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The Bear’s Den, December 18, 2019

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It’s turnaround day here at WCG, as it’s out with Green Bay (thank goodness) and in with Kansas City

Chicago Bears v Green Bay Packers Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images

THE DAILY SPONGIE SPECIAL

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

BEARRRSSSS

Dannehy: Bears Offense Close to Breaking Out (If the Quarterback Stops Breaking Down) - Da Bears Blog - New flash: The quarterback really matters.

Bears’ Mack, Jackson, Patterson Earn Pro Bowl Honors - 670 The Score - The Bears had three players selected to the Pro Bowl in edge rusher Khalil Mack, safety Eddie Jackson and special teams ace Cordarrelle Patterson, while three others were named alternates.

5@5: Did Mitchell Trubisky Call Out Matt Nagy? - 670 The Score - The Mully & Haugh crew debates a five-pack of questions every weekday.

Hicks talks about playing through pain - ChicagoBears.com - Bears defensive tackle Akiem Hicks spoke to reporters Tuesday at Halas Hall about his rehab process, playing through pain and his love of football.

Urlurker pins down Larry Mayer over lunch, asking the most critical question of the season - ChicagoBears.com - Bears Senior Writer Larry Mayer talks special teams play, holiday favorites, and gears up for the final two games of the season during his weekly Q&A with fans.

Eddie Jackson, Khalil Mack, and Cordarrelle Patterson selected for 2020 Pro Bowl - NBC Sports Chicago - The Bears may be out of the post season, but they are well represented in the 2020 Pro Bowl.

Khalil Mack Makes Pro Bowl; Allen Robinson Snubbed - SI.com - Mack, Patterson & Jackson make the team.

Too Many Assumptions Left Bears Offense in Disarray - SI.com - Assumptions can be killers.

Monday Evening Quarterback with Bears Insider Adam Hoge: “I think that there should still be a lot of optimism about next season” - WGN Radio - It’s another edition of the “Monday Evening Quarterback!” Tonight, Justin and WGN Bears Insider Adam Hoge break down the Bears extremely disappointing 21-13 loss to the Green Bay Packers.

Maybe Chicago Bears’ Trubisky can make a statement in his head-to-head battle with Kansas City Chiefs’ Patrick Mahomes - Chicago Sun-Times - Is there anybody left in our town who doesn’t know Trubisky was taken eight spots before Mahomes in the 2017 draft?

2020 NFL Pro Bowl: Chicago Bears’ Khalil Mack, Eddie Jackson, Cordarrelle Patterson make NFC roster - Chicago Sun-Times - The NFL also announced that cornerback Kyle Fuller, running back Tarik Cohen and defensive lineman Eddie Goldman are Pro Bowl alternates.

Patrick Mahomes at Soldier Field leaves Chicago Bears still in the haunt - Chicago Sun-Times - Reigning MVP’s first regular-season game in Chicago a painful and untimely reminder of the 2017 draft decision to trade up for Mitch Trubisky.

Chicago Bears DT Akiem Hicks wants to keep playing, but IR still an option - Chicago Sun-Times - Hicks came off injured reserve to face the Packers on Sunday, but is still playing through extreme pain in his left elbow. It remains in question whether he will play the Bears’ final two games.

Under the Microscope: Akiem Hicks’ Heart is Unmatched - Chicago Audible Blog - If there’s one takeaway from Chicago Bears DL Akiem Hicks’ performance on Sunday, it’s that he’s an absolute warrior.

How Bears will approach first game in Matt Nagy era with nothing on the line - NBC Sports Chicago - For the first time since Matt Nagy arrived in Chicago, the Bears will play a regular season game with nothing on the line.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Titans are first NFL team since 1987 to miss more field goals than they made – ProFootballTalk - The Titans are on the verge of wrapping up the ugliest season of kicking that the NFL has seen since 1987. So far this season the Titans are 8-for-18 on field goals. Ken's Note: Cody Parkey was their best kicker, going 3 for 3.

Are Browns headed for a coaching change? – ProFootballTalk - As Sunday Splash! reports go, it was more of a mangled tree stump dumped into the shallow end of a wading pool. And, after Sunday's game between the Browns and the Cardinals, it quite possibly sets the table for the very outcome against which it was pushing back.

2020 Pro Bowl snubs: Vikings' Kirk Cousins leads top 10 - NFL.com
- Now that the 2020 Pro Bowl rosters have been revealed, Nick Shook identifies 10 snubs. Should the Vikings' Kirk Cousins be on the NFC roster instead of the Packers' Aaron Rodgers?

Ravens send 12 players to the Pro Bowl – ProFootballTalk - The Ravens tied the Pro Bowl record with 12 players selected to the original list. Tight end Mark Andrews, long snapper Morgan Cox, cornerback Marlon Humphrey, running back Mark Ingram, quarterback Lamar Jackson, outside linebacker Matt Judon, cornerback Marcus Peters, fullback Patrick Ricard, of...

KNOW THINE ENEMY

Matthew Stafford placed on Detroit Lions injured reserve - Pride Of Detroit - After weeks bracing for the inevitable, the Lions made Stafford’s season end official.

The Detroit Lions made the right, but difficult, decision keeping Quinn, Patricia - Pride Of Detroit - The Lions are in a lose-lose situation, but they gave themselves the best chance with this tough decision. Ken's Note: I totally agree, as a Bears fan.

Predicting NFC Playoff Success - Daily Norseman - Separating the Contenders from the Pretenders

2020 Pro Bowl roster: Darius Slay named to 3rd-straight Pro Bowl, 2 Detroit Lions are alternates - Pride Of Detroit - Congrats to Big Play!

Matt Patricia, Bob Quinn to return to Detroit Lions in 2020 - Pride Of Detroit - There will be no regime change this offseason. Ken’s Note: Great news for Chicago Bears fans!

Pro Bowl 2020: Packers get two players on NFC team in Aaron Rodgers & David Bakhtiari - Acme Packing Company - Bakh makes his second Pro Bowl despite being a three time All-Pro.

IN CASE YOU YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Infante: Bears to send 3 players to 2020 Pro Bowl - Windy City Gridiron - Chicago also has three players listed as alternates.

Zimmerman: Allen Robinson open to contract extension in WCG interview - Windy City Gridiron - Allen Robinson joined the Bears Banter Podcast and expressed interest in remaining in Chicago.

Householder's stock up, stock down: Chicago Bears-Green Bay Packers II - Windy City Gridiron - The Bears are officially out of the playoffs and now it’s just about looking for the risers for next year

Wiltfong's NFL Power Rankings: The Chicago Bears are who they thought they were - Windy City Gridiron - While there were some national analysts that predicted the 2019 Chicago Bears would build off their 12-4 season a year ago and advance further this season, there were more that predicted the 2019...

Wiltfong: Ten Thoughts on the NFL and the Bears - Windy City Gridiron - Check out my Thoughts on the NFL and be sure to leave a few of your own in the comment section.

WCG CONTRIBUTORS BEARS PODCASTS & STREAMS

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