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The Bear’s Den, October 8, 2020

Game Day already? You bet your sweet potato pie it is! Let’s do this thing!

Tampa Bay Buccaneers v Chicago Bears
Running back James Wilder #32 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers gets upended against the Chicago Bears as defensive tackle Mike Hartenstine makes the tackle at Soldier Field on September 2, 1984 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bears defeated the Buccaneers 34-14.
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THE DAILY SPONGIE SPECIAL

BEARRRSSSS

The Athletic’s guide to Bears-Buccaneers: How will the offense adjust? – The Athletic - Can Chuck Pagano's defense make things difficult for Tom Brady and Co.?

‘The Big 50’ excerpt: Charles ‘Peanut’ Tillman’s lasting Bears legacy – The Athletic - Adam Jahns' "The Big 50: The Men and Moments That Made the Chicago Bears" is on shelves now.

Meet the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (with WTSP's Grace Remington) - Chicago Audible Podcast - 10 Tampa Bay's Grace Remington joins the show to discuss her takeaways of the Chicago Bears Week 5 opponent - the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Bears vs. Bucs: Preview, X-Factors, and Predictions - On Tap Sports Net - Coming off their first loss of the season, the Chicago Bears will host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in a Thursday Night Football showdown to kick off NFL Week 5 action.

Turnover Shortage Dragging Down the Bears on Defense - SI.com - If it hadn't been so important, Bears defensive players all could have kidded Khalil Mack and had a good laugh with him. The dropped interception Mack had in his hands could have had a huge impact in Sunday's 19-11 loss to the Indianapolis Colts.

Injury Update: Who's in & out for Chicago Bears vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Thursday Night Football - ChicagoBears.com - The Bears likely will be down two backup safeties and special-teams contributors in Deon Bush and Sherrick McManis Thursday night against the Buccaneers, but Tampa Bay will be missing key members of its offense in the game.

Choosing Sides: How many Bears players will catch passes against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Thursday Night Football? - ChicagoBears.com - This week, we ask our panel—which includes former Bears Alex Brown, Patrick Mannelly and Jim Miller—how many different Bears players will catch passes Thursday night against the Bucs.

Report: Coaches worry NFL more focused on blame than virus - 670 The Score - The NFL’s handling of the first coronavirus outbreak of the 2020 season is beginning to cast doubt on the league’s credibility among some in the sport, according to a report.

Chalk Talk: How has the Chicago Bears offensive line performed? - ChicagoBears.com - Senior writer Larry Mayer discusses how the Bears offensive line has fared so far this season, if the Bears have ever beaten Tom Brady and why veteran running back Lamar Miller was signed to the practice squad.

Titans could end up being hammered by league - ProFootballTalk - There’s buzz in league circles of possible “historic” punishment for the Titans given the various violations.

Bears vs. Buccaneers preview: 5 things to watch during the Week 5 matchup - Shaw Local - Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers visit Soldier Field on Thursday night for a primetime matchup against the Bears. Here are five things to watch for during the Bears-Bucs game.

Chicago Bears: How to defend Tom Brady - Chicago Tribune - Tom Brady is 5-0 all time against the Chicago Bears with 14 touchdowns and a 109.2 passer rating. "He knows what you’re doing, where guys are going to be," Bears defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano said. "Very seldom is he wrong."

Chicago Bears Q&A with Brad Biggs - Chicago Tribune - After the Chicago Bears' listless 19-11 loss to the Indianapolis Colts, readers filled the mailbag with finger-pointing, particularly at coach Matt Nagy.

Chicago Bears: Nick Foles transition may take time - Chicago Tribune - This is a difficult spot for Matt Nagy, Nick Foles and the Chicago Bears to be in, with the energy of a 3-0 start potentially transforming into intense 3-2 anxiety in a span of five days as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers arrive at Soldier Field as 5½-point favorites Thursday night. Much of the city, it seems, is already bracing itself for the worst.

Darnell Mooney: Chicago Bears rookie's instant impact - Chicago Tribune - Darnell Mooney made an impression on Chicago Bears coaches from the first day he stepped on the field at training camp. His speed, explosiveness, route running and tireless work grabbed their attention, and the rookie wide receiver has kept it by stepping into big moments with confidence.

Chicago Bears vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: 5 things to watch - Chicago Tribune - Tom Brady, this is Nick Foles. Nick, this is Tom. The introductions shouldn’t take long at Soldier Field. Thursday night’s starting quarterbacks already know each other from somewhere: Super Bowl LII, specifically.

Bears’ Nick Foles, Bucs’ Tom Brady set for Super Bowl rematch — with new teams - Chicago Sun-Times - As midnight green confetti stamped into Lombardi Trophy shapes floated to the ground two-and-a-half years ago, Nick Foles knew his life would never be the same.

Star-studded Buccaneers, downtrodden Bears meet with vastly different ambitions - Chicago Sun-Times - Many expect the Buccaneers to contend for a spot in the Super Bowl, and they’ve started to look capable of that recently. The Bears, meanwhile, are trying to fight off collapse after a shaky 3-1 start.

Bears-Buccaneers injury report: Rookie WR Darnell Mooney’s shoulder a concern - Chicago Sun-Times - The Bears have seven players on their injury report heading into a game against the Buccaneers on Thursday.

Bears defense vs. Tom Brady: Team hoping opportunity knocks - Chicago Sun-Times - At 43, Tom Brady hasn’t lost this touch. Thursday night’s game is a huge test for a Bears defense that has been good this season but expects to be great. This is how you prove it.

Bears vs. Buccaneers: Key matchups to watch for - Chicago Sun-Times - After getting whipped by the Colts’ defensive front last week, the Bears’ offensive line faces another tough challenge against Nadamukong Suh and the Bucs, who rank second in the NFL vs. the run.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Joe Flacco to start for Jets this week - ProFootballTalk - Jets head coach Adam Gase said on Wednesday that Joe Flacco will get the start at quarterback when the NFC West comes calling on Sunday.

Super Bowl contenders or pretenders? Classifying NFL's eight division leaders - A quarter of the way into the 2020 regular season, which division leaders are contenders? Which ones are pretenders? Cynthia Frelund crunched the numbers, and some of the answers might surprise you.

KNOW THINE ENEMY

Buccaneers News: Tom Brady named FedEx Air Player of the Week - Bucs Nation - The recognitions keep coming.

Godwin, Watson, McCoy all out on Thursday night - Bucs Nation - Wide receivers Chris Godwin and Justin Watson as well as running back LeSean McCoy are all officially out for the Buccaneers’ week five match-up with the Chicago Bears on Thursday night.

Time for the Bucs’ offensive line to carry the team - Bucs Nation - Thursday night will be a huge test.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Bears vs Buccaneers: Keys for a Chicago Win - Windy City Gridiron - The WCG crew runs down a few things they think the Bears should do this week against the Buccaneers.

Wiltfong’s Bears vs Buccaneers Injury Report: Mooney questionable, McManis doubtful, Bush out - Windy City Gridiron - Neither the Chicago Bears nor the Tampa Bay Buccaneers actually held a practice today with the game on Thursday night, so the injury reports for Wednesday are just an estimate had the players...

Householder’s Week 5 Thursday Night Game Preview: Chicago Bears-Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Windy City Gridiron - A quick turnaround and the Bears are playing Tom Brady, Bruce Arians and the Bucs

Leming’s Bears Mailbag: Troubles on offense, time to draft a QB, Cole Kmet concerns? - Windy City Gridiron - The Chicago Bears are on a short week before Thursday night’s game, while currently sitting at (3-1). How concerned should we be with this offense? All that and more in this week’s mailbag.

Schmitz: Breaking down a Chicago Bears game plan that was doomed from the start - Windy City Gridiron - In this episode of Rule of 3, Robert S, Brandon Robinson, and Danny Meehan walk through the many ups and downs of the Chicago Bears’ game against the Indianapolis Colts

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