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The Bear’s Den, November 9, 2017

Trevathan misses another practice with calf injury, Bennett ruled out for Packers

NFL: Chicago Bears at Green Bay Packers
Chicago Bears running back Tarik Cohen (29) rushes with the football in front of Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews (52) during the fourth quarter at Lambeau Field. 
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Campbell & Wiederer: It's Bears-Packers week - Chicago Tribune - Welcome to the weekly Bear Download podcast with Rich Campbell and Dan Wiederer.

Biggs' Bears Q&A: Overhauling the wide receiver position, auditioning running backs and more - Chicago Tribune - The Tribune's Brad Biggs answers your Bears questions.

Potash: Mitch Trubisky ready to roll: ‘I kind of feel like it’s a new season’ - Sun Times - It remains to be seen just how much Trubisky and the Bears’ offense can open things up in the second half with this supporting cast.

Finley: Back from another injury, can Bears WR Markus Wheaton make an impact? - Sun Times - Markus Wheaton has been so bludgeoned by injuries that his own offensive coordinator has to go back two years just to see what they have in him.

Mullin: Bears need rookies to develop immediately to keep playoff hopes alive - NBC Sports Chicago - As the Bears try to keep their playoff hopes alive int he second half of 2017, they will need to rely heavily on rookies taking the next step.

Mayer: Bears continue prepping to host Packers - - Fresh off their bye week, the Bears return to the practice field Wednesday to continue preparing for Sunday’s home game against the rival Green Bay Packers.

Kading: The Wide Receivers Room -Total Upheaval in 2018? - Cover32 - It is no secret to even a casual fan of the National Football League that the Bears have a glaring hole: Their wide receiving corp doesn't have any NFL-level

Bears Midseason Awards Roundtable: MVP - Cover32 - Our team give their picks for who takes home the MVP for the Bears through the first half of the season.

Morrissey: For the first time in eons, pressure is on the Bear - Sun Times - Bookmakers and fans think the Bears are supposed to beat the Packers on Sunday.

Bears Midseason Awards Roundtable: Defensive Player Of The Year - Cover32 - Who do our writers think is the Bears defensive player of the year? Find out!

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.

DeWitt: Revisiting the Packers (with Chris Kristofco of "Titletown Sound Off") - Da Bears Brothers - In this episode, you will learn what's changed (beyond the Rodgers injury) for Green Bay since the prior meeting between these two teams.

Finley: Bears ILB Danny Trevathan misses practice with calf strain - Sun Times - The Bears finally gave a reason why Danny Trevathan hasn’t practiced since the Saints game - the inside linebacker has a calf strain.

Mayer: Inman ‘definitely ready’ to begin contributing - - With the bye week providing extra time to digest the offense, veteran receiver Dontrelle Inman is eager to make his Bears debut Sunday against the Packers.

Mayer: Bears saluting service members throughout week - - The Bears are conducting an entire week of activities to honor current and former military members capped by Sunday’s “Salute to Service” game against the Packers at Soldier Field.

Stankevitz: After running through a gauntlet of tough defenses, can Mitchell Trubisky take advantage against Green Bay? | NBC Sports Chicago - Mitchell Trubisky faced nothing but top-10 defenses in his first four starts, but won't this weekend against the Green Bay Packers.

LeGere: Chicago Bears' Trubisky working to get in synch - Daily Herald - Chicago Bears rookie quarterback Mitch Trubisky is working to get his eyes and feet in synch. "It all ties together," Trubisky said. "When your footwork and eyes are in the right spot, you're usually going to be on time (delivering the ball) and throwing with really great accuracy."

Wiederer: Bears eager to turn new receiver Dontrelle Inman loose - Chicago Tribune
It’s hard to say yet how much Dontrelle Inman’s arrival will spark the Bears receiving corps or enliven the pass attack, but the fourth-year receiver knows his responsibilities.

Campbell: 3 ways to measure Mitch Trubisky's development in second half of season - Chicago Tribune - Bears expect to see Mitch Trubisky to make progress in accuracy, late-game situations and winning in second half of season starting against Packers on Sunday.

Haugh: Bears should win most important game of John Fox era — but don't count on it - Chicago Tribune - The Bears have a lot going for themselves when the reeling and suddenly quarterback-challenged Packers visit on Sunday — but with this team you can't assume anything.

Halas Intrigue: How do Bears compare to rest of the NFC North? - Sun Times - In the latest Halas Intrigue, Patrick Finley looks at where the Bears stand in their division — and wonders if they can make a run to win it.

Jahns: Five reasons why the Bears can soon be a 5-5 team - Sun Times - With the Packers and Lions up next at Soldier Field, not only can they make up ground in the NFC North, but a .500 record can be had.


Thompson: Ex-Bear 'Spice' Adams joins TV's upper crust as baking show host - Chicago Tribune - Former Bear Anthony “Spice” Adams talks about his first starring gig on national TV, ABC’s “The Great American Baking Show,” and his co-host, Ayesha Curry.


DeWitt: Revisiting the Packers (with Chris Kristofco of "Titletown Sound Off") - Da Bears Brothers - In this episode, you will learn what's changed (beyond the Rodgers injury) for Green Bay since the prior meeting between these two teams.

Western: Packers rule TE Martellus Bennett out for Bears game - Acme Packing Company - After missing Monday’s game, the Packers tight end is suddenly looking at a long-term absence.

Smith: What Jahri Evans can teach us about the future of building offensive lines - Acme Packing Company - Jahri Evans has been as consistent as possible for the Packers. As a veteran lineman, his signing may have been in the line with a new NFL trend.

Week 10 Walkthroughs: Finding optimism for the Packers’ future - Acme Packing Company - It’s pretty gloomy around 1265 Lombardi Avenue these days, so we try to find some glimmers of hope among the dissapointment.

Gates: Minnesota Vikings officially activate Teddy Bridgewater - Daily Norseman - The comeback is complete.

Reisman: Matthew Stafford has never eaten a W - Pride Of Detroit - Don’t worry. There’s no embarrassing Matthew Stafford pregame speech on the way.

Finley: Packers cut former Bears TE Martellus Bennett - Sun Times - The Packers have cut former Bears tight end Martellus Bennett, only hours after ruling him out for Sunday’s game in Soldier Field.

Noonan: Packers release Martellus Bennett with “failure to disclose” designation - Acme Packing Company - The team’s top free agent signing of the offseason made it only through nine weeks of his first season in Green Bay.


Infante: Vegas favors Bears over Packers for the first time since 2008 - Windy City Gridiron - The odds are ever in our favor.

Sunderbruch: Chicago’s Defense Still Needs Work - Windy City Gridiron - Fans of the Bears who celebrate the defense are correct that it is the best unit on the team. However, it has a long way to go before it is elite.

Wiltfong: Josh Sitton respects the (expletive) out of Mitchell Trubisky - Windy City Gridiron - Chicago Bears starting left guard Josh Sitton played the first eight years of his career with the Green Bay Packers. His first year on the Packers (2008) was also the first year that Aaron Rodgers...

LInk's The Trial of John Fox: Part 3 - The Zapruder Films - 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 three shows us just how much the play-calling has changed with Trubisky under center.

Wiltrong: Kyle Long would be the best offensive lineman to “skill position” player for the Bears - Windy City Gridiron - I love it when the big fellas get their hands on the football. Most linemen have always been linemen, so holding a football, let along running with a football, is foreign to the big guys. But every...

LInk: Chicago Bears versus Green Bay Packers Preview - What to Watch For - Windy City Gridiron - Fresh off the bye week, can the Bears make the necessary adjustments for a second half push?


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....

Eric Soderholm's Bat: 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. Listing them from oldest to youngest:

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