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The Bear’s Den: November 11, 2017

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Veterans Day in America finds the Chicago Bears preparing to host Green Bay at Soldier Field

Chicago's Soldier Field Name Remains Photo by Tim Boyle/Getty Images

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

BEARRRSSSS

Finley: NFL Week 10 predictions: Bears vs. Packer - Sun Times - The Chicago Sun-Times’ experts offer their predictions for the Bears’ matchup with the Packers in Week 10.

Wiederer: The behind-the-scenes impact of Mark Sanchez - Chicago Tribune - The Bears had one practice left, one Wednesday morning tuneup to finish before splitting for their weekend off. Inevitably, that left many players with one eye toward the airport, longing for warmer climes and a break from the season’s grind. But before rookie Mitch Trubisky headed out to...

Jahns: Why Leonard Floyd could make the Bears’ good defense a great one - Sun Times - Adam L. Jahns’ “Inside the Huddle” column appears in game-day editions of the Chicago Sun-Times.

Potash: Markus Wheaton ready, but Bears’ injury list looks very questionable - Sun Times - Without Sims, the Bears would be counting on Daniel Brown, rookie Adam Shaheen and second-year tight end Ben Braunecker

Four quarters: Bears questions entering rivalry game against Packers - Sun Times - John Fox’s Bears are favored for the first time in a calendar year. Sad as it sounds, there’s a pressure that comes with that

Potash: Second half huge for Bears offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains, too - Sun Times - More to the point, Loggains has to prove he’s the right guy to develop Mitch Trubisky as the Bears’ franchise quarterback.

Finley: Can Dontrelle Inman turn around the Bears’ receiving corps? - Sun Times - Inman’s goals with quarterback Mitch Trubisky will be simple when he makes his Bears debut Sunday: Be in the right place and haul in everything.

DeWitt: Bears-Packers 5 Matchups to Watch (and 3 Keys for a Bears' Victory) - Da Bears Brothers - In this episode, Will DeWitt goes through the five matchups to pay attention to against Green Bay and the three keys that'll unlock a Bears' victory.

Hub Arkush: Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers are actually very evenly matched - Pro Football Weekly - Will one of young QBs be difference in game that can turn season for Bears?

Perez: Bears take Deshaun Watson over Mitchell Trubisky in Sports Illustrated 2017 NFL Draft redo - Bears Wire - Sports Illustrated's recent 2017 NFL Draft redo suggests the Bears would select Deshaun Watson over Mitch Trubisky in the first round

Emma: Bears Hope To Find Solutions From Young Tight End Trio - CBS Chicago - Can Adam Shaheen, Daniel Brown or Ben Braunecker bring the Bears what they've been missing at tight end?

Under Center Podcast: Is Sunday a must-win game for John Fox? - NBC Sports Chicago - JJ Stankevitz and John “Moon” Mullin explain the importance of this weekend’s Bears-Packers game for John Fox and look at how there aren’t any excuses for the Bears on Sunday.

Stankevitz: How Adrian Amos and Eddie Jackson have teamed up to solidify the Bears at safety - NBC Sports Chicago - A pair of Ryan Pace draft picks have solidified the Bears at safety, and Adrian Amos and Eddie Jackson are only getting better.

LeGere: While Bears won't miss Rodgers, defense won't overlook Hundley - Daily Herald - Aaron Rodgers has led the Packers to victories over the Bears at Soldier Field in each of the last six seasons and eight of the last nine meetings in Chicago, including the 2010 NFC title game. So the Bears aren't disappointed that Rodgers will miss Sunday's game with a fractured collarbone.

Campbell: Bears run-pass balance under microscope entering second half - Chicago Tribune - Bears' six-win pace hasn’t turned the NFL upside down or even the NFC North. But they already have equaled last year’s victory total, and they are past their steep weekly quarterback challenges.

LeGere: While Bears won't miss Rodgers, defense won't overlook Hundley - Daily Herald - Aaron Rodgers has led the Packers to victories over the Bears at Soldier Field in each of the last six seasons and eight of the last nine meetings in Chicago, including the 2010 NFC title game. So the Bears aren't disappointed that Rodgers will miss Sunday's game with a fractured collarbone.

Campbell: Bears run-pass balance under microscope entering second half - Chicago Tribune - Bears' six-win pace hasn’t turned the NFL upside down or even the NFC North. But they already have equaled last year’s victory total, and they are past their steep weekly quarterback challenges.

Bears vs. Packers: Can Bears kick Packers while they’re down? - Sun Times - Oddsmakers have the Bears as five-point favorites for Sunday’s game at Soldier Field. And, yes, this is unusual territory. For one thing, it’s the first time this season the Bears have been favored. Even more astounding: it’s the first time since December 2008 the...

Campbell: Surging Bears defense might not have Danny Trevathan, Bryce Callahan vs. Packers - Chicago Tribune - The Bears defense went rolling into the week off but is limping a bit coming out of it. Inside linebacker Danny Trevathan (calf) and nickel cornerback Bryce Callahan (knee) missed all three practices this week and could miss Sunday’s game against the Packers at Soldier Field. The team listed both as questionable Friday.

Potash: Bears vs. Packers - What to Watch For - Sun Times - As much as Aaron Rodgers has tormented the Bears over the years, the Packers have flummoxed the Bears with their running game as well.

Finley: Can Dontrelle Inman turn around the Bears receiving corps - Sun Times - Dontrellle Inman’s goals with his new quarterback will be simple when he makes his Bears’ debut Sunday: be in the right place, and haul in everything.

Halas Intrigue: 3 things Bears must to do to beat the rival Packers - Sun Times - In the latest Halas Intrigue, Patrick Finley looks at three things the Bears must do to beat the rival Packers on Sunday:

NFL Week 10 predictions: Bears vs. Packers - Sun Times - The Chicago Sun-Times’ experts offer their predictions for the Bears’ matchup with the Packers in Week 10:

LeGere: Bad in a good way - Daily Herald - By almost any statistical measure, the Chicago Bears' defense is trending upward. The 2017 defense is better than the 2016 defense, which wasn't bad. Even more encouraging, this year's defense has been better in the last four games than it was in the first four.

Chamberlain: Trubisky looks for fresh start against Green Bay - The Rock River Times - Everything is new to Chicago Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky as he goes through his first NFL season, including the rivalry with the Packers.

Perez: Bears defense still respects Rodgers-less Packers offense - Bears Wire - Chicago Bears CB Prince Amukamara said he and his defensive teammates respect the Packers offense despite loss of QB Aaron Rodgers

Perez: Bears may be without TE Dion Sims in Week 10 - Bears Wire - Chicago Bears TE may miss Week 10 with what's been described as an illness by coach John Fox

Cox: Look for Daniel Brown, not Adam Shaheen, to fill Zach Miller’s shoes - Bears Wire - Chicago Bears tight end Daniel Brown, not Adam Shaheen, may be the one to pick up where Zach Miller left off.

The Pick Is In: Bears vs. Packers - ChicagoBears.com - Top NFL analysts from around the country made their picks for Week 10 of the season as the Bears return to action and host the Packers at Soldier Field. Keep track of their weekly record here on ChicagoBears.com

Mayer's Chalk Talk: Will Bears pass more rest of season - ChicagoBears.com - Senior writer Larry Mayer discusses whether the Bears will throw the ball more over the second half of the season, the contingency plan if Danny Trevathan is unable to play against the Packers and why the Bears didn't want to reacquire Martellus Bennett.

Players to watch: Bears-Packers - ChicagoBears.com - Larry Mayer and Eli Kaberon of ChicagoBears.com discuss the Bears players they'll be watching on both sides of the ball in Sunday’s home game against the Green Bay Packers.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Alper: Matt Forte out this weekend – ProFootballTalk - The Jets will go into their bye week with a 5-5 record if they can beat the Buccaneers in Tampa on Sunday. Their attempt to win that game will proceed without the assistance of running back Matt Forte.

KNOW THY ENEMY

Patra: Packers had cut Martellus Bennett due to torn rotator cuff - NFL.com - NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reports that New England Patriots tight end Martellus Bennett is dealing with a torn rotator cuff, according to source informed of the injury.

Western: Martellus Bennett passes physical, participates in Patriots practice - Acme Packing Company - Let’s try to read into what this means for the Packers moving forward.

Schwartz: How the Lions can fix the run game in short-yardage situations - SBNation.com - Retired NFL lineman Geoff Schwartz takes a closer look at Detroit’s problems running the ball in short yardage.

Stankevitz: To borrow from Tom Moore, are the Packers 'f---ed' without Aaron Rodgers? - NBC Sports Chicago - The Packers have lost all three games they've played since Aaron Rodgers was hurt, with their offense and defense both struggling mightily.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Silverstein: Mitch Trubisky’s first game against the Packers is the start of a new Bears era - Windy City Gridiron - This is the day Mitch Trubisky becomes the Bears QB.

Berckes: Fantasy Football Week 10 Thread - Windy City Gridiron - Your place for fantasy football discussion

Wiltfong: Chicago Bears vs Green Bay Packers Injury Report: Danny Trevathan is one of seven questionable Bears - Windy City Gridiron - Here’s the full injury report for the Bears and the Packers.

FANPOSTS

PowerTool: Who Are You Signing Next Year? - Windy City Gridiron - This young Chicago Bears team has many excited for what the near future offers the franchise. There are deficiencies at this point, but they appear fewer than they have in previous recent seasons....

EricSoderholm'sBat: Contract extensions? - Windy City Gridiron - According to my research, we currently have 18 players on our roster who will be unrestricted free agents in a few months.

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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