clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

The Bear’s Den, November 14, 2018

Welcome to turn around day here in the Den, when we transition from Detroit on to Minnesota.

If you buy something from an SB Nation link, Vox Media may earn a commission. See our ethics statement.

Minnesota Vikings v Chicago Bears
1987: Linebacker Otis Wilson #55 of the Chicago Bears shadows quarterback Tommy Kramer #9 of the Minnesota Vikings during a game in 1987 at Soldier Field in Chicago
Photo By Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images



Medina: From Tape-Breakdown to Trubisky-Whispering, the Zach Miller Effect is Real - Bleacher Nation - Zach Miller has been low-key one of the most important people behind Mitch Trubisky's development.

Medina: Allen Robinson is Everything Mitch Trubisky and the Bears Offense Needed - Bleacher Nation - Sunday's showing by Allen Robinson is exactly what everyone envisioned when the Bears signed him as a free agent.

Medina: Mitch Trubisky Was Perfect Under Pressure on Sunday - Bleacher Nation - If you were hoping Trubisky would show improved deep ball accuracy and an ability to handle pressure, then Sunday was the game for you.

Dannehy: Money Mitch Took A Big Step - Da Bears Blog - Facing a third-and-four, the Bears young quarterback had nowhere to go. Consecutive touchdown drives and a day full of special teams mistakes put the Bears in a curious position with just about six minutes to go.

Bernstein: Pass Or Run, It's About Points For Bears - 670 The Score - There's a new normal to exploiting defenses, so get used to it.

Emma: We're Still Discovering What Bears' Mitchell Trubisky Will Be - 670 The Score - Amid referendums on his future, Mitchell Trubisky is displaying growth.

Gabriel: Roquan Smith Transforming Bears' Defense - 670 The Score - In a strong start, the rookie Smith is showcasing improvement each week.

5@5: Bears Favored Vs. Vikings — Sign Of Respect? - 670 The Score - The Mully & Haugh crew debates a five-pack of questions every weekday.

Bears' Akiem Hicks Cares About Opponents' Respect, Not Pro Bowl Voting - 670 The Score - Akiem Hicks could be among Bears being voted to the Pro Bowl this year.

Rosenthal: Cody Parkey's 4 misses make Jimmy Fallon's 'Tonight Show' monologue - Chicago Tribune - Bears kicker Cody Parkey missed two field goal tries and two extra-point boots on Sunday. On Monday night, he made Jimmy Fallon's monologue on NBC's "The Tonight Show."

Haugh: Mitch Trubisky's connection with teammates reveals his most important trait: Leadership - Chicago Tribune - We already know after 21 starts what kind of quarterback Mitch Trubisky is, and his moxie matters greatly in the ongoing evaluation. At this early stage of his career, Trubisky’s intangibles outweigh the tangibles because the Bears can count on them every Sunday.

Ellis: Jimmy Fallon roasts Cody Parkey's 4-boink performance - NBC Sports Chicago - Cut the guy a break!

First and Final Thoughts: We have ourselves a swing game - NBC Sports Chicago - We're almost on to Minnesota.

Mullin: A toughening route to the playoffs, a run game defying fixing? - NBC Sports Chicago - Under the parameters of Matt Nagy's offense, there may not be any fixing of the Bears' running game that does not rely on a feature back.

Hoge: Three Reasons Why The Bears Can Win The Super Bowl, And Three Reasons Why They Can’t - WGN Radio - Sunday night’s game against the Vikings at Soldier Field will give us a better idea of how the Bears stack up in the NFC, but in the meantime, here are three (mostly non-Mitch Trubisky related) reasons why the Bears can actually win the Super Bowl this season, and three reasons why they can’t — yet.

Chalk Talk: Why did Miller get flagged? - - Senior writer Larry Mayer discusses why receiver Anthony Miller was penalized for spinning the ball on the ground after a reception, if the Bears continued to rotate their guards against the Lions and if the Bears will audition new kickers this week.

Mayer: Helfrich saw Robinson play like he practiced - - After watching a healthy Allen Robinson II shine in practice last week, Bears offensive coordinator Mark Helfrich wasn’t surprised that the veteran receiver had a big game Sunday against the Lions.

Kaufman: Fans can now vote for Pro Bowl - - Voting is now open for the Pro Bowl. Find out how you can vote for your favorite Bears through Dec. 13.

Mayer: Bears players visit children’s hospital - - More than 30 Bears players spent their day off Monday visiting sick kids at a local children's hospital in Chicago.

Amukamara, Callahan NFL Week 10 Sunday Standouts: Defense - Pro Football Focus - PFF's Evan McPhillips highlights the standout performances by the league's defensive players from Week 10 of the NFL season.

Robinson, Callahan On Week 10 NFL Team of the Week - Pro Football Focus - PFF's NFL Team of the Week highlights the outstanding play of individuals at every position over the course of Week 10 of regular season action in the NFL.

Bears' secondary is leading the conversation for best in the NFL - Pro Football Focus - Through 10 weeks of the NFL season, the Chicago Bears secondary deserves recognition as the NFL’s best. PFF's Ben Cooper explains why.

Potash: Mitch Trubisky, Matt Nagy pass the test by not taking the bait - Sun Times - In the first three weeks of the season, he was 25th in the NFL in passer rating (77.8). In the last seven weeks, he’s fifth (114.8). Is that progress?

Finley: Bears ready to be prime-time players - Sun Times - Sunday’s game marks the Bears’ return to national television for the first time since their first two games of the season.

Potash: Mitch Trubisky, Bears' offense reach a new level: good and getting better - Sun Times - With five touchdowns against the Lions, the Bears have scored 29 offensive touchdowns this season — exceeding their 16-game total of 26 last season.

Wiederer: 85 hours to recover - The extreme physical challenge facing the Bears with a Sunday night-to-Thanksgiving turnaround - Chicago Tribune - The Bears will be physically challenged like never before, facing a turnaround that will prove taxing in so many ways. Sunday’s big-stage game against the Vikings will end around 10:30 p.m. The action in Detroit will begin on Thanksgiving at 11:30 a.m. Chicago time.

Rosenbloom: What part of 'advantage' in 'home-field advantage' don't the Bears understand? - Chicago Tribune - Cody Parkey hit the uprights four times Sunday, but just embarrassing was the admission Parkey had never practiced in Soldier Field during the week the way Bears Nos. 1 and 2 all-time scorers Robbie Gould and Kevin Butler did. What happened to the Matt Nagy who said he's obsessed with every detail?


NFL moves Chiefs-Rams to Los Angeles – ProFootballTalk - There will not be a game between the Chiefs and Rams in Mexico City next Monday night. The NFL announced on Tuesday that the game will move from Azteca Stadium to the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

Le’Veon Bell makes rare decision to sit out the season – ProFootballTalk - The unlikely has now become reality. An NFL player will choose to sit out the entire season, in lieu of accepting the terms offered to him by the team that controls his rights. That’s ultimately what the franchise tag is. It’s not an honor, as some have tried to describe it in the past.


Bills part ways with veteran receiver Terrelle Pryor - - The Bills parted ways with wide receiver Terrelle Pryor on Tuesday. The veteran wideout lasted just two games with Buffalo, catching two passes for 17 yards.

The Detroit Lions 2018 free agent class has been a complete failure - Pride Of Detroit - Bob Quinn drafted well, but his free agency class is a mess.

Detroit Lions Week 10 Song of the Game: “Falling Away from Me” by Korn - Pride Of Detroit - Beating me down.

What is the Detroit Lions’ biggest problem right now? - Pride Of Detroit - There are a lot of things going on, but what is the biggest issue?

Stefon Diggs vows to play on Sunday Night against Chicago - Daily Norseman - He missed the last game before the bye with a rib injury

A Brief Look at Minnesota Vikings at Chicago Bears History - Daily Norseman - The longtime division rivals meet for the 115th time on Sunday.


Householder’s stock up, stock down: Chicago Bears vs. Detroit Lions - Windy City Gridiron - The Bears got off their long division schneid with a big win over Detroit

Wiltfong: Ten Thoughts on the NFL - Windy City Gridiron - I take my weekly look at the NFL.

Wiltfong’s NFL Power Rankings: Chicago Bears moving on up - Windy City Gridiron - We take our weekly trip around the interwebs to see where the Chicago Bears show up in the NFL Power Rankings.


2 Minute Drill - Website - iTunes - Andrew Link; Steven’s StreamingTwitch – Steven Schweickert; T-Formation Conversation - Website - iTunes - Lester Wiltfong, Jr.; WCG Radio - Website - iTunes - Robert Zeglinski


Windy City Gridiron Community Guidelines - - We strive to make our communities open and inclusive to sports fans of all backgrounds. The following is not permitted in comments, FanPosts, usernames or anywhere else in an SB Nation community: Comments, FanPosts or usernames that are intolerant or prejudiced; racial or other offensive epithets; Personal attacks or threats on community members; Gendered insults of any kind; Trolling; Click link for full information.

The Bear’s Den Specific Guidelines – The Bear’s Den is a place for Chicago Bears fans to discuss Chicago Bears football, related NFL stories, and general football talk. It is NOT a place to discuss religion or politics or post political pictures or memes, and any posts that do this will be deleted and the poster will be admonished. We do not allow comments posted where the apparent attempt is to cause confrontation in the community. We do not allow gender-directed humor or sexual assault jokes. The staff of WCG are the sole arbiters of what constitutes “apparent attempt to cause confrontation”. We do not allow the “calling out” of other members in any way, shape or form. Posts that do this will be deleted on sight. Bottom line, it’s fine to debate about football, but personal jabs and insults are strictly prohibited. Additionally, if you keep beating the same dead horse over and over and fail to heed a moderator’s warning to stop, you will be banned.

Click on our names to follow us on Twitter:

WCG Contributors: Jeff Berckes; Patti Curl; Eric Christopher Duerrwaechter; Kev H; Sam Householder; Jacob Infante; Aaron Lemming; Andrew Link; Ken Mitchell; Steven Schweickert; Jack Silverstein; EJ Snyder; Lester Wiltfong, Jr.; Whiskey Ranger; Robert Zeglinski; Like us on Facebook.