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The Bear’s Den, October 1, 2019

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The Chicago Bears hope to get some players back from injury this week as they prepare for a trip to London

Minnesota Vikings v Chicago Bears
Khalil Mack #52 of the Chicago Bears in action in the third quarter against the Minnesota Vikings at Soldier Field on September 29, 2019 in Chicago
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BEAR DOWN, CHICAGO BEARS, BEAR DOWN!!!!

BEARRRSSSS

Vontaze Burfict Won’t Be Facing the Bears This Week (Or Any Other Team For a Long Time) - Bleacher Nation - One of football’s most ferocious pass-rushers won’t be squaring off against the Bears this week. Raiders pass-rushing outside linebacker Vontaze Burfict has

Bears’ Nagy - LB Roquan Smith out for ‘personal issue’ - ESPN - Bears head coach Matt Nagy says that Roquan Smith’s deactivation is a result of a “personal issue.”

Source: Trubisky will return without surgery - ESPN - Mitchell Trubisky suffered a dislocated shoulder but will not require surgery and will return to the team sooner rather than later, a source told ESPN.

Emma: Observations From Bears-Vikings - 670 The Score - Chase Daniel’s comfort in Matt Nagy’s offense was clear in the Bears’ 16-6 win.

A motivated Khalil Mack sounds ready to put on a show against his former Raiders team | NBC Sports Chicago - Brace yourself, Jon Gruden and Co.: Khalil Mack is coming.

Vikings vs. Bears: Coolest Stats of The Game - NBC Chicago - The Chicago Bears’ win over the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday was a hard-earned one, as the team lost quarterback Mitchell Trubisky to injury and had to play without three key defensive stars, including Roquan...

Bears earn the A for excelling when it was least expected - SI.com - Critical injuries did nothing to deter their game plan against Vikings.

Hoge: Daniel, Shorthanded Bears Rise Up, But Offense Still Needs to Improve — With Trubisky - WGN Radio - Paul Allen, the very entertaining and blunt radio voice of the Minnesota Vikings, delivered a brilliant call in the third quarter Sunday that perfectly summed up what the shorthanded Bears were doing to the Vikings as they thoroughly beat their divisional rival 16-6 at Soldier Field.

Hoge and Jahns: Week 4 Postgame Show: Bears 16, Vikings 6 - WGN Radio - The Bears took advantage of a huge opportunity Sunday afternoon when they beat the Minnesota Vikings 16-6 in front of the Soldier Field faithful. Since the Lions and Packers had both already lost, a win against Minnesota would mean the Bears were the only NFC North team to get a mark in the "W" column for this week. But it wasn't all good...

The Hamp & O’B Show with Koz (9/29/19): Bears vs Vikings Full Post Game Show - WGN Radio - Dan Hampton, Ed O’Bradovich and Glen Kozlowski along with Mark Carman give you their reactions after a Trubisky-less Bears are victorious 16-6 over the Minnesota Vikings.

The Hamp & O’B Show with Koz (9/29/19): Quick Bears vs. Vikings reaction - WGN Radio - Dan Hampton, Ed O’Bradovich and Glen Kozlowski along with Mark Carman give you their initial reactions after a Trubisky-less Bears’ 16-6 victory over the Minnesota Vikings at Soldier Field…

3 things that stood out in Week 4 win - ChicagoBears.com - Senior writer Larry Mayer identifies three things that stood out in the Bears’ 16-6 win over the Vikings Sunday, including impressive performances by several key reserves.

They Said It: Week 4 - ChicagoBears.com - In the aftermath of the Bears’ 16-6 win over the Vikings, here’s what writers around the country are saying about the team.

Inside Slant: ‘Next man up’ mentality pays off for defense - ChicagoBears.com - With three starters out, the Bears' defense delivered its best performance of the season. Depth and culture made the difference.

The best photos from the Bears’ 16-6 win over the Vikings in Week 4 - Chicago Tribune - The Bears improved to 3-1 on Sunday by beating the NFC North-rival Vikings 16-6 at Soldier Field. Here are the Tribune's best photos from the game.

‘All right, let’s roll’: Chase Daniel ’didn’t miss a beat’ in helping the Bears to a Week 4 win over the Vikings - Chicago Tribune - Chase Daniel, the veteran backup quarterback of 10 NFL seasons, swears he felt no nerves when he stepped in for Mitch Trubisky on Sunday.

Rozner: Bears' Daniel looks the part in win over Vikings - Daily Herald - It's only one game, but for a day it looked like the Bears had an NFL quarterback. That was nice for a change.

Bears lose Trubisky, survive with 16-6 win over Vikings – The Rock River Times - Chase Daniel came through in relief after Mitchell Trubisky got knocked out of the game on the opening possession, and a banged-up defense dominated again for the Chicago Bears.

Talarico: Five Takeaways from the Chicago Bears Win Over the Vikings - Chicago Audible Blog - The Chicago Bears took down a divisional foe at home while shorthanded. Here are five takeaways from the Bears' third win of the season.

Mitch Trubisky has 'slight labrum tear,' expected back 'sooner than later' - NBC Sports Chicago - Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky reportedly has a slight labrum tear in his non-throwing shoulder.

Evasive Matt Nagy sticks to 'personal issue' regarding Roquan Smith's murky situation - NBC Sports Chicago - Matt Nagy evaded numerous questions about Roquan Smith's sudden, mysterious absence from Sunday's game, sticking to saying his star inside linebacker missed the game due to a "personal issue."

Akiem Hicks and Kyle Long both almost played on Sunday, a good sign for the Bears' Week 5 game in London - NBC Sports Chicago - The Bears continue to be cautious when it comes to bringing their guys back.

Stankevitz: The Bears proved Sunday they have the NFL's best defense, again - NBC Sports Chicago - And the sense inside a jubilant locker room at Soldier Field Sunday was that they're just getting started.

Matt Nagy won't commit to resting injured QB Mitch Trubisky just yet - NBC Sports Chicago - Matt Nagy didn't confirm ESPN's report about Mitch Trubisky's injured shoulder, saying Monday the Bears are still working through what to do with their banged-up quarterback.

Mitchell Trubisky doubtful to face Raiders in London - NFL.com - NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported that it's doubtful Mitchell Trubisky will play this week in London against the Raiders. The Bears QB exited Sunday's game with a left shoulder injury.

Mitchell Trubisky will go to London, but won’t play – ProFootballTalk - All things considered, the news could have been a lot worse for the Bears. According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, quarterback Mitchell Trubisky should be back "sooner rather than later" after his left shoulder injury Sunday.

Bears coach Matt Nagy deflects 12 questions on absent LB Roquan Smith - Chicago Sun-Times - The story continues to mushroom on the Bears, who aren’t giving any clarity on why one of their top players is in question.

Bears QB Mitch Trubisky will go to London, is unlikely to play: report - Chicago Sun-Times - Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky has a dislocated left shoulder and a torn labrum, according to ESPN.

Bears’ Roquan Smith, Mitch Trubisky still in question for Raiders game - Chicago Sun-Times - Matt Nagy says no decision has been made on either player and wouldn’t commit to Smith traveling to London this week.

Halas Intrigue Bears Report: Breaking down Week 4 victory over Vikings - Chicago Sun-Times - Mitch Trubisky exits after the first series, Chase Daniel keeps the offense afloat and the defense dominates as Bears improve to 3-1.

Brad Biggs’ 10 thoughts on the Chicago Bears’ 16-6 win over the Minnesota Vikings in Week 4 - Chicago Tribune - 10 thoughts after the Chicago Bears won their third straight game, pummeling quarterback Kirk Cousins for six sacks in a 13-6 victory over the Minnesota Vikings Sunday at Soldier Field.

Mitch Trubisky reportedly dislocated his left shoulder and slightly tore his labrum. But Matt Nagy wouldn’t confirm that or the QB’s status against the Raiders. - Chicago Tribune
Mitch Trubisky won't play against the Raiders, ESPN reports, but Matt Nagy would not confirm any details of his injury or status Monday.

Bears’ local TV ratings are up 9% compared to last year — and the Cubs get some of the credit - Chicago Tribune - With their victory over the Vikings, the Bears demonstrated the only thing nearly as formidable as their defense is their hold over Chicago TV viewers.

Bear Download podcast: The Bears’ Week 4 win was an impressive flex. Up next: A trip to London. - Chicago Tribune - The Bears’ 16-6 win over the Vikings was an impressive top-to-bottom flex by a dominant defense and a handful of backups on both sides of the ball. Rich and Dan break it down from the press level at Soldier Field.

‘See you Sunday, bro’ — Bears’ Danny Trevathan motivated by Vikings coach - Chicago Sun-Times - Vikings coach Mike Zimmer was asked last week about it being difficult to play at Soldier Field.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Bradley Chubb tore his ACL Sunday – ProFootballTalk - Little has gone right for the Broncos through the first four weeks of the regular season and they got another piece of bad news on Monday. Linebacker Bradley Chubb left Sunday’s loss to the Jaguars for a brief period after being injured, but was able to return before the game is over.

KNOW THINE ENEMY

Week 4 snap counts vs Colts: Raiders spend nearly entire game in nickel defense - Silver And Black Pride - You figure if you’re facing a team like the Colts which has a dominant offensive line and whose rushing attack is one of the better in the NFL that the Raiders would load up to stop the run. But...

Raiders week four report card: Ground game leads the way - Silver And Black Pride - The Raiders got their record back to .500 today with a 31-24 road win against the Indianapolis Colts. The Colts were with out a few key starters including three on defense but a win is a win in...

Detroit Lions injury update: T.J. Hockenson not being placed on IR - Pride Of Detroit - The Lions rookie tight end won’t be headed to IR, per Adam Schefter.

Detroit Lions Week 4 report card: High marks for Stafford, DBs not enough vs. Chiefs - Pride Of Detroit - Passing out grades for the Lions’ 34-30 loss to the Chiefs.

Cowboys will likely be without LT Tyron Smith in week 5 against Packers - Acme Packing Company - This sets up well for the Packers’ talented defensive front this weekend.

Matthew Stafford outdueled Patrick Mahomes - Pride Of Detroit - Yes, it was a loss, but Stafford was undoubtedly the better quarterback on Sunday.

What will the Vikings do with Kirk Cousins? – ProFootballTalk - Sunday's game confirmed for everyone what many suspected: For Kirk Cousins, those "You Like That?!?" moments are too few and too far between. For the Vikings, who have Cousins under contract for another 28 games, the question is whether they like that enough to keep paying him.

Adam Thielen on offense: You have to be able to throw - NFL.com - The Chicago Bears defense not only shut down the Vikings rushing game, it clearly frustrated Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen, who caught just two passes for six yards.

Stock Market Report: Bears - Daily Norseman - The Vikings started today with a chance to move into a tie for first place. They ended the day in last place.

Vikings Out-Coached, Out-Performed by Bears: Game Notes - Daily Norseman - The Vikings got dominated on Sunday afternoon

Raiders LB Vontaze Burfict suspended for rest of season for illegal hit on Jack Doyle - Silver And Black Pride - That hit Vontaze Burfict laid on Colts tight end Jack Doyle initially just drew a flag. It was clearly illegal as Burfict lowered his helmet into the side of Doyle’s helmet. Soon, there was more...

Bears QB Mitch Trubisky has dislocated shoulder, unlikely to play vs Raiders - Silver And Black Pride - Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky hasn’t been lighting the world on fire, but he is still a starting NFL QB and he likely won’t be taking the field for the Bears next Sunday when they face the R...

IN CASE YOU YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Infante: Mitchell Trubisky has dislocated shoulder, doubtful vs. Raiders - Windy City Gridiron - Trubisky suffered the injury on Sunday against the Vikings.

Wiltfong: Bears’ backups wreck the Vikings - Windy City Gridiron - Lester gives his thoughts on the game, plus he shares the complete playing time breakdown, and spotlights a few individual and team statistics from the Chicago Bears in their 16-6 victory against the Minnesota Vikings.

Game Notes: Bears lock down Vikings for 16-6 victory - Windy City Gridiron - Even without the starting quarterback, the Bears picked up a crucial divisional win to improve to 3-1.

Schmitz & Snyder: Reacting to a big Chicago Bears vs Minnesota Vikings win (With EJ Snyder) - Windy City Gridiron - In the latest episode of Bear With Me, Robert S. enlists the help of WCG’s lead draft analyst, EJ Snyder, to comb through the ins and outs of the Chicago Bears’ big win over the Minnesota Vikings.

Leming - Chicago Bears Game Balls after a dominant divisional win at home in Week 4 - Windy City Gridiron - Much like head coach Matt Nagy, we found it hard to hand out a select few game balls after a massive Week 4 win!

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