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Bear With Me: To Start or Not To Start?

On the latest episode of Bear With Me, Robert reflects on a hard-fought 49er win before previewing the upcoming game against the Vikings. He also addresses the biggest question hanging over the game: Do the Bears play their starters?

NFL: Chicago Bears at San Francisco 49ers Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

Merry Christmas WCG! I got you all a gift -- another podcast episode!

On this episode of Bear With Me, I start by reviewing the Bears’ game against the 49ers, highlighting a fantastic performance by the defense, a decent performance by the offense, and the overall impact that health has had on this team (1:15-12:50)

I highlight someone who’s been a surprising dud this season, as well as the true unsung hero of the Bears defense (12:50-15:00)

I lay out my thoughts on who I think the Bears should rest in Week 17 and why, detailing a moderately complex start-em/sit-em plan that maximizes offensive rhythm while safeguarding defensive health. This plan, if done correctly, should leave the Bears with every advantage come Wild Card weekend (15:00-19:30)

Then, assuming that the Bears and Vikings play all their starters anyways, I preview the upcoming divisional battle in full (19:30-22:50)

Finally I bring you up to speed on all of the happenings around the NFL, listing key takeaways from each Week 16 game (22:50-END)

Feedback rocks, so please provide it! Whether positive or negative, I want to make something that you want to listen to. Comments about length, content, anything you have an opinion on is welcome. Merry Christmas, and thanks for Bearing With Me!

P.S. I hope you got a Christmas gift as cool as what my wife got me —