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Matt Suhey punished the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XX... will Jordan Howard punish them in 2018?

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26 Jan 1986: Running back Matt Suhey #20 of the Chicago Bears breaks through the defense of the New England Patriots and scores the first touchdown by the Bears in Superbowl XX at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana.
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BEAR DOWN, CHICAGO BEARS, BEAR DOWN!!!!

BEARRRSSSS

Joniak’s Journal: Patriots A ‘Great Challenge’ For Bears - 670 The Score - The Bears (3-2) were back at work Thursday preparing to face the Patriots (4-2), who visit Soldier Field on Sunday. Here are the notes and observations of the day.

Know Your Bears: Roquan Smith - 670 The Score - Smith talks about his interests and life off the field.

5@5: Are Belichick’s Comments On Mack An Insult? - 670 The Score - The Mully & Haugh crew debates a five-pack of questions every weekday.

Emma: Bears Defense Picks Up The Pieces, Still Confident In What’s To Come - 670 The Score - ”We can keep getting better,” Danny Trevathan says.

Emma: Bears’ Allen Robinson Dealing With Groin Issue - 670 The Score - After being limited in practice Wednesday, Robinson was held out Thursday.

Cox: Bears return to Soldier Field as home underdogs against the Patriots - NBC Sports Chicago - The Bears get home-dog status this weekend vs. New England.

Mayer: Bears defense determined to rebound Sunday - ChicagoBears.com - Plagued by missed tackles and a weak pass rush last weekend in Miami, the Bears defense hopes to revert to the form it showed during a dominant first quarter of the season Sunday against the Patriots.

Mayer: Plank pumped about resurgence of Bears defense - ChicagoBears.com - Former Bears safety Doug Plank, who will return to Soldier Field to broadcast Sunday’s game against the Patriots, is excited about how his old team’s defense has performed this season.

Key matchups in Bears-Patriots game - ChicagoBears.com - When the Bears take on the Patriots on Sunday, keep an eye out for these three matchups, including Bears defensive tackle Akiem Hicks against Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.

Fans weigh in on most pleasant surprise of this season - ChicagoBears.com - As part of our Wednesday weigh-in feature, we asked Bears fans to let us know what they think the most pleasant surprise has been to this point of the season. Here are some of the responses we received.

Medina: Going Deep - A Mitch Trubisky and Taylor Gabriel Love Story - Bleacher Nation - Going deep with a strong-armed quarterback and a fast receiver is often an unbeatable combination in the NFL.

MedinaNFL Executives Rank Khalil Mack as the Third Best Player … In the Entire NFL - Bleacher Hation - The best non-quarterback in football plays for the Chicago Bears and his name is Khalil Mack.

Medina: Cheer Up! The Bears Pass Rush Ranks Third Best in the NFL! - Bleacher Nation - The Bears' pass-rush defense is still elite, even after a less-than-stellar showing against the Dolphins.

Hughes: As Patriots Come to Town, Bears Face Their “Moment in the Woods” - Da Bears Blog - Sunday at Soldier Field is a moment for this Chicago Bears organization.

Dickerson: Mitchell Trubisky looks forward to first meeting with Tom Brady - ESPN - Mitchell Trubisky says Tom Brady has "been able to push the limits at what can be accomplished at this position and how everybody looks at it."

Finley: Bill Belichick: Bears' Akiem Hicks a 'very disruptive player' - Sun Times - The best play a Bears defender made Sunday came on the Dolphins' 70th snap.

Bears predictions: Week 7 vs. Patriots - Sun Times - The Chicago Sun-Times’ experts offer their predictions for the Bears’ game SundaY against the Patriots:

Kenney: Bears-Patriots tickets 2018: Bears home game hottest in football this weekend - Sun Times - If you want to go to the Bears game and what could possibly be Patriots quarterback Tom Brady's last game at Soldier Field, it's going to cost you.

Kane: 7 things we heard from Bears coordinators Thursday - Chicago Tribune - Bears defensive coordinator Vic Fangio called his unit’s tackling in the second half of the 31-28 overtime loss to the Dolphins “disappointing and something that’s got to be corrected.”

Kane: 'A very, very disruptive player' Bears defensive lineman Akiem Hicks has the Patriots' attention - Chicago Tribune - Bears defensive lineman Akiem Hicks is on pace for his best season. If he wants to add to his Pro Bowl resume, what better way to do it than against the Patriots and Tom Brady?

Bear Download Podcast: Bears welcome Tom Brady and the Patriots to town - Chicago Tribune - Welcome to the weekly Bear Download podcast with Rich Campbell and Dan Wiederer. Listen below or subscribe and listen on iTunes | Stitcher | Google Play Rich and Dan preview Sunday's Bears game against Tom Brady and the Patriots at Soldier Field and discuss what the matchup means in terms of measuring...

Rosenbloom: Lucky for the Bears, Mitch Trubisky's actions are better than his words - Chicago Tribune - Mitch Trubisky said the Bears need "that mindset go up by more than two scores to really shut out the opponent and just take away all their confidence." The Bears were up by more than 2 scores against the Packers. Didn't work. What works is a passer rating that would've led the NFL this season.

Meet the New England Patriots (with Mark Schofield of Locked on Patriots) - Da Bears Brothers Podcast - Da Bears Brothers kick off their Week 7 preview by gaining a firsthand scouting report with everything you need to know about the New England Patriots.

Letizia: New England Patriots: By the Numbers - Da Bears Brothers Blog - When diving deeper into the Patriots' numbers, a pattern emerges that lays out a formula to beat them.

Stankevitz: Three reasons why the Bears' offense should have success against the Patriots' defense - NBC Sports Chicago - New England's defense isn't what it used to be, and the Bears have the weapons and confidence to take advantage of Bill Belichick's group on Sunday.

Potash: Bears DC Vic Fangio -Tackling issues ’something that’s gotta be corrected’ - Sun Times - But the aberration theory is complicated by a much higher degree-of-difficulty against Tom Brady and the New England Patriots Sunday at Soldier Field.

Jahns: Facing Tom Brady might be the ideal challenge for Bears defense - Sun Times - The Bears have to rebound after getting shocked on the road by the Dolphins and QB Brock Osweiler.

Finley: Bears WR Allen Robinson misses practice with groin injury - Chicago Sun-Times - One day after being limited in practice with a groin injury, receiver Allen Robinson sat out altogether on Thursday.

Finley: Bears star Khalil Mack sits out second-straight practice - Chicago Sun-Times - For the second-straight day, Bears outside linebacker Khalil Mack missed practice with a right ankle injury Thursday.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Chargers won’t be leaving L.A. for at least two decades – ProFootballTalk - In the wake of the news that owners have concerns about the Chargers in L.A., some in the media have started throwing darts at the map in search of a new home for the team. Don’t bother. They aren’t leaving Los Angeles.

QB Index, Week 7: Finally, it’s Philip Rivers’ year - NFL.com - Gregg Rosenthal updates his quarterback rankings heading into Week 7, but first, he professes his undying love for Philip Rivers, which is being rewarded this season. Ken’s Note: Mitchell Trubisky has much better numbers for 2018 than many players in this “top 15”. Compare Mitch to Cam Newton at #12: Mitch has a much higher completion percentage, more yards, vastly higher YPA, 2 more TD’s, same interception rate, over 10 points higher in passer rating... Newton does have a few more rushing yards and two more rushing TD’s but the other number are not even close.

KNOW THY ENEMY

Lions G T.J. Lang saw multiple medical specialists to discuss his football future during bye week - Pride Of Detroit - The Lions’ starting right guard wanted to make an educated decision about returning to football.

Is Sunday ‘do or die’ for the Vikings? - Daily Norseman - I’m going back and forth on this one.

Can the Packers use 49ers Monday night comeback win as jumping off point? - Acme Packing Company - The Packers enter the bye week preparing for their toughest stretch of the season. Will they be up to the task?

Do the Packers waste more timeouts than other NFL teams? - Acme Packing Company - The answer is simple: yes. Yes they do.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Berckes' Five Questions with Pats Pulpit: “The Garoppolo trade was the right move for the Patriots” - Windy City Gridiron - We catch up with Bernd Buchmasser to dish on Brady, Belichick, and Boston food spots.

Wiltfong: Bears fan confidence drops, but still not as low as Packers’ fans - Windy City Gridiron - We check on the confidence levels from the fanbases of the four NFC North squads right here...

Wiltfong: Bears’ fans, which young QB would you take for the next 10 years? - Windy City Gridiron - Welcome to SB Nation FanPulse — a survey of fans across the NFL, powered by SurveyMonkey. Each week, we send 32 polls to 100+ plugged in fans from each team. Bears fans, sign up HERE to join FanPulse.

Householder's Week 7 game preview: Chicago Bears vs. New England Patriots - Windy City Gridiron - Nothing like staving off .500 by facing the greatest dynasty in NFL history.

Mitchell's Cold Takes: A Cold Look At Chicago’s Hot Game In Miami - Windy City Gridiron - Things look a bit different when you set emotions aside and go back and watch the tapes a couple of times...

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