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Game Preview: Chicago Bears – Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Da Bears Brothers Podcast - In this in-depth episode, the guys cover everything you need to know heading into the Chicago Bears' Week 4 game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Kane: 7 things we heard from Bears coordinators Thursday - Chicago Tribune - Bears coordinators Vic Fangio and Mark Helfrich talked about Mitch Trubisky's red-zone issues, Khalil Mack's attitude and more.

Biggs: As expectations change for Bears on the outside, they prepare for 'biggest football game in Chicago' since 2013 finale - Chicago Tribune - As the Bears enjoy success they haven't had in years, players say expectations inside the locker room remain the same. One Super Bowl champion, Danny Trevathan, doesn't mind talking about the playoffs as a real goal and another, newcomer Trey Burton, cautioned against thinking too far ahead.

Wiederer: 'We know what we're capable of:' Eddie Jackson emerging as respected leader of special Bears defense - Chicago Tribune - The Chicago Bears are embracing the continued emergence of second-year safety Eddie Jackson, a back-end playmaker who even has new teammate Khalil Mack singing his praises.

Bears questions and answers - Chicago Tribune - Bears burning questions: Chicago Tribune writers address key issues

Bear Download Podcast: Mitch Trubisky's struggles and previewing Bears-Buccaneers - Chicago Tribune - Welcome to the weekly Bear Download podcast with Rich Campbell and Dan Wiederer. Listen below or subscribe and listen on iTunes | Stitcher | Google Play Rich and Dan are in the Halas Hall basement to discuss the 2-1 Bears (1:07 mark), analyze Mitch Trubisky's cluttered mind (3:37), examine Matt...

Potash: Bears' Khalil Mack casts big shadow, but Akiem Hicks deserves his own star - Sun Times - it might be awhile before people recognize that while Mack is creating opportunities for Hicks, Hicks also is creating opportunities for Mack.

Bears coach Matt Nagy: WR Anthony Miller won't need shoulder surgery - Chicago Sun-Times - Kevin White, the Bears’ former first-round pick, figures to see increased playing time.

Jahns: Bears QB Mitch Trubisky's demeanor matters to Matt Nagy - Sun Times - Trubisky has been able to smile through his struggles.

Bears predictions: Week 4 vs. Buccaneers - Sun Times - The Chicago Sun-Times’ experts offer their predictions for the Bears’ Week 4 game Sunday against the Buccaneers:

Barnwell: How NFL teams could trade young QB starters and thrive - ESPN - What if NFL teams could have a cheap quarterback forever? It's not so crazy. And the Rams with Jared Goff might be the perfect guinea pig. Ken's Note: Trade top player for picks, see Khalil Mack.

Week Four: Bucs at Bears Game Preview - Da Bears Blog - I think Matt Nagy and the offense are going to come out a bit spiky this week. Celebrating in the locker room Sunday, Nagy owned the offense’s failings while praising the defense’s dominance. He won’t want to be in many more locker rooms like that one.

Hey, Sure, Why Not: Virginia McCaskey Is Firing the Bears Up - Bleacher Nation The Bears' - defense is playing with unrivaled swagger after getting inspiration for an unsuspecting source.

Gil Brandt believes Bears will make playoffs - - Of the 11 NFL teams that are currently 2-1, analyst Gil Brandt thinks that the Bears have the second-best chance of making the playoffs.

Mayer: 5 things we learned from Vic Fangio - - During his weekly media session Thursday, Bears defensive coordinator Vic Fangio discussed facing the NFL’s No. 1 offense, what he’s enjoyed most about coaching Khalil Mack and Eddie Jackson’s growth.

Kaufman: 3 key matchups in Bears-Buccaneers game - - When the Bears host the Buccaneers Sunday at Soldier Field, keep an eye on these three key matchups, including Bears center Cody Whitehair facing Tampa Bay defensive tackle Gerald McCoy.

Fans weigh in on Khalil Mack's dominance - - As part of our Wednesday weigh-in feature, we asked Bears fans to let us know what they think of how OLB Khalil Mack has played so far. Here are some of the responses we received.

Stankevitz: Bears’ ‘next man up’ mentality will be tested with Kevin Toliver II against Buccaneers’ receivers - NBC Sports Chicago - Prince Amukamara (hamstring) and Marcus Cooper (hamstring) both did not practice for the second consecutive day on Thursday, leaving a strong possibility undrafted rookie Kevin Toliver II will be in line to get plenty of playing time against the high-powered air attack of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Stankevitz: How much will Kevin White's role increase with Anthony Miller out? - NBC Sports Chicago - Kevin White should be in line for more snaps on Sunday with Anthony Miller reportedly out, but it may not be a significant uptick in playing time for the former first-round pick.

Letizia: Kyle Long’s Return to Form Lone Bright Spot for Struggling Offense - Da Bears Brothers Blog - Kyle Long is competing at a high level. His return to form has been a bright spot in an otherwise disappointing offense.

Joniak's Journal: Bears Defense Has Big Test Against Bucs - 670 The Score - The Bears (2-1) on Thursday were preparing for a matchup against the Buccaneers (2-1) this Sunday at Soldier Field. Here are the notes and observations of the day.First impressionWe learned more about how Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky handles down-to-down disappointment from offensive coordinator Mark Helfrich.

Eurich: Bears listed as 3-point favorites over Buccaneers - 247Sports - The Chicago Bears earned another victory in Week 3 and will head into Week 4 as a favorite for the third straight game. According to Bovada, the Bears are listed as 3-point favorites against the Tampa Bay Buccanneers this Sunday. This will be Chicago's second home game and last contest before their early bye in Week 5. The line initially opened at 1.5 points before the Buccaneers lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday Night Football.

Bears defense takes the magic from Fitzmagic - ESPN Video - NFL Live's Tedy Bruschi and Charles Woodson explain their picks for the Week 4 game between the Bears and Buccaneers.


Ravens DC warns against ‘NBA flop fest’ from QBs - - After Ben Roethlisberger admitted that he sold a roughing penalty called on Jason Pierre-Paul on Monday night, a division rival warned about letting Neymarian antics, such as Big Ben’s, fly.


Detroit Lions vs. Dallas Cowboys Week 4 injury report: Frank Ragnow limited with knee injury - Pride Of Detroit - A new injury pops up on the report, and it’s not a good one.

Aaron Rodgers practiced Thursday for Green Bay Packers - Acme Packing Company - It’s the quarterback’s first non-Saturday practice since Week 1 when he hurt his knee against the Bears.

If Andrew Luck can make all the throws, why hasn’t he done it yet? – ProFootballTalk - Colts quarterback Andrew Luck says that his surgically repaired throwing shoulder has healed well enough that he knows he can make all the throws. But his actions don’t match his words.


Link's 2018 Chicago Bears vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers Preview: What to Watch For - Windy City Gridiron - The Bears are on a roll, but will the swashbuckling Fitz-Magic prevent the Bears from a winning record heading into the bye or can Mack & Co. take the chest of booty for themselves?

Berkes: Five Questions with Bucs Nation - “I would still play Winston Sunday” - Windy City Gridiron - Ahead of Sunday’s showdown, we talk Fitzpatrick, Winston, Dirk Koetter, and all things Bucs.

Wiltfong: 3 out of 4 NFC North fans agree, the Lions are bad - Windy City Gridiron - Welcome to SB Nation FanPulse — a survey of fans across the NFL, powered by SurveyMonkey. Each week, we send 32 polls to 100+ plugged in fans from each team. Bears fans, sign up HERE to join...

Silverstein: Tyji Armstrong, a mother’s love, and the meaning of sports - Windy City Gridiron - Jack M Silverstein reflects on the mid-game death of an opponent’s mother, and the perspective it brought him.

FanPulse: Bears’ fans are the most confident in the NFC North - Windy City Gridiron - Welcome to SB Nation FanPulse — a survey of fans across the NFL, powered by SurveyMonkey. Each week, we send 32 polls to 100+ plugged in fans from each team. Bears fans, sign up HERE to join...

Householder's 2018 NFL Week 4 Game Preview: Chicago Bears vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Windy City Gridiron - A battle of 2-1 teams trying to establish themselves among the NFL’s good teams


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