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

BEARRRSSSS

Wiederer: Bears' Khalil Mack and Allen Robinson are questionable for Sunday's game vs. Patriots - Chicago Tribune - The Bears are hopeful that outside linebacker Khalil Mack and receiver Allen Robinson will be able to play Sunday against the Patriots.

Wiederer: 3 keys for the Bears as they aim to upset the Patriots in Week 7 - Chicago Tribune - For the Bears to upset the Patriots on Sunday at Soldier Field, they will need to trust the game plan of coach Matt Nagy; use the versatility of running back Tarik Cohen; and keep Tom Brady and Julian Edelman from heating up.

Bears vs. Patriots: Tribune writers make their picks - Chicago Tribune - Can the Bears knock off Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski and the Patriots and put last week's overtime loss to bed? Our team says no.

Bears-Patriots 5 Matchups to Watch - Da Bears Brothers Podcast - Here are the five pivotal matchups to pay attention to in Sunday's game against the New England Patriots including the "Game Breaker."

Moreano: Nagy’s Aggressive Mindset Must Surface Come Crunchtime - Da Bears Brothers Blog - When the game comes down to the closing minutes, Matt Nagy must remain aggressive in order to give the Bears the best chance to win.

Stankevitz: Khalil Mack appears set to play Sunday with Tom Brady, Patriots looming - NBC Sports Chicago - Khalil Mack didn't want to discuss his ankle on Friday, but did participate in practice and appears set to play against Tom Brady and the Patriots.

Mayer: Mack listed as questionable for Sunday’s game - ChicagoBears.com - Bears outside linebacker Khalil Mack returned to practice Friday on a limited basis and is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against the Patriots with an ankle injury.

Pick Is In: Patriots at Bear - ChicagoBears.com - Local and national NFL analysts make their pick for the Week 7 game between the Patriots and Bears Sunday at Soldier Field. Keep track of their weekly record here on Chicagobears.com.

Community News: 10.19.18 - ChicagoBears.com - The Chicago Bears organization is proud to implement and support numerous community program and initiatives. Here are some of the many ways that the Bears show their support during the football season.

Khalil Mack Practiced Friday and is Listed as Questionable, But Is Expected to Play Against Patriots - Bleacher Nation - Some good news for Bears backers and Khalil Mack fans!

Potash: If Bears’ defense depends on Khalil Mack to be good, that's a problem - Sun Times - No doubt Mack takes the Bears’ defense to another level. But the Bears had a top-10 defense without Mack last season and added Roquan Smith.

Jahns: Which Bears playmaker will Patriots try to take away? - Sun Times
Adam L. Jahns' "Inside the Huddle" columns appears in game-day editions of the Chicago Sun-Times.

Finley: Red-hot Bears QB Mitch Trubisky eyes 'killer instincts' - Sun Times - Four second-half scores weren’t enough in the 31-28 overtime loss last week. That’s Mitch Trubisky’s next step: to walk off the field a winner.

Morrissey: Bears Khalil Mack's health could be difference maker against Patriots - Sun Times - If he’s close to 100 percent, the Bears have a shot against Tom Brady. If he’s not, there’s a decent chance Brady will run them through a shredder.

Finley: Will the Patriots lean on 'Gronk' to try to slow the Bears Khalil Mack? - Sun Times - Four questions as the Bears prepare to play Tom Brady — who’s nearly nine months older than Matt Nagy — and the Patriots on Sunday at Soldier Field.

Biggs: With right hand nearly fully healed, rush is on for Leonard Floyd to be more productive - Chicago Tribune - Noble: Householder: Defensive coordinator Vic Fangio acknowledged the Bears may have played Leonard Floyd too much as he was working his way back from a broken right hand, but now that he's close to 100 percent it's time for the former first-round pick to step forward. Floyd has only one quarterback hit so far.

Biggs: Scouting report on Patriots rookie RB Sony Michel: 'His running style is really suited to the NFL' - Chicago Tribune
Sony Michel looks like a long-term answer to what has been almost an annual question for the Patriots: Who will be the primary ball carrier?

Campbell: 'It's crazy how that can help you' How the Bears are relying on belief to overcome the Patriots' mystique - Chicago Tribune
The Bears have a growing, genuine sense of belief in their processes, talent and schemes as the Patriots make a rare visit to Chicago and test the team's growth under new coach Matt Nagy.

Wiederer: The Bears' Patriots nightmares, the disappearance of Kevin White and the dangers of Rob Gronkowski - Chicago Tribune
As the Bears prepare to play host to the Patriots, we take a deeper look at a series that has become very one-sided and very frustrating for Bears fans. We also zero in on Kevin White's diminished role and Rob Gronkowski's special abilities.

Bears vs. Patriots: Tribune writers make their picks - Chicago Tribune
Can the Bears knock off Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski and the Patriots and put last week's overtime loss to bed? Our team says no.

Khalil Mack (ankle) questionable against Patriots - NFL.com
Bears linebacker Khalil Mack (ankle) returned to practice Friday on a limited basis after missing Wednesday and Thursday, and is designated as questionable for Sunday's game against the Patriots.

Potash: Bears Patriots What to Watch 4 - Tom Brady Rob Gronkowski Bill Belichick - Sun Times
The last time the Bears played the Patriots, Tom Brady targeted Rob Gronkowski nine times and had nine completions for 149 yards and three TDs.

Biggs: Scouting report on Patriots rookie RB Sony Michel: 'His running style is really suited to the NFL' - Chicago Tribune
Sony Michel looks like a long-term answer to what has been almost an annual question for the Patriots: Who will be the primary ball carrier?

POLISH SAUSAGE

Travis Kelce, Tyreek Hill have no hate for Vontaze Burfict – ProFootballTalk
We know what some of the Steelers think of Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict. But, even knowing Burfict served a three-game suspension to start last season after a hit on Chiefs fullback Anthony Sherman, two of Kansas City’s biggest playmakers call themselves fans of Burfict.

KNOW THY ENEMY

Video: Dan Orlovsky breaks down Brock Osweiler’s weaknesses - Pride Of Detroit
The former Lions quarterback breaks down Osweiler’s game so we don’t have to.

Preview Podcast: First Byte talks Dolphins-Lions with Kevin Nogle of Phinsider - Pride Of Detroit
Brock Osweiler saved the day against the Bears, but can he put up a fight to the Lions too?

Five Good Questions with Gang Green Nation - Daily Norseman
Time for our weekly gathering of intel from the other side

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Week 7: Patriots at Bears Game Preview - Da Bears Blog
I always like the Chicago Bears…and I just like this game, hence yesterday’s flamboyant column. This should be the most intense, feverish crowd at Soldier Field in five plus years. And don’t be surprised if the Bears come out and match that intensity, eager to prove last week’s rollover in Miami was a fluke.

Joniak: Keys To Bears-Patriots - 670 The Score
Kickoff is set for noon Sunday at Soldier Field.

Emma: Bears OLB Khalil Mack, WR Allen Robinson Questionable To Play Against Patriots - 670 The Score
The Bears have taken precautions with Mack (ankle) and Robinson (groin).

Wiltfong: Patriots’ fans expect a big win on Sunday against the Bears - 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...

Patriots vs Bears: New England should be worried about Chicago RB Tarik Cohen - Pats Pulpit
We spoke with our colleagues from Windy City Gridiron about the upcoming game between the Patriots and Bears.

Wiltfong's Bears vs. Patriots How to watch: TV schedule, streaming, odds, & more - Windy City Gridiron
This is everything you need to know about how to watch the Chicago Bears take on the New England Patriots.

Silverstein: This might be our last chance to beat Tom Brady - Windy City Gridiron
Time to give TB12 a taste of the Shuffle.

Link's 2018 Chicago Bears vs New England Patriots Preview: What to Watch For - Windy City Gridiron
Following the heart-breaking loss to the Dolphins, the gold standard Patriots invade Soldier Field.

Berkes: Fantasy Football Forum - Week 7: Halfway Home - Windy City Gridiron
Week 7 marks the halfway point in fantasy leagues. We’ve still got a month’s worth of bye weeks to navigate, but the early excitement of snapping up new and interesting players has slowed to a...

Link's 2018 Chicago Bears vs New England Patriots Preview: Which Players to Watch For - Windy City Gridiron
Following the heart-breaking loss to the Dolphins, the gold standard Patriots invade Soldier Field.

WCG CONTRIBUTORS BEARS PODCASTS & STREAMS

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