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The Bear’s Den, October 30, 2020

The Bears are living in the house of pain, as key team members miss practice again

NFL: OCT 31 Vikings at Bears
“Yeah, I might be available. I took care of the hen killer and the mini-cows are doing good.”
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THE DAILY SPONGIE SPECIAL

BEARRRSSSS

Week 8 Game Preview: Oh When the Saints, Come Marching In! - Da bears Blog - A friend of mine works for the New Orleans Saints in their scouting department. When discussing this week’s game, and the prospect of Matt Nagy relinquishing the role of play caller, he noted, “If they can’t move the ball vs our secondary next week…then it’s really time.”

Is Bears coach Matt Nagy’s war against negativity — or reality? - Chicago Sun-Times - Nagy thinks it’s absurd that the media is peppering him as though the Bears are 2-5, not 5-2. But he’s smart enough to know this season is not on the right track.

Chicago Bears podcast: Can they fix the offense in Week 8? - Chicago Tribune - After a miserable showing on offense by the Chicago Bears against the Los Angeles Rams in Week 7, Dan Wiederer and Brad Biggs try to make sense of it all before the Week 8 matchup against the New Orleans Saints.

Chicago Bears Q&A with Brad Biggs - Chicago Tribune - After another woeful performance by the Chicago Bears offense, the questions in Brad Biggs' weekly mailbag continue to focus on that side of the ball — particularly how the team might be able to upgrade at quarterback, offensive line and even play caller in the near and long-term future.

Matt Nagy, Nick Foles deserve scrutiny for Bears' struggles – The Athletic - Can Matt Nagy and Nick Foles make the fixes necessary to get the Bears offense on the right track?

Mario Edwards Jr. makes the most of his Bears opportunity – The Athletic - Bears defensive lineman Mario Edwards Jr. will face the team that cut him, the Saints, on Sunday.

Meet the New Orleans Saints (with Ross Jackson of Locked On Saints) - Chicago Audible Podcast - Learn more about the Chicago Bears' Week 8 opponent, the New Orleans Saints, with this firsthand discussion with Ross Jackson of Locked on Saints.

Bears must pass to win vs. Saints, but might have to without Allen Robinson - RSN - The Saints' pass defense is beatable, but their run defense is not (at least, likely, for the Bears). So Nick Foles will need to throw the ball to win on Sunday, but might not have Allen Robinson at his disposal.

How Akiem Hicks and Jaylon Johnson represent Bears' penalty problems - RSN - The Bears draw a lot of flags. But is it really as bad as it seems?

Bears film review: Nick Foles' miss to Mooney, Patterson's 4th-and-1 run - RSN - Adam Hoge and JJ Stankevitz break down two of the Bears' biggest mistakes in Monday night's loss to the Los Angeles Rams.

Revisiting the Chicago Bears' First Game at Every Current NFL Stadium - On Tap Sports Net - How have the Chicago Bears fared in their first game at each current NFL stadium? This article takes a look back at the results of each contest.

Bears’ David Montgomery: I ‘gotta keep trusting it’ despite run-game troubles - Chicago Sun-Times - It will be hard for Sunday’s game — or its plan — to be more of a debacle than it was last year, when head coach Matt Nagy called a franchise-low seven rushing plays in a season-defining home loss.

Bears stars Khalil Mack, Allen Robinson miss another practice - Chicago Sun-Times - The Bears’ best player on offense — and their best on defense — remained sidelined for Thursday’s practice.

Bears stars Khalil Mack, Allen Robinson miss another practice - Chicago Sun-Times - The Bears’ best player on offense — and their best on defense — remained sidelined for Thursday’s practice.

Chuck Pagano rues sloppy performance vs. Rams - Chicago Sun-Times - He didn’t let himself off the hook, either. The Rams outfoxed the Bears with motion and outplayed them in the run game, gaining 161 yards. “I didn’t do a good enough getting our guys ready.”

Chuck Pagano rues sloppy performance vs. Rams - Chicago Sun-Times - He didn’t let himself off the hook, either. The Rams outfoxed the Bears with motion and outplayed them in the run game, gaining 161 yards. “I didn’t do a good enough getting our guys ready.”

Bears-Saints Halas Intrigue podcast: Who wins on Sunday? - Chicago Sun-Times - There are plenty of reasons to be concerned about the Bears offense.

Khalil Mack, Allen Robinson remain out of Bears practice - ProFootballTalk - He hurt the ankle in Monday night’s loss to the Rams, but did not leave the game.

Chicago Bears head coach Matt Nagy remaining upbeat despite offensive issues - ChicagoBears.com - With the Bears in the thick of the playoff race at 5-2, coach Matt Nagy is maintaining a positive vibe at Halas Hall as players and coaches work together to improve a struggling offense.

Chicago Bears confident in OL Sam Mustipher’s ability to step in for Cody Whitehair - ChicagoBears.com - Bears coaches and teammates believe in Sam Mustipher, who replaced the injured Cody Whitehair at center against the Rams and could see more action Sunday if Whitehair is unable to play versus the Saints.

Choosing Sides: How many sacks, takeaways will Chicago Bears record against New Orleans Saints? - ChicagoBears.com - This week our panel and celebrity guest predict how many sacks and takeaways the Bears will combine to produce in Sunday’s home game against the Saints.

Chicago Bears open application process for Collin Wehr scholarship - ChicagoBears.com - The Chicago Bears are open to applications for a scholarship aimed at survivors of pediatric cancer.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Haugh: White Sox take illogical risk in hiring La Russa - 670 The Score - In an news conference Thursday explaining one of the oddest Chicago baseball moves ever, White Sox general manager Rick Hahn expected us to believe the decision to hire 76-year-old Hall of Fame manager Tony La Russa was a consensus. Nobody bought it.

Dabo Swinney: I'd be surprised if Trevor Lawrence comes back - ProFootballTalk - Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said he is expecting Lawrence to do what virtually every top prospect does and get paid as soon as he can.

Report: Gardner Minshew has multiple thumb fractures - ProFootballTalk - We’ve officially reached the excuse-making stage of the Jaguars’ latest lost season.

Chargers cancel practice as precaution after positive COVID-19 test - ProFootballTalk - The Chargers had one player return a positive test for COVID-19 on Thursday, but out of an abundance of caution, they canceled practice.

KNOW THINE ENEMY

Saints All-Pro WR Michael Thomas returns to practice - NFL.com - After missing the last several practices due to lingering ankle and hamstring issues, Saints star receiver Michael Thomas made his anticipated return to practice.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Berckes: 5 Questions with Canal Street Chronicles - One Last Shot for Brees - Windy City Gridiron - As the Saints head to Soldier Field, we get some info on Brees and company.

Schmitz: How big was GM Ryan Pace’s role in the Chicago Bears’ Monday night disaster? - Windy City Gridiron - Team-building and salary cap expert Brad Spielberger joins Rule of 3 to assess the Bears’ roster in the wake of the Bears-Rams beatdown

Householder's Week 8 game preview: Chicago Bears vs. New Orleans Saints - Windy City Gridiron - The Bears come home and suddenly have a lot to prove to keep their season from veering off the rails.

Leming's Bears Mailbag: Trade deadline action, fixing the offense and possible front office shake ups? - Windy City Gridiron - We’re under a week away from the trade deadline and despite the Chicago Bears coming into Week 8 with a (5-2) record, there’s plenty of areas for improvement. Will they make any? All of this and more in another packed mailbag.

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