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The Bear’s Den, November 26, 2018

Eddie Jackson gets some praise, Vic Fangio gets some speculation and Harrison Smith gets fined

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Chicago Bears v Detroit Lions
Tarik Cohen #29 of the Chicago Bears runs back a kick against a diving Zach Zenner #34 of the Detroit Lions during the third quarter at Ford Field on November 22, 2018 in Detroit, Michigan.
Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images

BEAR DOWN, CHICAGO BEARS, BEAR DOWN!!!!

BEARRRSSSS

Campbell: Vikings safety Harrison Smith fined for illegal hit that injured Mitch Trubisky - Chicago Tribune - The NFL fined Vikings safety Harrison Smith for his illegal hit that injured Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky’s right shoulder on Nov. 18.

Mayer: Daniel’s strong work ethic pays dividends - ChicagoBears.com - Backup quarterback Chase Daniel prepares like he’s going to start every week, and that approach helped him lead the Bears to a key win over the Lions despite not taking any full-speed reps leading up to the game.

Mayer: Ditka recovering from minor heart attack - ChicagoBears.com - Bears legend Mike Ditka is recovering from a minor heart attack in a Florida hospital, according to his agent, Steve Mandell.

Medina: Bears Defensive Coordinator Vic Fangio Expected to Get Serious Interest as a Head-Coaching Candidate - Bleacher Nation - Vic Fangio interviewed to replace John Fox last winter and could get more interviews at the end of this season.

Medina: Bears Re-Sign Defensive Back John Franklin III to Practice Squad - Bleacher Nation - Let’s keep an eye on John Franklin III, whose development could be something worth monitoring down the line.

Morrissey: The great debate - The 1985 Bears defense vs. the 2018 Bears defense - Sun Times - You probably think this is a pathetic attempt to attract more readers, more eyeballs and more clicks. You couldn’t be more wrong about the media! Ken's Note: I'm not even going to think about this until after the Bears have won a Super Bowl. Once we have won another one, then we can talk about D's.

Finley: Vikings' Harrison Smith fined for hit that hurt Bears QB Mitch Trubisky - Sun Times - The Vikings safety was docked $10,026 for unnecessary roughness

Potash: From 19-45 dysfunction to 8-3 playoff contention - How the Bears turned it around - Sun Times - Hiring Nagy looks like a masterstroke. He not only is developing Trubisky ... but seems to have the right touch as a modern-era NFL head coach.

Legendary Chicago Bears football coach Mike Ditka hospitalized in Florida after suffering heart attack - Sun Times - Ditka was playing golf shortly before going to the hospital, a source told Sun-Times columnist Michael Sneed. He is resting after getting a pacemaker.

Finley: Bears' Eddie Jackson 'could be playing some WR' but is dominating at safety - Sun Times - He's fast becoming one of the sport’s great ball-hawking safeties and a candidate to make his first Pro Bowl — if not All-Pro team — this year.

Kenney: Dwyane Wade on being Bears fan, Mitch Trubisky, Khalil Mack - Sun Times - Dwyane Wade has never been shy about his Bears fandom — just turn to his Twitter timeline on game days.

Wiederer: 'This is our moment' Bears using belief and unity as fuel toward a surprise championship run - Chicago Tribune - The Bears are on a five-game winning streak and coming off a character-revealing 23-16 victory over the Lions. The team's confidence is swelling and players like Danny Trevathan and Akiem Hicks point to their teammates' drive and unity as a catalyst.

Biggs: Lions succeeded in keeping Khalil Mack in check, but when Bears OLB was getting a rest, defense showed holes - Chicago Tribune - The Lions did a nice job preventing Khalil Mack from wrecking their offense, but Detroit QB Matthew Stafford wasn't able to push the ball downfield with any regularity. What did show up was big gains for the Lions on the seven snaps Mack was on the sideline for. Ken’s Note: One of these holes showed that the Bears missed Aaron Lynch, who was out with a concussion, big time.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Monsters of the Midway Comic Strip - One Step Closer - ChicagoBears.com - Follow along as we tell the story of the Monsters of the Midway defending Chicago from a weekly nemesis drawn from the 2018 schedule.

KNOW THY ENEMY

Sunday Night wrap-up: Kirk Cousins leads Vikings to win – ProFootballTalk - Kirk Cousins may never be as good as Aaron Rodgers. But for a night he was good enough, and won a night game for a change. The Vikings quarterback was sharp in their 24-17 win over the Packers, earning his money and putting his team in good position for the final month of the season.

Packers collapse again in 24-17 loss to Vikings, ending Green Bay’s playoff hopes - Acme Packing Company - The Packers aren’t mathematically eliminated, but they may as well be after another sloppy, ugly loss on Sunday night.

Minnesota Vikings 24, Green Bay Packers 17: Vikings get huge NFC North victory - Daily Norseman - This is a big boost to the purple’s playoff chances

Giants-Eagles final score: Another Giants meltdown, 25-22 - Big Blue View - Another Jake Elliott dagger field goal. Another Eagles comeback.

Detroit Lions Week 12 PFF grades: Mike Ford impresses in 2nd career start vs. Chicago Bears - Pride Of Detroit - The Lions’ rookie cornerback is showing more potential than any other young corner in Detroit.

Odell Beckham: Attacking Eagles’ hobbled secondary ‘not in game plan’ - Big Blue View - Odell Beckham Jr. says he wished the Giants had gone after the depleted unit far more

Giants Quadree Henderson fractures shoulder, Evan Engram injures hamstring - Big Blue View - Giants lose a punt returner and a tight end

Eagles 25, Giants 22: 4 things we learned as the Giants fall to 3-8 - Big Blue View - What was there to learn from the Giants’ latest loss?

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Silverstein: Eddie Jackson is chasing history - Windy City Gridiron - Fast Eddie has a chance to break an NFL record — and a Bears record, too

Wiltfong: Bears add John Franklin III to the practice squad - Windy City Gridiron - Defensive back John Franklin III is back on the Chicago Bears’ practice squad after being out of football since being released from their practice squad on September 26th.

Leming: Game balls after 23-16 Thanksgiving win - Windy City Gridiron - After the Bears third win in 12 days, we give out Thursday’s game balls for another job well done

Mitchell: Chicago Bears Hardcore Fans - Enjoy! You Earned This! - Windy City Gridiron - You kept the faith, and through all of the hard years, you never ever forgot to BEAR DOWN!

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