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The Bear’s Den: November 25, 2017

The Chicago Bears hit the road to face the Eagles... what could possibly go wrong?

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Josh Sitton #71 of the Chicago Bears moves to block Nigel Bradham #53 of the Philadelphia Eagles at Soldier Field on September 19, 2016
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In the interest of saving Denmaster Ken a ton of typing while traveling & putting this Den together on the road, the following are all from various writers at The Sun Times (due to the way they do their website, it’s a royal pain to extract and I’m bouncing all over the place riding in this car. No, I’m not driving.

What should you make of Leonard Floyd’s 2017 season? - Adam L. Jahns’ “Inside the Huddle” column appears in game-day editions of the Chicago Sun-Times.

With Leonard Floyd out, rookie Isaiah Irving is the next man up - Irving has been the active roster since Week 5 against the Vikings, but only has gotten five snaps on defense this season.

Morrissey: Pull yourselves together! Forget about Jeffery and Gould! - The Bears have much bigger problems than two of their former players.

As long as Mitch Trubisky is making progress, Bears making progress - Ever so slowly, he’s growing into the job as a quarterback and just as importantly as a leader.

Bears vs. Eagles — What to Watch 4 - In the past three games, the Bears have dropped from seventh to 11th in total defense and from sixth to 13th in yards allowed per play

4 Bears questions: Is Eagles’ Frank Reich a head coach candidate? - With his Eagles leading the NFL in points and Carson Wentz developing into a star, coordinator Frank Reich figures to be someone’s head coach in 2018

Bears must steal Eagles’ blueprint for rebuilding woeful WR position - Like the Eagles did with the league’s worst unit after last season, the Bears can build their wide receiver position from scratch this offseason

NFL Week 12 predictions: Bears at Eagles - The Chicago Sun-Times’ experts offer their predictions for the Bears’ matchup with the Eagles in Week 12:

Carson Wentz’s giant leap in Year 2 sets a path for Mitch Trubisky - Therein lies much of the hope that Trubisky’s heretofore difficult rookie season might pay dividends next season.

New Bears kicker Cairo Santos’ familiar mentor: Robbie Gould - Having missed a kick in each of his first two career regular-season games, Cairo Santos’ career was teetering just as it was getting started.

Season over: Bears OLB Leonard Floyd heads to injured reserve - The Bears put outside linebacker Leonard Floyd on injured reserve Thursday.

Can Vic Fangio fix the holes that are emerging in the Bears’ defense? - Compared to Fox, Loggains and Rodgers, Fangio seemingly has gotten a free pass by all.

Bears miss Alshon Jeffery’s production, but ‘business is business’ - Jeffery’s departure is emblematic of the Bears’ fortunes in the post-Lovie Smith era: Even when they get one right, it turns out wrong.

OK.... Here’s from other people not at The Sun Times:

Bears vs. Eagles: Can Bears stop the Eagles' offense and score themselves? - Chicago Tribune - In battle of No. 2 overall draft picks can Bears rookie quarterback Mitch Trubisky learn anything from second-year Eagles quarterback and NFL MVP candidate Carson Wentz?

Kane: Akiem Hicks hopes to return to help depleted Bears defense slow Eagles -Chicago Tribune - With Leonard Floyd and Danny Trevathan injured, the Bears need Akiem Hicks to help slow the Eagles' offense Sunday.

Haugh: Notion Bears win for losing with higher draft choice more fallacy than fact - Chicago Tribune - Losing to draft a few spots higher guarantees nothing and, unless a consensus No. 1 overall pick exists, tanking makes little sense in the NFL.

Biggs: Bears' Kyle Long learns difference between injury and playing through pain - Chicago Tribune - What is the difference between being injured and being in pain? Where the fine line exists for each player in the NFL is one each man has to determine for himself.

Campbell: Bears celebrating Mitch Trubisky's 'small victories' in absence of wins - Chicago Tribune - The Bears are celebrating Mitch Trubisky's small victories in the absence of wins, using flashes of progress to justify their long-term belief in the rookie quarterback

Rosenbloom: Alshon Jeffery represents the worst roster negligence of the Pace-Fox embarrassment - Chicago Tribune - The Choice (and remember, death is not an option): The way Ryan Pace and John Fox have replaced Robbie Gould or the way Ryan Pace and John Fox have replaced Alshon Jeffery?

Biggs: NFL fines Lions LB Tahir Whitehead for stepping on Bears lineman Charles Leno - Chicago Tribune - The NFL deemed that Lions linebacker Tahir Whitehead took a misstep in last Sunday’s game at Soldier Field, resulting in a fine.

LeGere: With Floyd out, look for Jones to get even more involved in Bears defense - Daily Herald - Linebacker Christian Jones has played inside and outside in his four years with the Bears. He's having his best season this year playing inside, but because of the season-ending knee injury to outside linebacker Leonard Floyd, Jones could occasionally line up outside.

Stankevitz: With Leonard Floyd going on injured reserve, will the Bears have a pressing need at outside linebacker in 2018? - NBC Sports Chicago - The Bears placed Leonard Floyd on injured reserve Thursday morning, ending the second-year outside linebacker’s season following a knee injury suffered Sunday against the Detroit Lions.

Stankevitz: Can Cairo Santos be the kicker the Bears need? - NBC Sports Chicago - Cairo Santos will have an opportunity over the next six weeks to show the Bears he can solve their kicking woes not only in the short term, but in 2018 and beyond as well.

Mullin: Looking deeper to understand how John Fox still commands Bears trust through bad times - NBC Sports Chicago - Despite poor results, John Fox's players have stood with him during his time with the Bears. But why?

Emma: Eagles’ Blueprint With Wentz Is One For Bears To Follow - CBS Chicago - The Eagles are a Super Bowl contender, and Carson Wentz is an MVP candidate. It all happened with a plan, something the Bears can use with Mitchell Trubisky.

Hub Arkush: Chicago Bears face huge obstacle vs. Philadelphia Eagles - Pro Football Weekly - But there are a few reasons to think Bears have chance

Perez: Bears add intriguing WR to practice squad - Bears Wire - The Chicago Bears added WR Demarcus Ayers to their practice squad

Mayer: Now healthy, Santos excited to join Bears - - After a groin injury led to his release from the Chiefs, kicker Cairo Santos is thrilled about landing on his feet with the Bears.

Mayer: Bears gearing up to battle explosive offense - - The Bears defense will face one of its most difficult tests of the season Sunday against a high-powered Eagles offense in Philadelphia.

The Pick Is In: Bears vs. Eagles - - National NFL analysts have made their picks for Week 12 of the 2017 season as the Bears go on the road to Lincoln Financial Field to play the Eagles. Keep track of their weekly record here on

Players to watch: Bears-Eagles - - Larry Mayer and Eli Kaberon of discuss the Bears players they'll be watching on both sides of the ball in Sunday’s road game against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Mayer: Injuries thin out Bears linebacking corps - - The Bears likely will be without two and possibly three of their top defensive players Sunday when they visit the Philadelphia Eagles.

Wiedman;: Trubisky Has Moxie - Our Turf Football - Wanda Wiedman believes that rookie quarterback Mitch Trubisky has a bright future and a whole bunch of moxie!

Mozilla FireFox Web Browser - The official browser of the last 7 weeks of the 2017 Chicago Bears season.


Berckes' Fantasy Football Week 12 Thread - Windy City Gridiron - Your place for fantasy football discussion

Householder's Week 12 Game Preview: Bears- Eagles - Windy City Gridiron - The Bears have a tall task ahead against one of the best teams in the NFL on the road.

Wiltfong: Chicago Bears Injury Report: Akiem Hicks one of 9 listed as questionable, 4 doubtful - Windy City Gridiron - The Bears have 13 players on their injury report this week, and they’ll be without Leonard Floyd who went on IR. The Eagles have 2 players listed as questionable.

Gowton: 6 questions and answers with the enemy - Bleeding Green Nation - Previewing the Eagles’ Week 12 matchup.

Sunderbruch's Black Friday: Window Shopping Free Agents - Windy City Gridiron - The Bears are still talent-starved enough that they will need to spend some money to keep the cupboard stocked in the next free agency period. So, who is Pace going to go after?

Curl: 5 Bears I’m thankful for, and what I will eat to show my thanks - Windy City Gridiron - There’s no Bears football today, but there’s still lots of food and amazing Bears to reflect on

Wiltfong: With no Leonard Floyd, how will the Chicago Bears rush the passer? - Windy City Gridiron - Leonard Floyd may not have been the sack leader for the Chicago Bears this season, that distinction goes to Akiem Hicks, but Floyd was the one legitimate speed rusher the Bears had coming off the...

Mitchell: Ten Game Notes From PFF & What I Think About Them - Lions Edition - Windy City Gridiron - PFF spills the beans on the Bears - Lions game, and I respond


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