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The Bear’s Den, November 8, 2018

Mack is back, Robinson is back, Shaheen is back, the Lions gave up 10 sacks last week... it’s ON this Sunday...

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NFL: Chicago Bears at Detroit Lions
Chicago Bears running back Jordan Howard (24) runs the ball during the second quarter against the Detroit Lions at Ford Fiel
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Dickerson: Bears’ first half could result in surprise playoff berth - ESPN - Khalil Mack showed the Bears in September how much impact he can have. Now they need him healthy and some offensive consistency for a playoff run.

Joniak’s Journal: Bears Know 1st Place Means Nothing Right Now - 670 The Score - ”It’s all about where you finish at the end,” Tarik Cohen says.

Emma: Bears Eager To See What Adam Shaheen Can Add To Offense - 670 The Score - Shaheen returned to practice Wednesday for the first time since August.

Emma: Bears’ Khalil Mack, Allen Robinson Trending Toward Returns - 670 The Score - The Bears have several players returning to health ahead of a key stretch.

Biggs: Saints' addition of Dez Bryant a reminder that the Bears made the right call on Cameron Meredith - Chicago Tribune - The Saints signed veteran Dez Bryant on Wednesday to bolster their wide receiver group with ex-Bear Cameron Meredith seeing limited playing time recently. It's a reminder the Bears and GM Ryan Pace made the right call on Meredith, who they liked but had health concerns about.

Meet the Detroit Lions (with Case Dillion of The Detroit Lions Podcast) - Da Bears Brothers Podcast - Da Bears Brothers kick off their Week 10 preview by gaining a firsthand scouting report with everything you need to know about the Detroit Lions.

Moreano: Howard's and Floyd’s Emergence is Crucial for Playoff Run - Da Bears Brothers Blog - For the Bears to make a playoff appearance, Chicago will need a big second half performance from both Jordan Howard and Leonard Floyd.

Stankevitz: How good is Mitch Trubisky? First half of 2018 provides some answers - NBC Sports Chicago - The Bears have seen growth and development from Mitch Trubisky in the first eight games of 2018, with the second-year quarterback's arrow pointing up.

Mayer: Bears getting injured players back on the - - Just in time for a key stretch of three division games in 12 days, the Bears are getting some valuable healthy bodies back on the practice field, including Khalil Mack and Allen Robinson.

Power rankings: Second quarter of 2018 season - - takes a look at what national media outlets are saying about the Monsters of the Midway and how the team compares to the other 31 clubs in the NFL after the second quarter of the season.

Mayer: Shaheen excited to take 'next step' in recovery - - The Bears are hopeful that tight end Adam Shaheen will be able to practice Wednesday for the first time since he suffered foot and ankle injuries Aug. 18 in a preaseason game in Denver.

Mayer: 9 questions to test your knowledge of Bears-Lions history - Sun Times - The Bears will host the Detroit Lions Sunday at Soldier Field. How much do you know about the two teams? Take this 9-question quiz to test your knowledge.

Medina: The NFL Fined the Dolphins and Coach Adam Gase For Injury Report Shenanigans Before Bears Game - Bleacher Nation - Ex-Bears assistant Adam Gase learned the hard way that the NFL doesn't take it well when you fudge the injury report.

Hughes: Grades for the NFC North’s Best Team at the Halfway Point - Da Bears Blog - The Bears have a real, professional, exciting offense and a play-caller getting more comfortable each and every week. That they’re scoring the way they are while bringing along *essentially* a rookie quarterback is the most impressive thing about this unit.

Jahns: Bears RB Tarik Cohen ready to defend Mitch Trubisky from critics - Sun Times - Bears running back Tarik Cohen knows that QB Mitch Trubisky has his critics out there.

Finley: Bears TE Adam Shaheen excited to play in season's second half - Sun Times - The Bears continue to be enamored with his 6-5, 270-pound frame and potential as a red zone option.

Finley: Bears expect OLB Khalil Mack, WR Allen Robinson to return to practice - Sun Times - As the Bears prepare for three-straight divisional games, the cavalry, it seems, is coming.

Potash: Bears' first-half analysis, second-half predictions - Sun Times - Every time the bar has been raised ... Hicks has continued to clear it. Makes an impact on almost every snap.

Potash: Matt Nagy’s Bears in position to finish strong where others failed - Sun Times - The defense has playmakers at all three levels and balance of its own — 10 players have interceptions this season, the most since 2008.

Campbell: 5 things we learned about Mitch Trubisky on Wednesday: - Allen Robinson's return, his midseason self-review and more - Chicago Tribune - 5 things we learned about Mitch Trubisky on Wednesday include Allen Robinson's return, defenses adjusting to his running, his midseason self-review, his declining completion percentage and what he expects from the Lions defense.

Wiederer: Bears expect Khalil Mack to play against the Lions on Sunday - Chicago Tribune - Barring a setback, Bears outside linebacker Khalil Mack should be ready to return to action Sunday against the Detroit Lions. Mack, who has missed the last two games with a sprained right ankle, was part of Wednesday morning's walk-through and should be back on the practice field as well.

Biggs: Bears Q&A: Could Roquan Smith win Defensive Rookie of the Year? What does Kyle Long's future hold? - Chicago Tribune - The Tribune's Brad Biggs answers your questions - weekly.

Kane: Can the Bears beat the Lions on Sunday? Check the numbers. - Chicago Tribune - Here’s a look at the Bears by the numbers as they prepare to play the Lions on Sunday at Soldier Field.

Kane: Tight end Adam Shaheen on returning to Bears practice ‘It’s been a long time coming’ - Chicago Tribune - Bears tight end Adam Shaheen was set to practice Wednesday at Halas Hall for the first time since he injured his right foot and ankle in the Aug. 18 preseason game against the Broncos.

Potash: Mitch Trubisky, Matt Nagy, Bears following template of 2017 Rams, Sean McVay, Jared Goff - Sun Times - With upgraded weapons, Matt Nagy has provided the offensive boost the Bears were looking for — particularly with an aggressive mindset.

Finley: Bears' Khalil Mack, Allen Robinson practice in full, eye Sunday return vs Lions - Chicago Sun-Times - Even before Khalil Mack returned to practice Wednesday afternoon, Bears cornerback Prince Amukamara had a sense things had changed.


Five big questions for rest of season: No. 1 seed for Patriots? - - Will the road to Super Bowl LIII go through Kansas City or New England? Is this the year Philip Rivers finally returns to the playoffs and shines on the big stage? Jim Trotter explores five of the biggest questions for the final eight weeks of the regular season.


Matt Patricia really, really likes the Detroit Lions offensive line - Pride Of Detroit - The Lion head coach fawned over his offensive line on Wednesday.

78 percent of Detroit Lions fans want a new offensive coordinator - Pride Of Detroit - Jim Bob Cooter, meet the hot seat.

Lions Week 10 injury report: T.J. Lang has another new injury - Pride Of Detroit - The Lions right guard is ailing yet again.

Danielle Hunter named NFC Defensive Player of the Week - Daily Norseman - As a part of the defense that racked up a franchise-record ten sacks of Matthew Stafford on Sunday, Hunter led the way with 3.5 of them. In addition to that, he also had nine tackles, four quarterback pressures, and a fumble recovery that he took into the end zone for a 32-yard touchdown to put the game out of reach.

Packers have options for how to align their depleted secondary against the Dolphins - Acme Packing Company - Although it’s pretty clear who will be lining up in the Packers’ secondary on Sunday, the team could throw a bunch of wrinkles out in terms of how they line those players up.

Mike McCarthy likes Packers’ secondary personnel despite subtractions - Acme Packing Company - Green Bay’s head coach seems to be happy with the talent still in the room, but he has not let on about whether he supported Brian Gutekunst’s recent personnel moves.

APC Podcast, 11/7: Picking up the pieces after the Packers’ loss to the Patriots - Acme Packing Company - Zach and Ben break down yet another ugly loss and ask where the Packers go from here.

Schefter: Minnesota Vikings claim running back Ameer Abdullah off waivers - Daily Norseman - He was formerly with the Detroit Lions

Former Detroit Lions RB Ameer Abdullah claimed by the Minnesota Vikings - Pride Of Detroit - Ameer Abdullah won’t be leaving the division.


Infante: Bears’ injury issues clearing up at the perfect time - Windy City Gridiron - At the halfway point of the 2018 NFL regular season, the Chicago Bears are sitting in an advantageous situation. They currently lead the NFC North with a 5-3 record and coming off of a two-game...

Sunderbruch: The Bears Lack an Offensive Game Breaker - Windy City Gridiron - The Bears have had a good start to the season, but the offense is lagging behind the defense. Part of the reason is that they lack an exceptional playmaker.

Zeglinski: The Return of the Mack: Chicago Bears Khalil Mack returns to practice - Windy City Gridiron - The Bears re-welcomed their defensive star back to action on Wednesday.

Wiltfong's Chicago Bears Sackwatch 2017: Week 9 vs Buffalo Bills - Windy City Gridiron - Lester breaks down the lone sack allowed by the Bears this week...

Leming: Bears mailbag: First half reflection, Adam Shaheen’s return, upcoming free agents and is this a playoff team? - Windy City Gridiron - In this week’s mailbag, we’ll answer questions about Shaheen’s return, what the future holds for the Bears and who impressed in the first eight games.

Link's Chicago Bears Rush Report 2018: Week 9 at the Bills - Windy City Gridiron - The Bears finally gave me another 4-bagger of a Rush Report. I was starting to think that this job was going to get really boring without Khalil Mack to spice things up! Facing the lowly Bills can...


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