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The Bear’s Den Open Thread, Tuesday, October 23, 2018

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NFL: New England Patriots at Chicago Bears
Chicago Bears tight end Trey Burton (80) makes a catch against New England Patriots strong safety Patrick Chung (23) during the first half at Soldier Field.
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The Bear’s Den Open Thread

Denmaster Ken is recovering from surgery (broken ankle) and is unavailable to grab links for you today put together these links while zonked out of post-surgical anesthesia... and he’s not in the mood to re-do the entire thread, so here’s an open Den for you to talk about all things Chicago Bears plus your daily links.

Let’s not forget to share the love to our good friends, the Packers Cheezeheads.

Bear Down!!!!


Ellis: No, it actually doesn’t make sense for the Bears to trade for Patrick Peterson - NBC Sports Chicago - The Bears already traded for a impact player on defense, remember?

Mayer: 3 things that stood out in Week 7 loss - - Senior writer Larry Mayer identifies three things that stood out Sunday in the Bears’ 38-31 loss to the Patriots, including quarterback Mitchell Trubisky’s scrambling ability.

Medina: Mitch Trubisky Is Not About Moral Victories: “Close Doesn’t Cut It” - Bleacher Nation - Good wasn’t good enough for Mitch Trubisky.

Weidman: Bears ugly performance can motivate change - Our Turf Football - OTFB’s Wanda Wiedman brings up a list of things the Chicago Bears can learn from after their NFL Week 7 matchup against the New England Patriots.

5@5: Are Bears Better Than A .500 Team? - 670 The Score - The Mully & Haugh crew debates a five-pack of questions every weekday.

Emma: Matt Nagy - Bears’ Running Game Still Figuring Itself Out - 670 The Score - ”You become one-dimensional, you’re in trouble,” Matt Nagy says.

Finley: How Bears fared in Week 7 loss to Patriots - Sun Times - Some weeks are better than others for the Bears. Here’s how three Bears fared in Sunday’s 38-31 home loss to the Patriots:

Kane: Matt Nagy sticks with his assessment - Mitch Trubisky ‘played better than most people think’ against the Patriots - Chicago Tribune - If Mitch Trubisky’s final grade from Sunday is in the eye of the beholder, Bears coach Matt Nagy shaded toward focusing on his quarterback’s positives Monday after a meeting with Bill Belichick and Tom Brady that few outsiders predicted the Bears would pull off anyway.

Wiederer: Bears coach Matt Nagy explains not taking an end-zone shot on the final play of the first half - Chicago Tribune - The Bears chose not to throw a pass into the end zone on the final play of Sunday's first half against the Patriots. On Sunday afternoon and again on Monday, coach Matt Nagy detailed his thought process on the odd sequence.

Biggs: It's unfair to blame Jordan Howard alone for the sluggish running game - Chicago Tribune - In reviewing Sunday's 38-31 loss to the Patriots, the offensive line is at fault for ongoing struggles in the running game, making it unfair to pin criticism solely on Jordan Howard. And Mitch Trubisky was far too inaccurate in his passing.

Brad Biggs' 10 thoughts on the Bears' 38-31 loss to the Patriots - Chicago Tribune - Brad Biggs offers his 10 thoughts after the Bears came up short in a 38-31 loss to the Patriots. Was coach Matt Nagy too positive about quarterback Mitch Trubisky? The QB sure showed off great wheels rushing for 81 yards. Special teams stunk, Trey Burton was rock solid, and much more.

Wiederer: After an up-and-down performance, Mitch Trubisky nails it: 'Close doesn't cut it' - Chicago Tribune - Chicago Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky mixed moments of brilliance with head-scratching mistakes Sunday in a 38-31 loss to the New England Patriots. Now Trubisky and the Bears have to get back up with an understanding that they still have 10 games and a boatload of experiences ahead.

Bear Download podcast: Bears lose in all 3 phases to Patriots - Chicago Tribune - Rich and Dan break down the Bears' 38-31 loss to the Patriots in Week 7 from the Soldier Field press level: A big-picture perspective (3:30 mark),...

Kane & Campbell: Kevin White finally makes a big play, but it only fuels Bears' frustration - Chicago Tribune - On the final play of the Bears’ 38-31 loss to the Patriots, quarterback Mitch Trubisky let a 54-yard pass rip toward the end zone. Kevin White jumped up in front of two Patriots defenders and came down with the ball at the 1-yard line.

Talarico: Bears' Backs Officially Against the Wall After Consecutive Disappointing Games - Da Bears Brothers - After dropping two straight, it will be crucial to see how the Chicago Bears respond to their first real test of adversity.

Bears grades: Was the defense *that* bad? - NBC Sports Chicago - The Bears' defense struggled at times on Sunday, and didn't pressure Tom Brady much, but also only allowed 24 points on 10 possessions.

Jahns: Five takeaways from the Bears’ 38-31 loss - Sun Times - From the Bears’ game plan against Tom Brady to Khalil Mack playing through injury, here are five observations from Week 7.

Bears Matt Nagy doubles down on quarterback Mitch Trubisky - ‘He played better than most people think’ - A self-proclaimed “rep person,” Trubisky thrives on experience. Failure is just as valuable — maybe even more valuable — than success.

Finley: Matt Nagy - Why I didn’t try a Hail Mary before halftime - Sun Times - Just because the Bears’ Hail Mary try at the end of Sunday’s game almost worked doesn’t mean that they should have tried the same tack before halftime

Finley: Why did Khalil Mack drop into pass coverage Sunday? - Sun Times - What role did Mack’s injured right ankle play in the decision? Was chasing slippery pass-catchers really easier on his ankle?

Morrissey: Bears have a long way to go to be elite - Sun Times - It’s hard to believe that many fans walked out of Soldier Field on Sunday thinking their team was ready to take on the world. Not even close.


Cowboys trade 1st-round pick to Raiders for Amari Cooper, break NFL’s trade market - Acme Packing Company - In their desperation, Dallas likely raised NFL teams’ asking prices for big-name players with the trade deadline approaching.


ESPN ranks the Lions’ offensive tackles... 30th in the NFL? - Pride Of Detroit - ESPN has a new stat and it doesn’t make any sense.

How big was that win yesterday? - Daily Norseman - If you like playoff predictions and odds, it was a pretty big deal


Infante: With hand injury nearly healed, excuses running out for Leonard Floyd - Windy City Gridiron - Time is running out for the ninth pick in the 2016 draft to pick up the slack.

Infante: Bears vs. Patriots - Notes from 38-31 loss - Windy City Gridiron - The Bears fell to 3-3 with their second consecutive loss.

Wiltfong: Bears vs. Patriots - Snap counts, stats, and more - 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 gut-wrenching loss to the New England Patriots.

Leming: Week 7 game balls after the first home loss of the year - Windy City Gridiron - For the first time since Week 3, the Bears find themselves out of first place after a second straight loss. Who earned Sunday’s game balls?


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