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The Bear’s Den, December 10, 2020

Houston comes to town with the second best quarterback out of the 2017 draft. Sigh.

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Andre Johnson vs. Charles Tillman
Photo by Scott Strazzante/Chicago Tribune/Tribune News Service via Getty Images

THE DAILY SPONGIE SPECIAL

BEARRRSSSS

Bear-ly Hibernating Podcast - What's Next For The Bears? - 670 The Score - 670 The Score's very own Chris Emma (@CEmma670) joins the crew to discuss the future of Bears General Manager Ryan Pace and Head Coach Matt Nagy, the state of the Bears and more! Then the guys bring on a good friend to discuss the Bears vs. Lions game and to preview the Bears vs. Texans game with DeShaun Watson coming to town this weekend.

Chicago Bears Q&A with Brad Biggs - Chicago Tribune - With the Chicago Bears on a six-game losing streak and their playoff chances dwindling, Brad Biggs’ weekly Bears mailbag was filled with questions about playing out the string and what direction the franchise might take after the season.

What I would do if I were Bears chairman George McCaskey – The Athletic - How should George McCaskey prepare for this offseason? We have some ideas.

Bears’ failings at quarterback could define Ryan Pace’s fate - 670 The Score - On Sunday afternoon, Texans star quarterback Deshaun Watson will make his first start in Soldier Field. It will be a cruel reminder for general manager Ryan Pace and the Bears of what could’ve been.

Chicago Bears WR Allen Robinson II explains pivotal play late in loss to Detroit Lions - ChicagoBears.com - During a video call with the media Wednesday, Bears receiver Allen Robinson II detailed what led him to step out of bounds a yard short of a first down in last Sunday’s loss to the Lions.

Bears star Khalil Mack dealing with shoulder issue - 670 The Score - Bears star pass rusher Khalil Mack is dealing with a new injury this week, as he was held out of practice Wednesday due to a shoulder issue. Mack is considered day-to-day, coach Matt Nagy said.

Bears notebook: Khalil Mack day-to-day with shoulder injury - Chicago Sun-Times - Mack has played in all 12 games this season, but wear-and-tear could be taking its toll. “He’s getting banged around quite a bit,” coach Matt Nagy said. “He’s got guys banging him on every play.”

Bears’ Mitch Trubisky ‘excited’ about facing Deshaun Watson and the Texans - Chicago Sun-Times - “We were picked where we were and now it’s up to us to make the most out of our opportunities,” Trubisky said. “They’ve done a great job with theirs and I’m still trying to write my story here, so that’s all there is to it.”

Some possible candidates to replace the McCaskeys as Bears owners. - Chicago Sun-Times - Patrick Mahomes, Michael Jordan, Bears fans, Elon Musk, the Three Stooges — each has their own allure.

Allen Robinson: Chicago Bears receiver wants strong finish - Chicago Tribune - Allen Robinson explained his 3rd-down misstep on the final drive Sunday, then revealed his No. 1 focus for the last month of the season — and perhaps his Chicago Bears career: I want to finish as strong as I can.

Chicago Bears: David Montgomery’s late-season surge - Chicago Tribune - During a lengthy losing funk, one bright spot for the Bears and their sputtering offense has been the recent production of running back David Montgomery. His hard running style has caught the attention of Texans coach Romeo Crennel.

2021 NFL Draft order: Bears No. 13 - NFL.com - The free-falling Bears are closing in on a top-10 pick in the 2021 NFL Draft. See the full Round 1 order through Week 13, along with needs for each team.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Roster flexibility should extend to last-second COVID-19 scratches - ProFootballTalk - The NFL’s roster flexibility rules for 2020 allow teams to activate up to 16 practice-squad players up to 90 minutes before kickoff. After that point, however, the game-day roster locks in place.

Panthers players on COVID-19 list gathered outside team facility - ProFootballTalk - The Panthers put eight players on the COVID-19 reserve list this week, but that was not a result of an outbreak within the facility.

KNOW THINE ENEMY

Deshaun Watson: Why didn’t Chicago Bears draft QB? - Chicago Tribune - Sunday will be Deshaun Watson’s first game at Soldier Field. Why weren’t the Chicago Bears more interested in the talented Clemson quarterback heading into the 2017 draft?

RB Index, Week 14: Texans one of 4 teams whose 2021 RB1 isn’t on their roster - Could the Steelers be looking for a new RB1 soon? Maurice Jones-Drew lists four teams whose 2021 starting RB isn’t on the roster and updates his top 10 NFL running backs.

Deshaun Watson: ‘No idea’ why Bears didn’t talk to me before draft - Chicago Sun-Times - Seconds after sitting down Wednesday, Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson was asked the same question Chicago has wondered about for almost four years.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Wiltfong's Chicago Bears Sackwatch 2020: Week 13 vs Detroit Lions - Windy City Gridiron - The Chicago Bears allowed two sacks to the Detroit Lions this week, and we break them both down right here.

Bears' Robinson details stepping out short of 1st down - 670 The Score - Bears receiver Allen Robinson stepped out of bounds a yard short of a first down late in his team’s 34-30 loss to the Lions on Sunday. On Wednesday, Robinson explained his thought process on what proved to be a key play.

Wiltfong: Bears restore Devante Bond to the practice squad - Windy City Gridiron - After losing three practice squad players to the Reserve/COVID-19 list the last few days, on Wednesday the Chicago Bears got one back, as linebacker Devante Bond was restored to the practice squad...

Householder's Stock up, stock down: Chicago Bears-Detroit Lions review - Windy City Gridiron - The Bears are officially in a tailspin and it looks like it’s going continue until the end of the season.

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