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The Bear’s Den, December 19, 2018

The Bears have five Pro Bowl players, seven Pro Bowl alternates, and no Steven A. Smith links to view today (or ever)

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Jamaal Williams #30 of the Green Bay Packers is gang-tackled by (L-R) Kahlil Mack #52, Akiem Hicks #96, Roquan Smith #58 and Sherrick McManis #27 of the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field on December 16, 2018 in Chicago,
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NFL execs still laughing at Bears, who’ve descended into anarchy - NFL executives still have no clue what the Bears were thinking at the draft. The Bears pulled off the first — and most shocking — trade of the first round... Ken's Note: Now that three of those players the Bears took are Pro Bowler's or an alternate Pro Bowler, this story didn't age well. Helmet tip to CBIowaGuy for the link.



Emma: Bears’ Playoff Hopes Hardly Rest On Mitchell Trubisky’s Shoulders - 670 The Score - The Bears have the right formula for a postseason run.

Emma: 5 Bears Voted Into Pro Bowl - 670 The Score - Khalil Mack leads a group of five Bears players selected to the Pro Bowl.

Gabriel: Are Bears True Super Bowl Contenders? - 670 The Score - The Bears’ biggest roadblock to their big dream could be their playoff seeding.

Bears playoff tickets go on sale Thursday - Chicago Tribune - The Bears announced on Tuesday that playoff tickets for a wild-card or divisional game will go on sale to the general public at 1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 20.

Stankevitz: The Bears will deservingly be well-represented at the 2019 Pro Bowl - NBC Sports Chicago - The Bears had five players named to the 2019 Pro Bowl roster on Tuesday: Defensive lineman Akiem Hicks, outside linebacker Khalil Mack, cornerback Kyle Fuller, safety Eddie Jackson and returner Tarik Cohen.

Bears film review: A correct decision by Mitch Trubisky, but a wrong result - NBC Sports Chicago - The Bears were stopped on a third-and-three near midfield Sunday, but not because Mitch Trubisky made the wrong decision on an RPO.

Mayer: Five Bears players voted to Pro Bowl, seven more named alternates - Sun Times - Outside linebacker Khalil Mack, defensive tackle Akiem Hicks, cornerback Kyle Fuller, safety Eddie Jackson and return specialist Tarik Cohen have all been selected to represent the Bears in the Pro Bowl.

Chalk Talk: Did Rodgers record lowest passer rating? - - Senior writer Larry Mayer discusses whether Aaron Rodgers posted his lowest passer rating against the Bears Sunday at Soldier Field, the last time the Bears did not trail in a game against the Packers and why officials did not allow the Bears to snap the

Power rankings: Week 15 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 Week 15 of the 2018 season. See how the rankings have changed since the preseason.

Bears playoff tickets go on sale Thursday - - The Bears announced Tuesday that playoff tickets for a wild card game or divisional game will go on sale to the general public at 1 p.m. (CT) Thursday. Fans may purchase tickets through Ticketmaster online or by phone.

Medina: Hi, Five! Khalil Mack, Kyle Fuller, Akiem Hicks, Eddie Jackson, and Tarik Cohen are Pro Bowlers - Bleacher Nation - The NFC Pro Bowl team is loaded with members of the Chicago Bears.

Medina: Matt Nagy's Play-calling Offended the Football Sensibilities of a Packers Broadcaster - Bleacher Nation - The John Fox/Dowell Loggains run-run-pass-punt days are a thing of the past. Deal with it.

Dannehy: Mitch Trubisky, Warden of the North - Da Bears Blog - When the Bears needed life Sunday, second-year quarterback Mitch Trubisky stepped in. The strengths of the team were flailing. The defense was mid-collapse. The coach made numerous bone-headed calls. Throughout the third and early fourth quarters the Packers had all the momentum. They were going to steal the game. Everyone knew it.

Finley: Five Bears named to Pro Bowl - Sun Times - Tarik Cohen was joined by four teammates: outside linebacker Khalil Mack, cornerback Kyle Fuller, safety Eddie Jackson and defensive end Akiem Hicks

NFL reveals rosters for 2019 Pro Bowl in Orlando - - Kansas City Chiefs wunderkind Patrick Mahomes is among the starters for the 2019 Pro Bowl in Orlando, Florida. Check out the complete AFC, NFC rosters for the game.

Potash: Matt Nagy's steady hand has Bears primed for strong finish - Sun Times - In fact, the Bears are two games from becoming the first team in franchise history to not lose by more than seven points since the 1963 NFL Champions.

Price: Bears' 2019 playoff tickets go on sale Thursday - Sun Times - Tickets for the Bears' playoff opener will go on sale Thursday afternoon.

Finley: These 5 Bears could be elected to the Pro Bowl tonight - Sun Times - When the NFL announces its 88-man Pro Bowl roster at 7 p.m., the Bears figure to be well-represented.

Campbell: Akiem Hicks, Tarik Cohen among 5 Bears named to Pro Bowl, the team's most on the initial roster since 2012 - Chicago Tribune - Akiem Hicks, Tarik Cohen, Kyle Fuller, Khalil Mack and Eddie Jackson were the five Bears nominated to the Pro Bowl on Tuesday, the team's best representation on the initial roster since 2012.

Real Talk: Where we went wrong in underestimating the 2018 Bears - Chicago Tribune - After four consecutive last-place finishes, the Bears rose up, defied expectations and won the NFC North championship. Just how did Matt Nagy and his team put together this dream run? How big was Khalil Mack's impact? And is a run to the Super Bowl in play?

Campbell: 5 observations from rewatching Bears-Packers - Mitch Trubisky's clarity, Leonard Floyd's play speed, Anthony Miller's disappearance and more - Chicago Tribune - 5 observations from rewatching Bears-Packers include Mitch Trubisky's clarity in a bounce-back performance, Leonard Floyd's increased play speed, Tarik Cohen's burst, Anthony Miller's disappearance and Aaron Rodgers being off his game.


Falcons promote Jeremy Langford – ProFootballTalk - The Falcons have promoted a running back from the practice squad to fill the roster spot opened by Ito Smith’s move to injured reserve. Jeremy Langford is the new face in the backfield for Atlanta, which announced the move along with the official notification of the Smith transaction.

The Debrief: Pats, Rams among top teams slowing in December - - What’s up with Tom Brady’s Patriots and the other top teams that seem to be stumbling down the stretch? Gregg Rosenthal catches you up on what you need to know as we turn from Week 15 to 16.

Saints are best, Rams are worst in points allowed over last six games – ProFootballTalk - Halfway through the season, the Rams looked like the best team in the NFC behind Jared Goff, and the Saints next in line with Drew Brees leading the way.

Panthers’ Eric Reid Gets Selected For “Random” Drug Test For 7th Time In 11 Weeks - Daily Snark - This is clearly not random. Following the Panthers’ 12-9 loss to the Saints on Monday Night Football, Eric Reid walked into the locker room and found out that he was once again been selected for a drug test. This marks the seventh time in 11 weeks that Reid has been “randomly” selected by the NFL to be tested.


Bukowski: Chemistry was biggest driver of Aaron Rodgers’ struggles in 2018 - Acme Packing Company - When Rodgers threw to receivers he knew in 2018, his numbers look like the Rodgers we know. When he didn’t ... yikes.

Pettine making strong case to keep leading defense - Packers News - Mike Pettine is making a good argument that he should stick around on the next Green Bay Packers coaching staff.

Shanahan wants Gould back, DeForest Buckner a long-term Niner - 247Sports - Two of several important contract decisions that the San Francisco 49ers may soon deal with involve kicker Robbie Gould, who is due for free agency after the current season, and defensive lineman DeForest Buckner, with whom the team will soon be able to negotiate to a long-term extension. If 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan had his way, both players would remain part of the future in San Francisco next year and beyond.

49ers rookie Tarvarius Moore shows Kyle Shanahan he's 'not scared' - NBCS Bay Area - When Ahkello Witherspoon went down with a knee injury just minutes into Sunday's game, Tarvarius Moore was forced into action, and he met the challenge.

My 2 favorite parts of Richie James’ critical kick return for a touchdown [VIDEO] - Niners Nation - Seabass with a business decision, and Kyle Shanahan shows James some love.

49ers news: Team places Ahkello Witherspoon on injured reserve, signs DB Tyvis Powell - Niners Nation - The San Francisco 49ers placed cornerback Ahkello Witherspoon on injured reserve and brought back a familiar face for the secondary. The team announced they have signed defensive back Tyvis Powell...

49ers film breakdown: A potentially tank-worthy play was actually a well-designed play - Niners Nation - Not all tank-looking plays are elegant tanking.

49ers vs. Seahawks: Did Shaquill Griffin commit a penalty in overtime? - Niners Nation - The 49ers beat the Seahawks in overtime and there was some questionable officating. Let’s take a look at one of the (many) game-defining plays

49ers opponents 2019: Win over Seattle increases potential difficulty of next year’s schedule - Niners Nation - Exit NYG and DET, enter WAS and GB — for now.

Rendler-Kaplan: Packers fall to Bears, are eliminated from playoffs - Our Turf Football - OTFB's Lucy brings the sad news that the Green Bay Packers are eliminated from the NFL playoffs.

Rosenthal's The Debrief: Pats, Rams among top teams slowing in December - - What's up with Tom Brady's Patriots and the other top teams that seem to be stumbling down the stretch? Gregg Rosenthal catches you up on what you need to know as we turn from Week 15 to 16. Ken's Note: Trubisky bashing warning. Apparently 71% for 230 yards and 2 TDs with no interceptions & PR of 120.39 is "missing his share of throws." I call BS.

Penalty recap: Stats can’t tell the whole story in Buffalo Bills vs. Detroit Lions - Buffalo Rumblings - Despite low penalty stats nearly all around, yellow flags tipped the scales

Lions coach Matt Patricia: ‘We try to (bleeping) get better every week’ - - The Lions coach went on the Lions postgame show and displayed some of his frustration with the season.

Packers send RB Aaron Jones to injured reserve & sign WR Allen Lazard - Acme Packing Company - Green Bay also added a pair of practice squad players on Tuesday.

NFC North Rundown: Bears clinch division as Vikings stay in the Wild Card hunt - Acme Packing Company - With a win at home against Green Bay, Chicago earned its first division title since 2010.


Infante: Bears to send five players to 2019 Pro Bowl - Windy City Gridiron - This marks the most Pro Bowlers the Bears have had in a season since 2013.

Wiltfong: Welcome to Club Dub! - Windy City Gridiron - You can’t get into Club Dub, but you can rep some gear...

Schmitz: Bear With Me: NFC North Champs! Packers Review, 49ers Preview, NFL Wrap Up - Windy City Gridiron - On the latest episode of Bear With Me, Robert basks in the glory of an NFC North Championship, previews the upcoming game against John "Fleeced ‘Em" Lynch’s 49ers, and much more.

Zeglinski: Chicago Bears playoff tickets to go on sale Thursday - Windy City Gridiron - If you have an abundance of spare money and plenty of free time, this is for you.

Householder: Stock up, stock down - Chicago Bears-Green Bay Packers - Windy City Gridiron - The Bears are NFC North champs! Are there even three players that struggled?

Wiltfong's NFL Power Rankings: Chicago Bears moving up! - Windy City Gridiron - We look at a bunch of NFL Power Rankings so you don’t have to.

Wiltfong: Ten Thoughts on the NFL and the Bears - Windy City Gridiron - Get some of Lester’s Thoughts after an exciting week on NFL football!


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