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The Bear’s Den, October 24, 2020

Akiem Hicks is feeling under the weather (but not from COVID say the Bears) and Khalil Mack (as John Fox might say) “has a back”

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Neal Anderson #35 of the Chicago Bears carries the ball against the Los Angeles Rams during an NFL football game October 29, 1989 at Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois. Anderson played for the Bears from 1986-93.
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THE DAILY SPONGIE SPECIAL

BEARRRSSSS

Week 7 Game Preview: Bears at Rams on Monday Night Football - Da Bears Blog - The Bears now enter a five-game-in-six-week stretch wherein three of those games will be in primetime. And at 5-1 there’s no one happier about that than Roger Goodell. The Bears have been the ratings surprise of the season and if they keep winning, that’ll continue. The ratings will be good Monday night. I’m not so sure the game will be.

Bears star Khalil Mack dealing with back soreness - 670 The Score - The Bears were missing three key defensive players during practice Friday, with edge rusher Khalil Mack (back), defensive lineman Akiem Hicks (illness) and cornerback Buster Skrine (ankle) all being held out of work.

Chicago Bears to auction off special practice jerseys to commemorate Crucial Catch, raise money for cancer research - ChicagoBears.com - To commemorate Crucial Catch and raise money for cancer research, the Bears will auction off special practice jerseys worn during this week of practice.

Bilal Nichols, Mario Edwards Jr. strengthen Chicago Bears defensive line - ChicagoBears.com - While star linebackers Khalil Mack and Robert Quinn get attention, a group of unsung defensive linemen are also contributing.

Bears-Rams podcast: Picking the Bears-Rams winner - Chicago Sun-Times - Our experts examine the Bears’ defense.

Bears CBs Kyle Fuller, Jaylon Johnson are two of NFL's best – The Athletic - How do Kyle Fuller and Jaylon Johnson compare to their elite counterparts around the league?

Bears' Roquan Smith looks like he's finally realizing All-Pro potential - RSN - “Ultimately, I feel like he can be an All-Pro player,” Khalil Mack said at the start of training camp in 2019.

Simms: Don't crown Packers NFC North champs yet, Bears could win - RSN - The Bucs showed the league how Green Bay wants to win.

Simms: Don't crown Packers NFC North champs yet, Bears could win - RSN - The Bucs showed the league how Green Bay wants to win.

Nightmare Scenario for Bears: Aaron Donald Against Anyone - SI.com - Donald has 7 1/2 sacks already in six games and the 6-foot-1, 280-pound defensive tackle will be lining up on most snaps directly across from Bears left guard Rashaad Coward.

Another 2021 NFL mock draft sends Bears help at wide receiver in 1st round - Bears Wire - The Chicago Bears' team needs through six games of the 2020 season rank something like this: (1) offensive line, (2) not much else. While that may seem a bit silly, it's true.

Chicago Bears CB Kyle Fuller providing excellence, versatility while playing at All-Pro level - ChicagoBears.com - Combining his patented ball skills with a physicality that’s rare at his position, Bears cornerback Kyle Fuller is playing at an All-Pro level so far this season.

Quick Hits: Chicago Bears CB Jaylon Johnson embracing being challenged as a rookie - ChicagoBears.com - As an untested rookie starting opposite two-time Pro Bowler Kyle Fuller at cornerback, Jaylon Johnson knew that opponents would target him this season—and he’s just fine with the attention.

Dropping Leonard Floyd to sign Robert Quinn is swap Bears would make 100 times over - Chicago Sun-Times - Quinn has just one sack this season and is a much more specialized player than Floyd, but he provides the scary pass-rush presence that Floyd never could. Cutting his losses on Floyd was one of GM Ryan Pace’s best offseason moves.

Bears stars Khalil Mack, Akiem Hicks miss practice ahead of Rams game - Chicago Sun-Times - The Bears can’t afford to go without two players who are the center of their defensive blueprint. If either or both of them is out against the Rams, it’ll severely hinder their pass rush.

Bears’ run-game funk has no quick-fix - Chicago Sun-Times - The Bears have averaged 42 rushing yards in their last 3 games — last in the NFL in that span. The solution? ‘Execute better,” LT Charles Leno said. How do you do that? “Practice, over over again.”

Bears notebook: Injury concerns, angry underdogs and more - Chicago Sun-Times - A round-up of various Bears news items from a busy Friday: Khalil Mack, Akiem Hicks, Buster Skrine, Matt Nagy, Tashaun Gipson, Cairo Santos and Eddy Pineiro.

‘Roughrider’ Kyle Fuller is the NFL’s most dangerous CB - Chicago Sun-Times - Khalil Mack is one of the baddest men on the planet. Akiem Hicks is a top-five interior defensive lineman, and Eddie Jackson a top-three safety. But no one sets the tone of the Bears’ defense like cornerback Kyle Fuller.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Report: Antonio Brown lands in Tampa tonight and is "very close" to deal - ProFootballTalk - The Buccaneers, who already have Mike Evans, Chris Godwin and Rob Gronkowski, soon could have another star weapon for star quarterback Tom Brady.

KNOW THINE ENEMY

Rams news: Darrell Henderson, Tyler Higbee expected to play Monday - Turf Show Times - Both players, along with Robert Woods, not practicing Friday

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Berckes & Householder's Chicago Bears-Los Angeles Rams betting picks: total, spread, survivor - Windy City Gridiron - Coming off the first clean sweep of the season for our pickers they try to keep the good times rolling

Berckes' Fantasy Forum Week 7: Evan Engram’s no Good, Very Bad Season - Windy City Gridiron - Your place for all things fantasy football

Berckes & Snyder's Bears Over Beers: Nick Foles, Carolina Reaper - Windy City Gridiron - The guys recap the win against the Panthers and lay out keys to success against the Rams on Monday Night Football

Zeglinski: Chicago Bears vs. Los Angeles Rams - Keys for a Chicago win - Windy City Gridiron - It’s the rubber match in a budding NFC rivalry. How the Bears can leave Los Angeles with a victory, according to the Windy City Gridiron gang.

Zimmerman: If you think Matt Nagy should be fired... Shut Up - Windy City Gridiron - The Bears Banter Podcast goes after the Matt Nagy haters.

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