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The Bear’s Den, November 13, 2019

It’s turnaround game, so out with the Lions and in with the Rams!

Chicago Bears v Los Angeles Rams
Quarterback Sid Luckman #42 of the Chicago Bears runs past end Tom Fears #55 of the Los Angeles Rams during a game played on November 7, 1948 at the Los Angeles Coliseum in Los Angeles, California.
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THE DAILY SPONGIE SPECIAL

Back to LA tunes? I think so!

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

BEARRRSSSS

Schmitz: Should Bears fans be worried about Mitchell Trubisky’s pocket presence? - Windy City Gridiron - In his latest video, Robert S. takes a hard look at Trubisky’s pocket presence by analyzing the 5 sacks the Bears’ offense took in Sunday’s game against the Lions.

Bears Will Miss ‘Special’ Teammate Danny Trevathan - 670 The Score - The Bears are preparing to be without the injured Trevathan moving forward.

5@5: Has Danny Trevathan Played His Last Down For Bears? - 670 The Score - The Mully & Haugh crew debates a five-pack of questions every weekday.

Hicks visits Boys and Girls Club in Chicago - ChicagoBears.com - Injured Bears defensive tackle Akiem Hicks visited a south side community center Monday, talked about importance of his stature, and praised teammate Nick Williams.

Chalk Talk: Did Bears consider closing Club Dub? - ChicagoBears.com - Senior writer Larry Mayer discusses whether the Bears thought about not opening Club Dub after last Sunday’s win over the Lions, the last Bears player to record an interception and sack in the same game and why the Bears declined a Lions penalty.

Lunch With Larry: 11.12.19 - Larry spills the beans to Urlurker... and you all...

Hoge: Effective, But Not Productive — How Opponents Are Minimizing The Impact Of Khalil Mack - WGN Radio - Even though Mack was on the field for 71 snaps against the Lions, he really only had nine legitimate opportunities to get to the quarterback in 1-on-1 pass rush situations.

Chicago Bears star Eddie Jackson’s takeaway drought ‘getting stressful’ - Chicago Sun-Times - "This is the longest I’ve ever been in my life without an interception, without a touchdown," said Jackson, who feels he’s playing just as well as he did last season. The rest of the Bears’ defense knows how he feels.

Time for the Chicago Bears to put it on the offensive line - Chicago Sun-Times - With Mitch Trubisky spinning his wheels in his third season, GM Ryan Pace — who leaves no stone unturned — should do his due diligence and kick the tires on controversial QB.

Why the Chicago Bears drafted Mitch Trubisky over Patrick Mahomes and Deshaun Watson - Chicago Tribune - Three quarterbacks. One draft. Three teams. Why did Bears GM Ryan Pace absolutely have to have Mitch Trubisky over Patrick Mahomes and Deshaun Watson? Ken's Note: This is what good sports journalism looks like.

NBC's Al Michaels looks ahead to Bears-Rams on Sunday night - Chicago Tribune - NBC's Al Michaels remembers his first Bears-Rams game at the Coliseum, back in 1958. Who knows if Sunday's prime-time showdown will be as unforgettable.

Zeke Bratkowski, ex-Bear and Packers' Bart Starr's backup, dies - Chicago Tribune - Zeke Bratkowski, the quarterback who backed up Bart Starr during the team’s 1960s dynasty, has died

Akiem Hicks is mum about his timeline for returning to the Bears, but praises replacement Nick Williams: ‘Just a stud’ - Chicago Tribune - Bears defensive lineman Akiem Hicks has been on injured reserve since Oct. 15. The initial timeline gave him a shot at playing by Week 15 against the Packers.

Eddie Jackson's in the longest turnover drought of his life, and "it's getting stressful." - NBC Sports Chicago - The Bears' star safety hasn't had the season that many – himself included – expected.

Contract decisions coming for Bears defense as questions hang over LB Danny Trevathan - NBC Sports Chicago - This offseason the Bears will have many tough calls to make, beginning at inside linebacker where two of their top three players are coming out of a contract.

How Kyle Long's injury started the process of switching James Daniels and Cody Whitehair - NBC Sports Chicago - Inside the line's midseason switch, and what the plan is going forward.

The Bears might have a big problem with drops - NBC Sports Chicago - The Bears have really struggled to move the ball this season, as evidenced by their current No. 29 overall ranking in yards per game. While there are plenty of things at fault for the Bears' woeful offensive production, from Matt Nagy's playcalling to trouble establishing the run, it turns out another ugly issue has reared its ugly head: drops.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Colin Kaepernick to hold workout for NFL teams – ProFootballTalk - Long gone and on the verge of becoming entirely forgotten, free-agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick will conduct this weekend what could be a last-ditch effort to get the NFL’s attention. Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that Kapernick will hold a private workout in Atlanta. Ken’s Note: Comments on the player as a player are fine, comments on anything bordering on the political will get deleted on sight and Santa will bring you only a lump of coal for Christmas.

NFL, not Colin Kaepernick, arranged Saturday workout – ProFootballTalk - The Colin Kaepernick workout was news to plenty of people. Including Colin Kaepernick. PFT has confirmed that Kaepernick didn’t even know about the workout until it was scheduled. Kaepernick’s representatives initially expressed concern that it was or could be a P.R. stunt.

Videos appear to show meteor streaking through the sky over St. Louis area - ksdk.com - People from O’Fallon, Illinois, to Winfield, Missouri, saw or heard the suspected meteor flying through the sky. Ken’s Note: I live in Missouri, this has nothing to do with the NFL but it was just darned coo!

KNOW THINE ENEMY

The Detroit Lions are suffering from Smartest Guy in the Room Syndrome - Pride Of Detroit - The Lions are their own worst enemies, but not in their own opinion.

NFL moves Packers-49ers to Sunday Night Football in Week 12 – ProFootballTalk - The Seahawks beat the 49ers on Monday. On Tuesday, the 49ers settled the score. Sort of. The Week 12 games between Seattle and Philadelphia has been bumped out of primetime for Packers-49ers. The showdown between Green Bay and San Francisco will be played on Sunday Night Football.

NFC Playoff Picture: Packers can control home-field after 49ers & Saints losses - Acme Packing Company - Green Bay can now earn the NFC’s top seed by winning out without any help.

Minnesota Vikings Game Ball: Week 10 - Daily Norseman - Who should we recognize in the big win over the Cowboys?

Matthew Stafford is not considering packing it in for the season - Pride Of Detroit - The Lions QB is doing everything he can to get back ASAP.

Detroit Lions LT Taylor Decker makes PFF Team of the Week for second straight week - Pride Of Detroit - The Lions’ left tackle has quietly put together a couple of solid games.

IN CASE YOU YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Wiltfong's NFL Power Rankings: Are the Bears in the playoff hunt? - Windy City Gridiron - So far, this has been a season of missed opportunities for the Chicago Bears. Mistakes in all three phases, as well as head scratching decisions from the coaches in game-planning, has led to...

Householder's Stock up, stock down: Chicago Bears-Detroit Lions - Windy City Gridiron - Good news: the Bears won. The bad news: There is still a lot of bad.

Wiltfong's Ten Thoughts on the NFL and the Bears - Windy City Gridiron - Check out Lester’s Thoughts on the NFL this week and be sure to leave a few of your own in the comment section.

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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