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The Bear’s Den, November 7, 2017, It’s Green Bay Week!

The Bear’s Den, November 7, 2017, It’s Green Bay Week, will Chicago see a no-huddle Packers offense?

NFL: Chicago Bears at Green Bay Packers
Chicago Bears linebacker Leonard Floyd (94) sacks Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) during the game at Lambeau Field.
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BEAR DOWN, CHICAGO BEARS, BEAR DOWN!!!!

BEARRRSSSS

Halas Intrigue: 3 ways the Bears must improve in the second half - Sun Times - In the latest Halas Intrigue, Patrick Finley examines the three ways the Bears must be better in the second half of the season:

Jahns: Analyzing the Bears’ first half, predicting the second - Sun Times - Adam L. Jahns analyzes the first half of the season and predicts the Bears’ chances in the second.

Potash: Analyzing the Bears’ first half, predicting the second - Sun Times - The Bears have playmakers who not only have a chance to keep improving but also to bring others along.

Morrissey: Hoping, praying for Jim Harbaugh as Bears’ next coach - Sun Times - Michigan coach and former Bears quarterback would be an excellent choice to replace John Fox.

Finley: Analyzing the Bears’ first half, predicting the second - Chicago Sun-Times expert Patrick Finley analyzes the first half of the Bears’ season and predicts their hopes for the second:

Jahns: ‘A great mentor’: A look at what Mark Sanchez provides Mitch Trubisky - Sun Times - Mark Sanchez is considered a vital cog internally at Halas Hall. He has been a great help for rookie Mitch Trubisky.

Finley: Amid NFL-wide concussion concerns, 2 Bears embrace new kind of helmet - Sun times - The helmet looks unlike anything else on the field. The flexible outer shell dents like the crumple zone of a car.

Cahill: How Mitch Trubisky compares to other notable QBs after four starts - Sun Times - A caller on sports radio the other day started comparing Mitch Trubisky’s first four NFL starts to those of Aaron Rodgers.

Finley’s Bears mailbag: Futures for Mike Glennon, Kevin White? Why no screens? - Sun Times - The Sun-Times’ experts can answer your Bears questions all week on Twitter. Here’s a sampling of queries sent to @patrickfinley.

Halas Intrigue: the best 3 things the Bears did in the first half - Sun Times - In the latest Halas Intrigue, the Chicago Sun-Times’ Patrick Finley looks at the best three facets of the Bears’ play in 2017:

Finley: Midseason report card: Five things we learned from Bears assistants - Sun Times - Here are five things we learned this week from Bears assistant coaches, who offered a midseason report card during the bye week.

Potash: Kevin White return in ’17 unlikely, but latest recovery gaining steam - Sun Times - Barring a surprising comeback this season, White will have played in only five of 48 games in his first three NFL seasons.

Jahns: What’s next for QB Mitch Trubisky this season? - Sun Times - “What has to be there for everybody else is patience, and that’s a tough word for fans to swallow and sometimes players.”

Potash: Improved Bears looking for first second-half ‘bump’ since 2010 - Sun Times - After a promising 3-5 start this season, the second half will determine if the Bears have truly turned the corner under GM Ryan Pace and Fox.

Finley: Danny Trevathan not at Bears practice; Kyle Long, Cody Whitehair are - Sun Times - For the third-straight time. the Bears practiced without inside linebacker Danny Trevathan on Monday.

Finley: Bears RB Tarik Cohen ready for rookie wall, is up for more touches - Sun Times - Tarik Cohen spent his bye week watching football — high school, college and pro.

LeGere: Little bit goes a long way for Chicago Bears' Cohen - Daily Herald - Rookie running back Tarik Cohen has done a little bit in a lot of areas for the Chicago Bears, and he's looking to do more when the second half of the season begins Sunday against the Green Bay Packers at Soldier Field. "I feel like I could handle more touches if that's what the offense needs me to do," the 5-foot-6, 181-pound fourth-round pick said.

Haugh: John Fox has done more at midseason to justify keeping job than losing it - Chicago Tribune - Admit that the Bears returned to practice Monday carrying the look of an improved, competitive team. For a team that has missed the playoffs since 2010, that qualifies as progress.

Podcast: Bears Midseason Special Report Part 3 – What Have Been Chicago's Mistakes? (And More) - Da Bears Brothers - In this episode, Aaron Leming from Bear Report sits down with Da Bears Brothers and answers their questions regarding the Chicago Bears.

Podcast: Jarrett Payton on the Bears' Bright Future (And More) - Da Bears Brothers - In this episode, Da Bears Brothers were joined by Jarrett Payton and discuss a wide variety of topics pertaining to this Bears team and its future.

Wiederer: Bears' Akiem Hicks out to build on career season - Chicago Tribune - Akiem Hicks has a career-high seven sacks and understands that if he can replicate that production over the season's final two months, he'll be staring at a 14-sack season.

Wiederer: Sputtering Bears offense searching for answers - Chicago Tribune - Running back Jordan Howard makes the Bears offense go and continues to have success even with opposing defenses recognizing him as the Bears’ top threat.

Campbell: Assessing Bears rookie class and its second-half outlook - Chicago Tribune - Bears have received significant contributions from rookies, with first-round quarterback Mitch Trubisky at the head of the class.

Mullin: Justifying reversal of TD call on Bears pass to Zach Miller makes NFL big loser - NBC Sports Chicago - The NFL's explanation to reverse Zach Miller's touchdown pass cast doubt of the efficacy of replay as well as the rules involved in using it.

Stankevitz: Mitchell Trubisky is learning how to take care of the ball in the NFL, and why that’s big in his development - NBC Sports Chicago - When the Bears are ready to open up the offense for Mitch Trubisky, having that ability to take care of the football should greatly benefit him.

Mullin: The Bears need to establish a template for Mitch Trubisky - NBC Sports Chicago - The Bears coaching staff needs to establish a template for the kind of quarterback they want Mitch Trubisky to become now and in the future.

Emma: Bears Readying Inman To Be Key Contributor For Struggling Passing Game - CBS Chicago - The Bears traded for Inman last week, adding a potential playmaker to a position that has been lacking them.

Emma: Opportunity Awaits Bears In Second Half Of Season - CBS Chicago - These next eight games will define the Bears' season and likely coach John Fox's future.

Emma: Confidence Key For Bears’ Kyle Fuller In Elevating His Game - CBS Chicago - "We’re seeing the football player that he’s capable of being," defensive backs coach Ed Donatell says of Fuller.

Baffoe: So What Are The Bears At Midseason? - CBS Chicago - These Bears aren't a joy to watch necessarily, but they're interesting and sometimes fun.

Mayer: Bears rank in top 10 in multiple categories - ChicagoBears.com - The Bears enter their bye weekend ranked in the top 10 in the NFL in several team and individual categories. Here’s a look at those top performers.

Andracki: Pereira - Some NFL officials know they messed up Zach Miller TD - NBC Sports Chicago - NFL rules expert Mike Pereira has heard whispers of league officials who know they messed up and wrongly took a touchdown away from the Bears in Week 8.

Mayer's Chalk Talk: Will Inman be ready to face Packers? - ChicagoBears.com - Senior writer Larry Mayer discusses whether recently-acquired receiver Dontrelle Inman is expected to play against the Packers, the likelihood that tight end Ben Braunecker will be promoted from the practice squad and if Jerrell Freeman's suspension begins immediately.

9 questions testing your knowledge of Bears defense - ChicagoBears.com - The Bears defense has performed well this season, especially the past three weeks. How much do you know about the unit’s key contributors? Take this quiz and find out.

Hub Arkush: Where would Bears "D" be without Vic Fangio? - Pro Football Weekly - You know the story of the 1981 Chicago Bears... It was a mediocre club with some exciting young talent that woke up at the end of the season to win its final three games to get to 6-10 at the finish line.The club featured an emerging third-year defensive lineman who dominated opponents, a second-year outside linebacker with unique physical gifts and a rookie tackling machine at inside linebacker.

Hub's midseason report card: These Bears are better than we thought - Pro Football Weekly - But how much better can they get from here?

PFW Chicago Podcast 090: Is Vic Fangio Bears' most important 2018 free agent? - Pro Football Weekly - Arthur and Hub take stock of the Bears at their bye and dive into the uncertain futures of the coaching staff — particularly Vic Fangio — who might be the team's most valuable free agent after the season. The guys also riff on the state of NFL officiating/replay and whether 8-8, if not contending for the division, is in play after encouraging first half.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Rosenthal: Jay Cutler may postpone broadcast career a few more years, despite broken bones - Chicago Tribune - Former Bears quarterback Jay Cutler put off his broadcasting career to play with Dolphins; his partner says he may play for five more years

Ten Years Ago: Adrian Peterson sets single-game rushing record - Daily Norseman - History was made at the Metrodome on this date in 2007

KNOW THY ENEMY

Lions-Packers recap: Detroit moves to .500 with decisive win at Green Bay - Pride Of Detroit - The Lions broke their three-game losing streak with a definitive win against the Packers.

Hirchhorn: Packers Bryan Bulaga suffers knee injury, did not return - Acme Packing Company - The Packers' starting right tackle left Monday's game after injuring his knee.

Packers offer little resistance to Lions in disappointing 30-17 home loss - Acme Packing Company - Green Bay’s offense never got going, while the defense couldn’t get off the field

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Link: The Trial of John Fox, Part 1 - The Opening Arguments - Windy City Gridiron - In this 3-part series, I explore how John Fox has stunted the growth of his quarterback, his offense, and his team. Part one explores the background and the precedence set at previous stops in his coaching career.

Zeglinski's State of the Bears: Mitchell Trubisky's development - Windy City Gridiron - With hope of a young quarterback, comes responsibility. The Bears aren't handling the latter well.

Stankevitz: The five (or more) most important Bears players for the second half - NBC Sports Chicago - The Bears need improvements from multiple positions on offense, as well as their kicking game, if they have any hope of mounting a playoff push.

FANPOSTS

#1 Stepo: Should we finish 9-7 - Windy City Gridiron - Okay, we have achieved a 3-5 record and are at the middle of the season. Already we have the same amount of wins we achieved to finish last season ( 3-13).

IOftenPanic: 2018 NFL Draft - Positional Board v3.0 - Windy City Gridiron - Overall this draft class is looking fairly weak. Though I currently have about 20-25 prospects with a 1st round grade (score of 90-100), typically good draft classes have a lot of prospects in the...

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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