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The Bear’s Den, December 2, 2019

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It’s Turnaround Day here at Windy City Gridiron as all thoughts turn towards the Dallas Cowboys

Steve Pelleur
Mike Singletary & Co. sack Steve Pelleur during a Chicago 24-10 win in 1986.

THE DAILY SPONGIE SPECIAL

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

BEARRRSSSS

Chicago Bears’ kicking situation still a concern as Matt Nagy bypasses long tries by Eddy Pineiro - Chicago Sun-Times - Nagy maintains he has total trust in his first-year kicker, but going for it on fourth-and-six against the Lions rather than trying a 50-yarder with Pineiro was an odd move.

1st-and-10: Is Bears’ offensive line for real? - Chicago Sun-Times - The reconfigured line had arguably its best game of the season against the Damon Harrison-less Lions on Thanksgiving. But a bigger test lies ahead against the Cowboys’ defense Thursday.

5 observations from the Chicago Bears’ win on Thanksgiving - Chicago Tribune - Mitch Trubisky’s first-down efficiency helped create momentum for the Bears offense while keeping a bad Lions defense on its heels.

Akiem Hicks’ return to Chicago Bears practice provides spark - Chicago Tribune - Akiem Hicks’ return to practice “sparks an excitement” in the Bears defense, and Mitch Trubisky hopes to keep the momentum going after a strong performance against the Lions.

Akiem Hicks’ return would be a boost, but Bears have to make it count - NBC Sports Chicago - Akiem Hicks returned to practice on Sunday, putting him on track to be activated off injured reserve for the Bears’ Week 15 game against the Green Bay Packers.

Three big things we learned about the Bears in the third quarter of 2019 - NBC Sports Chicago - The Bears began building a case for keeping Mitch Trubisky as their starting quarterback in 2020 and beyond over the last four games.

Bears place Adam Shaheen and Sherrick McManis on IR - NBC Sports Chicago - The Bears made several rosters moves on Saturday, placing tight end Adam Shaheen and defensive back Sherrick McManis on injured reserve (IR) and adding two players to the active roster.

The Week Ahead: Chicago Bears prep to host Dallas Cowboys - ChicagoBears.com - Three days after their 24-20 win over the Lions on Thanksgiving in Detroit, the Bears returned to the practice field Sunday to continue preparing for Thursday night’s home game against the Cowboys.

Chicago Bears DL Akiem Hicks returns to practice - Chicago Sun-Times - Hicks dislocated his left elbow in the Bears’ 24-21 loss to the Raiders on Oct. 6 in London.

How Dallas Cowboys WR Amari Cooper helped make Chicago Bears safety Eddie Jackson a star - Chicago Sun-Times - Jackson and Cooper will relive their fierce collegiate battles when the Bears host the Cowboys on Thursday.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Lamar Jackson notches record fourth double-triple of season – ProFootballTalk
- Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson passed for 105 yards and ran for 101 yards in today’s win over the 49ers, putting him in a unique place in NFL history.

Dolphins earn their third win in upset of Eagles – ProFootballTalk - The Dolphins are not as bad as everyone thought, and the Eagles are not as good as everyone thought. That’s been clear for a while now, but it became crystal clear today when the Eagles went to Miami and got out-played and out-coached in a 37-31 loss to the Dolphins.

Bucs blow out Jags as Nick Foles is benched for Gardner Minshew – ProFootballTalk - The Buccaneers turned in a strong performance today in Jacksonville, and the Jaguars now have a decision to make about their starting quarterback. In a game between two teams that are likely out of playoff contention, the most interesting question going forward will be whether Nick Foles or Gardn...

Ron Rivera: “I’m not worried about my future” – ProFootballTalk - Panthers coach Ron Rivera said he’s not worried. Perhaps he should be. After his team imploded at home to lose to a Washington team that won for the third time this season, Rivera dismissed questions about his job security.

What we learned from Sunday’s Week 13 games - NFL.com - Aaron Rodgers threw four scores in the snow, Derrick Henry rumbled through Indianapolis and Justin Tucker sealed the game of the year with a game-winning kick. Here’s what we learned from Week 13.

QB Index, Week 13: Lamar Jackson dethrones Russell Wilson - NFL.com - Move over, Russell Wilson. Lamar Jackson, fresh off another scintillating performance, knocks the Seahawks QB from his perch atop NFL.com’s QB rankings. See the updated pecking order entering Week 13.

KNOW THINE ENEMY

After further review: Another bad game from Dak Prescott, timid play-calling, and mental lapses - Blogging The Boys - The Dallas Cowboys lost to the Buffalo Bills 26-15 on Thanksgiving, but where did it all go wrong. Let’s review the tape and see if we can reveal what’s ailing this Cowboys football team.

Dallas Cowboys loss to Buffalo Bills just raises more questions - Blogging The Boys - All we really learned was that the problems may be many and pervasive.

What is the Detroit Lions’ biggest need right now? - Pride Of Detroit - There are plenty to choose from.

Jason Garrett’s Dallas Cowboys have won the week after Thanksgiving for five years in a row - Blogging The Boys - Can the Cowboys make it six?

Cowboys tricky dance in signing Dak Prescott, Amari Cooper and Byron Jones in free agency - Blogging The Boys - Dallas has some decisions to make this offseason on personnel.

IN CASE YOU YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Wiltfong: Bears place Adam Shaheen and Sherrick McManis on injured reserve - Windy City Gridiron - The Bears place two on injured reserve, add two to the 53-man roster.

Wiltfong: Bears sign Corey Levin off the Broncos practice squad - Windy City Gridiron - The Chicago Bears have added some help on their offensive line by signing Corey Levin off the Denver Broncos practice squad. This according to Levin himself via his Instagram.

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