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The pundits elucidate on the penultimate contest of the Chicago Bears season. Dictionary level 2 accomplished.

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John St. Clair #78 of the Chicago Bears celebrates his 2-yard touchdown reception against the Kansas City Chiefs at Soldier Field on September 16, 2007 in Chicago, Illinois.
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THE DAILY SPONGIE SPECIAL

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

BEARRRSSSS

Danny Trevathan’s Value Apparent to Chuck Pagano - SI.com - Whether general manager Ryan Pace has given up on linebacker Danny Trevathan remains to be seen. Bears defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano apparently hasn’t.

Emma’s Tailgater: Why Has Bears’ Bet On Trubisky Failed? - 670 The Score - With hindsight to our advantage now, the Bears prioritized the wrong traits in their fateful decision in the 2017 draft in which they selected Mitchell Trubisky over Patrick Mahomes and Deshuan Watson.

Ostrowski: What To Wager On In Bears-Chiefs - 670 The Score - Bears receiver Anthony Miller has been on a tear lately, and his player prop is certainly one to considered in deciding what to wager on.

Bears DL Akiem Hicks Questionable Against Chiefs - 670 The Score - After previously declaring he would play, the Bears have listed defensive lineman Akiem Hicks as questionable against the Chiefs on Sunday night.

5@5: Jackson Or Fuller More Important For Bears? - 670 The Score - The Mully & Haugh crew debates a five-pack of questions every weekday.

Chicago Bears podcast: Who wins Chicago Bears-Kansas City Chiefs? - Chicago Sun-Times - It looks like it will be a tough weekend near the end of a tough season for Mitch Trubisky.

Chicago Bears’ Khalil Mack criticizes his season: ‘Definitely wasn’t what I wanted’ - Chicago Sun-Times - A conversation with Mack went south at the onset, when he was asked an innocuous question about making the Pro Bowl.

Chicago Bears coach Matt Nagy has to change if the Bears want to succeed in 2020 - Chicago Sun-Times - He needs to significantly improve as a play caller for the team to get back to the playoffs next season.

Chicago Bears have long history of big-play scorers - Chicago Sun-Times - Harlon Hill, Gale Sayers, Devin Hester top list of players who had some of the biggest scoring plays in franchise history.

Tyreek Hill's elite speed will provide challenges the Bears' defense hasn't seen yet - NBC Sports Chicago - To beat the Chiefs Sunday night, Eddie Jackson and the Bears' defense need to find a way to slow down Tyreek Hill.

Bears injury report: Hicks full participant but remains questionable for Sunday - NBC Sports Chicago - Akiem Hicks and Prince Amukamara are both listed as questionable for Sunday's game against Andy Reid and the Kansas City Chiefs.

Under Center Podcast: How to grow a successful quarterback - NBC Sports Chicago - Host Laurence Holmes is joined by Terez Paylor of Yahoo sports to discuss the Chiefs and Bears matchup on Sunday Night Football.

Everyone on the Bears is mad about Allen Robinson's Pro Bowl snub except him - NBC Sports Chicago - You won't hear a complaint from him, but Allen Robinson's teammates have plenty to say on it.

Mitchell Trubisky's Legs Must Make Ground Game Go - SI.com - The lack of a running game hits home for the Bears this week, although it doesn't really matter at this point since they've been eliminated.

Special Soldier Field Battle for Dave Toub, Chris Tabor - SI.com - There's more than one student and mentor reunion going on Sunday night at Soldier Field.

Chicago Bears cornerback Kevin Toliver could find his opportunity - Chicago Sun-Times - The final two games of the 2019 season could be an audition for the second-year cornerback if the Bears don’t want to pay a Prince-ly sum at the position in 2020.

Tyreek Hill, the NFL’s fastest man, will test Bears safeties - Chicago Sun-Times - ”There’s no one in the NFL that has that speed,” Bears coach Matt Nagy said. “They might think they have that speed, but they don’t.”

POLISH SAUSAGE

Belichick has no interest in discussing Brady’s career-low completion percentage – ProFootballTalk - Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has completed just 60.1 percent of his passes this season, the worst mark of his career. But coach Bill Belichick sounded unconcerned about that when asked about it this week.

Titans hoping fifth kicker is the charm – ProFootballTalk - The Titans are on their fifth kicker of the season. They are hoping Greg Joseph can perform better than the others have. The team signed Joseph earlier this week after placing Ryan Succop on injured reserve and waiving Ryan Santoso, who handled kickoffs the past three weeks.

KNOW THINE ENEMY

Detroit Lions injury report: 3 starters declared out vs. Broncos - Pride Of Detroit - The Lions will be without more key players this Sunday .

APC Week 16 NFL Picks: Will Packers find a way to win in Minnesota? - Acme Packing Company - APC’s contributors are very split on the Packers’ chances to beat the Vikings on Monday.

Packers must contain Vikings’ receivers with Cook on the shelf - Acme Packing Company - The Packers must find a way to keep Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen in check.

APC Week 16 NFL Picks: Will Packers find a way to win in Minnesota? - Acme Packing Company - APC’s contributors are very split on the Packers’ chances to beat the Vikings on Monday.

IN CASE YOU YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Householder & Berckes' Best Bets: Chicago Bears-Kansas City Chiefs, total, survivor picks - Windy City Gridiron - The Bears season isn’t over yet and they still have to play for pride, while their opponent is playing for seeding

Berckes & WhiskeyRanger: Fantasy Football Forum Week 16 - The Finals - Windy City Gridiron - Your place for all things fantasy football

Wiltfong's Bears vs. Chiefs Injury Report: Bobby Massie and Taylor Gabriel still out - Windy City Gridiron - Here’s the full injury report for the Bears and Chiefs.

Infante's 2020 NFL draft: Breaking down potential offensive tackle targets for the Bears - Windy City Gridiron - The Bears need some help along the offensive line, so they could target a tackle at some point in this year’s draft.

Wiltfong: FanPulse - Should division winners host playoff games regardless of record? - Windy City Gridiron - Welcome to SB Nation FanPulse — a survey of fans across the NFL. Throughout the offseason, we send 32 polls to plugged in fans from each team. Bears fans, sign up HERE to join FanPulse.

WCG CONTRIBUTORS BEARS PODCASTS & STREAMS

Windy City Gridiron Podcast Channel which includes Bear With Me from Robert Schmitz, Bears Over Beers featuring Jeff Berckes & EJ Snyder, and T Formation Conversation from Lester A. Wiltfong Jr.; Steven’s Streaming Twitch Channel from Steven Schweickert; and Robert Zeglinski’s The Blitz Network

THE RULES

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WCG CONTRIBUTORS BEARS PODCASTS & STREAMS

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