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The Bear’s Den, December 9, 2019

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After a Bears-Free weekend, it’s now Packers week as Chicago prepares for a critical game at Green Bay.

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Anthony Miller #17 of the Chicago Bears celebrates a touchdown catch against the Dallas Cowboys at Soldier Field on December 05, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bears defeated the Cowboys 31-24.
Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

THE DAILY SPONGIE SPECIAL

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

BEARRRSSSS

Chicago Bears can’t afford letdown by Mitch Trubisky after big game vs. Dallas Cowboys - Chicago Sun-Times - Everything clicked for Trubisky, via air and ground, in the win over the Cowboys. But it - can’t stop here. Ken's Note: Article by Captain Obvious.

Chicago Bears coach Matt Nagy keeps door open for LB Danny Trevathan vs. Green Bay Packers - Chicago Sun-Times - A roundup of the Bears’ many injury situations, with key players coming in and out.

5 observations from the Chicago Bears' win over the Cowboys - Chicago Tribune - Mitch Trubisky Thursday night resembled the playmaker the Bears believe he can be. His legs seemed to unlock that.

Chicago Bears' NFL playoff picture for Week 14 - Chicago Tribune - The Bears are in the playoff hunt! So how do they get closer to catching their prey? The Week 14 scoreboard watching guide.

Chicago Bears recap: Breaking down the Week 14 win - Chicago Tribune - The Bears beat the Cowboys 31-24 on Thursday night and now have a winning record for the first time in 8 weeks.

2020 NFL Draft: Bears land CB, OT in 7-round mock draft - NBC Sports Chicago - The Bears stay away from quarterback in the second round in this new seven-round 2020 NFL mock draft.

No Guarantees Mitchell Trubisky Keeps Scrambling - 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

The Beat 12/07/19: Chris Boden talks Blackhawks, Adam Hoge talks Bears, and more! - WGN Radio - Kevin Powell talks Chicago sports with you on this Saturday evening. To get the show started off Kevin gets "the state of the team" going with Chris Boden talking about the Blackhawks, and Adam Hoge discussing the Bears. Kevin also shares his thoughts on the Bears and Mitch Trubisky.

Payton Presser: Bears offense shines under the bright lights - WGN Radio - Where has this offense been all season? It’s been there. It just took most of the season for them to figure out what works and what doesn’t.

Hester earns spot on NFL 100 All-Time Team - ChicagoBears.com - Former Bears record-breaking kick returner Devin Hester has been named to the NFL 100 All-Time Team.

‘Mentally callused’ Chicago Bears embrace underdog role for rest of the season - Chicago Sun-Times - The position might fit the Bears, given that they couldn’t shoulder the mantle of presumptive Super Bowl contender.

Mark Potash: Breaking down the Chicago Bears as they head into the stretch run - Chicago Sun-Times - With three games to go, the 7-6 Bears have an outside shot at a playoff berth. But even if they fall short, a strong finish by Mitch Trubisky and the offense can re-establish a foundation for success in 2020.

Patrick Finley: Breaking down the Chicago Bears as they start the homestretch - Chicago Sun-Times - As the Bears get ready for their last idle Sunday of the regular season — and a gauntlet that will decide their long-shot playoff fate — the Sun-Times’ Patrick Finley breaks down the road ahead.

Electric former Chicago Bears return man Devin Hester named to NFL 100 All-Time Team - Chicago Sun-Times - The former Bears star, who had an NFL-record 20 touchdown returns in his career, was named to the NFL 100 All-Time Team on Friday.

Bears OLB Khalil Mack pays off layaway accounts at hometown Walmart - Khalil Mack might destroy opposing QBs on the field, but he has a soft spot for his hometown of Fort Pierce, FL.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Panthers will hold out for large deal to trade Cam Newton - NFL.com - Panthers quarterback Cam Newton has surgery this week with the hope that he’s healthy by March. Once that time comes, the talk surrounding if he stays or goes will begin to gain major steam.

Report: Odell tells players, coaches on other teams he wants out of Cleveland – ProFootballTalk - As talk mounts that Odell Beckham wants out of Cleveland, a new report says some of that talk is coming from Beckham himself. Jay Glazer of FOX Sports reports that Beckham has approached opposing players and coaches before and even during games this season and told them, “come get me.

Jameis Winston adds to his league lead in interceptions – ProFootballTalk - The holidays are all about traditions. So it’s perfect that the man in the red suit delivers a gift. Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston just threw an interception on his first pass of the game, and the Colts immediately took advantage for a 7-0 lead.

“Zero steam” for playoff reseeding despite 2019 NFC East debacle – ProFootballTalk - The NFL has shown, time and again, a resistance to making proactive changes. Instead, most big adjustments come as a reaction to a crisis, like the outcome of the Rams-Saints NFC Championship game.

Jason Lieser: How will the 2019 season end for the Bears? - Chicago Sun-Times - A look at what the Bears’ recent resurgence means, whether Mitch Trubisky has bought himself any security and the big question: What will their final record be, and will it enough to make the playoffs?

KNOW THINE ENEMY

Lions fined for injury report shenanigans before Bears game - Chicago Sun-Times - Quarterback Matthew Stafford, who broke bones in his back the week beforehand, was ruled inactive 90 minutes before the Bears game.

Detroit Lions vs. Minnesota Vikings Week 14 stock report - Pride Of Detroit - We’re going down, down.

Detroit Lions clinch last place in NFC North - Pride Of Detroit - The Lions will finish last in back-to-back seasons for the first time since 2008-09.

Lions vs. Vikings quick thoughts: What Just Happened? - Pride Of Detroit - A collection of thoughts on the Lions’ Week 14 loss.

Lions-Vikings recap: Offense struggles as Detroit drops 6th straight - Pride Of Detroit - After finally getting an acceptable defensive effort, it was the offense that faltered against the Vikings.

3 things we learned from the Detroit Lions’ loss to the Minnesota Vikings - Pride Of Detroit - Starting with David Blough’s not-so-great follow-up game.

Danielle Hunter sets another NFL sack record - Daily Norseman - And, again, it has to do with his age

Minnesota Vikings 20, Detroit Lions 7: Minnesota inches closer to postseason - Daily Norseman - It wasn’t a blowout, but it didn’t need to be

Packers start fast, hold off late Washington rally to win 20-15 - Acme Packing Company - Aaron Rodgers and the offense got off to a 14-0 lead and fell asleep for the rest of the game. Aaron Jones and a mauling defense did the rest.

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