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Our last day rehashing the Dolphin’s game before we move on to next week...

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Chicago Bears v Miami Dolphins
Kyle Fuller #23 of the Chicago Bears intercepts the ball against Albert Wilson #15 of the Miami Dolphins in the second half of the game at Hard Rock Stadium on October 14, 2018
Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images

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

BEARRRSSSS

5@5: Can Matt Nagy Really Handle Criticism? - 670 The Score - The Mully & Haugh crew debates a five-pack of questions every weekday.

Perez: Taylor Gabriel says Mitch Trubisky ‘throws a real good deep ball’ - Bears Wire - Chicago Bears WR Taylor Gabriel complimented QB Mitch Trubisky's touch and accuracy on passes down the field

Bears RT Bobby Massie claims he lost 12 pounds during loss to Dolphins - Bears Wire - Chicago Bears right tackle Bobby Massie really felt the heat in his team's overtime loss to the Miami Dolphins in Week 6.

Perez: Chicago Bears QB Mitch Trubisky on pace for historic season - Bears Wire - Chicago Bears QB Mitch Trubisky is on pace to shatter the Bears' single-season passing records.

Dennehy: Second Collapse Raises Questions About Defense - Da Bears Blog - A fumble at the one. An interception in the end zone. The questionable decision to settle for kicking a 53-yard field goal in overtime. None of it would have mattered if the Bears’ much-celebrated defense had done its part.

Chalk Talk: Are Bears still alone in first place? - ChicagoBears.com - Senior writer Larry Mayer discusses whether the Bears are still in first place in the NFC North, why the Bears kept the ball on the ground in overtime Sunday in Miami and why the Bears let some time off the clock before calling timeout late in regulation.

Kaufman: Helfrich talks offense on Bears Coaches Show - ChicagoBears.com - Offensive coordinator Mark Helfrich talked with Jeff Joniak on the Bears Coaches Show Monday night, breaking down options on the shovel pass play and discussing the left guard rotation.

Lunch With Larry: 10.16.18 - ChicagoBears.com - Bears Senior Writer Larry Mayer discusses Mitchell Trubisky's improvements, what to take away from Miami and how the Bears should prepare for New England in his weekly Q&A with fans.

Wiedman: Was the Dolphins-Bears game officiating one-sided? - Our Turf Football - OTFB's Wanda Wiedman has issues with the officiating of the Chicago Bears - Miami Dolphins overtime game in Week 6 of the NFL season.

Potential Bears trade or free-agent options - 247Sports - Tradeable assets are not plentiful for the Bears, but that does not mean they cannot be creative when it comes to trying to acquire more talent for the roster.

Gabriel: Bears' Matt Nagy Displaying Conservative Tendencies Late In Close Games - 670 The Score - Matt Nagy has been conservative late three times in his past six games.

Finley: Bears' Taylor Gabriel using speed to shine - Chicago Sun-Times - No Bears receiver has benefited so quickly from their chemistry with Mitch Trubisky. Taylor Gabriel caught five passes for a career-high 110 yards.

Campbell: 5 observations from re-watching the Bears' Week 6 loss, including missed tackles, the pass rush and Mitch Trubisky's game - Chicago Tribune - Mitch Trubisky made a bunch of winning plays against the Dolphins but not enough to outweigh a killer losing one. The Bears pass rush was ineffective because of the Dolphins game plan, and the Bears missed enough tackles to last them for a while.

Rosenbloom: Stop blaming Matt Nagy and start blaming the Bears' $9 million kicker Cody Parkey — and GM Ryan Pace - Chicago Tribune - Critics are harping on Bears coach Matt Nagy’s reputation for aggressiveness, as if that’s who he must always be, no matter the circumstances. What’s missed is it looked like Nagy smartly was coaching the game in front of him. He put his team in position to win. Blame kicker Cody Parkey, not Nagy.

Moreano: Trubisky Bright Spot in Glooming Loss - Da Bears Brothers Blog - Even though the Bears lost to the Dolphins 31-28, second-year quarterback Mitch Trubisky put together another solid game and is continuing to show progress.

Film review: Albert Wilson's 75-yard TD shows how Sunday was an aberration for the Bears' defense - NBC Sports Chicago - The Bears' defense is, indeed, better than what they showed on Sunday, as evidenced by Albert Wilson's catch-and-run 75-yard touchdown.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Brock Osweiler continues his strange connection with the Bears – ProFootballTalk - The Bears should either sign Brock Osweiler, or kill him. Osweiler has started games for three different franchises during his career, the Broncos, Texans, and Dolphins. And his first start for each team came against, yes, the Bears. And, of course, he won each of those games.

KNOW THY ENEMY

Dolphins speedy receiving corps a tough test for beat-up Lions secondary - Pride Of Detroit - The Dolphins bring a whole lot of speed in their underrated WR corps.

Detroit Lions WR Golden Tate has a challenger for his YAC King throne - Pride Of Detroit - ... and the two will face off against each other this Sunday.

Zim Tzu is razing Arizona - Daily Norseman - The Vikings warrior poet coach dispenses his words of wisdom

Power rankings: Packers outside top 10 despite Rodgers-led comeback - Acme Packing Company - The nature of the Packers’ win over San Francisco did little to assuage concerns about the team’s outlook.

Lions bust Eric Ebron changing perceptions in Indianapolis – ProFootballTalk - In Detroit, Eric Ebron was a draft bust. Chosen with the 10th overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft, Ebron never became the kind of tight end the Lions thought he would be, and this year they let him go rather than paying him his fifth-year option salary.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Wiltfong: Ten Thoughts on the NFL - Windy City Gridiron - We have a few thoughts on the NFL and we hope you enjoy them...

Wiltfong's NFL Power Rankings: The Bears lose a close one and fall in the rankings - Windy City Gridiron - We take a peek around some NFL Power Rankings to see how they rank the Bears.

Householder's Stock up, stock down - Windy City Gridiron - Finding the positives from Sunday’s Bears performance won’t be easy

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