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The Bear’s Den, December 13, 2018

It’s Packers week, and from the look of it, Akiem hicks is very interested in creating new memories with Aaron Rodgers

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Khalil Mack #52 of the Chicago Bears rushes against Andrew Whitworth #77 of the Los Angeles Rams at Soldier Field on December 9, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. This was not called a hold.
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Bears’ Allen Robinson Misses Practice With Hip Injury - 670 The Score - Robinson has 46 catches for 615 yards and four touchdowns this season.

Emma: Bears’ Mitchell Trubisky Sets Sights On Bouncing Back - 670 The Score - ”I just want to do a lot better for my team,” Trubisky said of his play.

Bernstein: Bears-Packers Loaded With Symbolism - 670 The Score - Sunday could officially mark a transition of power in the NFC North.

Emma: Bears’ Bryce Callahan Placed On Injured Reserve, Out For Year - 670 The Score - Callahan suffered a fracture in his left foot in a win Sunday.

5@5: How Much Will Bears Miss Bryce Callahan? - 670 The Score - On their daily 5 at 5 segment Wednesday morning, the Mully & Haugh crew debated another five-pack of questions.--- How much will the Bears miss injured cornerback Bryce Callahan?

Mayer: Bears driven by memories of Week 1 loss - - Failing to protect a 20-0 lead in a season-opening loss in Green Bay is serving as motivation for the Bears as they prepare for Sunday’s rematch. “We want to finish so we don’t have that feeling again,” said quarterback Mitchell Trubisky.

Roster Moves: Callahan to miss remainder of season - - The Bears on Wednesday placed nickel back Bryce Callahan on injured reserve with a foot injury and signed cornerback Marcus Williams to the 53-man roster.

Kaufman: Where Bears team, players rank in the NFL - - Take a look at where the Bears stack up both as a team and individually in the NFL rankings heading into their game against the Packers on Sunday.

9 questions to test your knowledge of Bears-Packers rivalry - - The Bears will host the Packers Sunday at Soldier Field. How much do you know about the two teams? Take this nine-question quiz to test your knowledge.

Medina: The NFL Announced Salary Cap Projections and It Looks Like the Bears Have Some Wiggle Room - Bleacher Nation - The Bears have some important decisions to make next year and they'll have a little more cap space than expected once they start going about their business.

Medina: Allen Robinson (Hip) Missed Practice, But is the Only Bear on the Injury Report - Bleacher Nation - Allen Robinson (hip) didn't practice on Wednesday and we're hoping it's just a veteran's day off.

Medina: A Three-INT Game Has Mitch Trubisky Re-Working His Footwork/Mechanics - Bleacher Nation - It's back to work for QB1, who needs to refine his mechanics after a two-week layoff.

Medina: Kyle Fuller Wants to End Aaron Rodgers' Interception-less Streak This Sunday - Bleacher Nation - Kyle Fuller is out seeking redemption in the form of an Aaron Rodgers interception.

Hughes: Aaron Rodgers, Soldier Field & An Opportunity To Become Champions - Da Bears Blog - Aaron Rodgers has dominated the Chicago Bears. This is a fact that does not require statistical, analytical or anecdotal support. It’s as common knowledge a statement as Nazis are bad people, Roy Scheider was criminally underrated in the 1970s and a Saturday night on the Guinness makes my apartment smell decidedly worse Sunday morning.

Dickerson: Chicago Bears CB Bryce Callahan has broken left foot, placed on IR - ESPN - Bears cornerback Bryce Callahan, who had two interceptions and two sacks this season, will have surgery for a broken left foot and has been put on injured reserve.

Kane: Can the Bears beat the Packers on Sunday? Check the numbers. - Chicago Tribune - Here’s a look at the Bears by the numbers as they prepare to host the Packers on Sunday at Soldier Field (noon, Fox-32).

Campbell: Bears playoff picture - Week 15 scenarios and your guide to scoreboard watching (and rooting) - Chicago Tribune - The Bears can wrap up the NFC North title Sunday with a victory against the Packers or a Vikings loss to the Dolphins. They can clinch at least a wild-card berth if the Redskins lose to the Jaguars.

Rosenthal: Cody Parkey got a police escort to practice at Soldier Field. But why stop there? - Chicago Tribune - Cody Parkey didn’t need a police escort to clear out traffic and speed his trip from Lake Forest’s Halas Hall to Soldier Field. Ken's Note: Can any of those officers kick? If so, let's do a tryout!

Stankevitz: Focused on himself, Mitch Trubisky isn’t here to talk about Brett Favre or Aaron Rodgers - NBC Sports Chicago - Mitch Trubisky shot down questions about Green Bay's current and former quarterbacks on Wednesday, preferring to focus on himself and an important challenge this weekend.

Under Center Podcast: Talking through the Bears’ playoff scenarios - NBC Sports Chicago - JJ Stankevitz, John “Moon” Mullin and Cam Ellis look at the best and worst-case scenarios for the Bears in the first round of the playoffs, and wonder if Mitchell Trubisky will be up to the task of putting the final nail in the Packers’ playoff coffin.

Ellis: With Bryce Callahan going on IR, Sherrick McManis will get his moment in the spotlight - NBC Sports Chicago - The good news for Chicago is that he's is having one of his best seasons.

Film breakdown - Why the Bears' sudden change defense could key a deep playoff run - NBC Sports Chicago - While the Bears' offense remains under construction, their defense has only allowed 40 points off 20 turnovers this year -- and only allowed three off three turnovers against the Rams on Sunday.

Packers at Bears odds: Betting line has Chicago as nearly touchdown favorite | NBC Sports Chicago - Coming off of a huge victory over the Los Angeles Rams, the Bears are favored by six points over the Packers for Week 15, according to Vegas Insider.

First and Final Thoughts: A chance to seal it at Soldier - NBC Sports Chicago - We're almost on to Green Bay.

Farrar: Can Bears defensive coordinator Vic Fangio become the NFL’s next great head coach? - Touchdown Wire - At age 60, it might be Vic Fangio's time to be a head coach.

Sidel: Packers fan takes Bears to court, 'trying to smack them down' - Sun Times - Russell Beckman, a die-hard Packers fan, is battling with the Bears over his right to wear Packers gear during pre-game warm-ups at Soldier Field. Ken's Note: There's a reason we start our open threads with a traditional statement... people like this jerk wasting our court's time with crap like this.

Kenney: Bears surprise 13-year-old in remission from rare bone cancer - Sun Times - The Bears surprised a 13-year-old in remission and his family with the ultimate behind-the-scenes tour of Halas Hall.

Kenney: Rams' Aaron Donald on Bears' Khalil Mack 'He's a hell of a football player' - Chicago Sun-Times - Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald praised Bears outside linebacker Khalil Mack.

Price: Marcus Williams signs with Bears to help shore up secondary - Sun Times - The Bears added Williams, a former cornerback with the Jets, Texans and Buccaneers, to help their secondary with Callahan out for the season.

Finley: 'A big loss for us' — Bears CB Bryce Callahan out for year with broken foot - Sun Times - Bears cornerback Bryce Callahan won't return from a broken left foot this season, coach Matt Nagy said Wednesday.

Telander: Forget the records, fans, Aaron Rodgers always poses a problem for Bears - Sun Times - Even though the Packers have injuries and weaknesses in their lineup and a sudden coaching change, they are not a toasted team.

Campbell: 5 things we heard about Mitch Trubisky on Wednesday - His inaccuracy vs. the Rams, improved decision-making and more — including that 'Favre' nickname - Chicago Tribune - 5 things we heard Wednesday about Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky included the root of his inaccuracy against the Rams, his improvement in making decisions on run-pass option plays, his aversion to an old nickname, how a running game helps him and the importance of finishing strong.

Wiederer: Which Bears will earn Pro Bowl invites? The case for — and against — 7 players. - Chicago Tribune - The Bears should be well-represented when Pro Bowl invitations are given out next week. So just what are the prospects for Khalil Mack, Akiem Hicks, Eddie Jackson, Kyle Fuller, Tarik Cohen, Danny Trevathan and Eddie Goldman? We take a deeper look.

Kane: Bears cornerback Bryce Callahan out for the season with broken left foot - 'That's a big loss for us' - Chicago Tribune - Bears slot cornerback Bryce Callahan needs surgery on his broken left foot and will go on injured reserve, coach Matt Nagy said Wednesday.

Biggs' Bears Q&A: What's up with Mitch Trubisky's accuracy? Could Vic Fangio coach the Packers? What's the preferred playoff path? - Chicago Tribune - Brad Biggs answers your Bears questions weekly. How many players will get Pro Bowl honors? Will the broken foot affect Bryce Callahan's contract status? Did the cold bother the Rams? What is the preferred playoff path? Plus much more.

Potash: Bobby Massie regrets inadvertently bumping line judge - Sun Times - “I was running a little late, a little behind everybody else and tried to get on the field. I didn’t even see the guy."

Jahns: Reliable ground game only will help Bears QB Mitch Trubisky - Sun Times - Bears running back Jordan Howard ran for 101 yards against the Rams. Its production the team needs.

Potash: Loss to Packers gives Bears chance to show how far they’ve come - Sun Times - But more importantly, the Bears are 13 weeks older. Matt Nagy, Mitch Trubisky and the offense are 12 games further invested in their development.

Finley: Bears QB Mitch Trubisky 'focused on the wrong things' Sunday - Sun Times - In his first game back after missing two starts with a right shoulder injury, Mitch Trubisky was too eager to be playing again.


NFL draft headed to Las Vegas in 2020 - - The NFL announced Wednesday that Las Vegas will host for the 2020 draft -- the first time the city has ever hosted the event.

Saints release Brandon Marshall after one month - - Though we never saw him on the field in a game, Brandon Marshall was, for a month, a New Orleans Saint. That ended Wednesday when the Saints released the veteran receiver.

NFC Playoff Picture: Who will end up snagging the No. 6 seed? - - The NFC playoff picture is pretty clear when it comes to the top five seeds, but which team will end up snagging the second wild-card slot? Jeremy Bergman ranks the contenders for the No. 6 seed.

Unpopular Opinions: Dallas Cowboys overvalue Dak Prescott - - While the surging Cowboys are the toast of the NFL at the moment, Adam Rank cuts through the noise to deliver a warning to the team about overvaluing Dak Prescott.


Vic Fangio is a great coach, but not a fit to be Packers next head coach - Acme Packing Company - Green Bay had interest in Fangio after firing Dom Capers last year and the Bears defense has been awesome this season, but that’s not the way to push this team forward.

NFL has an ideal opportunity to send Packers to London in 2019 but might not take it - Acme Packing Company - With the league’s announcement of the home teams for next year’s games, it seemed a perfect time to get Green Bay to the UK. But the NFL may still screw it up anyway.

Householder: Green Bay vs Chicago Betting Picks & Analysis - Sports Bet Collective - The Bears are coming off their biggest win in years after shutting down the Rams on Sunday Night Football. Now, they still have to win to clinch a playoff berth, but the path has become much easier. The Packers on the other hand, showed that they are rebounding after firing Mike McCarthy and rallying with Joe Philbin to beat the Falcons at Lambeau.

Todd McShay mock draft 1.0: Detroit Lions select top pass rusher Josh Allen - Pride Of Detroit - The Lions nab one of the top defensive prospects in the newest mock by Todd McShay.

Detroit Lions offensive line coach Jeff Davidson ranked dead last coaching value - Pride Of Detroit - The Lions offensive line coach doesn’t exactly have a great resume.

The Vikings once again have a chance at playing outside of the United States - Daily Norseman - The host teams for the 2019 International Series were announced today

Packers’ third-down execution highlighted Joe Philbin’s first game of playcalling - Acme Packing Company - For just the second time all season, the Packers converted third downs above a 50% clip without drastic changes to the offense.


Duerrwaechter: Eddie Goldman the unsung hero of Chicago Bears’ defense - Windy City Gridiron - In football, life in the trenches can truly go unappreciated. For every sack, strip sack, tackle for loss, and other big plays; the big men on the defensive line are doing the dirty work. It’s always a treat when the big nasties get their crack at a big play; yet from my experience and observations, some of the biggest plays aren’t shown in the highlight film.

Schmitz: New Podcast! Bear With Me: Episode 6 - Windy City Gridiron - Hey WCG! My name is Robert Schmitz, but you may (or may not) know me as Joker28. A lurker through college that started commenting roughly two years ago, it’s been a dream of mine to contribute to the site in a meaningful way since about a year ago. Therefore, without further ado, I couldn’t be more excited to debut Week 14 of my podcast (Bear With Me) on the Windy City Gridiron podcast channel!

Wiltfong: Chicago Bears Sackwatch 2018: Week 14 vs. Los Angeles Rams - Windy City Gridiron - The sack allowed this week by the Bears is not what you thought when watching it live.

Householder: Chicago Bears sign Marcus Williams, place Bryce Callahan on IR - Windy City Gridiron - The North Dakota State product was most recently with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Leming's Bears mailbag: Should we be concerned about Mitchell Trubisky? Clinching the division against the Packers, The first draft question of the year and more. - Windy City Gridiron - A win against the Los Angeles Rams? A chance to clinch the division against the Packers? Week 15 is shaping up to be an early Christmas gift!


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