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The Bear’s Den, October 10, 2020

“I just know that we smelled a little blood in the water” - Khalil Mack

NFL: Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Chicago Bears Mike Dinovo-USA TODAY Sports

THE DAILY SPONGIE SPECIAL

BEARRRSSSS

Frustrated with Bears’ offense, Matt Nagy harping on details - 670 The Score - Bears coach Matt Nagy is pleased by his team’s 4-1 record but frustrated with its offensive inconsistency. With that in mind, he’s harping on the “details” for both players and his coaching staff.

Emma: Observations from Bears-Buccaneers - 670 The Score - The Bears improved to 4-1 by beating the Buccaneers, 20-19, on Thursday, with Khalil Mack and the Chicago defense frustrating Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay offense.

Bears' James Daniels reportedly out for rest of 2020 season with pec tear - RSN - It may be Alex Bars time going forward.

Matt Nagy rips Bears' offense for lacking attention to detail in Bucs win - RSN - The Bears head coach was about as angry as we've ever seen him on Friday.

Khalil Mack, Bears relentlessly harass Tom Brady: ‘We smelled blood’ - RSN - Khalil Mack may have had his best game as a Bear Thursday night.

Bears 20, Buccaneers 19: Nick Foles, Khalil Mack lead Bears in dramatic win - RSN - It wasn't pretty, but it counts all the same.

Nick Foles, Bears’ rollercoaster good enough for huge win over Buccaneers - RSN - Nick Foles' career has played out in the 10 quarters he's been the Bears' QB1 in 2020.

Bears vs Buccaneers postgame recap - Under Center Podcast - The Super Bowl magic of Nick Foles appeared as the Bears take the tough and close win over Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 20-19 as the Bears improve to 4-1. JJ Stankevitz and Cam Ellis breakdown the big Thursday night win, give out game balls to the most impactful Bears of the game and OMG did you see what Khalil Mack did to that grown man. SHEESH!

Khalil Mack, Kyle Fuller top Bears’ grades on defense in Week 5 - Bears Wire - Khalil Mack finished the game with two sacks and five pressures.

3 things that stood out to Chicago Bears head coach Matt Nagy after Week 5 win over Tampa Bay Buccaneers - ChicagoBears.com - After watching tape of Thursday night’s 20-19 comeback win over the Buccaneers at Soldier Field, Bears coach Matt Nagy on Friday discussed three things that stood out to him, including an offense that needs to pay greater attention to detail.

They Said It: What writers across Chicago are saying about the Bears' Week 5 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers - ChicagoBears.com - In the aftermath of the Bears’ 20-19 win over the Buccaneers, here’s what Chicago writers are saying about the team.

Inside Slant: QB Nick Foles leads another game-winning drive for Chicago Bears in victory over Tampa Bay Buccaneers - ChicagoBears.com - Quarterback Nick Foles led another game-winning drive Thursday night, keeping the Bears’ late-game magic intact in a 20-19 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Chalk Talk: What were Chicago Bears QB Nick Foles and head coach Matt Nagy discussing on the sideline? - ChicagoBears.com - Senior writer Larry Mayer discusses what coach Matt Nagy and an animated quarterback Nick Foles were talking about on the sideline Thursday night, left guard James Daniels’ injury and why the Bears didn’t challenge a play preceding Tom Brady’s quarterback

Postgame Perspective: Chicago Bears get contributions from all three phases in 20-19 win over Tampa Bay Buccaneers - - ChicagoBears.com - Clutch performances in all three phases lifted the Bears to a hard-fought 20-19 win over Tom Brady and the Buccaneers Thursday night at Soldier Field.

Chicago Bears: James Daniels out for season with torn pec - Chicago Tribune - Chicago Bears left guard James Daniels is done for the season after tearing his pectoral muscle Thursday in a 20-19 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Chicago Bears local TV ratings down from last week - Chicago Tribune - The Chicago Bears bounced back Thursday night. Their local TV ratings didn’t.

Winners and losers from Chicago Bears' Week 5 - Chicago Tribune - Tom Brady is now 7-1 on Thursday and 5-1 vs. the Chicago Bears after the Tampa Bay Buccaneers lost at Soldier Field 20-19. It’s just one more reminder Brady is 43. He’s older than Bears coach Matt Nagy.

Brad Biggs’ 10 thoughts on Chicago Bears' Week 5 win - Chicago Tribune - 10 thoughts after the Chicago Bears posted a win against a Tom Brady-led team for the first time, defeating the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 20-19 at Soldier Field in Week 5.

Bears offense needs fixing, again, as Matt Nagy turns focus to the details – The Athletic - Matt Nagy had to be the most disgusted 4-1 coach in NFL history on Friday.

Greenberg: Nick Foles does enough, but the Bears still leave you wanting more – The Athletic - If a season is a journey, the Bears are off to a promising start, but the road forward remains uncertain.

Are the Bears elite? At 4-1, they’re utterly unpredictable: Postgame Pompei – The Athletic - Dan Pompei gives you his thoughts from the Bears' 20-19 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Nick Foles’ first win as a Bears starter had a little bit of everything – The Athletic - In a game Foles referred to as a “fistfight,” he didn’t need to do a ton, but his veteran plays helped make the difference.

Chicago Bears - Tamp Bay Buccaneers Postgame Show: Kyle Fuller's Big-Hit Sparks the Bears, Ignites Yet Another Chicago Comeback - ChicagoAudible.com - Listen as the guys share their instant reaction and analysis of the Chicago Bears 20-19 victory of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

By beating Tom Brady and Bucs, Bears firmly establish playoff expectations - RSN - The Bears are 4-1. As far as records go, it's as impressive as it is incomplete. No Super Bowl's ever been won before the second weekend in October, but the difference between 3-2 and 4-1 is, put simply, significant: historically, 4-1 football teams make the playoffs 85% of the time. 3-2 teams? 54%.

Khalil Mack, Bears' D smelled 'blood in the water' vs. Brady's Buccaneers - NFL.com - Defenses have predictably struggled to slow the onslaught of offenses to start the 2020 season. The Bears, however, are one of the few units that have been a force thus far. Thursday, Khalil Mack & Co. proved why, pestering Tom Brady and the Buccanee

James Daniels’ injury a blow to Bears’ o-line - Chicago Sun-Times - The 2018 second-round pick likely is out for the season after suffering a torn pectoral muscle vs. the Bucs on Sunday. Alex Bars replaced him Sunday, though Rashaad Coward might be an option.

Bears’ James Daniels out for season with torn pec: report - Chicago Sun-Times - The Bears’ offensive line, which has been better this season, took a hit with Daniels’ exit after an injury in the Buccaneers game.

More of the Khalil Mack who made Tom Brady want to forget everything - Chicago Sun-Times - When the Bears linebacker is fully engaged, the defense is a monster.

Bears coach Matt Nagy erupts at offense: ‘Get the freakin’ details right’ - Chicago Sun-Times - Normally optimistic and sunny, Nagy is out of patience with his offense after a sloppy performance in the 20-19 win over the Buccaneers.

Bears Snap Judgment: More Robert Quinn equals better pass rush - Chicago Sun-Times - The Sun-Times’ weekly look at the Bears’ snap counts shows an increase for Quinn, decrease for Anthony Miller and more.

Bears podcast: The Bears go to 4-1 after stunning Tom Brady and the Bucs - Chicago Sun-Times - The Bears go to 4-1 after stunning Tom Brady and the Bucs.

Bears K Cairo Santos nails game-winner, 1 year after career low - Chicago Sun-Times - Santos made a 38-yard field goal into the north end zone to give the Bears a 20-19 lead against the Buccaneers with 1:13 to play. About nine minutes earlier, he made one from 47 yards.

Did Buccaneers QB Tom Brady know it was fourth down on final play vs. Bears? - Chicago Sun-Times - Brady looked confused by the Bears’ offense coming onto the field after his incomplete pass on fourth-and-6 with 38 seconds left.

Chicago Bears: Matt Nagy sounds of on offensive woes - Chicago Tribune - Chicago Bears coach Matt Nagy spent several minutes Friday morning testily talking about how his group needs to better focus on details if they want to improve their 21 points per game average, which is tied for seventh-worst in the league.

POLISH SAUSAGE

NFL: Coaches who approach officials without mask can be penalized - ProFootballTalk - Officials have been told “if an individual not wearing a face covering approaches them inappropriately, they have the authority to take administrative or officiating action.”

KNOW THINE ENEMY

Notes and Stats from the Bucs 20-19 loss to the Bears - Bucs Nation - Some good individual performances.

The Bucs were undisciplined as ever, and poorly coached - Bucs Nation - It’s the same song and dance no matter who coaches this team.

Yarcho’s Pick Six: Bucs Lose Frustrating Game To Chicago - Bucs Nation - There were a lot of things to hate about Thursday Night Football

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Leming: 10 Takes after a big win on a short week for the Chicago Bears - Windy City Gridiron - The Chicago Bears found a way to pull out a one point win on a short week on Thursday night to improve to (4-1). Just how big was that win? All of that and more in this week’s 10 takes.

Duerrwaechter: James Daniels Out For the Season with Torn Pectoral Muscle - Windy City Gridiron - The budding player at LG has suffered an unfortunate injury which will cut his 2020 season short.

Wiltfong: This is why Nick Foles is QB1 - Windy City Gridiron - Former NFL player Emmanuel Acho breaks down Nick Foles in a way that only a former NFL player can, and it’s magnificent.

Berckes & Snyder's Bears Over Beers: Mack Pillages the Buccaneers Backfield, Bears Beat Brady - Windy City Gridiron - Jeff and EJ stay up late to record their thoughts on the big Bears victory over the Bucs

O'Donnell: Khalil Mack flipped a 320-pound offensive lineman with one arm like it was nothing - SBNation.com - Khalil Mack is ridiculously strong.

Infante's Game Notes: Bears stick it to Tom Brady and Bucs, improve to 4-1 in thriller - Windy City Gridiron - Regardless of how well they played, what matters most is that the Bears played well enough to win.

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