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The Bear’s Den, November 9, 2018

It’s Friday of Lions week, and time to get ready to RUMBLE at Soldier Field!

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NFL: Chicago Bears at Buffalo Bills
Chicago Bears tight end Trey Burton (80) runs past Buffalo Bills cornerback Phillip Gaines (28) after making a catch during the second quarter at New 
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Joniak’s Journal: Bears’ Khalil Mack Itching To Return To Action - 670 The Score - Mack has missed the last two games with an ankle injury.

Emma: With Pieces In Place, Mitchell Trubisky Faces Potentially Revealing Stretch Ahead - 670 The Score - ”I just feel like I have more command of the offense,” Mitchell Trubisky says.

Emma: Bears’ Allen Robinson Declares Himself 100 Percent - 670 The Score - The Bears will still manage Robinson carefully as he returns from a groin injury.

Bernstein: Bears’ 2018 Draft Class Looks Good So Far - 670 The Score - The Bears are receiving contributions from many rookies.

Gabriel: Bears Defense’s Midseason Report Card - 670 The Score - Chicago is fourth in scoring defense and fifth in total defense.

5@5: How Many Times Will Bears Sack Matthew Stafford? | 670 The Score - The Mully & Haugh crew debates a five-pack of questions every weekday.

Mayer's Chalk Talk: Which Bears deserve Pro Bowl consideration? - - Senior writer Larry Mayer discusses which Bears deserve Pro Bowl consideration, why some analysts have criticized Mitchell Trubisky and how the Bears will approach playing the Lions twice in 12 days.

Mayer: Robinson excited to return to game action - - Back at practice after recovering from a groin injury that sidelined him for two games, Bears receiver Allen Robinson is eager to return to action Sunday when the Bears host the Detroit Lions.

Week 10 Key Matchups - - When the Bears take on the Lions on Sunday, keep an eye out for these three key matchups, including cornerback Kyle Fuller against receiver Marvin Jones.

Mayer: Bears coaches offer their takes on key players - - With their season at the halfway point, Bears position coaches shared their insight on some of the team’s starters, including inside linebackers coach Glenn Pires discussing rookie Roquan Smith’s growth.

Medina: Hooray! That's Back-to-Back Days of Full Participation for Khalil Mack and Allen Robinson - Bleacher Nation - From a medical standpoint, things are pointing up for the Bears' best players.

Medina: Vic Fangio Doesn't Sound Convinced Khalil Mack is 100 Percent Ready to Go - Bleacher Nation - The Bears' defensive coordinator didn't seem too sure about Khalil Mack's playing status for this w

Week 9 Video Room: Mitch Trubisky is Starting to Take to Matt Nagy's Coaching - Bleacher Nation - The combination of Mitch Trubisky's talent and Matt Nagy's coaching could go a long way.

Week 10: Lions at Bears Game Preview - Da Bears Blog - Bears are 3-1 at home with a +52 point differential. Good teams in this league protect their home field and the Bears are starting to do just that.

Young: The Bears can 'go the distance' - ESPN Video - Steve Young reacts to the Bears' surprising success due to Mitchell Trubisky and believes they can be Super Bowl contenders.

Dickerson: Blocking out 'negativity' of social media has helped Mitchell Trubisky - ESPN - The extent of Trubisky's development in Year 2 has been a hot debate, but he's trying to tune out those who only know so much.

Finley: With Allen Robinson back, Bears get 'security blanket' for QB Mitch Trubisky - Sun Times - Allen Robinson said Thursday that he feels “100 percent” and that he “will definitely” play against the Lions at Soldier Field.

Jahns: Bears injury report: Bears were OK resting Khalil Mack, Allen Robinson vs. Jets, Bills - Sun Times - It’s not that the Bears defeated the Jets and Bills without Mack and Robinson; it’s that the Bears believed that they didn’t need them to. Think about that.

NFL Week 10 predictions: Bears vs. Lions - Sun Times - The Sun-Times’ experts offer their picks for the Bears’ Week 10 game Sunday against the Lions at Soldier Field, and it's not unanimous.

Wiederer: Coach K talks to Mike Ditka about Mitch Trubisky and the Bears ‘This is a really good football team’ - Chicago Tribune - Duke basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski interviewed former Bears coach Mike Ditka on his SiriusXM show "Basketball and Beyond" this week. Two legendary coaches with Chicago ties couldn't help but exchange thoughts on the 2018 Bears and young quarterback Mitch Trubisky.

Kane: Bears rookies at the midseason point - Roquan Smith's drive for perfection, James Daniels' coachability and more - Chicago Tribune - Ever since inside linebacker Roquan Smith signed his rookie contract after a 29-day holdout, the No. 8 overall pick in the NFL draft has made up for lost time with increasingly productive play over the first half of his rookie year. Other Bears rookies have made consequential contributions as well.

Biggs: The Mitch Trubisky divide - National pundits rip the Bears QB, while the team raves about him - Chicago Tribune - The Bears are coming off back-to-back victories and sit atop the NFC North, yet national pundits are crushing quarterback Mitch Trubisky. What's the major difference between the opinion of those at Halas Hall and those far away?

Kane: ‘Drastically’ improved St. Rita and NIU product Kenny Golladay meets the Bears as a key receiver for the Lions - Chicago Tribune - Kenny Golladay, a graduate of St. Rita High School, became quarterback Matthew Stafford’s leading receiver when the Lions traded Golden Tate to the Eagles on Oct. 30. His 33 catches for 523 yards over eight games are tops among the current roster.

Audio Mailbag: How Does Adam Shaheen Impact the Offense? (And More) - Da Bears Brothers Podcast - Da Bears Brothers provide another round of in-depth analysis on questions submitted by the fans in their weekly Audio Mailbag episode.

Stankevitz: Bears see Roquan Smith improving, but he’s not ‘there’ yet - NBC Sports Chicago - Roquan Smith played well last week, but the Bears need him to be better over the last half of the season.

Stankevitz: The Bears were right to let Cam Meredith go…and to draft Anthony Miller - NBC Sports Chicago - The Bears were criticized for letting Cameron Meredith sign with the Saints in April, but in November, that decision (and drafting Anthony Miller) looks like the smart move by Ryan Pace.

Many factors have contributed to Aaron Rodgers’ completion percentage – ProFootballTalk - Aaron Rodgers completed 65.2 percent of his passes in his first 10 years as a starter. He has a 64.8 career completion percentage and had a career-best 68.3 completion percentage in his first MVP season of 2011. But the Packers quarterback is completing a career-low 60.

Potash: Bears getting what they paid for in cornerback Kyle Fuller - Sun Times - Fuller, a first-round draft pick (14th overall) by Phil Emery in 2014, has four interceptions this season — tied for the most in the NFL.

Finley: Matt Nagy 'Nothing's really changed' for Bears WR Kevin White - Sun Times - The Bears’ return to health in their wide receiver room likely doesn’t bode well for Kevin White playing Sunday.

Finley: Mike Ditka and Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski talk Bears and playoffs - Sun Times - Mike Krzyzewski was enough of a Cohen fan to remember his alma mater, North Carolina A&T, and wonder aloud how small he was.


QB Index, Week 10: Previewing offseason QB market - - Will Jon Gruden stick with Derek Carr as his QB in 2019? What does the future hold for Jameis Winston in Tampa? Gregg Rosenthal previews the offseason QB market and updates his ranking of this season’s top 15 QBs.

Jets confirm Josh McCown will start on Sunday – ProFootballTalk - Josh McCown is set to make his first start of the season for the Jets on Sunday. Sam Darnold is injured and has been ruled out as the starter against the Bills, coach Todd Bowles said today. Bowles added, however, that it’s still possible Darnold could be active as McCown’s backup.

PFT’s Week 10 picks – ProFootballTalk - It’s getting a little tighter. With one disagreement last week, MDS cut the deficit through nine weeks to two games. His 9-4 performance, combined with my 8-5 showing, resulted in a season-to-date record for me of 85-49 (63.4 percent). MDS is 83-51 (61.9 percent).


NFL Week 10 picks against the spread, totals: Getting the business - Pride Of Detroit - Isn’t it all just swell?

Week 10 scouting report: Are the Chicago Bears for real? - Pride Of Detroit - The Bears are in first place and are a statistical nightmare. But are they real contenders this year?

Miscues are plaguing the Packers, just as they did in the slow start of 2006 - Acme Packing Company - In what may ultimately be Mike McCarthy’s last season as Green Bay head coach, his team is consistently missing similar opportunities in the first half of the year as it did in his first season at the helm.

Jon Gruden ‘liked what we did last time’ Raiders faced Chargers; a game they were blown out badly - Silver And Black Pride - Reeeaaally trying to find where the "good football" was in the last time these two teams met.

Householder: Detroit vs Chicago Betting Picks & Analysis Sports Bet Collective - The Bears have hit five wins by midseason for the first time since 2013. The Matt Nagy era is off to a good start and now the Bears have a chance to make some noise in their division with three-straight games against the NFC North.

No NFL fanbase has had a rougher 2 weeks than Detroit Lions fans - Pride Of Detroit - Let’s just say it: It sucks to be a Lions fan right now.


Curl's Five Questions with Pride of Detroit: Do Lions’ fans already hate Matt Patricia? - Windy City Gridiron - I sit down with POD’s Chris Perfett to discuss the upcoming clash of terrifying mammals at Soldier Field.

Mitchell's Cold Takes: A Look At Chicago’s Crushing Win Over Buffalo - Windy City Gridiron - Things look a bit different when you set emotions aside and go back and watch the tapes a couple of times...

Sliverstein: We need to talk about the Lions, again - Windy City Gridiron - The Bears have one win against the Lions since Lovie Smith. It’s a problem that will be corrected Sunday.

Houeholder's Week 10 Game preview: Chicago Bears vs. Detroit Lions - Windy City Gridiron - It’s time for the Bears to turn their attention to the division as they welcome in Detroit


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