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The Bear’s Den, December 28, 2019

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It’s been 35 long damned years since we won the ship. This year started with promise and ends with a whimper.

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Khalil Mack #52 of the Chicago Bears rushes against Eric Fisher #72 of the Kansas City Chiefs at Soldier Field on December 22, 2019 in Chicago
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THE DAILY SPONGIE SPECIAL

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

BEARRRSSSS

Chicago Bears’ Prince Amukamara states his case - Chicago Sun-Times - Veteran could be a cap casualty in 2020, but at 30, he likes where he’s at in his career. ‘I feel like I had a pretty good year.’

Chicago Bears QB Mitch Trubisky frustrated by poor play as clock ticks to prove himself - Chicago Sun-Times - Trubisky is near the bottom of the NFL in efficiency and overall production. That makes a weak case for the Bears to trigger his 2021 option and consider a contract extension.

NFL Week 17 predictions: Chicago Bears at Minnesota Vikings - Chicago Tribune - The Bears won the first meeting with the Vikings at Soldier Field back on Sept. 29, a 16-6 victory that was arguably their most impressive of the year. Can they get back to .500 in Sunday’s finale?

Chicago Bears vs. Minnesota Vikings preview podcast - Chicago Tribune - Rich Campbell and Dan Wiederer are in the Halas Hall coat closet to preview the Bears' meaningless finale against the Vikings and what it could mean for 2020.

Chicago Bears receiver Anthony Miller's next challenge is consistency - Chicago Tribune - Anthony Miller points to a four-surge from Week 12 to Week 15 as proof of what he’s capable of for a Bears offense that needs all the help it can get and can’t afford to be picky.

4 things worth watching for in the Bears' final game of 2019 - NBC Sports Chicago - You should keep an eye on these four things. Or take a nap. It's up to you.

Emma's Tailgater: Why Wasn't Bears' Defense Dominant? - 670 The Score - The Bears have just 16 takeaways in 2019 after posting 36 a year before. Injuries have been part of the reason, but the downturn goes much deeper.

5@5: Will Pace, Nagy & Trubisky Return In Same Roles? - 670 The Score - The Mully & Haugh crew debates a five-pack of questions every weekday.

Chicago Bears podcast: A meaningless Week 17 vs. the Minnesota Vikings - Chicago Sun-Times - Week 17 means something to a lot of NFL teams. Sadly for Chicago fans, the Bears don’t fall into that category.

Bears to lean on Matt Nagy, Ryan Pace to fix offense this offseason - Chicago Sun-Times - The team will rely on the relationship between general manager Ryan Pace and head coach Matt Nagy to examine the league’s second-worst offense — and find ways to fix it.

Bears vs. Vikings: What to Watch 4 - Chicago Sun-Times - The Bears are still motivated to finish strong for Matt Nagy. “I want to help coach Nagy not have a [losing] season,” CB Prince Amukamara said. “We love Nagy and I would want that for him.”

Grand finale? It’s all about 2020 for Mitch Trubisky - Chicago Sun-Times - Bears beleaguered quarterback is searching for elusive consistency vs. the Vikings on Sunday. But in a meaningless game, Week 17 success is unlikely to change any minds.

KNOW THINE ENEMY

Detroit Lions create extra 2020 cap room with Matthew Stafford contract restructure - Pride Of Detroit - The Lions will have an extra nest egg for offseason spending.

Detroit Lions promote LB Anthony Pittman to active roster - Pride Of Detroit - The local Wayne State product could make his NFL debut on Sunday.

Vikings Friday injury report: Dalvin Cook and Eric Kendricks OUT against Bears - Daily Norseman - Not that it’s going to matter much

Report: Vikings plan to rest starters on Sunday - Daily Norseman - Because there’s nothing to play for

Packers open up 2020 salary cap space by adjusting Aaron Rodgers’ contract - Acme Packing Company - Green Bay effectively opens up around $8.6 million in space next year by converting some roster bonus money to a signing bonus.

Packers Week 17 Injury Report: Jamaal Williams likely to sit out regular season finale - Acme Packing Company - Williams and his fullback are both doubtful for Sunday’s game.

Detroit Lions final injury report: A’Shawn Robinson declared OUT, 5 questionable vs. Packers - Pride Of Detroit - The Lions defensive tackle may have played his last game as a Lion.

IN CASE YOU YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Wiltfong’s Bears vs. Vikings Injury Report: Eddie Goldman and Akiem Hicks are out - Windy City Gridiron - This is the full injury report in advance of the Chicago Bears and the Minnesota Vikings game.

Infante’s Chicago Bears all-decade team for the 2010s: Offense - Windy City Gridiron - With the 2010s coming to a close, we take a look at the best players the Bears had in the decade.

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

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WCG CONTRIBUTORS BEARS PODCASTS & STREAMS

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