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The Bear’s Den, October 9, 2019

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We move into the heart of the bye week with the news that the Doinkmaster has returned to the NFL

Chicago Bears v Oakland Raiders Photo by Jack Thomas/Getty Images

A SPONGIE SPECIAL

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

BEARRRSSSS

Under the Microscope: Bears’ Offensive Line a No-Show in London - Chicago Audible Blog - With a grueling second-half schedule, the Bears O-line will need to tighten the screws and get to the bottom of their struggles during the bye.

What’s with all the Bears’ penalties, including the ‘bulls--t’ ones? - NBC Sports Chicago - The Bears have been called for offensive holding 12 times in five games, one fewer time than they were flagged in all of 2018.

Running game’s troubles center on struggling Bears line - SI.com - From Kyle Long’s injury situation to the position switches, to Charles Leno’s penalties, it’s been a disaster so far for the Bears up front in the running game.

Urlurker stars again on Lunch With Larry: 10.08.19 - ChicagoBears.com - Our very own Urlurker leads the way as Bears Senior Writer Larry Mayer looks at issues facing the running game, what the coaching staff will do during the bye week and key plays from Sunday’s game in his weekly Q&A with fans.

Pagano discusses defense, bye week. - ChicagoBears.com - After a rough performance on Sunday, defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano expects the defense to regroup during the bye week and ultimately right the ship.

Could Bears Turn to Undrafted Rookie Alex Bars to Bolster Their Offensive Line? - Bleacher Nation - An undrafted free agent turning down an opportunity to join an undefeated Patriots team that is currently looking like a mortal lock to win another Lombardi

Pressure on Nagy to Fix Bears Offense - Da Bears Blog - The weeks after the bye week will tell us a lot about the Bears head coach and whether he really is the genius he was portrayed as or just another in a long line of coaches who got off to hot starts, but couldn’t adjust.

Bears hoping that Trubisky is the answer, because it would be devastating to have to start over - Chicago Sun-Times - Through all this QB carnage, teams like the Bears pray they catch greatness before any brief window of opportunity slams shut

He’s back: Titans make Cody Parkey signing official - Chicago Sun-Times - The infamous former Bears kicker tried out for the Jets and Colts before the start of the season, though didn’t spend a moment in anyone’s training camp.

Bears’ offense is moving in full reverse - Chicago Sun-Times - Besides Allen Robinson, virtually every key facet — from Matt Nagy to Mitch Trubisky to the O-line on down — has gone backward since last season. How do you fix a rebuild gone haywire?

Column: Bears spin their wheels on offense, while forceful ground games make a comeback around the NFL - Chicago Tribune - Running the ball requires a mindset the pass-happy Bears and coach Matt Nagy too often look incapable of adopting for four quarters.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Jon Gruden on fired bro Jay: ‘Welcome to the club, bro’ - NFL.com - Jon Gruden told reporters he would not speculate about his brother Jay joining his staff in Oakland when asked about the possibility. But he made sure to offer his condolences.

How Colts got best of Chiefs’ Patrick Mahomes in NFL Week 5 - NFL.com - Did the Colts reveal a blueprint for other teams to follow in their win over the Chiefs or was it just the right plan at the right time to slow down Patrick Mahomes? Keegan Abdoo explores one of the season’s most surprising results.

KNOW THINE ENEMY

Matt Patricia ‘more nervous’ about facing Aaron Rodgers after last year’s success - Pride Of Detroit - Why Matt Patricia isn’t resting on his laurels after the Lions’ success against Aaron Rodgers last year.

It appears that the Vikings are going with “Color Rush” uniforms against Washington - Daily Norseman - For just the second time

Bryan Bulaga could force Packers to break tendency with aging offensive linemen - Acme Packing Company - Ted Thompson preferred to move on a year early rather than a year late with his offensive linemen contracts. Given how the Packers right tackle as performed this season, Bryan Bulaga may force Brian Gutekunst’s hand in breaking that tendency.

Aaron Rodgers: I like the way we’re going offensively – ProFootballTalk - The current Packers quarterback got together with his predecessor on Tuesday to talk about life in the team's new offense. Aaron Rogers was a guest on Brett Favre's weekly SiriusXM NFL Radio show and the topic that's dominated discussion of the Packers since Matt LaFleur was hired continued to ta...

IN CASE YOU YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Householder's Week 5 Stock up, stock down: Chicago Bears-Oakland Raiders - Windy City Gridiron - Heading into the bye at 3-2: Who are the risers and who is falling?

Wiltfong: Ten Thoughts on the NFL and the Bears - Windy City Gridiron - Washington fired head coach Jay Gruden, but when you look at that roster, what was he supposed to do with those guys? But with that being said, his 35-49-1 record in five plus years is bad...

Wiltfong's NFL Power Rankings: Bears are 3-2 just like a year ago - Windy City Gridiron - We take a gander at some power rankings to see how they rank the Chicago Bears this week.

WCG CONTRIBUTORS BEARS PODCASTS & STREAMS

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THE RULES

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