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The Bear’s Den, October 24, 2018

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It’s switch over day as we start in on Jets week here at Windy City Gridiron

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Chicago Bears v New York Jets
Wide receiver David Nelson #86 of the New York Jets tries to gain control of the ball as cornerback Kyle Fuller #23 of the Chicago Bears defends during a game at MetLife Stadium on September 22, 2014 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
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BEAR DOWN, CHICAGO BEARS, BEAR DOWN!!!!

BEARRRSSSS

Dickerson: Quiet Khalil Mack shows how important he is to Chicago Bears’ success - Chicago Bears- ESPN - An ankle injury didn’t sideline Mack, who spent most of his day dropping back in coverage. But it raises more questions about his health going forward.

When Needed Most, Leonard Floyd Has Been Missing in Action. But There’s Still Time - Da Bears Blog - If ever there was a time the Bears needed Leonard Floyd to prove he was worth the ninth overall pick in the 2016 draft, it is right now.

Emma: For Bears’ Mitchell Trubisky, There’s A Lesson In One Ugly Play - 670 The Score - Matt Nagy has implored Mitchell Trubisky to learn from a risky goal-line throw.

Emma: Bears’ Adam Shaheen Nearing Return From Injured Reserve - 670 The Score - Shaheen has been sidelined with a foot/ankle injury since August.

Gabriel: Should Bears Be Concerned About Their Defense? - 670 The Score - Chicago’s defense was great through four weeks and since has been shredded.

5@5: Is Nagy Yanking Chains In Complimenting Trubisky? - 670 The Score - The Mully & Haugh crew debates a five-pack of questions every weekday.

Finley: Jordan Howard says Bears can fix run game with time - Chicago Sun-Times - Howard — who is averaging only 3.5 yards per attempt, No. 41 among qualified rushers — said that the problem is more a matter of execution than scheme

Wiederer & Campbell: If Khalil Mack isn't fully healthy and productive, where does that leave the Bears defense against the Jets and Sam Darnold? - Chicago Tribune - Khalil Mack's production has dropped off after a scorching September, and it's no coincidence he's playing through a sprained right ankle. Assuming Mack needs time to return to full health, where does that leave a Bears defense that has been ordinary in back-to-back losses?

Campbell: 5 observations from rewatching Bears-Patriots, including Mitch Trubisky's repeated mistake and Khalil Mack in coverage - Chicago Tribune - Khalil Mack in pass coverage and Mitch Trubisky's missed throws are two of the five observations from re-watching the Bears' 38-31 loss to the Patriots.

Rosenbloom: Looks like it’s time for the Bears to sit injured Khalil Mack - Chicago Tribune - The Bears have a decision to make: Is the percentage of Khalil Mack they’re getting now better than 100 percent of a lesser player who can run in coverage and at least fake rushing the quarterback?

Film review: Why wasn't Khalil Mack an effective pass rusher against the Patriots? - NBC Sports Chicago - Khalil Mack didn't record a sack and barely pressured Tom Brady over the course of the Bears' loss to the Patriots on Sunday.

Perez: Chicago Bears should shop Leonard Floyd at trade deadline - Bears Wire - The Chicago Bears should look to trade former first-round pick Leonard Floyd at the 2018 NFL trade deadline

Chalk Talk: Why didn’t Bears throw Hail Mary at end of first half? - ChicagoBears.com - Senior writer Larry Mayer discusses why the Bears didn’t throw a Hail Mary at the end of the first half, why the Bears dropped their outside linebackers into pass coverage so much Sunday and if the officials missed a penalty on the Patriots’ kickoff retur

Lunch With Larry: 10.23.18 - ChicagoBears.com - Bears Senior Writer Larry Mayer discusses the Bears' defensive attack, offensive strategy and what improvements the team needs to make to bounce back against the Jets.

Medina: Trey Burton's Breakout Performance Against the Patriots Shouldn't Go Unnoticed - Bleacher Nation - Trey Burton's big day was a long time coming.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Derek Carr responds to report about locker room strife - NFL.com - Amid rumors of possibly being traded and internal conflict with his Oakland teammates, quarterback Derek Carr took to social media Tuesday to reaffirm his desire to play for the Raiders.

Giants trade former first-round CB Eli Apple to Saints - NFL.com - Eli Apple is leaving the Big Apple. The often-maligned former first-round cornerback was traded from the New York Giants to the New Orleans Saints, NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo reported.

KNOW THY ENEMY

NFL Week 8 power rankings roundup: Detroit Lions still have a lot to prove - Pride Of Detroit - Despite winning three of their last four, the Lions still haven’t made national analysts believe in them.

Minnesota Vikings vs New York Jets 37-17 game recap, three takeaways - Daily Norseman - The Vikes have won three straight? You betcha’!

Aaron Rodgers Injury Update: Packers QB did not practice on Tuesday of week 8 - Acme Packing Company - Don’t push the panic button, though. This is consistent with his trends in practice over the past few weeks.

Broncos “will look into” Chad Kelly arrest and “make a decision” – ProFootballTalk - The Broncos released a boilerplate statement about quarterback Chad Kelly's arrest for criminal trespassing on Tuesday and General Manager John Elway had a bit more to say during an appearance on Orange & Blue 760 later in the day.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Zeglinski: The Chicago Bears’ outside linebackers are cornerbacks now - Windy City Gridiron - To combat the Patriots and Tom Brady, Vic Fangio had his pass rushers curiously drop back aplenty. A number and note that’s quite strange.

Householder's Stock up, stock down: Chicago Bears-New England Patriots - Windy City Gridiron - The Bears are back at .500 but all is not lost...or is it?

Wiltfong's NFL Power Rankings: Where will the last place Bears fall? - Windy City Gridiron - We take our weekly look around the NFL Power Rankings to find out what the national analysts think about the Chicago Bears.

Householder's Ten Thoughts on the 2018 NFL, Chicago Bears, Patrick Mahomes, Trubisky - Windy City Gridiron - Your regularly scheduled writer needed a break, so you’re stuck with me.

WCG CONTRIBUTORS BEARS PODCASTS & STREAMS

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