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The Bear’s Den, November 1, 2019

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There’s 106 miles to Chicago, we’ve got a full tank of gas, half a pack of cigarettes, it’s dark out, and we’re wearing sunglasses...

NFC Divisional Playoffs - Seattle Seahawks vs Chicago Bears - January 14, 2007
A Blues Brothers performer dances in the end zone at Soldier Field
Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images

THE DAILY SPONGIE SPECIAL

Here’s another song about our opponent’s hometown...

On second thought, TO HELL WITH PHILLY... let’s bring it on home!

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

BEARRRSSSS

Know Your Foe: Bears-Eagles Storylines - 670 The Score - Danny Parkins of 670 The Score and Eliot Shorr-Parks of 94WIP previewed the matchup.

How Bears Are Drawing Belief From Nationals - 670 The Score - Matt Nagy used the World Series champions to remind the Bears of resolve.

Joniak: Bears Hit Reset Button As They Prepare For Eagles - WBBM-AM - The Bears (3-4) were back at work Wednesday continuing their preparations to play the Eagles (4-4) on the road Sunday. Kickoff comes at noon, and the game can be heard on WBBM Newsradio 780.

Bears’ Roquan Smith regains his defense mojo - Chicago Sun-Times - The Bears second-year linebacker looked like his old aggressive, instinctive self against the Chargers. "He just played his game," teammate Danny Trevathan said.

Bears DL Bilal Nichols playing through hand injury with old-school grit - Chicago Sun-Times - Sounding like a grizzled veteran, Nichols was willing to do whatever it took to get back on the field after breaking his right hand in Week 2.

Chicago’s NFL, NBA, NHL, MLB playoff drought - Chicago Sun-Times - Before 2018 and 2019, the last calendar year to pass without a postseason victory by the Bears, Bulls, Blackhawks, Cubs or White Sox was 2004. Now, we’re in a consecutive-years drought for the first time since the Great Chicago Mire of 1999 through 2001.

Matt Nagy hopes meeting gives players a change in Nat-itude - Chicago Sun-Times - The Bears have proven in recent weeks, though, that talk is cheap.

Audio Mailbag: Is the 2019 Season Completely Lost? - The Chicago Audible - Listen in as the guys answer a series of Chicago Bears fan questions.

Top 3 Scariest Things About the Bears - The Chicago Audible Blog - Happy Halloween, everyone. To celebrate the holiday, here are the top 3 scariest things about the Bears. Don't be too frightened after reading the article.

Hashmark debate further highlights Bears' failures in 2019 - NBC Sports Chicago - Eddy Pineiro probably preferred to kick from the middle of the field, but also should've made his 41-yard field goal to end Sunday's game against the Los Angeles Chargers.

The Bears are happy that NCAA athletes are about to get paid, but the debate is in the details - NBC Sports Chicago - Everyone's on board with athletes getting paid. But there's more to it than that.

Looking for inspiration, Matt Nagy and the Bears turned to the World Series Champion Washington Nationals - NBC Sports Chicago - The MLB champs may have given the Bears a blueprint on how to finish the season.

Injury Report: Isaiah Irving misses second straight practice; Timmy Jernigan, Miles Sanders making progress for Eagles - NBC Sports Chicago - The Thursday injury reports are in, and the Bears are enjoying a pretty clean sheet at the moment.

Chalk Talk: Were I-formation plays added to playbook? - ChicagoBears.com - Senior writer Larry Mayer discusses whether the I-formation plays the Bears ran against the Chargers were already in the playbook, former Bears now with the Eagles and the last time the Bears won three straight games and then lost three in a row.

Week 9 Key Matchups: Chicago Bears at Philadelphia Eagles - ChicagoBears.com - When the Bears travel to Philadelphia to take on the Eagles Sunday, keep an eye on these match ups.

Matt Nagy thinks Mitchell Trubisky will benefit from watching TV copy of game - ChicagoBears.com - Bears coach Matt Nagy feels that having Mitchell Trubisky watch himself on a TV copy of last Sunday’s loss to the Chargers was a productive exercise for the quarterback.

Matt Nagy hopes Chicago Bears follow Washington Nationals’ blueprint - ChicagoBears.com - Seeking to inspire his players, Bears coach Matt Nagy showed them a power-point presentation of the Washington Nationals rebounding from a slow start to win the World Series.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Trent Williams: Doctors downplayed for more than five years tumor that was cancerous – ProFootballTalk - Washington left tackle Trent Williams met with reporters on Thursday for the first time since returning to the team this week and provided details about the medical condition that played a major role in his decision to stay away from the team until Tuesday.

KNOW THINE ENEMY

Projected 2019 NFC win totals at midseason: Eagles top the East - NFL.com - At the midway point of the 2019 season, what is each NFC team's updated win-total projection? How about playoff percentages? Our resident analytics expert, Cynthia Frelund, crunched the numbers in her prediction model.

Detroit Lions Week 9 injury report: Detroit shorthanded at running back - Pride Of Detroit - The Lions may need to bring in some RB help... as if they didn’t need some already.

Kirk Cousins Named NFC Offensive Player of the Month - Daily Norseman - From trick to treat. Ken's Note: Four great games, as usual against four teams that don't have winning records.

Packers FanPulse, Week 9: Confidence holding steady amid sustained offensive success - Acme Packing Company - The needle didn’t move much this week, but there’s not that much farther to improve.

IN CASE YOU YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Infante: Breaking down potential tight end targets for the Bears - Windy City Gridiron - The Bears could look into drafting a new tight end this season. Here are some of the top prospects they should consider.

Householder's Week 9 Game Preview: Chicago Bears-Philadelphia Eagles - Windy City Gridiron - A playoff rematch with none of the luster. These two teams appear to be headed in opposite directions.

Snyder & Zimmerman: Where Do the Bears Go From Here? - Windy City Gridiron - Hopes were high for this season but Chicago’s reality is a 3-4 record, and a minuscule shot at the playoffs.

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

THE RULES

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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, Bears Banter hosted by Bill Zimmerman, 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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