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Chicago prepares for Green Bay and the start of the second half of the season...

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Jim Flanigan with the sack...

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

BEARRRSSSS

Monson: Adrian Amos makes PFF mid-season All Pro first team - Pro Football Focus -With half of the NFL season in the books, and every NFL team now at least eight games into their schedule, it’s time to take a look at the PFF All-Pro team for the first half of the season.

Haugh: Former Bears Olin Kreutz, Fred Miller can relate to Bobby Portis-Nikola Mirotic dilemma - Chicago Tribune - No easy answers, but former Bears Oiln Kreutz, Fred Miller can relate to the Bulls' Bobby Portis-Nikola Mirotic dilemma

Wiedman: Can the Bears Send the Packers Packing? - Our Turf Football - Wanda shares her take on how the Bears can make it happen this Sunday.

Hub Arkush: Chicago Bears back from break to chase NFC North Crown - Pro Football Weekly - John Fox says winning division still the Bears' goal

Moreano: Five things the Bears' offense can improve on in second half - Da Bears Brothers - With eight games remaining in 2017, here are five things that the Bears' offense can improve on.

Bears Look To Expand Offense’s Role In 2nd Half Of Season - CBS Chicago - The open up the offense, the Bears will have to target their wide receivers more often.

Emma: For First Time Since 2008, Bears Are Favorites Over Packers - CBS Chicago - The Bears are now five-point favorites over the Packers after Green Bay's loss on Monday night.

Mullin: Playoffs? You kidding me? Bears should be in conversation - NBC Sports Chicago - It may be hard to believe, but the Bears have a chance to make a run at a playoff berth. John 'Moon' Mullin gives his predictions for the second half.

Telander: Am I reading this right? The Bears are favored against the Packers - Sun Times - All right, we’ll calm down now and acknowledge there’s only one reason Vegas gamblers like the 3-5 Bears’ chances: No Aaron Rodgers.

Jahns: For at least one game, Bears-Packers rivalry has different vibe to it - Sun Times - For the first time since 2008, the Bears have opened as the favorite against the Packers for Sunday’s game at Soldier Field.

Lunch with Larry: 11.7.17 - ChicagoBears.com - Bears Senior Writer Larry Mayer starts the second half talking about Mitchell Trubisky, Bears receivers, defensive standouts and pizza during his weekly Q&A with fans.

Mayer: Who was Bears' MVP during first half of season? - ChicagoBears.com - Senior writer Larry Mayer discusses the Bears MVP the first half of the season, the area the Bears most need to improve and which player will be the most pleasant surprise over the final eight games.

Mayer: Where Bears stack up in NFL rankings - ChicagoBears.com - The Bears return to action Sunday against the Packers after their bye week ranked in the top 10 in the NFL in several team and individual categories.

Cox: Bears add undrafted rookie TE Colin Thompson to practice squad - Bears Wire - The Chicago Bears added undrafted rookie tight end Colin Thompson to the practice squad Tuesday.

Hub Arkush: Jerry Jones wants Roger Goodell out, and he has a fascinating replacement in mind - Pro Football Weekly - Would Cowboys owner, Jones, recommend a certain Hall of Fame GM to replace Goodell?

Emma: Bears’ Leonard Floyd Continues To Improve, Adapt - CBS Chicago - “The more experiences that he has, the more aggressive that he’s going to be," outside linebackers coach Brandon Staley says.

Stankevitz: Breaking down the play that sums up how good the Bears’ defense has been in 2017 | NBC Sports Chicago - The Carolina Panthers usually convert a first down when they run QB power with Cam Newton on fourth-and-short. They didn't against the Bears.

Mulligan:Bears achieve mediocrity just in time to face Aaron Rodgers-less Packers - Chicago Tribune - A loss Sunday to the Packers would squander any momentum or goodwill the Bears gained in the opening half of the season. It’s an unacceptable outcome.

Biggs: After Brett Favre and Aaron Rodgers, Bears take aim at new Packers QB - Chicago Tribune - After 52 straight games against quarterbacks Brett Farvre and Aaron Rodgers in their series with the Packers, the Bears get a shot as the favorite against Brett Hundley.

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.

Rosenbloom: Yes, Mitch Trubisky can treat the Packers the way Matthew Stafford just did - Chicago Tribune - Not only are the Bears favored against the Packers, but they also enter this rivalry game with the quarterback who has the higher season rating. No lie.

Campbell & Wiederer: Mitch Trubisky's development the biggest storyline of Bears' 2nd half - Chicago Tribune - With eight games left this season, rookie quarterback Mitch Trubisky's development remains the Bears' biggest storyline of the second half.

Emma: Bears Rookie Eddie Jackson Strives To Be Game-Changing Safety - CBS Chicago - Eight games into his NFL career, Jackson has made a strong impression on his Bears coaches.

Jahns: Believe it - Bears finally will start better QB in game vs. Packers - Sun Times - Packers backup Brett Hundley had 15 days to prepare for the Lions coming off a bye week Monday, but the extra time did him little good.

HOT NOT TAKES

Rozner: Lots of Chicago Bears blame to go around - Daily Herald - The Chicago Bears can fire John Fox and hire a new coach, but if GM Ryan Pace doesn't get better at his job it won't much matter. Ken's Note: Your writing stinks. Your paper's website stinks. Your paper kinda stinks too. So yeah, there's lots of blame to go around, Mr Rozner.

KNOW THY ENEMY

Hirschhorn: Packers don’t have a QB, but they lack a defense too - Acme Packing Company - The Packers can't win with Brett Hundley, but they have other problems as well.

Wagner: NFC North Rundown, Week 9 - Are the Lions back in contention? - Acme Packing Company - While Chicago and Minnesota took a week off, Detroit picked up a critical road win at Lambeau Field to keep itself in the hunt.

Bukowski: Mike McCarthy is ‘highly successful,’ but Packers defense keeps letting his offense down - Acme Packing Company - How many massive failures do we need to see from this defense before a change is made?

Kilgore: The Packers should tank - Chicago Tribune - The Packers are going nowhere without Aaron Rodgers, but they can turn their season into a chance to improve the roster around him.

Reisman: Let’s check in on Green Bay Packers fans - Pride Of Detroit - Take 10 minutes out of your day to sit and laugh at Packers fans.

Patra: McCarthy - 'Brett Hundley is not our issue right now' - NFL.com - Despite the early struggles from Packers quarterback Brett Hundley in the 30-17 loss to the Lions, head coach Mike McCarthy isn't ready to panic and ditch his third-year QB.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Wiltfong's NFL Power Rankings: How did the Bears do over the bye? - Windy City Gridiron - The Chicago Bears ended the first half at 3-5, the same as the first season of the John Fox era. That year they duplicated their three win first half in the second half for a 6-10 record. Last...

Wiltfong: Ryan Pace Approval Rating - Windy City Gridiron - In Lester’s latest T Formation Conversation podcast, he discusses the job that Bears’ GM Ryan Pace has done so far.

Link's The Trial of John Fox: Part 2 - The Sound of Inevitability - 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 two looks at 2017 and how Fox’s meddling has caused the Bears to become the most predictable team in the NFL.

Wiltfong: Chicago Bears do a tight end shuffle - Windy City Gridiron - Per multiple reports, the Chicago Bears are making a few roster moves at the tight end position.

Zeglinski's State of the Bears: Vic Fangio's future - Windy City Gridiron - The Bears defense is finally playing at an elite level again. How important is it that Fangio returns next season?

Wiltfong: Ten Thoughts on the NFL - Windy City Gridiron - Check out my NFL Thoughts this week and play along by leaving a few thoughts of your own in the comment section.

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