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The Bear’s Den: November 20, 2017

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Trubisky improves, Shaheen shines, Howard books another century and Barth is his usual horrible

NFL: Detroit Lions at Chicago Bears
Chicago Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky (10) runs out of the grasp of Detroit Lions defensive end Cornelius Washington (90) during the second half at Soldier Field.
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BEAR DOWN, CHICAGO BEARS, BEAR DOWN!!!!

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Finley: Three-and-out - On Adam Shaheen’s growth, Connor Barth’s Bears future - Sun Times - Three observations from the Bears’ 27-24 loss to the Lions on Sunday:

Jahns: Mitch Trubisky offers hope in John Fox’s play-it-safe world - Sun Times - Connor Barth’s shank from 46 yards was a sign of progress for rookie quarterback Mitch Trubisky.

Morrissey: Attendance is optional for Bears, fans in loss to Lions - Sun Times - Team’s up-and-down existence is on full display Sunday in another close loss — as if close matters.

Potash: Re-introducing Tarik Cohen - Bears rookie makes an impact with tying TD - Sun Times - Whatever the motivation, the Bears finally found a way to get the diminutive Cohen his elusive touches in a 27-24 loss to the Lions on Sunday.

Finley: Wide right - Bears lose 27-24 after Connor Barth misses in last seconds - Sun Times - Connor Barth pushed it far right, sending what fans were left — there were 10,145 no-shows at Soldier Field — home angry.

Kenney: John Fox calls Leonard Floyd’s knee injury ‘fairly serious’ - Sun Times - Bears linebacker Leonard Floyd was carted off the field in the fourth quarter with an apparent knee injury.

Finley: Bears ILB Danny Trevathan, TE Dion Sims out vs. Lions - Sun Times - Inside linebacker Danny Trevathan and tight end Dion Sims will both miss Sunday’s game against the Lions, as expected, against the Lions.

J.C. Caroline, former Illini sensation, Bears Pro Bowl CB, dies at 84 - Sun Times - And when he eventually lost his starting job to Bennie McRae in 1963, Caroline become a stalwart on special teams with key tackles and blocked kicks

Kicker Connor Barth misses late field goal to tie as Bears fall 27-24 to Lions - Chicago Tribune - Lions kicker Matt Prater nailed a 52-yard field goal with 1 minute, 35 seconds to play to hand the Bears a 27-24 loss Sunday at Soldier Field.

Rosenbloom: Win-win - Mitch Trubisky shows some clutch & we're a loss closer to John Fox's firing - Chicago Tribune - The only thing that matters this season - besides John Fox's firing, of course - is Mitch Trubisky.

Campbell: Leonard Floyd feared out for extended period with knee injury - Chicago Tribune - The Bears fear outside linebacker Leonard Floyd will be out for an extended period after he suffered a right knee injury that required him to be carted off in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s 27-24 loss to the Lions.

Wiederer: Mitch Trubisky's early fumble costly for Bears, energizing for Lions - Chicago Tribune - Chicago Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky lost a costly fumble in a 27-24 loss to the Detroit Lions at Soldier Field. D.J. Hayden's return touchdown helped spark the Lions, who won their third straight game.

Haugh: After latest loss, it's OK to be as tough on Mitch Trubisky as he is on himself - Chicago Tribune - As a passer, Mitch Trubisky still has a ways to go, as another win that got away from the Bears reminded everyone - including the quarterback. In other words, Chicago, it’s OK to be as tough on Trubisky as he is on himself.

Kane: Connor Barth's latest missed field goal costs Bears in final seconds - Chicago Tribune - Connor Barth's missed 46-yard field goal is the latest blip in an up-and-down season for the Bears kicker.

Campbell: 'Lulls,' 'siestas' doom Bears against Lions in latest close loss - Chicago Tribune - The Bears lost to the Lions, 27-24, in the latest close defeat of coach John Fox's tenure.

Aguilar: Chicago Bears LB Floyd's season could be over - Daily Herald - The Chicago Bears lost another key player in Sunday's loss. Outside linebacker Leonard Floyd was carted off the field with what coach John Fox described as "a really serious knee injury" after a collision with teammate Kyle Fuller in the fourth quarter.

LeGere: Bears come up short, Lions win 27-24 - Daily Herald - On Sunday at Soldier Field against the Bears, Lions QB Matthew Stafford guided his team into position for a 52-yard Matt Prater field goal with 1:31 left, which gave them a 27-24 victory.

Bears-Lions Postgame Show: Rejuvenated Bears Didn't Have Enough Gas in the Tank - Da Bears Brothers - In this week's postgame show, Da Bears Brothers explain how the Chicago Bears ended up on the wrong side of the 27-24 NFC North battle.

Highs and lows in Bears loss to Lions - NBC Sports Chicago - Vinnie Duber, JJ Stankevitz and Tony Andracki talk about the positives and negatives in the Bears' 27-24 loss to the Lions.

Bears continue a concerning trend in loss to Lions - NBC Sports Chicago - JJ Stankevitz and John "Moon" Mullin react to the Bears' 27-24 loss to the Lions on Sunday.

Stankevitz: The Bears got Tarik Cohen on the field more. But why not on their last possession? - NBC Sports Chicago - Tarik Cohen was a ghost when the Bears needed to make some plays in the fourth quarter. What gives?

Under Center Podcast: Alex Brown goes off on Connor Barth - NBC Sports Chicago - On the latest Under Center Podcast, our crew breaks down the Bears loss to the Lions on Sunday following Conner Barth’s missed field goal in the last seconds of the game.

Bears lose, but Trubisky proved how much he has developed - NBC Sports Chicago - Mitchell Trubisky may have another loss under his belt, but he proved how much he has developed.

Duber: After Connor Barth's crunch-time miss, will Bears move on from veteran kicker? - NBC Sports Chicago - After Connor Barth missed his fifth field-goal try of the season at a crucial moment in Sunday's loss to the Lions, is it the end of his time with the Bears?

Stankevitz: Why the Bears have so much confidence in Mitchell Trubisky, even as the losses mount - NBC Sports Chicago - The Bears might be 3-7, but their record hasn't kept the locker room from buying into Mitchell Trubisky and believing in his bright future.

Mullin: Bears 'siestas' continue, leaving progress difficult to find, but it’s there ... somewhat -| NBC Sports Chicago - There are no moral victories in the NFL, but Mitch Trubisky and the Bears showed some progress in a 27-24 loss to Detroit, even if it's hard to find.

Emma: Bears Linebacker Leonard Floyd Suffers Right Leg Injury - CBS Chicago - Floyd was carted off the field after what appeared to be a serious injury.

Bears Fall 27-24 To Lions After Connor Barth Misses FG In Closing Seconds - CBS Chicago - Barth's tying field-goal attempt from 46 yards out was way wide right.

Bernstein: Bears’ Loss Represents Them Well - CBS Chicago - There were so many familiar themes evident as the Bears dropped to 3-7 on Sunday.

Emma: Connor Barth’s Miss Could Move Bears To Find New Kicker - CBS Chicago - Barth missed a 46-yard field goal in the closing seconds of the Bears' 27-24 loss to the Lions.

Hoge: Bears Find Offensive Solutions, Then Ignore Them On Final Drive - WGN Radio - The Bears appeared to have it all figured out on offense. Until they didn’t. This column could have been about how offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains best utilized his personnel, called plays that built on one another and allowed his young, talented quarterback to carry the Bears to a victory in the final seconds of the game. It isn't.

Nabors: Floyd suffers potentially serious knee injury; will Bears move on from Barth? - Pro Football Weekly - The Bears could be without one of their top defenders for the remainder of the season after outside linebacker Leonard Floyd was carted off Sunday following a right knee injury early in the fourth quarter against the Lions.

Nabors' 3 and out: Barth's missed field goal sends Bears to another close loss | Pro Football Weekly - Three moments that really mattered.

Cox: 4 takeaways from Bears’ 24-27 loss to Lions - Bears Wire - The Chicago Bears got big plays out of their rookies in a losing effort to the Detroit Lions in Week 11.

Perez: Studs and Duds from Bears’ Week 11 loss to Lions - Bears Wire - A look at the studs and duds from the Bears loss to the Lions in Week 11

Perez: Leonard Floyd will miss extended period of time with ‘fairly serious knee injury’ - Bears Wire - Bears OLB Leonard Floyd will miss an extended period of time with a serious knee injury

Cox: Bears QB Mitchell Trubisky knows ‘there’s no rookie excuse’ - Bears Wire - Chicago Bears rookie quarterback Mitchell Trubisky isn't a fan of excuses after his team's Week 11 loss to the Detroit Lions.

Pace talks Bears before Lions game - ChicagoBears.com - Bears general manager Ryan Pace appeared on the WBBM 780 AM and 105.9 FM pre-game show in advance of Sunday’s home game against the Detroit Lions.

Kicker Connor Barth misses late field goal to tie as Bears fall 27-24 to Lions - Chicago Tribune - Lions kicker Matt Prater nailed a 52-yard field goal with 1 minute, 35 seconds to play to hand the Bears a 27-24 loss Sunday at Soldier Field.

Rosenbloom: Win-win - Mitch Trubisky shows some clutch & we're a loss closer to John Fox's firing - Chicago Tribune - The only thing that matters this season - besides John Fox's firing, of course - is Mitch Trubisky.

2-Minute Drill: Trubisky continues to show signs of progress - ChicagoBears.com - Rookie quarterback Mitchell Trubisky took another key step in his development Sunday at Soldier Field, engineering a late drive that put the Bears in position to force overtime.

Inside Slant: Young runners carry load in loss - ChicagoBears.com - The Bears rushing attack was at its best Sunday, with three key young players all showing how good they can be on the ground.

Dickerson: Tarik Cohen's resurgence not enough to ensure Bears' victory - ESPN - The Bears put up a valiant effort against the Lions but fell to 0-4 in the division, though rookie RB Tarik Cohen resurfaced in a big way.

Game Recap: Bears come up short against Lions - ChicagoBears.com - The Bears lost an early lead against the Lions and missed a game tying field goal attempt in the final seconds, losing to the Lions 27-24.

Dickerson: Pressure intensifies on embattled Bears kicker Connor Barth - Barth has been under close scrutiny most of the season. And after Sunday's miss with the game on the line, that scrutiny is bound to increase.

Wood's Data Responds: Lions at Bears - Da Bears Blog - Chicago’s offense had their best game of the year, but their defense played possibly their worst game of the year. All in all, that evened out, but the Bears ended up falling to 3-7 because their kicker is terrible.

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