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The Bear’s Den: December 12, 2017

After obliterating the Bengals, Chicago starts thinking of the Lions... remember, the game is on Saturday this week

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Chicago Bears v Cincinnati Bengals
John says “Hey Marvin, since we are both going to be unemployed and playing golf in a month, stop by and I’ll buy you a cold one at the 19th hole!”
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LeGere: Chicago Bears beat Bengals in dominant fashion - Daily Herald - Finally, at long last, in Week 14, the Chicago Bears put it all together. Their 33-7 victory over the Bengals in Cincinnati was dominant, as they improved to 4-9 while dropping the home team to 5-8.

Rozner: Just for something different, Chicago Bears dominate - Daily Herald - For a change, it wasn't the Chicago Bears who looked hapless on Sunday.

Video: Bears offensive players impressed with Trubisky's huge game - NBC Sports Chicago - Tarik Cohen, Kendall Wright and even John Fox came away impressed after Mitch Trubisky dominated against the Bengals on Sunday.

Under Center Podcast: How important was Bears' blowout win over Bengals? - NBC Sports Chicago - On the latest Under Center Podcast, Laurence Holmes, Alex Brown and Jim Miller break down the Bears' 33-7 win over the Bengals on Sunday.

Stankevitz: Blowout win over Cincinnati turns on the light at the end of the tunnel for Bears’ young core - NBC Sports Chicago - The true Bears playmakers may be not have much experience, but they are working to build a foundation for years to come.

Mullin: Bears play 'designer' game in mauling of Bengals, now what does it mean for the big picture? - NBC Sports ChicagoWhat to make of the Bears' mauling 33-7 win - over the Bengals on Sunday, and what it means for the big picture.

Mayer: 3 things that stood out in Week 14 win - - Senior writer Larry Mayer identifies three things that stood out Sunday in the Bears’ 33-7 rout of the Bengals, including quarterback Mitchell Trubisky’s best performance of the season.

Stankevitz: Zach Miller's positive outlook after life-altering injury is something by which we all can be inspired - NBC Sports Chicago - Zach Miller returned to Halas Hall on Monday with an inspirational outlook six weeks after suffering a life-altering, serious injury in New Orleans.

Stankevitz: Bears grades - Dominant win generates straight A's for offense, defense - NBC Sports Chicago - Every Bears offensive and defensive unit got an A for their performance Sunday in Cincinnati. Can the same be said for the coaching staff?

Emma: Active Adam Shaheen Changes Dynamic Of Bears Offense - CBS Chicago - After Shaheen had his role minimized, he and Mitchell Trubisky went to work together. It paid off in Cincinnati on Sunday.

Gabriel: Assessing The Development Of Bears’ Mitchell Trubisky - CBS Chicago - Trubisky has been exposed to a variety of defensive schemes, which will serve him well moving forward.

Hoge: Getting Wins, Experiencing Success Crucial In Mitch Trubisky’s Development - WGN Radio - 720 AM - Back in October, a couple days after the Bears successfully ran “Heisman,” the trick play Dowell Loggains had been working on for two decades, I stopped the offensive coordinator at Halas Hall and we watched the version the Buccaneers had run 17 years earlier.

Nabors: Bears rout Bengals with best performance of season - Pro Football Weekly - Breaking down the Bears' 33-7 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals Sunday, and quarterback Mitchell Trubisky's best game so far.

Hub Arkush: Chicago Bears' beatdown of Cincinnati Bengals more than just a win - Pro Football Weekly - Victory might have signaled new beginning

Perez: Zach Miller says he was ‘a couple of minutes away’ from having leg amputated - Bears Wire - Chicago Bears TE Zach Miller met with the media Monday and addressed the knee injury that nearly cost him his leg

Mayer's Chalk Talk: When was last time Bears swept AFC foes? - - Senior writer Larry Mayer discusses the last time the Bears swept an AFC division in a season, a unique accomplishment by Jordan Howard and the last Bears receiver to have at least 10 catches and 100 yards in a game.

Gandia: Bears Win Over Bengals Means Fox Should Have Been Fired Last Year - Bears Barroom - Sunday’s win by the Chicago Bears underscored one thing: Ryan Pace must still fire John Fox. Yes, Fox’s team beat the tiger stripes off the Cincinnati Bengals in a road game. No this isn’t my stubborn stance that Fox has to go because the Barroom has produced hours of podcasts and music dedicated to ousting the out-of-date head coach.

Bears Barroom Presents Draft Dr. Phil’s Joy To Jordan Howard - Bears Barroom - Remember, all 22 songs will be downloaded day-by-day on our podcast stream. Not getting the podcasts? Go here to Podbean, or iTunes and subscribe to the Bears Barroom Radio Network. If you get your podcasts from GooglePlay click the Podbean link and they will hook you up.

Dickerson: Chicago Bears' Mitchell Trubisky gets more aggressive in passing game - ESPN - With the Bengals' secondary banged up, the Bears and their rookie QB were more aggressive on offense and were rewarded with a rare 30-point effort.

Rookie results: Mitchell Trubisky shows promise for Chicago Bears - ESPN - Here's a closer look at how some of the top rookies fared in Week 14, including Bears QB Mitchell Trubisky's best game of the season.

Dickerson: Bears' rookie Adam Shaheen's role and snap count increase vs. Bengals - ESPN - When Adam Shaheen had an opportunity to make an impact on Sunday, he made the most of it.

Hawley: What to make of ‘One Fine Day’ - WGN-TV - If this had been two months ago, it could have been reason for rampant optimism. Now it's just something for a quick rise, meant to last for a bit, but eventually fading away to a more sobering reality. It has to be that way.

Wood's Data Responds: Bears at Bengals - Da Bears Blog - Is this real life? The Bears dominated on both sides of the ball, scored 30 points for the first time in over two years, and generally rolled over the dormant Cincinnati Bengals.I know Cincinnati is bad and banged up, but so are the Bears, and this was a lot of fun. More importantly, this as led largely by young players for the Bears, which bodes well for the future. Let’s take a look at what happened.

2018 NFL draft: Wide Receiver rankings - The Draft Wire - Check out the latest wide receiver rankings for the 2018 NFL draft from Draft Wire editor Luke Easterling

Hughes: Three Thoughts on the Bears Beating the Hell Out of the Bengals - Da Bears Blog - (1) I simply didn’t see it coming. I pride myself on having a good feel as to how the Bears will play on a week-to-week basis and I thought the stage was set Sunday for an overwhelming Bengals victory. Instead the Bears, with a lame duck coach, undermanned offense and injury-plagued defense, delivered their best performance of the season. They were simply great in all three phases and that is a credit to John Fox


Jahns: Kendall Wright has big day, Tarik Cohen almost does - Three quick notes on Bears receiver Kendall Wright, kicker Mike Nugent and running back Tarik Cohen.

Finley: Bears’ Zach Miller returns to Halas Hall after 8 surgeries in 6 weeks - Bears tight end Zach Miller had eight surgeries in a six-week span after dislocating his knee Oct. 29 against the Saints.

Finley: Good, bad and best: How the Bears fared in their 33-7 blowout win - When he was covering all-world receiver A.J. Green, Bears cornerback Kyle Fuller allowed only one 4-yard catch on four targets, per Pro Football Focus

Jahns: 11 takeaways from the Bears’ 33-7 win against the Bengals - Thoughts and observations after watching the film and going through the stats of the Bears’ 33-7 win against the Bengals in Week 14.

Jahns: Defining what the Bears’ big win means for Ryan Pace and John Fox - As coach John Fox would say, the carnival has replaced the crisis again after the Bears’ dominant 33-7 win against the Bengals in Cincinnati.


Biggs’ 10 thoughts on the Bears' 33-7 win over the Bengals - 10 thoughts after the Chicago Bears put together their most complete effort of the season in a 33-7 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday at Paul Brown Stadium, snapping a five-game losing streak.

Haugh: Mitch Trubisky returns home to Ohio and enjoys his best day as a pro - With Bears wide receivers catching more flak than footballs this season, Kendall Wright seized a rare opportunity to enjoy a little redemption. “You guys said we had no wideouts, but now you want to talk?’’ Wright kidded Sunday in a bubbly Bears locker room at Paul Brown Stadium after he caught 10 passes for 107 yards in a 33-7 blowout of the Bengals.

Wiederer: After 8 surgeries, Zach Miller emotional and thankful in his return to Halas Hall - Six weeks after suffering a gruesome dislocation of his left knee which required him to be rushed into emergency surgery, Bears tight end Zach Miller finally made his return to Halas Hall on Monday. Miller spoke candidly about his life-changing injury, his ongoing recovery and those who have been...

Rosenthal: New page for Bears analyst Tom Thayer's silver-linings playbook: A victory - Whatever else you felt about the Bears’ 33-7 victory Sunday in Cincinnati, you had to feel good for Tom Thayer. Thayer is in his 21st season as an analyst on Bears radio broadcasts, one of the most challenging jobs in Chicago sports media. Winning makes the job easier, yet they’ve had only six winning seasons in that span.


Infante's Bears vs. Bengals: Notes from an impressive blowout - Windy City Gridiron - The Chicago Bears played a great game of football for the first time in ages.

Zeglinski: The Bears' young horses carried the load in Cincinnati, offering a glimpse of a bright future - Windy City Gridiron - The Bears learned a valuable lesson on Sunday: open it up for your youth, watch them flourish.

Link: Bears Rookies Will Have Some Homework This Off-Season - Windy City Gridiron - On the heels of an impressive performance from the Bears rookie class, we examine what each one needs to work on the off-season to improve in their second season.

Wiltfong's Snap counts, stats and more: Chicago Bears vs Cincinnati Bengals - Windy City Gridiron - We'll list out the complete playing time breakdown, and spotlight a few individual and team statistics from the Chicago Bears in their huge 33-7 win against the Cincinnati Bengals.


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