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The Bear’s Den, October 17, 2020

Bears have a backup for their backup kicker, they’re closer to naming a starter in place of the injured James Daniels, and John Jenkins is back from injured reserve!

Tampa Bay Buccaneers v Chicago Bears Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

THE DAILY SPONGIE SPECIAL

BEARRRSSSS

Roster Moves: Chicago Bears activate DT John Jenkins from injured reserve - ChicagoBears.com - The Bears on Friday activated veteran defensive tackle John Jenkins from injured reserve and listed him as questionable for Sunday’s game in Carolina.

The Pick Is In: Chicago Bears at Carolina Panthers - ChicagoBears.com - Local and national NFL analysts make their pick for the Week 6 game between the Bears and Panthers Sunday at Bank of America Stadium

Bears notebook: Brent Urban rockin’ and rollin’ as valuable defensive line sub - Chicago Sun-Times - With big plays punctuated by air-guitar celebrations — a nod to Duane Allman and a tribute to Eddie Van Halen — the 6-7, 300-pound Urban is making the most of his role in the Bears’ top-10 defense.

Column: Can Chicago Bears shake their underdog status? - Chicago Tribune - Despite a 4-1 record, the Chicago Bears aren’t getting much respect from Las Vegas oddsmakers. “This is our opinion of the Bears. We think the Bears are the Lions. If they can prove us wrong, that will change.”

Rashaad Coward Looks More Like Bears Starting Option - Sports Illustrated - The Bears aren’t saying who will start at left guard this week, even after Alex Bars played there following James Daniel’s torn pectoral muscle in the game with Tampa Bay.

Perez’s Fantasy Football Week 6: David Montgomery should be in your starting lineup - Bears Wire - Chicago Bears running back David Montgomery has had a hard-to-understand season through five games this year. After averaging more than five yards per carry in the first two games, his output has plummeted to just 101 yards on 34 carries over the last three weeks.

Negating The Narrative: How Ryan Pace Has Laid a Solid Foundation for the Bears - On Tap Sports Net - Like every other GM in the league, Ryan Pace has made some big mistakes. But that shouldn’t discredit the commendable job he’s done building the Bears’ foundation.

Eddy Pineiro ‘still in Bears plans,’ according to special teams coach - Bears Wire - Chicago Bears kicker Eddy Pineiro has been sidelined all season as he recovers from a groin injury, which has provided veteran Cairo Santos with an opportunity to prove he deserves the Bears’ kicking gig.

Injury Update: S Deon Bush out, 4 others questionable for Chicago Bears’ Week 6 game against Carolina Panthers - ChicagoBears.com - Bears safety Deon Bush will miss his second straight game Sunday against the Carolina Panthers with a hamstring injury that prevented him from practicing this week.

Chicago Bears WR Anthony Miller working to establish role in evolving Nick Foles-led offense - ChicagoBears.com - Receiver Anthony Miller is aiming to to be more involved in an evolving Nick Foles-led offense.

Freeman Film Room: How Khalil Mack Pillaged the Buccaneers - 247Sports.com - The latest Bear Report Film Review episode takes a look at how Khalil Mack was so good against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 6.

Emma’s Tailgater: Bears’ running woes start with Matt Nagy - 670 The Score - The Bears have the third-largest run-pass disparity in the NFL through five weeks as coach Matt Nagy continues to neglect the ground game. Chicago’s offense has suffered with the lack of balance.

Forget all those defensive studs, Bears MVP is a special teamer - Daily Herald - Through five weeks of this 2020 season Cordarrelle Patterson is the Bears Most Valuable Player.

Running back Davis off to fast start as Panthers face Bears - Daily Herald - Panthers running back Mike Davis said the key to his success this season has been that he ‘runs angry.’

Bears get insurance with kicker Kai Forbath - Chicago Sun-Times - Chris Tabor said Forbath will be insurance in case starter Cairo Santos gets hurt — or worse.

Lamar Miller could help the Bears’ backfield...but when? - Chicago Sun-Times - The Bears didn’t sign Le’Veon Bell, but they still have a Pro Bowl running back to whom they can turn.

POLISH SAUSAGE

NFL updates COVID-19 testing protocols for newly acquired players - NFL.com - The NFL released a memo on Friday which updates the COVID-19 testing protocols for newly acquired players. The new rules will take effect on Saturday, October 17.

Pepsi still plans for a Super Bowl halftime show - ProFootballTalk - There may be no fans present for the Super Bowl, but if there’s a Super Bowl, there will still be a concert at halftime of it.

Indianapolis Colts’ retests on four people come back negative for COVID-19 - ESPN - The Indianapolis Colts reopened their practice facility Friday after four individuals’ retests for COVID-19 confirmed they were negative, the team said.

NFL bold predictions, Week 6: Texans upset unbeaten Titans - NFL.com - Can the Houston Texans knock off the unbeaten Tennessee Titans? How will Pats QB Cam Newton fare in his return? NFL Network analysts make bold predictions for Week 6 of the 2020 NFL season.

KNOW THINE ENEMY

Carolina Panthers place Tyler Larsen on reserve/COVID-19 and Yetur Gross-Matos on IR - Cat Scratch Reader - The Panthers depth continues to thin as Larsen is placed on reserve/COVID-19 list and Gross-Matos head to injured reserve

Panthers vs Bears: Donte Jackson, Curtis Samuel questionable; Brian Burns expected to play - Cat Scratch Reader - Brian Burns is expected to play against the Bears on Sunday, according to head coach Matt Rhule.

FanPosts

IOftenPanic: 2021 NFL Draft: Mock Draft v1.0 - Windy City Gridiron FanPosts - Just a fun exercise. I used likely team needs going into next season. Order was determined using Football Outsiders’ projected wins, then sorting for playoff teams.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

SB Nation Reacts: Beating the Buccaneers Brought a Boost Back to Bears Fans - Windy City Gridiron - Our fan confidence level is soaring right now!

Bears Over Beers: Will the Bears make a midseason run? - Windy City Gridiron - Taking an honest look at what the next 5 games hold for the Bears.

Jeff's Five Questions with Cat Scratch Reader: “These Guys Like to Score Points” - Windy City Gridiron - We catch up with Walker Clement at Cat Scratch Reader to figure out how the Panthers are succeeding early

Bears injury report: Bush held out, Bars a full participant - Windy City Gridiron - A crucial stretch of games awaits the Bears over the next several weeks. Each of Chicago’s next four opponents (the Panthers, Rams, Saints, and Titans) currently sit above .500.

Staff Picks: Windy City Gridiron picks Chicago Bears vs. Carolina Panthers - Windy City Gridiron - A surprising Panthers team led by Teddy Bridgewater means the Bears must be prepared for a familiar foe back at the top of his game.

Roundtable: Keys for a victory over the Carolina Panthers - Windy City Gridiron - The Windy City Gridiron staff reveals what the Bears must do to beat the upstart Panthers.

Jeff's Fantasy Forum Week 6: Kyler Murray Spotlight - Windy City Gridiron - Your things for all things fantasy football!

Householder: Concern over Chicago Bears Cole Kmet's performance - Windy City Gridiron - There’s been a lot of talk about the lack of production and snaps for the Bears’ first 2020 draft pick. But is it time to panic?

Householder & Berckes: Chicago Bears-Carolina Panthers bets spread, total, survivor picks - Windy City Gridiron - This week our pickers navigate a difficult survivor pool, as well as the Bears against a surprisingly good opponent on the road

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