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Thanksgiving Day Bear’s Den, November 28, 2019

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Nick Bellore #43 of the Detroit Lions is tackled by Roquan Smith #58 and Eddie Jackson #39 of the Chicago Bears 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 GREATEST MOMENT IN THANKSGIVING HISTORY

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

BEARRRSSSS

Emma’s Tailgater: Bears’ Struggles Start With Nagy - 670 The Score - There’s a disconnect between Matt Nagy and Mitchell Trubisky in the Bears offense.

5@5: Is Reaching .500 An Accomplishment For Bears? - 670 The Score - The Mully & Haugh crew debates a five-pack of questions every weekday.

670 Staff Predictions: Bears-Lions-| 670 The Score - Kickoff is set for 11:30 a.m. Thursday from Ford Field.

Chicago Bears Q&A with Brad Biggs - Chicago Tribune - Brad Biggs' Bears mailbag this week has questions about the hurry-up offense, Eddy Pineiro's 48-yard extra-point attempt and David Montgomery's disappointing season.

Chicago Bears at Detroit Lions: 3 keys for Thursday's game - Chicago Tribune - The Lions defense has allowed more 300-yard passing performances this season (five) than they have interceptions (four). So does that open the door for a big day from Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky?

5 things we heard from Bears coordinators, including Khalil Mack’s one-on-one chances, Anthony Miller’s uptick and Eddy Pineiro’s missed 48-yard PAT - Chicago Tribune - Bears kicker Eddy Pineiro’s 48-yard missed extra-point attempt was from beyond his established max distance in the Soldier Field South end zone, special teams coordinator Chris Tabor said.

Brad Biggs: Chicago Bears should give Allen Robinson an extension - Chicago Tribune - Wide receiver Allen Robinson has to be a high priority for the Bears beyond 2020, so they should work to sign him to a contract extension before the end of this season.

NFL Week 13 picks: Chicago Bears at Detroit Lions - Chicago Tribune - While the Bears look to get back to .500, the Lions have lost seven of their last eight. Can the Bears make it two wins in a row?

Three keys and prediction: Bears vs. Lions - NBC Sports Chicago - The Lions are a downtrodden, bad football team -- and should provide the Bears one last opportunity to get their offense right against a sub optimal defense before December.

Detroit to play third-string QB David Blough against Bears on Thanksgiving - NBC Sports Chicago - The Lions will have to start their third-string rookie QB David Blough against the Bears this Thanksgiving.

Bears “structural” flaws, poor decisions, questionable philosophy at TE - NBC Sports Chicago - The Bears “structural” flaws, poor decisions, questionable philosophy at TE raise longer-term questions beyond the 2019 season.

Mitchell Trubisky discusses execution ahead of Lions game - ChicagoBears.com - Quarterback Mitchell Trubisky discussed what the Bears’ offense needs to do to score more points, focusing mostly on better execution.

Chalk Talk: Will Riley Ridley help fill void? - ChicagoBears.com - Senior writer Larry Mayer discusses whether Riley Ridley could be called upon against the Lions with Taylor Gabriel sidelined, if the Bears ever played at home on Thanksgiving and if the Bears ever scored and allowed the same number of points in a season.

4 things to watch in Chicago Bears-Detroit Lions game - ChicagoBears.com - Senior writer Larry Mayer identifies four storylines to monitor in Thursday’s Thanksgiving game in Detroit, including whether the Bears can generate some momentum heading into the final quarter of the season.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Which NFL team is the biggest fraud right now? - Pride Of Detroit - Through 12 weeks it’s still hard to tell which teams are pretenders and which are contenders.

PFT’s Week 13 picks – ProFootballTalk - It’s probably over. OK, it’s over. With five weeks to go, MDS has built a 10-game cushion. It’s going to be very hard for me to catch, especially if (as this week) we’re only going to disagree on one game. I was 9-5 last week, and MDS went 11-3. For the year, he’s now 118-58.

What to watch for in Thanksgiving tripleheader - NFL.com - Beginning with an NFC North clash between the Bears and Lions, moving on to a Bills-Cowboys showdown and concluding with a Falcons-Saints tilt, there are three helpings of NFL football on Thanksgiving.

Time already running out for QB Mitch Trubisky to convince Bears - Chicago Sun-Times - Quarterbacks used to get a few years to develop, but in the modern, pass-happy, the good ones usually prove it quickly.

Chicago Bears rule out 6 players for Detroit Lions Thanksgiving game - Chicago Sun-Times - The Bears expect quarterback Jeff Driskel to start in their Thanksgiving matchup Thursday, but the Lions called him questionable Wednesday because of a hamstring injury he suffered against the Redskins.

Chicago Bears coach Matt Nagy faces difficult challenge - Chicago Sun-Times - Is his message still resonating in a difficult 2019 season? He’s confident that it is. “The message is being heard, they’re reacting to it and it could have gone a lot of different ways a few weeks ago.”

Thanksgiving takeaways would give Bears defense reason to sing again - Chicago Sun-Times - The Bears led the NFL with 36 takeaways and 27 interceptions last year. This season, only six teams have fewer interceptions than their seven. They’re tied for 10th with 15 takeaways.

If Mitch Trubisky struggles against Lions, should Chicago Bears consider Colin Kaepernick? - Chicago Sun-Times - Kaepernick is 32 and has been out of the NFL for almost three years, true. But in that recent fiasco of a wacky tryout arranged by the NFL and protested by Kaepernick’s camp, he showed he still can throw deep with accuracy. Trubisky can’t.

Much has changed for Chicago Bears since last Thanksgiving - Chicago Tribune - A year after enjoying an invigorating Thanksgiving win in Detroit, the vibe is much different for the Bears. But players can try to salvage something from 2019 with a locked-in approach.

KNOW THINE ENEMY

David Blough to start at QB for Lions – ProFootballTalk - The Lions will be down to their third-string quarterback on Thanksgiving. David Blough is set to start in Detroit, the team has announced. Starter Matthew Stafford had already been ruled out with a back injury, and second-stringer Jeff Driskel is officially questionable with a hamstring injury.

Detroit Lions place WR Marvin Hall on IR, promote Chris Lacy from practice squad - Pride Of Detroit - One receiver’s season ends, while another gets a shot.

Detroit Lions injury report: Jeff Driskel, 5 other starters questionable vs. Bears - Pride Of Detroit - Could it be David Blough time?

Detroit Lions’ Ford Field Thanksgiving menu guide, options - Pride Of Detroit - A full guide to the best Ford Field offerings this Thanksgiving.

Detroit Lions vs. Chicago Bears Thanksgiving preview: On Paper - Pride Of Detroit - A statistical breakdown of the Lions’ Thanksgiving Day Classic matchup.

Lions-Bears Thanksgiving preview: Shared agony of two falling stars - Pride Of Detroit - First Byte welcomes in Jonas Knox and Robert Zeglinski to talk about Bears and Lions.

IN CASE YOU YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Zeglinski: Patience is a virtue - Cam Newton can take the Bears over the top - Windy City Gridiron - A former MVP with tread on his tires is never a bad idea.

Householder & Berckes' Best Bets: Chicago Bears-Detroit Lions, total, survivor and more - Windy City Gridiron - If you gamble on the game, you don’t have to talk about when you’re going to make your parents grandparents

Zeglinski: Stuffed football - Windy City Gridiron picks Bears-Lions - Windy City Gridiron - A holiday treat awaits the Bears in Detroit.

Householder: Third sting QB David Blough to start for Lions against Bears on Thanksgiving - Windy City Gridiron - With Jeff Driskel nursing a hamstring and Matt Stafford with back issues, the Lions are turning the undrafted rookie out of Purdue

Wiltfong's Chicago Bears Sackwatch 2019: Week 12 vs. the New York Giants - Windy City Gridiron - If you’re one of those Chicago Bears fans that get all fired up if anyone dare say a disparaging word about Mitchell Trubisky, then consider this a spoiler alert and your cue to click away.

Wiltfong: Bears vs. Lions Injury Report - Chicago lists 6 players as out - Windy City Gridiron - With a short week it was going to difficult for the the injured Chicago Bears to be ready for their Thanksgiving match-up against the Detroit Lions, and today’s injury report confirmed that.

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