiltfong: The Chicago Bears’ defense is good, but it will only get better - Windy City Gridiron - The defense of the Chicago Bears has started to play opportunistic football. The takeaways have been the only thing missing from Vic Fangio’s defense since he started running that side of the ball...

Wiltfong: Zach Miller injured his leg then had his touchdown stolen by idiots - Windy City Gridiron - Chicago Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky threw a beautiful touchdown pass to tight end Zach Miller in the third quarter against the New Orleans Saints. When Miller landed his left leg bent...

Curl: Bears vs Saints Week 8 - Bears uncuff the Biscuit in 12-20 loss on the road - Windy City Gridiron - It was a frustrating game for the Bears, but there was plenty of life in this fiesty team in this road loss.

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