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The last time the Bears played the Chargers, Zach Miller was the hero as Chicago beat San Diego. Four years is a long time.

Chicago Bears v San Diego Chargers
Zach Miller #86 of the Chicago Bears celebrates a touchdown reception against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium on November 9, 2015 in San Diego, California.
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THE DAILY SPONGIE SPECIAL

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

BEARRRSSSS

Know Your Foe: Bears-Chargers Storylines - 670 The Score - Danny Parkins of 670 The Score and Randy Kerdoon of KNX 1070 previewed the matchup.

670 Staff Predictions: Bears-Chargers - 670 The Score - Kickoff between the Bears and Chargers is set for noon Sunday at Soldier Field.

Emma’s Tailgater: Can The Bears Bounce Back? - 670 The Score - At 3-3, will the Bears regain their 2018 form or head for a disaster like in 2014?

5@5: What Do Bears Do If Trubisky Is Bad Again? - 670 The Score - The Mully & Haugh crew debates a five-pack of questions every weekday.

Haugh: Bears-Chargers Preview - 670 The Score - Desperation meets exasperation when the Chargers visit the Bears on Sunday at Soldier Field.

Can the Bears beat the Chargers on Sunday? Our writers make their picks. - Chicago Tribune - Can the Bears beat the Chargers at home on Sunday? Our writers make their picks.

Bears coach Matt Nagy has a lot of work to do on the team's psyche ahead of the matchup with the Chargers - Chicago Tribune - The Bears are 3-3, the same record they had in 2018 after six games. And similar to last season, a beatable opponent comes into Soldier Field. Rich Campbell and Dan Wiederer break down the matchup against the Chargers.

Game Preview: Chicago Bears - Los Angeles Chargers (Week 8) - Chicago Audible Podcast - In this game preview, The Chicago Audible crew discusses the details you need to know heading into the Week 8 matchup against the Los Angeles Chargers.

Why have the Bears regressed? An old NFL cliche provides an answer - NBC Sports Chicago - If you're not getting better, you're getting worse. It's an old NFL cliche, but one that applies to the 2019 Bears.

Don't worry, ESPN's First Take would be happy to discuss the Tom Brady-to-the-Bears speculation - NBC Sports Chicago - This is what seven weeks of underperforming gets you.

Bears failure to stay with QB 'plan' has left development pipeline empty beyond Trubisky - NBC Sports Chicago - If the early 2019 season has done nothing else, it has underscored the importance of having not only a quality backup quarterback, but also one ideally with upside.

'Laser-Focused' Mitchell Trubisky an Angry Young QB - SI.com - So what has all the condemnation from website gurus and internet game film boys done to Mitchell Trubisky as he prepares to face the Los Angeles Chargers? Apparently he's become an angry young man.

The Disappointment Bowl: Bears vs. Chargers - SI.com - The Bears are victims of heightened expectations.The Los Angeles Chargers are simply victims.

David Montgomery values victories over yards - ChicagoBears.com - David Montgomery doesn’t have gaudy statistics, but the Bears rookie running back is more concerned about team goals than individual accomplishments.

The Pick Is In: Chicago Bears vs. Los Angeles Chargers - ChicagoBears.com - Local and national NFL analysts make their pick for the Week 8 game between the Bears and Chargers at Soldier Field on Sunday.

When the Bears reach their crossroads Sunday, which way will they turn? - Chicago Sun-Times - It’s poetic that the Bears will take the field Sunday in jerseys the color of traffic cones.

Morrissey: How angry is Virginia McCaskey with Bears coach Matt Nagy now? - Chicago Sun-Times - It’s becoming more apparent by the minute that her general manager, Ryan Pace, was legally insane when he traded up to take the quarterback second overall in the 2017 draft.

Bears vs. Saints preview: Halas Intrigue Bears Report, Week 7 - Chicago Sun-Times - A look at what’s more troubling: Mitch Trubisky’s deteriorating play at quarterback or the defense’s two-week nose dive?

Digging deeper into the Chicago Bears’ offensive ineptitude - Chicago Tribune - What caused Mitch Trubisky to short-circuit on a simple option play last week? Just how bad has the Bears offense been before halftime? And did the Chargers’ loss to the Titans trump everything in terms of heartbreak?

Matt Nagy says the Bears will run more against the Chargers - Chicago Tribune - Matt Nagy vows that the Bears will run the ball more than seven times Sunday against the Chargers.

Allen Robinson is the best part of a struggling Bears offense. - Chicago Tribune - The deeper Allen Robinson gets into his strong second season with the Bears, the more he shows the fierce competitiveness that boils underneath his mature approach to the game.

POLISH SAUSAGE

QB Index, Week 8: Aaron Rodgers soars; Mitchell Trubisky sinks - NFL.com - Aaron Rodgers is just one of three NFC North QBs to land in the top 10 of NFL.com’s Week 8 QB rankings. What spot does the odd man out, Bears QB Mitchell Trubisky, hold? Hint: Scroll to the bottom.

KNOW THINE ENEMY

Chiefs vs. Packers: Five questions with the enemy - Arrowhead Pride - We welcome Acme Packing Company for answers to five questions about the Packers before Sunday night’s Week 8 matchup.

Patrick Mahomes out Sunday night – ProFootballTalk - It's surprising that this even needs to be said, but Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes will not play on Sunday night against the Packers. When Mahomes suffered a knee injury eight days ago against the Broncos, it appeared that he would miss multiple games, and there were even fears that he could...

Kirk Cousins concludes a stellar October – ProFootballTalk - Kirktoberfest has concluded, and it was a month to remember. Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins, embattled in the aftermath of a September 29 disaster at Chicago, has had a four-week run for the ages in Minnesota. Four games. Four wins.

Detroit Lions Week 8 injury report: Darius Slay out, Da’Shawn Hand in vs. Giants - Pride Of Detroit - The corner is set to miss another game with a hamstring injury.

Detroit Lions film breakdown: What J.D. McKissic can bring in Kerryon Johnson’s absence - Pride Of Detroit - Can the running back make use of an increased role?

Detroit Lions preview: Are the Giants as dysfunctional as they look? - Pride Of Detroit - We preview the Lions’ Week 8 opponent with our frenemies from Big Blue View.

A TED Talk, Week 8 - Daily Norseman - The Vikes won in prime time on a night they were out of sync at times. That’s the takeaway here.

IN CASE YOU YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

WhiskeyRanger & Berckes: Fantasy Football Forum Week 8 - Windy City Gridiron - Half-way point hulabaloo!

Wiltfong: Bears vs Chargers Injury Report - L.A. missing 2 defensive line starters - Windy City Gridiron - Here’s the full injury report for the Bears and Chargers.

Duerrwaechter: Tactical Thinking Bears vs. Chargers - Welcome to the A-Rob Show - Windy City Gridiron - Allen Robinson has been the Bears’ top playmaker on offense this season. This should continue this against the Los Angeles Chargers.

Zeglinski: Chris Tabor’s Bears special teams unit honors his mentor - Windy City Gridiron - In the middle of a tailspin, the Bears can rest their laurels on the third phase.

Wiltfong: I no longer have confidence in the direction of the Bears and I’m not alone - Windy City Gridiron - CHANGE MY MIND!

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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