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The Bear’s Den, December 26, 2018

It’s turnaround day, we put thoughts of San Francisco behind us and switch our attention to ending Minnesota’s season

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Minnesota Vikings v Chicago Bears
 Khalil Mack #52 of the Chicago Bears rushes against Kirk Cousins #8 of the Minnesota Vikings at Soldier Field on November 18, 2018 in Chicago
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2-Minute Drill: Trevathan delivers key interception - - The Bears defense has produced takeaways in clutch situations all season, and that was the case again Sunday when Danny Trevathan helped preserve a 14-9 win over the 49ers with a key interception.

Haugh: Being smart for the Bears means Matt Nagy balancing staying healthy with eliminating the Vikings — no simple task - Chicago Tribune - The reasonable expectation of the Rams romping over the 49ers puts the Bears in contingency planning mode for their regular-season finale against the Vikings.

Talarico; Chicago Bears Proved They Can Overcome Adversity in ‘Tough’ Road Win - The Chicago Audible Blog - This win may not have any playoff impact moving forward, but it proved this team can win on the road and overcome many different forms of adversity.

Neveau: Mitchell Trubisky Makes History in Bears Win Over 49ers - NBC Chicago - The Chicago Bears beat the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday afternoon, and quarterback Mitchell Trubisky made some history in the process.

Perez: Bears open as underdogs vs. Vikings in Week 17 - Bears Wire - The Chicago Bears are surprisingly big underdogs against the Minnesota Vikings in Week 17.

Mayer: 3 things that stood out in Week 16 win - - Senior writer Larry Mayer identifies three things that stood out in Sunday’s 14-9 road win over the 49ers, including another stellar performance by the Bears defense.

Mayer’s Chalk Talk: Could Long return vs. Vikings? - - Senior writer Larry Mayer discusses the likelihood of guard Kyle Long returning to action Sunday in Minnesota, if the Bears will hold anything back because they could play the Vikings in the playoffs and how many consecutive passes Mitchell Trubisky completed...

Campbell: 5 observations from rewatching Bears-49ers: Mitch Trubisky’s command of short throws, Roquan Smith’s blitzing and more - Chicago Tribune - 5 observations from rewatching Bears-49ers include Mitch Trubisky’s command of the quick passing game, the Bears’ team defense concept, Roquan Smith’s blitzing, trust in Allen Robinson and the risk of Trubisky running.

NFL playoff-clinching scenarios for Week 17 of season - - Here are the playoff-clinching scenarios for the final week of the 2018 regular season. The Baltimore Ravens, Philadelphia Eagles and Indianapolis Colts are among the teams battling for playoff spots.


NFL preseason picks - how did we do? - Our Turf Football - OTFB’s Dayna O’Gorman, Lisa Johnson and Kate Arhar remind you of their preseason picks to win each division in the NFL and compare them to who actually won!

Where will Mike McCarthy land? – ProFootballTalk - With multiple coaching openings coming and a Super Bowl-winning coach available immediately, one of the more intriguing stories in January will be the destination of Mike McCarthy.

Deshaun Watson closing in on NFL’s first 60-sack season since 2006 – ProFootballTalk - Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson is closing in on a statistical accomplishment he surely would rather avoid. Watson has been sacked 56 times this season, putting him within one average game of a 60-sack season. That’s extremely rare in the NFL.


Detroit Lions Week 16 report card: Lions dominate the trenches, fail everywhere else - Pride Of Detroit - Here’s a look at our grades for the Lions in Week 16.

Playoffs Start Next Weekend for Vikings - Daily Norseman - The Vikings got what turned into an easy win over the hapless Lions after getting off to an incredibly slow start offensively. And for all practical purposes, with the Eagles beating the Texans...

An ode to Davante Adams, the number one fantasy wide receiver - Acme Packing Company - In PPR leagues, Adams became the number one fantasy wide out by the end of week 16. He deserves all of your respect. Ken's Note: The number 1 WR's vacation starts in 5 days from this morning. Goodbye, Devante, have a nice offseason.


Kev H: 10 Thoughts on the NFL - Bears, Saints, Raiders, Rams and More - Windy City Gridiron - Thoughts about things going on in the National Football League, particularly intersecting with the Bears of Chicago. Also it’s Christmas.

Schmitz' Bear With Me: To Start or Not To Start? 49er Review, Vikings Preview, NFL Wrap Up - Windy City Gridiron - 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?


2 Minute Drill - Website - iTunes - Andrew Link; Steven’s StreamingTwitch – Steven Schweickert; T-Formation Conversation - Website - iTunes - Lester Wiltfong, Jr.; WCG Radio - Website - iTunes - Robert Zeglinski


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