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The Bear’s Den, November 17, 2018

Two of the best defenses in the league prepare to battle it out tomorrow while the Packers fanbase melts down

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Leonard Floyd #94 of the Chicago Bears sacks Matthew Stafford #9 of the Detroit Lions at Soldier Field on November 11, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bears defeated the Lions 34-22.
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Players to Watch in Bears-Vikings game - - Larry Mayer and Simon Kaufman of discuss the Bears players they’ll be watching on both sides of the ball in Sunday night’s game against the Vikings, including running back Tarik Cohen.

Emma: Khalil Mack Keeps Level Head As Bears Battle For First Place - 670 The Score - ”You can never get too high, you can never get too low,” Khalil Mack says.

Video: Danny Parkins Takes Great Joy In Mike McCarthy’s Failings - 670 The Score - Mike McCarthy can’t seem to get out of his own way.

Emma: Bears’ Dion Sims Ruled Out Against Vikings - 670 The Score - The Bears enter their primetime game with a mostly clean bill of health.

5@5: Is Mack Best Bears Player In 30 Years? - 670 The Score - The Mully & Haugh crew debates a five-pack of questions every weekday.

Campbell: 3 keys for the 6-3 Bears on Sunday night vs. the 5-3-1 Vikings - Chicago Tribune
In their biggest game of the season, against the defending NFC North champion, can the Bears maintain control of first place in the division?

Week 11: Can the Bears beat the Vikings in a critical division game? Our team is split - Chicago Tribune - Can the Bears beat the Vikings at home? Tribune writers make their picks

Bear Download podcast: Bears-Vikings in prime time — but not in a helicopter - Chicago Tribune - Welcome to the weekly Bear Download podcast. Listen below or subscribe and listen on iTunes | Spotify | Stitcher | Google Play Rich Campbell and Colleen Kane are in the Halas Hall basement to preview Sunday night's Bears-Vikings game for first place in the NFC North. They start by assessing what...

Biggs: Scouting report on Vikings defensive end Danielle Hunter - 'One of the freakiest athletes in the NFL' - Chicago Tribune - Danielle Hunter is second in the NFL with 11½ sacks and had at least one in each of the first seven games. He had 3½ sacks and a fumble return for a touchdown in the Vikings’ last game, a victory over the Lions on Nov. 4.

Campbell: 'I believe in him' Bears special teams coordinator Chris Tabor cites narrow misses in vote of confidence for Cody Parkey - Chicago Tribune - Bears special teams coordinator Chris Tabor reiterated his belief in maligned kicker Cody Parkey a day after Parkey practiced at Soldier Field in an attempt to break out of his field-goal-kicking slump.

Stankeviz: As Bears enter season-tipping game, four ascending players could key win over Vikings - NBC Sports Chicago - The Bears have a number of ascending players right now, but four of them specifically could be critical in getting them past the Vikings on Sunday.

Stebbins: Could a new head coach be coming to Bears/Packers rivalry? - NBC Sports Chicago - Could 2018 be Mike McCarthy's last season as Packers head coach? One NFL expert believes so, while also naming an interesting candidate as McCarthy's potential replacement.

Mayer: Nagy expects Bears to be prepared, not tight - - Based on what he’s seen in practice this week, Matt Nagy likes his team’s mindset heading into Sunday night’s first-place clash with the Vikings. “I don’t think you’re going to see tightness within our guys,” said the Bears coach.

Under Center Podcast: With NBC Sports Soccer’s Arlo White and Roger Bennett - NBC Sports Chicago - Two of the biggest Bears fans you’ll meet happen to be two of the most recognizable voices of NBC Sports’ Premier League coverage.

Kaufman: Where to watch, listen to Bears-Vikings game - - The Bears will play their 10th regular-season game at 7:20 pm (CT) on Sunday when they host the Vikings. Here's how you can watch and listen to the contest.

Potash: Here’s who to watch and why in Week 11 - Sun Times - The Bears need this one, because they know they’ll have a tough time beating the Lions on all-time short rest — just 85 hours between kickoffs.

Finley: Stakes are raised for Bears QB Mitch Trubisky vs Vikings - Sun Times - Sunday night against the Vikings, the Bears quarterback will step up in weight class — and in attention given him by a national television audience.

Morrissey: Bears' Cody Parkey on hot seat heading into Vikings game - Sun Times - A lot of it has to do with what kickers look like. They look like you, me and possibly your primary care doctor. They don't look like other players.

Jahns: Answering your Chicago Bears questions in Week 11 - Sun Times - Sun-Times Bears writer Adam L. Jahns answers your questions weekly from Twitter.

Finley: Khalil Mack thinks Sunday could 'tell the story' of season - Sun Times - Four questions as the Bears prepare host the Vikings on “Sunday Night Football":

Kane: What's underneath Allen Robinson’s serious approach to his Bears job? An 'inner fight,' a recovery and a goal - Chicago Tribune - There's a running theme from people who have watched Allen Robinson develop from a Detroit high school football and basketball star to a two-time Big Ten receiving leader to the Bears’ No. 1 target for quarterback Mitch Trubisky.

Campbell: 'These are the games you live for' - Khalil Mack upbeat and focused ahead of Bears' Sunday night showdown against Vikings - Chicago Tribune - Bears outside linebacker Khalil Mack is focused and upbeat ahead of Sunday night's game against the Vikings following his two-sack performance in his return from injury against the Lions on Sunday.

Rosenbloom: Mitch Trubisky talks up Matt Nagy, and it sounds like a shot at canned Bears coach John Fox - Chicago Tribune - If we’re gauging Mitch Trubisky’s improvement — and that’s all we do around here — then he has become as slick at indicting John Fox’s grumpy, losing, hopeless era as he is directing the Bears new dangerous, entertaining, first-place offense.


Marcus Mariota = $100 million man? Plus, Le’Veon Bell’s value - - Is Marcus Mariota worth $100 million? Will Le’Veon Bell’s absence end up dooming the Steelers in the playoffs? What makes the Rams’ offense so effective? Bucky Brooks answers those questions in this week’s notebook.


Mike McCarthy on job security: I’m focused on what’s in front of us – ProFootballTalk - Mike McCarthy has paced the sideline in Green Bay for 13 seasons. He has won .624 percent of his regular-season games. Nine times in his tenure the Packers have reached the playoffs, with four NFC Championship Game appearances and a Super Bowl title. That has provided him job security.

Lions-Panthers injury report: Marvin Jones, A’Shawn Robinson OUT vs. Panthers - Pride Of Detroit - Detroit will be missing key pieces on both sides of the ball for Sunday’s game.

Lions-Panthers preview podcast: Is Carolina’s defense bad? - Pride Of Detroit - We break down the Lions’ Week 11 opponent with Cat Scratch Reader’s Brian Beversluis.

VIDEO: Detroit Lions HC Matt Patricia strongly defends decision to practice outdoors - Pride Of Detroit - Matt Patricia offered a lengthy response on his decision to practice outdoors during a home week.

Changing of the guard in the NFC North - Daily Norseman - With Green Bay’s loss to Seattle, the division now goes through Minnesota...or Chicago.

Four Weeks in Prime Time May Determine Vikings Fate - Daily Norseman - Entering the bye-week this year, things seem a little similar to last year. Last year the Vikings were 6-2 heading into the bye week with a little momentum, but were looking at a tough slate the...

Packers’ Jimmy Graham suffered broken thumb in Seattle, per report - Acme Packing Company - To make matters worse, the injury appears to be the result of a bad play away from the football.

Aaron Jones’ ‘pitch count’ continues to stunt the Packers’ 2018 season - Acme Packing Company - The well-documented mismanagement of one of the Packers’ biggest offensive weapons has prevented the unit from sustained drives and was on display once again in Seattle.

Packers Week 11 Snap Counts: Green Bay runs season-low 49 offensive plays in Seattle - Acme Packing Company - A game full of missed opportunities kept the Packers’ offense off the field.

Mike McCarthy’s reliance on “the numbers” underscores the extent of his blunder – ProFootballTalk - Packers coach Mike McCarthy has parlayed the absence of a traditional owner and the presence of a transcendent quarterback into the kind of job security that few other coaches enjoy. McCarthy's ability to escape scrutiny may now be coming to an end, and he has only himself to blame for it.


Berkes: Fantasy Football Forum - Week 11: Nick Chubb Ruins Everything - Windy City Gridiron - You place for all things fantasy football

Zeglinski: Bears-Vikings injury report - All systems go for Sunday Night Football - Windy City Gridiron - The Bears have as clean of a bill of health as you’ll see in mid-November. They’re raring to go for a primetime battle for first place.

Wiltfong: Bears vs. Vikings - TV schedule, odds, streaming, previews, and more - Windy City Gridiron - Huge game this Sunday night. The 5-3-1 Minnesota Vikings, the preseason favorite to win the division, taking on the 6-3 Chicago Bears, a team no one expected to be leading the NFC North at this...

Link: How can the 2018 Chicago Bears become Kings of the (NFC) North? - Windy City Gridiron - Give Andrew’s latest podcast a listen right now!

Wiltfong: Fans of the Bears and Vikings expect their team to win this week - 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...


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