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The Bear’s Den, November 27, 2019

One more day until Thanksgiving, until we see who ends up winners and who winds up turkeys

Chicago Bears v Detroit Lions
Corner back Kyle Fuller #23 and Prince Amukamara #20 of the Chicago Bears celebrates his interception in the fourth quarter with other teammates of the defense during an NFL, Thanksgiving Day game at Ford Field on November 22, 2018 in Detroit, Michigan. The Bears defeated the Lions 23-16.
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THE DAILY SPONGIE SPECIAL

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

BEARRRSSSS

Zeglinski: Back in Mack - Bears’ talisman serves up reminder of brilliance – The Rock River Times - Those who have seen Khalil Mack play football aren’t used to him being a non-factor.

Thanksgiving Game Preview: Chicago Bears - Detroit Lions - Chicago Audible Podcast - A complete preview of the Thanksgiving matchup between the Chicago Bears and Detroit Lions including game predictions.

Will Riley Ridley finally get his shot with the Bears on Thanksgiving? - NBC Sports Chicago - With Taylor Gabriel (concussion) likely out for Thursday's game, could 2019 fourth-round pick Riley Ridley finally play his first offensive snaps with the Bears?

Akiem Hicks calls into radio show and then, somewhat hilariously, promptly hangs up on them - NBC Sports Chicago - Hicks was NOT having it when he went on Waddle and Silvy.

Why doesn’t Eddie Jackson have an interception 11 games into the Bears’ season? - NBC Sports Chicago - Eddie Jackson is 11 games into 2019 and still doesn't have an interception. But the answer to why doesn't involve him completely losing the ballhawking skills that defined his first two years with the Bears.

Cordarrelle Patterson's carved out an important role on the Bears, just not the expected one - NBC Sports Chicago - He's not the gadget superstar that Nagy expected, but that's okay.

Anthony Miller's role in the Bears' offense is growing, and it couldn't have come at a better time - NBC Sports Chicago - The Bears are short on playmakers, and Miller could be the solution.

Bears discuss positive trend in second half - ChicagoBears.com - The Bears offense has played its best at the start of the second half. No one on the team is sure why. But they’d like to replicate that success at the start of games.

Quick Hits: Clinton-Dix plays physical, Bears prep for two QBs - ChicagoBears.com - Ha Ha Clinton-Dix helped the Bears beat the Giants with three excellent open-field tackles. The Bears are preparing for multiple Lions quarterbacks. And two Bears players are dealing with concussions.

Hurry-up mode has helped spark Bears offense - ChicagoBears.com - Mitchell Trubisky and the Bears offense have excelled while running an up-tempo no-huddle attack at times this season in part because it allows them to play fast.

Former Bears LB Lance Briggs not among Pro Football Hall of Fame semifinalists - Chicago Sun-Times - Briggs wasn’t among the 25 modern-era semifinalists announced by the Hall on Tuesday. Neither was former Bears center Olin Kreutz.

Bears predictions: Week 13 at Lions - Chicago Sun-Times - The Sun-Times’ experts offer their picks for the Bears’ Thanksgiving game Thursday at the Lions:

Bears coach Matt Nagy sees growth from WR Anthony Miller, but is it real? - Chicago Sun-Times - Miller has been erratic throughout his two seasons with the Bears. His game against the Giants could be a turning point.

Matt Nagy heeding Mitch Trubisky’s call for tempo - Chicago Sun-Times - The Bears’ offense is in a groove when the quarterback is in a comfort zone, and Nagy’s job is to get him there more often.

Chicago Bears fan takes Mike Ditka look-alike gig seriously - Chicago Tribune - Donald “Da Coach” Feuling gets invited to a lot of events because he looks and dresses exactly like Mike Ditka did in his coaching heyday — slicked-back hair, sweater vest, tie, sunglasses, the whole nine yards. But he insists he’s not an impersonator.

Chicago Bears vs. Detroit Lions preview podcast - Chicago Tribune - The Bears have not had a great season, but they will face a Lions team on Thanksgiving Day that might be down to its third-string quarterback. Rich Campbell and Dan Wiederer break down the matchup on the Bear Download podcast.

Chicago Bears safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix playing for next contract - Chicago Tribune - When asked Tuesday if his experience with the Bears defense has lived up to his offseason expectations, safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix quickly replied, “Damn, right.”

Mitch Trubisky says relationship with Matt Nagy 'has gotten stronger' - Chicago Tribune - Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky believes his everyday collaboration with coach Matt Nagy remains productive as they search for solutions on offense.

Detroit Lions fans call for boycott of Chicago Bears game - Chicago Tribune - If you think Bears fans have little to be thankful for this season, check out Lions fans.

5 observations from the Chicago Bears' Week 12 win - Chicago Tribune - Don't mistake the Bears' first scoring drive against the Giants as some major revelation that an up-tempo approach will unlock Mitch Trubisky and the offense.

Chicago Bears’ Chuck Pagano expecting to face Jeff Driskel vs. Detroit Lions - Chicago Sun-Times - Lions QB, who started in place of Matthew Stafford against the Bears on Nov. 10 at Soldier Field, is "day-to-day" with a sore hamstring. Undrafted rookie David Blough would start Thursday at Ford Field if Driskel can’t go.

Chicago Bears rookie Jesper Horsted eager to fill team’s TE void - Chicago Sun-Times - With Trey Burton on IR and Adam Shaheen out, Ben Braunecker’s concussion leaves the Bears thin at a key position in coach Matt Nagy’s offense. Horsted, an undrafted rookie from Princeton, is the next man up.

Mitch Trubisky says the Bears need ‘more everything on offense.’ Isn’t it Week 13? - Chicago Sun-Times - They’re averaging 17.1 points, and their defense is giving up the same average. That means the Bears make every defense they play look like their own fourth-ranked unit.

Chicago Bears vs. New York Giants podcast: Mitch Trubisky, defense find success - Chicago Sun-Times - Will Bears fans get to enjoy a win before their turkey dinner? Patrick, Jason and Mark make their picks.

Week 13 Key Matchups: Chicago Bears at Detroit Lions - ChicagoBears.com - When the Bears visit the Lions on Thanksgiving Day at Ford Field in Detroit, keep an eye on these matchups.

Four Bears among LB finalists for NFL All-Time Team - ChicagoBears.com
- Brian Urlacher joins fellow Bears Hall of Fame middle linebackers Dick Butkus, Bill George and Mike Singletary among 25 linebacker finalists for the NFL 100 All-Time Team.

Brunch With Larry & Urlurker: 11.26.19 - ChicagoBears.com - Bears Senior Writer Larry Mayer analyzes what the TE position will look like for the Bears this week, discusses how playing on Thanksgiving will change things and looks at some all-time greats getting recognition during his weekly Q&A with fans.

Bears LB Nick Kwiatkoski Ready In Rewarding Opportunity - 670 The Score - At the end of a contract year, Nick Kwiatkoski is proving his worth as a starter.

Know Your Foe: Bears-Lions Storylines - 670 The Score - Connor McKnight of 670 and Will Burchfield of 97.1 The Ticket previewed the matchup.

5@5: Should Nagy Adjust To What Trubisky Does Best? - 670 The Score - The Mully & Haugh crew debates a five-pack of questions every weekday. Ken’s Note: Should a coach make use of his players strengths instead of their weaknesses? How is this seriously a question?

POLISH SAUSAGE

Could Jason Garrett be out Friday, if the Cowboys lose to the Bills? – ProFootballTalk - Jerry Jones said what he said on Sunday. On Tuesday, he said enough to make it clear that he meant what he said. So what does it all mean? Coupled with Monday’s comments from Stephen Jones, who said “[w]e’ve got to go get on a run right now,” it could mean the failure to get on a run right n...

KNOW THINE ENEMY

The Detroit Lions can be mathematically eliminated from playoffs on Thanksgiving - Pride Of Detroit - Here are 3 ways the Lions’ playoff chances could officially reach 0% in Week 13.

Vikings Big Play Offense - Best in the NFL - Daily Norseman - Something to be thankful for

Packers’ Matt LaFleur calls out entire team for Sunday’s loss - Acme Packing Company - LaFleur included himself in the criticism on Monday as he and his coaches get to work figuring out how to adjust to the blueprint that the 49ers laid out.

Jeff Driskel says hamstring is “better,” but Lions worked out QBs on Tuesday – ProFootballTalk - Jeff Driskel told reporters Tuesday that his hamstring has “definitely gotten better each and every day.” The Lions quarterback injured his hamstring in Sunday’s loss to Washington, but he played every snap. The team listed him as limited on both practice reports this week.

Detroit Lions injury report: Trey Flowers returns to practice, but still in protocol - Pride Of Detroit - There’s still a chance Flowers returns to play after missing just one game.

Detroit Lions Week 13 scouting report: Bears offense has somehow gotten worse in 2 weeks - Pride Of Detroit - Chicago is not finding any answers on offense right now. Ken's Note: Ummm... huh? Did you actually watch any of these games?

IN CASE YOU YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

WIltfong's Week 13 NFL Power Ranking: Bears making baby steps - Windy City Gridiron - We take out weekly peek at the NFL Power Rankings to see how the nation perceives the Chicago Bears.

Zimmerman: Matt Nagy has not comported himself well during a tough season - Windy City Gridiron - The latest Bears Banter Podcast has national talk show host Patrick Meagher who doesn’t like what he’s seen from the Chicago Bears.

Householder's Stock up, stock down: Chicago Bears-New York Giants - Windy City Gridiron - One more ugly win to put in the W column, but we’re looking for the good among the bad

Wiltfong's Ten Thoughts on the NFL and the Bears - Windy City Gridiron - Lamar Jackson is the most exciting player in the NFL, he’s a lock to win the MVP, and the Baltimore Ravens are going to the Super Bowl.

WCG CONTRIBUTORS BEARS PODCASTS & STREAMS

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