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Black Friday was a lot less black following a Bears win over a division rival on National TV.

Detroit Lions v Chicago Bears
Nick Kwiatkoski #44 of the Chicago Bears sacks Jeff Driskel #2 of the Detroit Lions during the second half at Soldier Field on November 10, 2019 in Chicago
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THE DAILY SPONGIE SPECIAL

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

BEARRRSSSS

Biggest Bears ’19 disappointment: NFC was there for the taking, and Bears couldn’t - ​​​NBC Sports Chicago - Might-have-been’s aren’t always particularly useful but in the case of the 2019 Bears, standing 6-6 heading into their season’s fourth quarter, maybe…

Bears grades: Mitch Trubisky, offensive line shine in Thanksgiving win over Lions - NBC Sports Chicago - Mitch Trubisky and the Bears' offensive line had their best games of 2019, which probably is not a coincidence.

Mitch Trubisky was great in Detroit, but still must prove himself against good defenses - NBC Sports Chicago - Mitch Trubisky carved up the Lions' awful defense on Thanksgiving, but can he repeat that success against a good Cowboys defense in a week?

Matt Nagy hopeful Akiem Hicks can return to practice this week - NBC Sports Chicago - Akiem Hicks has been out since Oct. 6 with an elbow injury.

Nick Kwiatkoski continues to prove he belongs in Bears' starting lineup - NBC Sports Chicago - Bears linebacker Nick Kwiatkoski continues to be one of the team's bright spots in an up-and-down season.

Bears 24-20 win over Detroit – sloppy again, but pulse getting a little stronger? - NBC Sports Chicago - Sometimes the absence of pain will just have to pass for pleasure. For the Bears, only losing once in the last four games and downing the Detroit Lions 24-20 on Thursday unofficially qualifies as a by-definition positive.

Oddly enough, the Bears' defense learned an important lesson against a 3rd string QB - NBC Sports Chicago - It's the NFL, everybody's good.

Now the Real Test Begins for Optimistic Bears - SI.com - Bear Maven is a Sports Illustrated Channel featuring Gene Chamberlain to bring you the latest news, rumors, notes, and quotes surrounding the Chicago Bears

Hoge: As Matt Nagy Searches For A ‘Silver Lining,’ The Answer Might Be… Matt Nagy - WGN Radio - 720 AM - Even after a victory that felt more meaningful, and a locker room celebration that felt more “authentic,” Bears head coach Matt Nagy offered an honest admission.

Role Reversal: Trubisky Bails Out Bears Defense for Win - SI.com - Bear Maven is a Sports Illustrated Channel featuring Gene Chamberlain to bring you the latest news, rumors, notes, and quotes surrounding the Chicago Bears

Emma: Observations From Bears-Lions - 670 The Score - The Bears are still in the hunt after Mitchell Trubisky led a comeback win.

Quick Hits: Bears hopeful Hicks will return to practice shortly - ChicagoBears.com - The latest news on Akiem Hicks’ status, Anthony Miller excelling but still needed to focus on the details and more.

3 things that stood out in Week 13 win - ChicagoBears.com - Senior writer Larry Mayer identifies three things that stood out in the Bears’ 24-20 win over the Lions, including Mitchell Trubisky employing a “next-play” mentality to perfection.

They Said It: Week 13 - ChicagoBears.com - In the aftermath of the Bears’ 24-20 win over the Lions, here’s what writers around the country are saying about the team.

Inside Slant: Trubisky builds on ‘good vibes’ - ChicagoBears.com - With a quick start and strong finish, Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky had his best game of the season against the Lions.

Morrissey: 2019 Chicago GM-coach rankings - Chicago Bears worst, Chicago White Sox first! - Chicago Sun-Times - Oh, how the mighty have fallen. Trubisky helps bring down Bears’ leadership. Sox’ young talent lifts team’s decision-makers. Ken's Note: Because Morrissey.

Chicago Bears: Can Mitch Trubisky’s Detroit dominance carry over against better teams? - Chicago Sun-Times - He’s thrown six touchdown passes against the Lions this year — and seven against everyone else. He has a 124.4 passer rating against the Lions this season — and a 72.15 against the rest of the league.

Chicago Bears hopeful Pro Bowl DL Akiem Hicks can practice Sunday - Chicago Sun-Times - He can’t return to game action until Week 15 against the Packers. Hicks dislocated his left elbow against the Raiders on Oct. 6, and the Bears put him on injured reserve Oct. 15.

Chicago Bears vs. Detroit Lions 2019: Breaking down Thanksgiving win - Chicago Sun-Times - The good: Whatever the circumstances, Mitch Trubisky played his best game of the season, writes Patrick Finley. Granted, he faced a Lions defense that ranked third-worst against the pass, but he...

‘Halas Intrigue’ podcast: Chicago Bears 24, Detroit Lions 20 - Chicago Sun-Times - Mitch Trubisky and the Bears have a tasty finish to their Thanksgiving Day win over the Lions.

Brad Biggs: 10 thoughts on the Chicago Bears' win in Week 13 - Chicago Tribune - Read Brad Biggs' 10 thoughts after the Chicago Bears defeated the Detroit Lions 24-20 on Thanksgiving at Ford Field in Detroit.

Column: Could the Bears’ Thanksgiving rally vs. the Lions have big-picture significance? - Chicago Tribune - The Bears' come-from-behind win Thursday, in a short week, on the road, with an extra level of resolve and toughness and togetherness required, provides something to build on.

Bears hope to get Akiem Hicks back this week - Chicago Tribune - Akiem Hicks isn't eligible to return to the Bears' active roster until Week 15. But the standout defensive lineman could get the green light to resume practicing this week. What's next in Hicks' comeback efforts?

Chicago Bears winners and losers for Week 13 - Chicago Tribune - Joe Buck blurting out "Take a knee, Cordarrelle" before Patterson’s big kick return, that uninspiring halftime show and other Bears-Lions winners and losers. Ken's Note: You lost me at the words "Joe Buck".

Bears beat Lions recap podcast - Chicago Tribune - Say what you will about the Lions being one of the worst teams in the NFL — because it's true — the Bears were able to eek out their second straight win Thursday. Rich Campbell and Dan Wiederer dissect the game from Ford Field in Detroit.

Chicago Bears film study: LB Roquan Smith back at full capacity - Chicago Sun-Times - A look at Smith’s huge game, Mitch Trubisky’s decisiveness and why the Bears just can’t get Tarik Cohen going.

Chicago Bears: A December to remember? Or a season to forget? - Chicago Sun-Times - After beating the Lions and Giants to keep their playoff hopes alive, the Bears’ challenging final-month schedule — Cowboys, Packers, Chiefs and Vikings — will determine who they are and where they’re headed.

Chicago Bears WR Anthony Miller maxes out increased playing time - Chicago Sun-Times - Matt Nagy trusted his gut, and it paid off. A look at Miller’s game and other observations from the Bears’ playing time distribution against the Lions.

POLISH SAUSAGE

With Kyler Murray, Cardinals copying Ravens’ blueprint with Lamar Jackson – ProFootballTalk - The Ravens built their offense around Lamar Jackson, and in his second season, the quarterback is the leading candidate for the MVP award. The Cardinals want to do the same for Kyler Murray, hoping for the same result.

Ryan Tannehill’s star turn, Ravens’ retro attack, Browns’ rebirth - NFL.com - Bucky Brooks examines Ryan Tannehill’s emergence as a franchise-caliber QB in Tennessee. Plus, the Ravens’ old-school plan and how the Browns jump-started their offense.

Broncos expected to start QB Drew Lock vs. Chargers - NFL.com - The Drew Lock era is about to begin in Denver. All signs point to the Broncos rookie coming off injured reserve and making his first start against the Chargers on Sunday, Ian Rapoport reports.

KNOW THINE ENEMY

What was the Detroit Lions’ best purchase last offseason? - Pride Of Detroit - Like all of us, the Detroit front office was hunting for some deals during free agency.

Brett Maher isn’t going anywhere... Cowboys are sticking with the up and down kicker - Blogging The Boys - No change at kicker for the Cowboys.

Ten thoughts on the Cowboys depressing Thanksgiving loss to the Bills - Blogging The Boys - The Dallas Cowboys lost 26-15 to the Buffalo Bills in a game they needed to win. Here are ten thoughts on this depressing Thanksgiving defeat.

Offering up the (slim) bright side after the Cowboys turkey of a game on Thanksgiving - Blogging The Boys - Should Cowboys fans give up on the season?

Detroit Lions Week 13 snap counts: What happened to Mike Daniels? - Pride Of Detroit - One of the Lions’ biggest offseason signings is barely seeing the field anymore. What gives?

Lions Thanksgiving report card: Hot start spoiled by another awful finish - Pride Of Detroit
- Handing out grades for the Lions’ fifth-straight loss.

Lions vs. Bears Player of the Game: 5 Game Ball candidates - Pride Of Detroit - Who gets the Week 13 Game Ball?

Detroit Lions injury update: T.J. Hockenson possibly suffered high-ankle sprain - Pride Of Detroit - The Lions’ first-round rookie could miss the rest of the season after suffering a late injury on Thanksgiving.

IN CASE YOU YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Schmitz' BWM: Chicago Bears’ Mitchell Trubisky feasts on Detroit Lions, wins 24-20 - Windy City Gridiron - In this episode of Bear With Me, Robert S. reviews the Bears’ Thanksgiving win over their rival Detroit Lions. Which players played well? How significant was Trubisky’s performance? Find out these answers and more in this episode of Bear With Me!

Berckes' Fantasy Football Forum Week 13: Now or Never - Windy City Gridiron - Your place for all things fantasy football!

Sunderbruch: The Pro Bowl Sort of Matters (And That’s Perfect) - Windy City Gridiron - Voting is open for the 2020 Pro Bowl, and the entire system faces frequent criticism. It’s actually pretty good, for what it is.

Wiltfong: Bears biggest offensive output this year propels them to victory - Windy City Gridiron - Lester gives his thoughts on the game, plus he shares the complete playing time breakdown, and spotlights a few individual and team statistics from the Chicago Bears in their 24-20 win against the Detroit Lions.

Infante's Game Notes: Bears offense shows signs of life in Thanksgiving win over Lions - Windy City Gridiron - The Bears improve to 6-6 with their third win in the last four games, keeping their long-shot playoff hopes alive for now.

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