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Chicago Bears v New York Jets
Running back Chris Ivory #33 of the New York Jets carries the ball against the Chicago Bears 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

Vic Fangio Speaks: Mack’s Health, Love for Nichols, Excuses, Scheme, Regrets, More - Bleacher Nation - Vic Fangio has thoughts after a second straight sub-par showing by what has otherwise been a top-10 caliber defense.

Week 7 Video-Room: Mitch Trubisky’s Troubling Red Zone Tendencies Continue - Bleacher Nation - Mitch Trubisky took a step back, but it’s not the end of the world.

Medina: In Another Timeline, Nagy and Bowles Could’ve Been Coaching Together This Weekend … For Either Team! - Bleacher Nation - Todd Bowles, who interviewed for the Bears head coaching vacancy in 2015, wanted to hire Matt Nagy (the Bears’ current head coach) in 2017. What a tangled web we weave.

5@5: Who Steps Up For Bears If Mack Is Out? - 670 The Score - The Mully & Haugh crew debates a five-pack of questions every weekday.

Emma: Bears Being Cautious With Khalil Mack, Allen Robinson - 670 The Score - Khalil Mack has an ankle ailment, and Allen Robinson has a groin injury.

Mullin: Bears conundrum with Khalil Mack: Does injury create a weakness for overall defense vs. Jets? - NBC Sports Chicago - Khalil Mack wasn't as effective as a pass rusher against New England and raises questions about how the Bears defense will fare against the Jets.

Ellis' Bears Mailbag: What to make of Kevin White and Leonard Floyd's seasons - NBC Sports Chicago - Answering some your most pressing questions.

Mullin: Jordan Howard 'fit' in Matt Nagy Bears offense an issue, but reason is more than just pass-catching | NBC Sports Chicago - Jordan Howard's fit in Matt Nagy's offense has come into question and the reasons why aren't simple.

Mehta: Jets safety Jamal Adams tells News: 'I thought I was going to be a Chicago Bear' - NY Daily News - Jamal Adams came clean about how his football life might have gone down a different path last year.

Mayer: Bears pass rush aims to produce more pressure - ChicagoBears.com - The Bears defense is still intercepting passes at a high rate. But after recording just one sack in its last two games, the unit is determined to produce more pressure on the quarterback Sunday against the Jets.

Fans predict who will be the MVP for the Bears Sunday against the Jets - ChicagoBears.com - As part of our Wednesday Weigh-in feature, we asked Bears fans to let us know who they think will be the team's MVP Sunday against the Jets at Soldier Field. Here are some of the responses we received.

Kaufman: Where Bears team, players rank in NFL - ChicagoBears.com - Take a look at where the Bears stack up both as a team and individually in the NFL rankings heading into their game against the Jets on Sunday.

Kaufman: Emotional Trevathan surprised by grandma’s visit - ChicagoBears.com - The Bears brought linebacker Danny Trevathan’s grandmother, who has been battling cancer, to Chicago last weekend for a surprise visit.

Chris Tabor Speaks: Un-called Penalties, Return Game Ideas, Unwavering Confidence, More - Bleacher Nation - Bears Special Teams Coordinator Chris Tabor had some explaining to do after last week's rough game.

Medina: Remember When the Bears Were *Totally* Going to Draft Jamal Adams? He Does - Bleacher Nation - Jamal Adams appeared to be someone the Bears were going to take in the 2017 NFL Draft ... until they didn't.

Finley: Bears predictions - Week 8 vs. Jets - Sun Times - The Sun-Times’ experts offer their picks for the Bears’ Week 8 game Sunday against the Jets at Soldier Field:

Finley: Bears' Vic Fangio - No regrets having Khalil Mack play pass coverage - Sun Times - Regrets, he’s had a few. The way he used Khalil Mack wasn’t one of them.

Biggs: Can the Bears finish strong and make the playoffs? Ranking the difficulty of their final 10 games - Chicago Tribune - At 3-3, the Bears probably need to go 7-3 in their final 10 regular-season games to reach the playoffs for the first time since the 2010 season. As the Bears talk about finishing, we rank the remaining 10 games by difficulty.

Campbell: Kevin White burning to prove himself amid reduced role in Bears offense - Chicago Tribune - Kevin White is healthy, but playing time or targets haven't gone in his favor. White knows his best path to playing time is hard work and a selfless approach. It has become a long play for him, at least longer than he hoped it would be. But he still is driven by the need to prove himself.

Kane: Vic Fangio on using Khalil Mack in coverage and 4 other things we heard from Bears coordinators Thursday - Chicago Tribune - Bears defensive coordinator Vic Fangio on his game plan against the Patriots: “We didn’t give up any big plays in it, (but) it could’ve been better.”

Biggs Bears Q&A: Convert Tarik Cohen to receiver? Josh Bellamy vs. Kevin White? Why is Khalil Mack dropping into coverage so much? - Chicago Tribune - Brad Biggs answers your Bears questions weekly. What's the deal with playing time for wide receivers Josh Bellamy and Kevin White? Why has Khalil Mack been dropping in coverage? How about trading for Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson? Plus much more.

Bear Download podcast: Previewing Bears-Jets and what to do with Khalil Mack - Chicago Tribune - Rich and Dan gather around Dan's dining room table to debate whether the Bears should sit an injured Khalil Mack against the Jets (2:50 mark),...

Knowles: Walter Payton's 'baby' – his Porsche 930 Turbo – is for sale - Chicago Tribune - Walter Payton's 'baby' – a Porsche 930 Turbo – is up for auction.

Audio Mailbag: How Can the Defense Return to its Dominant Form? (And More) - Da Bears Brothers Podcast - Da Bears Brothers provide another round of in-depth analysis on questions submitted by the fans in their weekly Audio Mailbag episode.

Stankevitz: Vic Fangio explains why Khalil Mack dropped into coverage so much against the Patriots | NBC Sports Chicago - Vic Fangio on Thursday explained why Khalil Mack's injured ankle wasn't a factor in dropping him into coverage so frequently against New England.

Jahns: If QB Mitch Trubisky was "bad" vs. Patriots, that's good for the Bears - Sun Times - Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky is making progress in Matt Nagy's offense.

Potash: To Hail and back - Kevin White hopes he 'opened a couple eyes' with 54-yard catch - Chicago Sun-Times - The biggest play of Kevin White’s four seasons with the Bears was also another cruel twist in the star-crossed career of the former first-round draft pick. His 54-yard catch of a Hail Mary pass from Mitch Trubisky on the final play of Sunday’s game against the Patriots came up one yard short. Ugh.

Finley: Bears' Khalil Mack, Allen Robinson sit out second straight day of practice - Sun Times - Bears coach Matt Nagy said the Bears were putting Khalil Mack on the same practice plan as last week.

Finley: After giving up two touchdowns, Bears special team players have a 'scar' - Sun Times - After the Bears missed a game-winning field goal two weeks ago, it would be easy for Chris Tabor to stress. He’s not.

Agrest: Former Bears coach Dave Wannstedt shines as everyone's analyst - Sun Times - Dave Wannstedt could have his own television channel. That’s how packed his weeks are as a football analyst.

POLISH SAUSAGE

NFL fires official Cruz for performance-based reasons - NFL.com - NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported, the league fired official Hugo Cruz. Cruz, who was a down judge, missed a blatant false start call in Chargers-Browns during Week 6.

2018 NFL trade deadline: One move for each NFC team to make - NFL.com - Jeremy Bergman identifies one move for each NFC team to make ahead of the 2018 NFL trade deadline -- including some eye-opening deals for the Eagles and Redskins.

Von Miller: Halloween party separate from Chad Kelly’s issues – ProFootballTalk - Von Miller hosted the team’s annual Halloween party Monday after which Chad Kelly was arrested on suspicion of first-degree criminal trespass. The Broncos waived Kelly on Wednesday morning. The Broncos linebacker said team security was on hand in addition to extra security he hired for the event.

KNOW THY ENEMY

Damon Harrison could become the first ever NFL player to start 17 games in a season - Pride Of Detroit - The new Lions nose tackle has a chance to break an odd NFL record.

Vikings Head Coach Mike Zimmer named Coach of the Year - Daily Norseman - Zimmer was honored for his work last season

APC NFL Picks, Week 8: Writers take Rams straight up, fans think Packers cover the spread - Acme Packing Company - We can’t quite bring ourselves to pick the Packers this week — at least not most of us.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRO

Berckes: Five Questions with Gang Green Nation “Bowles needs 7 wins to save his job” - Windy City Gridiron - As Sam Darnold and company flies into Chicago, we catch up with our friends at Gang Green Nation to chat about all things Jets

Silverstein: Mitch Trubisky is on pace to be the first Bear with 4,000 yards passing or 30 touchdowns - Windy City Gridiron - It’s 2018, and Money Mitch is stacking numbers.

Wiltfong: Despite two straight losses, Bears’ fans still confident with the direction of the team - 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...

Householder: Chicago Bears NFL Week 8 Game Preview - New York Jets - Windy City Gridiron - The Bears need to turn their fortunes around but is this game as winnable as it first appears?

Link: How can the Bears rebound against the Jets? - Windy City Gridiron - Check out the latest Bears Link Podcast, right here on WCG!

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