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It’s turnaround day, we put the Arizona win behind us and move on to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers...

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NFL: Chicago Bears at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Chicago Bears outside linebacker Leonard Floyd (94) rushes as Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Cameron Brate (84) blocks during the second half at Raymond James Stadium.
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BEAR DOWN, CHICAGO BEARS, BEAR DOWN!!!!

BEARRRSSSS

Bernstein: NFL Has To Fix This Problem - 670 The Score - The roughing-the-passer rule is being applied in a ridiculous manner.

Gabriel: Why Bears' Offense Hasn't Lived Up To Expectations - 670 The Score - Mitchell Trubisky has struggled, but there's more to the Bears' troubles.

Shepkowski: Marveling At Khalil Mack's Early Performance - 670 The Score - In three games, - Khalil Mack has achieved what takes many a full season.

Emma: Khalil Mack Has 'Completely Elevated Everybody' On Bears Defense - 670 The Score - Khalil Mack has made a major impact through three games.

Eurich: Jonathon Mincy released by Bears - 247Sports - Jonathon Mincy is now looking for a new NFL team. The Chicago Bears announced on Tuesday afternoon they have released Mincy off their practice squad. Mincy's release means there should be another move coming soon with a new addition to the practice in the coming days.

Numbers Game: Jordan Howard can’t find room to run in Bears offense - Bears Wire - Jordan Howard is doing almost everything right, but he still can't find much running room in the Chicago Bears' offense. Here's why.

Bears film breakdown: Two red zone plays show where Bears need to improve, and how they can be effective - NBC Sports Chicago - Two plays ran in the red zone, two quarters apart, showed how far the Bears' offense has to go and how dangerous it still can be.

First and Final thoughts: Are the Bears really a playoff team? - NBC Sports Chicago - We're almost on to Tampa Bay.

Eddie Jackson, Akiem Hicks make Pro Football Focus Team of the Week - NBC Sports Chicago - Two members of the Bears' defense were recognized for their efforts in Arizona.

Tidwell's The Whole 9 Yards: Week 3 - Da Bears Brothers Blog - DeVante Tidwell shares his top takeaways and insight after the third week of the season.

Meet the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (with the Buc What Ya Heard Podcast) - Da Bears Brothers Podcast - Da Bears Brothers kick off their Week 4 preview by gaining a firsthand scouting report with everything you need to know about the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Hub Arkush: Things are looking up for Bears, but still much to improve - Daily Herald - Through the first three weeks of this season, there have been some remarkable performances from Khalil Mack, Prince Amukamara, and others worthy of our attention, and with a club whose arrow is pointing up but still has a lot of room to improve, it's time for all of us to get back to studying the tape and watching these guys grow.

Kane: Allen Robinson and Taylor Gabriel on Mitch Trubisky’s development - ‘We’re all in this thing together’ - Chicago Tribune - Bears wide receiver Allen Robinson wasn’t about to place the offense's development squarely on Mitch Trubisky on Tuesday at Halas Hall.

Wiederer & Campbell: As Bears defense legitimizes playoff hopes, how do Mitch Trubisky's growing pains fit the big picture? - Chicago Tribune - Mitch Trubisky's struggles are starting to erode the patience of a vocal segment of Bears fans who suddenly see him as the obstacle to playoff contention. In this week's Real Talk, Tribune reporters Rich Campbell and Dan Wiederer examine Trubisky in the big picture.

Campbell: 5 observations from re-watching the Bears' Week 3 win - Mitch Trubisky vs. pressure, a 'special' front seven and more - Chicago Tribune - Observations from re-watching the Bears' 16-14 win over the Cardinals include Mitch Trubisky's elusive search for winning moments, his struggles against pressure, Jordan Howard's low rushing average, the Bears' red-zone problems and dominant run defense.

Dowell Loggains had pushback from John Fox on play calls in 2017 - 247Sports - Most Chicago Bears fans were excited to see head coach John Fox get the boot after the conclusion of the 2017 NFL season. That also meant the entire offensive staff, including coordinator Dowell Loggains, was also let go by the team.

Mike Ditka Says Bears Are Special, But They Ain't The '85 Team - TMZ.com - Mike Ditka loves this Bears squad ... but he says it doesn't compare to his '85 team.

NFL Week 3 Grades: Redskins get an 'A' for thrashing Packers, Lions earn 'A+' for upset of Patriots - CBSSports.com - Here are the Week 3 grades for every team that played on Sunday. The Bears get a B.

Dannehy: The Bears Don’t Suck - Da Bears Blog - It’s dangerous to make any grand proclamations three weeks into a season. But the Bears win over the Cardinals was a great indicator that, at the very least, they don’t suck. Whether they’re actually good or not is still to be decided.

Medina: The Bears Have Some Dinged Up CBs, So They Hosted Sterling Moore for a Workout - Bleacher Nation - Two Bears cornerbacks dealt with hamstring issues last week, so the Bears brought in a free agent for a workout.

Medina: The Buccaneers Know Who Their Starting QB Will Be On Sunday, But They're Keeping it a Secret - Bleacher Nation - Jameis Winston knows. Ryan Fitzpatrick knows. Dirk Koetter knows. The Bears? Um, not so much.

Medina: Akiem Hicks and Eddie Goldman Have Formed the Best Run-Stuffing Front Line in Football - Bleacher Nation - Monsters on the front line.

Mayer: Nagy sees some positive signs from offense - ChicagoBears.com - Mitchell Trubisky and the Bears offense have experienced some growing pains in the first three games of the season, but coach Matt Nagy’s confidence in the young quarterback and the scheme hasn’t waned.

Lunch With Larry: 09.25.18 - ChicagoBears.com - Bears Senior Writer Larry Mayer talks defensive dominance, the continued growth of Mitchell Trubisky, and what to expect against Tampa Bay during his weekly Q&A with fans.

Kaufman: Fangio reflects on win, looks ahead to Bucs - ChicagoBears.com - Defensive coordinator Vic Fangio reflected on the team’s win over the Cardinals on the Bears Coaches Show on Monday night.

Rosenbloom: Which explodes first - The Bears’ offense or Mitch Trubisky’s head? - Chicago Tribune - The Bears defense is playoff-ready. The Bears offense is not. The Khalil Mack acquisition sped up the clock of expectations, which might not be fair, but tough. Now Matt Nagy’s offense has to pop before Mitch Trubisky’s head does.

QB Jameis Winston back with Bucs, but will he start against Bears on Sunday? - Chicago Sun-Times - Coach Dirk Koetter declined to say was whether Jameis Winston or Ryan Fitzpatrick would start Sunday.

Potash: Khalil Mack, Bears defense putting pressure on Mitch Trubisky, offense to produce - Sun Times - At the rate the defense is advancing, the heat is on Trubisky to avoid becoming Matt Nagy’s worst nightmare — an impediment to playoff contention.

Finley: Matriarch Virginia McCaskey preached confidence — and the Bears defense listened - Sun Times - “One of the things Mrs. McCaskey came in and said to us was that teams that won a lot of games around here were the most confident,” Akiem Hicks said.

Price: Mike Ditka says current Bears’ defense no comparison for ‘85 team yet - Sun-Times - The Hall of Famer is impressed with the current defense but won’t put it at the same level as the one he coached in 1985 yet.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Breaking down Raiders struggles to defend jet sweeps - Silver And Black Pride - Monday following the Raiders week three loss to the Dolphins, Jon Gruden addressed one of the major problems that has been plaguing the defense this season; the ability to defend against...

KNOW THY ENEMY

Vikings vs. Bills Week 3: Five Game-Changing Plays - Daily Norseman - Looking back at the most important plays from the embarrassing 27-6 home loss.

Packers will sign veteran CB Bashaud Breeland, per report - Acme Packing Company - With Davon House headed to IR, Brian Gutekunst signs a veteran.

Power rankings, Week 4: Packers don’t drop much after Washington loss - Acme Packing Company - Despite a disappointing loss in Washington, the Packers didn’t fall too far in SB Nation’s Week 4 power rankings.

NFC North Week 3 recap: Division suddenly up for grabs after chaotic week - Pride Of Detroit - Absolute chaos in the North.

Injuries: Buccaneers place Chris Conte (knee) on IR - NFL.com - Chris Conte’s rough night got worse less than 24 hours later. The Buccaneers safety has been placed on injured reserve with a knee injury, the team announced Monday.

Detroit Lions podcast: Recapping Week 3’s win over the New England Patriots - Pride Of Detroit - The PODcast crew is stunned and pumped

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Duerrwaechter: Chicago Bears waive Jonathan Anderson from IR, Jonathon Mincy from practice squad - Windy City Gridiron - Some minor adjustments have been made to the roster, leaving a spot open on the team’s practice squad.

Householder's Week 3 Stock up, stock down: Chicago Bears vs. Arizona Cardinals - Windy City Gridiron - The Bears won two in a row, but once again wasn’t very pretty

Wiltfong's NFL Week 4 Power Rankings: Let’s check in on the 1st place Bears - Windy City Gridiron - We take a peek around the internet to see how all the NFL Power Rankers are ranking the Chicago Bears.

Wiltfong: 10 Thoughts on the NFL - Windy City Gridiron - Lester heads around the league and shares a few thoughts about week 3.

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

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