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Chicago Bears v New York Jets
Chad Pennington #10 of the New York Jets is sacked by Charles Tillman #33 of the Chicago Bears on November 19, 2006 at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Bears defeated the Jets 10-0.
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Hughes: Looking Ahead to Trubisky’s Final 10 Games (Through Paul Simon’s Eyes) - Da Bears Blog - This column comes not to defend the quarterback of the Chicago Bears because the quarterback of the Chicago Bears requires no defense. This column comes to defend three elements missing from modern sports discourse: patience, perspective and rational thought.

Bernstein: Bears Really Need These Next 2 - 670 The Score - The Bears have a golden chance to get to 5-3 and remain in the playoff race.

Joniak’s Journal: Matt Nagy Preaching Togetherness During Bears’ Losing Streak - 670 The Score - There’s so much to unpack in the first six games of Bears coach Matt Nagy’s tenure. He still has so much to learn. There’s so much for everyone to understand about his philosophy, style and substance.

Emma: Trey Burton Becoming Matchup Problem Bears Believed They Had - 670 The Score - In Trey Burton, the Bears have a “security blanket” for Mitchell Trubisky.

Emma: Bears’ Mitchell Trubisky Still Learning Fine Line Between Aggressiveness, Recklessness - 670 The Score - Matt Nagy sees Mitchell Trubisky handling his growth with maturity.

Meet the New York Jets (with Joe Caporoso of Turn on the Jets) - Da Bears Brothers Podcast - Da Bears Brothers kick off their Week 8 preview by gaining a firsthand scouting report with everything you need to know about the New York Jets.

Stankevitz: How much of a factor is Trubisky's inexperience? - NBC Sports Chicago - Is it fair to explain away Mitch Trubisky's mistakes by citing his inexperience, or is that not a valid excuse for him?

Under Center Podcast: Does Khalil Mack need to sit for the Bears to fix their pass rush? - NBC Sports Chicago - JJ Stankevitz and John Mullin break down what should be done with Khalil Mack and the pass rush.

First and Final Thoughts: Halfway through the AFC East - NBC Sports Chicago - We're almost on to New York.

Perez: Is Trey Burton the NFL’s next great tight end? - Bears Wire - Is Chicago Bears tight end Trey Burton the next great player at his position?

Mayer: Kush, Daniels to keep sharing left guard job - - It appears that veteran Eric Kush and rookie James Daniels will continue to split reps at left guard, as they’ve done the previous three games. “They’re doing a good job with it,” said coach Matt Nagy.

Mayer: 9 questions to test your knowledge of Bears-Jets history - - The Bears will host the Jets Sunday at Soldier Field. How much do you know about the two teams? Take this 9-question quiz to test your knowledge.

Mayer: Trubisky focused on attention to detail - - The Bears offense has been putting up monster numbers in its last three games. But quarterback Mitchell Trubisky is convinced that the unit can perform at an even higher level.

Wednesday weigh-in: Bears prepping for Jets - - Determined to snap a two-game losing streak. the Bears return to the practice field Wednesday to resume preparing for Sunday’s home game against the New York Jets.

Medina: Jordan Howard Keeps Popping Up As a Potential Trade Target – Is He a Longterm Fit in Chicago? - Bleacher Nation - The NFL trade deadline is starting to feel like MLB's with names like Jordan Howard popping up on the rumor mill.

Householder: NY Jets vs Chicago Betting Picks & Analysis - Sports Bet Collective - The Bears get a game at home against a rookie quarterback and it couldn’t come at a better time, coming off two straight losses.

Potash: Bears TE Trey Burton unmoved by first 100-yard game: ’We didn't win’ - Sun Times - It was his first 100-yard game in five NFL seasons. His previous best was 71 yards on five catches against the Rams last season with the Eagles.

Potash: Bears scrambling quarterback Mitch Trubisky loves to run, but arm still his favorite weapon - Sun Times - His 181 yards on 17 carries are 30 yards more than any quarterback in the NFL in that span and have helped the Bears score 48, 28 and 31 points.

Finley: Is Jets rookie Sam Darnold the perfect tonic for what ails the Bears defense? - Sun Times - In a span of seven days, the Bears defense will go from facing a quarterback who’s seen everything to one who, in football terms, is just a baby.

Finley: Khalil Mack sits again as Bears eye similar schedule as last week - Sun Times - The Bears stuck to the same template they used last week to protect their star’s injured right ankle.

Jahns: Second-round picks James Daniels, Anthony Miller are developing for the Bears - Sun Times - Here’s a look at where the two rookies stand after six games.

Potash: Bears need Khalil Mack healthy before he gets back on the field - Sun Times - As it turns out, Mack at 75 percent — or whatever he was at against the Patriots on Sunday — wasn’t better than any other player at 100 percent.

Campbell: To run or not to run - Mitch Trubisky's development as a pocket passer highlighted by his dangerous legs - Chicago Tribune - Mitch Trubisky's decisions whether to run and when to do it involve coverage recognition, field vision and pocket poise. Evaluating those choices allows Matt Nagy to dig deeply into Trubisky’s command as the quarterback. And when Trubisky gets it right, he’s especially dangerous.

Kane: Khalil Mack and Allen Robinson sit out Bears practice Wednesday as injuries linger - Chicago Tribune - Bears coach Matt Nagy said Khalil Mack might follow the same schedule he was on last week. Mack didn’t practice last Wednesday or Thursday and was limited Friday in preparation for the Patriots.

Kane: 5 things we heard from Bears QB Mitch Trubisky on Wednesday - Chicago Tribune - 5 things we heard from Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky on Wednesday, including how he needs to improve his footwork and his decisions to scramble against the Patriots.

Kane: Can the Bears beat the Jets on Sunday? Check the numbers. - Chicago Tribune - Here’s a look at the Bears by the numbers as they prepare to host the Jets at Soldier Field on Sunday (noon, CBS).


Jon Gruden: I don’t see us trading Derek Carr – ProFootballTalk - Raiders head coach Jon Gruden met with the media on Wednesday and the trade of wide receiver Amari Cooper was one of the big topics up for discussion.

JuJu Smith-Schuster sought to win lottery to bring back Le’Veon Bell – ProFootballTalk - Steelers receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster bought 120 Mega Millions tickets at a gas station this week. He had big plans for what he would do with the $1.6 billion prize. First, he would pay teammate Le’Veon Bell to get the running back back to work.

Chad Kelly released by Broncos day after arrest - - The Denver Broncos released backup quarterback Chad Kelly on Wednesday following his arrest on suspicion of criminal trespassing on Tuesday.

Amari Cooper thrilled to get ‘fresh start’ with Cowboys - - Amari Cooper says he wasn’t surprised when the Oakland Raiders traded him to the Dallas Cowboys, but the wide receiver is eager to embrace a “fresh start” while playing for a “great franchise.”


Detroit Lions trading 5th-round pick for Damon Harrison - Pride Of Detroit - The Lions are making a huge trade.

Lions DT Da’Shawn Hand is PFF’s highest graded rookie - Pride Of Detroit - Da’Shawn Hand: Rookie of the Year?

Danielle Hunter’s sack streak is alive! ALIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIVE!! - Daily Norseman - Thanks to a stat correction from the National Football League

If the Packers fire McCarthy, who could they target to replace him? - Acme Packing Company - Despite a disappointing 3-2-1 start, Mike McCarthy could still right the ship and save the Packers’ 2018 season. However, if he fails to do so, Green Bay could hire a new head coach this offseason.


Sunderbruch: What Kind of Passer Is Mitchell Trubisky? - Windy City Gridiron - I have mixed emotions when it comes to the Bears’ quarterback, so I went to the data in an effort to form an opinion on the kind of year Mitchell Trubisky has had to date.

Wiltfong's Chicago Bears Sackwatch 2018: Week 7 vs New England Patriots - Windy City Gridiron - Mitchell Trubiksy may have only been sacked twice on Sunday against the New England Patriots, but I thought the Chicago Bears pass protection was sketchy all afternoon. This was partly due to how...

Zeglinski: The Chicago Bears Bears miss a healthy Khalil Mack, while their offense continues to rise - Windy City Gridiron - Statistically, the Bears still have the NFL’s best defense. Though that may be more of an indictment on the rest of the NFL. More in this week’s DVOA notes.

Link's 2018 Chicago Bears Rush Report 2018: Week 7 vs the Patriots - Windy City Gridiron - Another week, another loss, another poor performance from the Bears defense. Most teams inevitably struggle against Tom Brady and the Patriots offense, but this felt different. The game plan that...

Leming's Bears mailbag: What the future holds and why the defense has fallen off. - Windy City Gridiron - In Week 8’s mailbag, we tackle all your burning questions as the Bears try to shake off a two-game losing streak


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