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The Bear’s Den, November 22, 2018

Trubisky shelved, Daniel in, Bray is up, Cooper is out as the Bears prepare to take on the Lions in Detroit

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers v Chicago Bears
Quarterbacks Chase Daniel #4 and Mitchell Trubisky #10 of the Chicago Bears execute a play in the second quarter against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Soldier Field on September 30, 2018 in Chicago,
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BEAR DOWN, CHICAGO BEARS, BEAR DOWN!!!!

BEARRRSSSS

Mayer: 4 things to watch in Bears-Lions game - ChicagoBears.com - Senior writer Larry Mayer identifies four storylines to follow in Thursday’s game in Detroit, including whether the Bears defense can deliver another dominant performance.

Medina: James Daniels is a "Garbage Disposal" in the Absolute Best Way Possible - Bleacher Nation - James Daniels didn't just hold his own against the Vikings, the rookie was destroying guys at the point of attack.

Medina: Bears at Lions: Week 12 Preview – November 22, 2018 - Bleacher Nation - The Bears will be looking for their third win in 12 days when the Thanksgiving lid-lifter kicks off.

Medina: Bears Release Marcus Cooper to Make Room For QB Tyler Bray Joining the Active Roster - Bleacher Nation - Tyler Bray is IN, Marcus Cooper is OUT, and neither Aaron Lynch nor Adam Shaheen is traveling with the team this week.

Hughes: Bears at Lions Thanksgiving Game Preview, Volume Two - Da Bears Blog - First ten minutes of this game are essential. Lions will have energy; they always do in this Thanksgiving spot. But the Bears can’t afford to come out slow. If they do they could find themselves down 10-0 quickly. Not insurmountable but also not ideal.

Chicago Bears proof defense still matters in offensive-minded NFL - ESPN - The Bears, who are No. 1 in interceptions, defensive touchdowns and forced fumbles, are showing that defense is still vital in the new NFL.

Bernstein: Brace For Idiocy If Chase Daniel Performs - 670 The Score - A segment of Bears fandom craves irrational tribalism regarding quarterbacking.

Bears Promote Tyler Bray To Active Roster, Release Marcus Cooper - 670 The Score - In a corresponding move, Chicago waived cornerback Marcus Cooper.

Know Your Foe: Bears-Lions Storylines - 670 The Score - Danny Parkins of The Score and Will Burchfield of The Ticket previewed the game.

5@5: Bears-Lions Predictions - 670 The Score - The Mully & Haugh crew debates a five-pack of questions every weekday.

Emma: Bears Kicker Cody Parkey Named NFC Special Teams Player Of The Week - 670 The Score - Cody Parkey hit three field goals in the Bears’ 25-20 win over the Vikings.

Wiederer: 3 keys for the Bears in their Thanksgiving Day game in Detroit - Chicago Tribune - The Chicago Bears and Detroit Lions will play each other for the second time in 12 days on Thursday at Ford Field. For the Bears to win again, they will have to rely on efficient quarterback play, a reliable running game and a fast start.

Haugh: Bears can play it safe with Mitch Trubisky — he isn’t the star of the offense - Chicago Tribune - Smartest response to the uncertainty of Mitch Trubisky’s health is to lean toward shrugging more than shrieking.

Biggs: As Bears prepare to be without him Thursday, Mitch Trubisky is fighting to play through shoulder injury - Chicago Tribune - Mitch Trubisky's streak of 22 consecutive games started, the longest for a Bears quarterback in more than a quarter-century, is in jeopardy as he has a right shoulder injury. He's pushing to play while the team weighs what the smartest move will be.

Thanksgiving Game Preview: Chicago Bears - Detroit Lions - Da Bears Brothers - In this in-depth episode, the guys cover everything you need to know heading into the Chicago Bears' Week 12 Thanksgiving game against the Detroit Lions.

Talarico: Chicago Bears Share Countless Similarities With 2015 Cubs - Da Bears Brothers - The Chicago Bears have set themselves up for success by modeling another Chicago team’s roadmap towards it.

Stankevitz: Looking at the Bears’ defense in the context of Monday’s Rams-Chiefs thriller - NBC Sports Chicago - With many seeing the Rams-Chiefs as the future of football, how does a defensive-minded team like Chicago stand out?

Stankevitz: Three keys and prediction Bears at Lions - NBC Sports Chicago - Here's how the Trubisky-less Bears can still leave Detroit with a W.

Ellis: Cody Parkey named NFC Special Teams Player of the Week - NBC Sports Chicago - The 4-doink game is long in the past.

Pick Is In: Bears at Lions - ChicagoBears.com - Local and national NFL analysts make their pick for the Week 12 game between the Lions and Bears Thursday in Detroit. Keep track of their weekly record here on Chicagobears.com.

Roster Moves: Bears promote Bray, release Cooper - ChicagoBears.com - The Bears on Wednesday elevated quarterback Tyler Bray from the practice squad to the active roster and released veteran cornerback Marcus Cooper.

Householder: Chicago vs Detroit Betting Picks & Analysis - Sports Bet Collective - This is a tough game to handicap. The Bears have been playing some great football, but news came Monday that quarterback Mitchell Trubisky suffered a shoulder injury late in the Sunday night win over the Vikings. Plus, the Lions and Bears played just 11 days ago in Chicago.

Potash: Bears vs. Lions — What to Watch 4 - Chicago Sun-Times - The Lions allowed 16 sacks in road games against the Vikings (10) and Bears (six), but Stafford was sacked only once last week against the Panthers.

Jahns: How the Bears' coordinators adjusted to a short week - Sun Times - Adam L. Jahns' "Inside the Huddle" column runs in game-day editions of the Chicago Sun-Times.

Finley: Bears K Cody Parkey named NFC Special Teams Player of the Week - Sun Times - Cody Parkey is the first Bear to win special teams player of the week since Robbie Gould in Week 4 of the 2015 season.

Potash: Frisky Trubisky doesn’t need to be so risky - Sun Times - Sign of progress: The Bears were 6-for-12 on third-down conversions against a Vikings defense that leads the NFL in third-down defense (25.7 percent).

Kane: Bears list Mitch Trubisky as doubtful for Thanksgiving game against Lions - Chicago Tribune - The Bears officially listed quarterback Mitch Trubisky as doubtful for the team's game against the Lions on Thanksgiving Day.

Wiederer: 'Jeez, that's a long time ago' - With Mitch Trubisky ailing, Bears backup Chase Daniel in line to make his first start since 2014 - Chicago Tribune - Chase Daniel hasn't started a regular-season game in nearly four years. On Thanksgiving Day, the Bears veteran quarterback may be needed in a pinch, called on to take the place of injured starter Mitch Trubisky against the Lions.

Bears vs. Lions: Tribune writers make their picks - Chicago Tribune - Can the Bears top the Lions on Thanksgiving? Most of our team says yes

Biggs Bears Q&A: Why do the Bears struggle to put away teams? Just how confident are they in Cody Parkey? - Chicago Tribune - Brad Biggs answers your Bears questions weekly. Why say Matt Nagy lacked confidence in Cody Parkey? What's the deal with fourth quarter struggles on defense? Will the Bears pick up the fifth-year option in Leonard Floyd's contract?

Wiederer & Campbell: Week 12 NFL picks against the spread - Packers or Vikings in NFC North Desperation Bowl? Will the Saints cover in 9 straight? - Chicago Tribune - The Vikings and Packers tied when they met in Week 2. Will one prevail on Sunday night in Minnesota with both in desperate need of a victory?

Kane: Bears kicker Cody Parkey named NFC special teams player of the week — after days as butt of jokes - Chicago Tribune - A week after he was the butt of national jokes, Bears kicker Cody Parkey was named the NFC special teams player of the week.

Finley: Bears QB Mitch Trubisky doubtful for Thanksgiving game - Chicago Sun-Times - Mitch Trubisky figures to spend Thursday on the sideline.

Potash: Rookie of the Year? Matt Nagy’s deft touch as coach sparking Bears’ revival - Chicago Sun-Times - “I can’t say he’s reserved. I would say that he knows how and when to show that type of emotion to get his team in the right spots.”

POLISH SAUSAGE

Derek Carr: “I want to mess up the draft, I don’t want the first pick” – ProFootballTalk - Don’t you dare talk to Raiders quarterback Derek Carr about tanking. Carr said today that his top goal for the final six games of the season is to put the Raiders in a position where they won’t be drafting first overall in April. “I want to mess up the draft.

KNOW THY ENEMY

Chicago Bears injury update: Mitchell Trubisky DOUBTFUL vs. Lions - Pride Of Detroit - The Bears look like they’re going to be without their starting quarterback.

The NFL is just trolling the Vikings and their kicker situation now - Daily Norseman - I just...lol all you can do is laugh.

WAR helps explain the balance of paying a top quarterback like Aaron Rodgers - Acme Packing Company - Aaron Rodgers is still good, but you can’t pay good like it’s great.

Vikings’ pass defense has been vulnerable at home and in the first half this year - Acme Packing Company - A quick start for the Green Bay offense may be critical to earning a road victory over a Minnesota defense that has struggled on its home turf and gets markedly better as the game wears on.

Thanksgiving Walkthroughs: What are Packers fans thankful for in 2018? - Acme Packing Company - Join APC in finding ways to give thanks despite a rough start to the Packers’ season.

Mike Zimmer: I didn’t watch Chiefs-Rams, 54-51 games aren’t my cup of tea – ProFootballTalk - Football fans across the country tuned in to watch a great game between the Chiefs and Rams on Monday night, but Vikings coach Mike Zimmer was not among them.

Aaron Rodgers donating $1M to fire relief efforts - NFL.com - Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is donating $1 million to help assist the relief efforts after two wildfires spread across California.

Kerryon Johnson stat breakdown: The Lions should run left more - Pride Of Detroit - A deep statistical dive into the rookies season, where he has been successful and how.

Lions-Bears injury report: Marvin Jones, Kerryon Johnson OUT vs. Bears; 7 questionable - Pride Of Detroit - The Lions are pretty beat up for Thanksgiving.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Wiltfong's Chicago Bears Sackwatch 2017: Week 11 vs. Minnesota Vikings - Windy City Gridiron - On November 4, the Minnesota Vikings sacked Detroit's Matthew Stafford 10 times, and they were credited with 17 quarterback hits. In their very next game — following a bye week, mind you — against...

Sunderbruch: A (Bears) Year to Be Thankful For - Windy City Gridiron - In the last year, the Bears have gone from a stumbling team at the bottom of their division to true playoff contenders. Here are seven moves from the last 365 days that Chicago fans should celebrate.

Infante: Bears cut Marcus Cooper, activate Tyler Bray from practice squad - Windy City Gridiron - Bray will serve as Chase Daniel’s main backup tomorrow if Mitchell Trubisky will be ruled inactive.

Berckes: Five Questions with Pride of Detroit - “There is no plan after Kerryon” - Windy City Gridiron - We run it back with Chris Perfett of Pride of Detroit before the Bears - Lions rematch on Thanksgiving

How to watch the Bears vs. Lions: Schedule, streaming, odds and more - Windy City Gridiron - This is everything you need to know about the Bears vs the Lions game.

Zeglinski: Chicago Bears likely to start Chase Daniel on Thanksgiving - Windy City Gridiron - The veteran will step in for an injured Mitch Trubisky on the Bears’ very short week.

Householder's Week 12 Thanksgiving Game preview: Chicago Bears at Detroit Lions - Windy City Gridiron - I feel like we just saw these guys?

Wiltfong: Cody Parkey named NFC Special Teams player of the week - Windy City Gridiron - Another award for a Chicago Bears player...

Wiltfong: As expected, Bears vs. Packers is still the top NFC North rivalry - 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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