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Chicago Bears v Minnesota Vikings
Nick Kwiatkoski #44 of the Chicago Bears leaps to catch the ball for a two point conversion in the fourth quarter of the game against the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium on December 30, 2018 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
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BEAR DOWN, CHICAGO BEARS, BEAR DOWN!!!!

BEARRRSSSS

Cruz: Trubisky’s hot start will lead Bears past Vikings - ESPN Video - Victor Cruz expects the Bears to simplify their offense and make it easy for Mitchell Trubisky against the Vikings defense.

670 Staff Predictions: Bears-Vikings - 670 The Score - Chicago hosts Minnesota at 3:25 p.m. Sunday.

Kyle Long, 5 Other Bears Sit Out Practice - 670 The Score - Bears guard Kyle Long was sidelined by a hip injury Thursday, as were five other teammates.

Know Your Foe: Bears-Vikings Storylines - 670 The Score - Danny Parkins of 670 and Cory Hepola of WCCO previewed the game.

Bernstein: Here’s To More F-Bombs From Matt Nagy - 670 The Score - We have more ideas of what Bears coach Matt Nagy should tell quarterback Mitchell Trubisky.

Bears Sign TE Bradley Sowell, Waive RB Kerrith Whyte Jr. - 670 The Score - The Bears have been forced to juggle their roster due to injuries.

Hicks likely will be a game-time decision - ChicagoBears.com - Coach Matt Nagy said Thursday that the Bears likely won’t know whether Pro Bowl DT Akiem Hicks, who is dealing with a knee injury, will be able to play Sunday against the Vikings until shortly before kickoff.

Week 4 Key Matchups: Bears vs. Vikings - ChicagoBears.com - When the Bears host the Minnesota Vikings at Soldier Field in an NFC North showdown Sunday, keep an eye on these three matchups.

Lucas honored for excelling on late notice - ChicagoBears.com - A late replacement for an ailing Bobby Massie at right tackle, Cornelius Lucas performed well in Monday night’s win over the Redskins, earning the Bears’ second Sweep the Sheds Award.

Under the Microscope: Ha Ha Clinton-Dix’s ‘Monster’ Game in Washington - Chicago Audible Blog - Let's take a deeper look into Ha Ha Clinton-Dix's big-time performance against his former team.

Can the Bears stop Dalvin Cook? Akiem Hicks' status may answer that question - NBC Sports Chicago - The Bears' defense will have to stop Dalvin Cook with or without Akiem Hicks, who coach Matt Nagy said will be a gametime decision on Sunday.

Bears confident Eddy Pineiro’s leg injury won’t get worse - NBC Sports Chicago - The Bears will manage Eddy Pineiro leading up to and in their game Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings while feeling like they won't need to use a contingency plan with their banged-up kicker.

Matt Nagy's coaching style shines in profane challenge to Mitch Trubisky - NBC Sports Chicago - Matt Nagy pointedly challenged Mitch Trubisky during Monday night's win over Washington, a challenge which stood in stark contrast to the last one caught by cameras and microphones.

Under Center Podcast: Nagy's profane challenge to Trubisky, and a new man on the Minnesota Vikings - NBC Sports Chicago - JJ Stankevitz and Cam Ellis take a look at the two different Nagys-- "Nagy the Offensive Mind" and "Nagy the Leader of the Team"

Bears injury report: Kyle Long misses Thursday's practice - NBC Sports Chicago - The Bears injury report has changed quite a bit, with a number of players not participating in practice.

Akiem Hicks' practice absence looms large for Bears defense - SI.com - Akiem Hicks, Bilal Nichols injuries put Bears' ability to defend run against Vikings in jeopardy.

Danny Trevathan says Vikings will try to "bully" Bears - SI.com - Top running team crashes into No. 3 run defense of Bears.

Hoge and Jahns: Week 4 Bears-Vikings, NFL Preview - WGN Radio - The fourth week of the NFL season is upon us, and the Bears are preparing for a visit from the Minnesota Vikings. Before previewing the divisional matuchup, Adam Hoge and Adam Jahns talk about the video of head coach Matt Nagy yelling at quarterback Mitchell Trubisky on sideline during Monday Night's game in Washington D.C.,

The Full Mack Attack Is All the Way Back - Bleacher Nation - Khalil Mack is living rent-free inside Kirk Cousins' head. Check out this anecdote from The Athletic's Chad Graff, who shared some interesting comments from the

Upgraded Cook gives Vikes a recipe for success - Chicago Sun-Times - The Bears’ proud run defense is on high alert against the Vikings’ red-hot running back. "Anytime somebody tries to run the ball at the crib ... I’ll take that as a challenge," Danny Trevathan said.

Here’s whom the Bears will lean on if star Akiem Hicks can’t go Sunday - Chicago Sun-Times - Coach Matt Nagy said Hicks’ participation against the Vikings is "probably going to end up being a game-time decision."

Bears’ Matt Nagy on Week 1 boo-birds: ‘We want to play better so they can cheer better’ - Chicago Sun-Times - "Any human being, you don’t really want people booing you, let alone your home fans," Nagy said.

‘Halas Intrigue’ Episode 19: On the Bears’ injuries — and the fact Mark Potash never gets one - Chicago Sun-Times - Patrick Finley and Mark Potash break down the Bears’ rash of injuries and talk about the challenge that poses with leading rusher Dalvin Cook coming to town.

Bears cut rookie RB Kerrith Whyte, re-sign TE Bradley Sowell - Chicago Sun-Times - The Bears converted Sowell from tackle to tight end this offseason.

Bears still trying to get their running game on track - Chicago Sun-Times - The potential is there with rookie running back David Montgomery, but the offensive line is not in a groove yet. "I think we can play a little bit better there," Matt Nagy said. "They know that."

Bears Q&A: Why isn’t Mitch Trubisky running more? Where has Tarik Cohen gone in the offense? Could Alex Smith be a future QB option? - Chicago TribuneThe Tribune’s Brad - Biggs answers Bears questions weekly. This week's mailbag includes questions about Anthony Miller, Kerrith Whyte, Mike Davis and Riley Ridley.

Bears need ailing Akiem Hicks to help slow Vikings running back Dalvin Cook. But Hicks could be a game-time decision Sunday. - Chicago Tribune - It’s never a good time for the Bears to be without their 6-foot-4, 352-pound Pro Bowler, but Sunday’s NFC North battle against the Vikings would be particularly unfortunate timing for Akiem Hicks to be out or ailing.

Sunday’s Bears storylines: Khalil Mack’s greatest talent, nudity outside of Club Dub and the hidden stakes of the Week 4 game - Chicago Tribune - Kirk Cousins is aware of how much damage Khalil Mack can do. So how can Cousins and the Vikings adapt? Is there more to the Kyle Long nudity story? Dan Wiederer offers the latest.

Meet the Minnesota Vikings (with Sam Ekstrom of Zone Coverage) - Chicago Audible Podcast - Sam Ekstrom of Zone Coverage provides his firsthand account of the Minnesota Vikings heading into their Week 4 matchup against the Chicago Bears.

Holmes: Joe Maddon interview, Bears’ throwback jerseys (Hour 1) - 670 The Score - Later, Holmes discussed the video that the Bears produced that explained the context around their 1936 throwback jerseys.

POLISH SAUSAGE

25 Chicago restaurants win Michelin stars, including 5 newcomers - Chicago Tribune - The 2020 Michelin Guide awarded stars to 25 Chicago restaurants, including five first-timers. Next Restaurant, repeatedly passed over, finally receives a star.

KNOW THINE ENEMY

Lions - Chiefs Week 4 injury report: LeSean McCoy full participant for KC - Pride Of Detroit - The Chiefs will likely have their No. 1 RB this week.

Report: Detroit Lions waive 6th-round pick WR Travis Fulgham - Pride Of Detroit - Detroit is moving on from the rookie receiver

Vikings vs. Bears: Statement or Same ‘OL, Same ‘OL ? - Daily Norseman - Vikings have a chance to make a statement Sunday at Soldier Field. But will they?

Is Sunday a must win game? - Daily Norseman
For week four, it’s about as close to a must win as you get for this early in the season

Minnesota Vikings at Chicago Bears Week 4 Preview: Don’t Mess This Up - Daily Norseman - In an evenly matched divisional game, the difference between Minnesota and Chicago might be which quarterback makes fewer mistakes.

Should the Vikings trade Stefon Diggs? – ProFootballTalk - Receiver Stefon Diggs, the hero of the Minneapolis Miracle, will never have to pay for a meal or a drink in Minnesota. But how much longer will he be living there? A question posed during a Wednesday #PFTPM mailbag has gotten me thinking: Could Diggs be traded? After Sunday's run-to-set-up-the...

Giants RB Saquon Barkley (ankle) won't need surgery - NFL.com - After getting a second opinion on his high ankle sprain, Saquon Barkley received some good news. The Giants' star RB won't need surgery, according to NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport.

Bears’ injury report features five starters - Chicago Sun-Times - Guard Kyle Long, who practiced Wednesday, missed Thursday’s practice with a hip injury. He was on the injury report last week with the same problem.

IN CASE YOU YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Berckes & Glover: Five Questions with Daily Norseman - “Bears and Vikings Defenses are very Similar” - Windy City Gridiron - Ted Glover from the Daily Norseman joins us to dish on Kirk Cousins, Dalvin Cook, and their stout defense.

WhiskeyRanger: A Hero Returns! Bears Re-sign TE Bradley Sowell - Windy City Gridiron - There’s just something about Bradley...

Schmitz' Video Review: Breaking down 5 plays from Chicago Bears @ Washington - Windy City Gridiron - In his latest video breakdown, Robert S. recaps the Chicago Bears’ 31-15 win over Washington by analyzing 5(+) plays that stuck out from the game.

Berckes & Snyder: Bears over Beers featuring Ted Glover of Daily Norseman - Windy City Gridiron - Jeff and EJ get some inside information from Ted Glover on Kirk Cousins, Dalvin Cook, and the stout Vikings defense.

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