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Here we are, deep in the heart of the bye bye bye week... but if you think I’m putting an NSYNC video in The Daily Spongie Special you are sadly mistaken...

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The Chicago Bears are exploring the use of pyrotechnics to add some explosiveness to their offense. Why not, nothing else seems to be working.
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THE DAILY SPONGIE SPECIAL

Here’s a shout out to our first responders, firefighters, EMS and everybody involved in saving lives when disaster strikes...

BEAR DOWN, CHICAGO BEARS, BEAR DOWN!!!!

BEARRRSSSS

Hoge and Jahns: The ‘No Excuses’ Episode, As Bears Hit The Bye - WGN Radio - Adam Hoge and Adam Jahns get together for the “No Excuses Epsiode”.

Chalk Talk: What’s latest with Trubisky injury? - ChicagoBears.com - Senior writer Larry Mayer discusses Mitchell Trubisky’s injury, the possibility of flip-flopping offensive linemen Cody Whitehair and James Daniels and the costly running-into-the-punter penalty against the Raiders.

Bears determined to turn loss into a positive - ChicagoBears.com - Self-scouting during the bye week, coach Matt Nagy is maintaining a positive attitude and vowing that the Bears will learn from last Sunday’s deflating loss to the Raiders.

Where recent Bears playoff teams stood at bye - ChicagoBears.com - With the Bears off this week, we take a look back at the adjustments made during the bye week the last four times the Bears made the playoffs.

The Range of Possible Return Dates for Akiem Hicks (Elbow) Is … Quite Vague - Bleacher Nation - Mum is the official word when it comes to the elbow injury suffered by Bears defensive lineman Akiem Hicks in last week’s loss to the Raiders. And the range of

5@5: Could Bears Let Mitchell Trubisky Go In 2020? - 670 The Score - The Mully & Haugh crew debates a five-pack of questions every weekday.

Bears Add Tyler Bray Back To Practice Squad - 670 The Score - Bray had been cut from the active roster Wednesday.

Chicago Bears will make the playoffs again despite shaky start - NFL.com - Adam Rank acknowledges this Chicago Bears season has seemed less enchanted so far than last year’s campaign -- but he still sees Matt Nagy’s crew reaching the playoffs in 2019.

Chicago Bears fan confidence plummets from offseason expectations - Pride Of Detroit - It’s still early in the season, but Bears fans have already come to realize their team isn’t as perfect as they thought.

Ha Ha Clinton-Dix to host his first Chicago charity event on Oct. 21 - Chicago Sun-Times - The proceeds will go toward the construction of a reading room at a to-be-named, low-income school in Chicago.

Packers’ hot start puts extra pressure on Bears coming out of bye week - Chicago Sun-Times - NFC North could slip away from them.

Chicago Bears Q&A with Brad Biggs - Chicago Tribune - The Tribune’s Brad Biggs answers your Bears questions weekly. This week’s mailbag has lots of questions about the underperforming offensive line and running game.

Review: Chicago Bears defense at the bye - Chicago Tribune - The timing of the Bears’ week off could be good and bad for a defense coming off its worst game of the season.

Bears GM Ryan Pace’s draft strategy is not working early in 2019 - NBC Sports Chicago - Ryan Pace traded away draft capital to move up and select Leonard Floyd, Mitch Trubisky, Anthony Miller and David Montgomery over the last four drafts. So far, those players haven’t made those moves worth it in 2019.

Bears at the Bye: Kyle Long headlines a brutal start for Chicago’s O-line - NBC Sports Chicago - The skill positions on the Bears offense have taken some heat this season, but the offensive line is also at the heart of the struggles.

Bears looking for more production from tight end group - SI - Trey Burton, Adam Shaheen and other Bears tight ends failing to deliver the big receptions anticipated from one of the team’s highest paid position groups

POLISH SAUSAGE

Want a good polish sausage? Hetman Deli on West Belmont - Some darned good sausages there on the north side, check em out if you are in the neighborhood.

Jamal Adams wins appeal of fine for hit on Mayfield - NFL.com - New York Jets safety Jamal Adams won his appeal of a $21,056 fine for his hit on Baker Mayfield in Week 2, NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reports. Appeals officer Derrick Brooks rescinded the fine.

KNOW THINE ENEMY

Detroit Lions Week 6 injury report: Davante Adams misses practice for Packers - Pride Of Detroit - The start Packers receiver could miss his second straight game.

Since 2016, Matthew Stafford has thrown more ‘dimes’ than all but 1 QB - Pride Of Detroit - Matthew Stafford is not afraid of tight windows.

Five good questions with Bleeding Green Nation - Daily Norseman - We ask our SB Nation Eagles site about this week’s game

20 Packers players appear on Week 6 Thursday injury report - Acme Packing Company - Aaron Rodgers leads an injury report that features 13 preferred starters.

Davante Adams says toe “doesn’t feel how I want it to feel at the moment” – ProFootballTalk - Packers receiver Davante Adams doesn’t sounds as if he will return this week. Adams hasn’t played or practiced since Sept. 27 because of turf toe. He remained out Thursday.

IN CASE YOU YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Householder & Berckes’ Best Bets: NFL Week 6, survivor league, spread, totals and more - Windy City Gridiron - The Bears are on their bye but our sharps are not.

Wiltfong: Nike drops the new React Element 55 Chicago Bears shoe collection! - Windy City Gridiron - Here’s where you can get the latest Chicago Bears shoe.

Snyder and Berckes’ Bears Over Beers: How the Bears Got Boiled in London - Windy City Gridiron - Chicago took their show on the road... and then forgot all their cues in the first half.

WCG CONTRIBUTORS BEARS PODCASTS & STREAMS

Windy City Gridiron Podcast Channel which includes Bear With Me from Robert Schmitz, Bears Over Beers featuring Jeff Berckes & EJ Snyder, and T Formation Conversation from Lester A. Wiltfong Jr.; Steven’s Streaming Twitch Channel from Steven Schweickert; and Robert Zeglinski’s The Blitz Network

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WCG CONTRIBUTORS BEARS PODCASTS & STREAMS

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