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The Bear’s Den, December 12, 2020

It’s Texans weekend, and the Bears a lot of the Bears “fanbase” is rooting for Chicago to get blown out. Sigh.

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Corey Graham (21) and Nick Roach (53) tackle Houston Texans’ Ryan Moats at Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas, on Sunday, December 28, 2008
Photo by Scott Strazzante/Chicago Tribune/Tribune News Service via Getty Images

THE DAILY SPONGIE SPECIAL

BEARRRSSSS

The Pick Is In: Chicago Bears vs. Houston Texans - 2020 Week 14 game - ChicagoBears.com - Local and national NFL analysts make their pick for the Week 14 game between the Bears and Texans Sunday at Soldier Field. Keep track of their weekly record here on ChicagoBears.com.

Chicago Bears DT Akiem Hicks ready for bounce back against Houston Texans - ChicagoBears.com - After disappointing performances against the Packers and Lions, defensive tackle Akiem Hicks believes the Bears defense is ready to step up.

Trubisky vs. Watson: Week 14 Game Preview - Da Bears Blog - Why Do I Like the Chicago Bears This Week? I always like the Chicago Bears…but this is a team in complete freefall.

Ostrowski: Ryan Pace isn’t watching the same game as us - 670 The Score - Bears general manager Ryan Pace’s evaluation processes have obvious flaws that result in tunnel vision, Score evening host Joe Ostrowski says.

Khalil Mack questionable for Sunday; Buster Skrine ruled out - 670 The Score - Bears star pass rusher Khalil Mack is listed as questionable to play against the Texans on Sunday. He has been dealing with a shoulder injury this week.

Emma’s Tailgater: How did it get this bad for the Bears? - ChicagoBears.com - Two years ago, it seemed the Bears had arrived. They had an elite defense, a young quarterback who seemed to be on the rise and a coach who instilled a positive culture. Now, Matt Nagy and the Bears are staring at an unexpected end.

670 staff predictions: Bears-Texans - 670 The Score - The Bears (5-7) host the Texans (4-8) on Sunday afternoon. WBBM Newsradio 780 will carry the game, with kickoff set for noon. 670 The Score will have pregame with Hub Arkush, Olin Kreutz and Patrick Mannelly starting at 9 a.m.

Bears-Texans podcast: Can the Bears beat Deshaun Watson? Will it matter? - Chicago Sun-Times - Amid the Mitch Trubisky vs. Deshaun Watson hype, its still a 5-7 team playing a 4-8 team.

Bears’ offensive struggles are nothing new under coach Matt Nagy - Chicago Sun-Times - Over the entirety of Nagy’s three seasons as coach, the Bears are near the bottom in every important offensive category.

What Bears can learn from Deshaun Watson’s amazing, but losing, season - Chicago Sun-Times - Deshaun Watson has proven this year that, as noble as it is to try to create a perfect environment for your quarterback, the superstars can shine even without one.

Injury Update: Who's in and who's out for Texans game - ChicagoBears.com - Nickel back Buster Skrine remains in concussion protocol and will miss his first game of the season Sunday when the Bears host the Houston Texans at Soldier Field.

Simms: Deshaun Watson, Bears could have won Super Bowl together in 2018 - RSN - Who knows what would've happened if the Bears took Watson at No. 2.

Bears quarterbacks since Mike Ditka era, from Jim McMahon to Mitch Trubisky - RSN - Given they will likely turn the page from the Trubisky-Foles era in the not-too-distant future, here's a look back at the 34 quarterbacks to play for the Bears since Jim McMahon.

Bears Need to Feed David Montgomery to See His Full Potential - Chicago Audible Blog - With four games remaining in the 2020 regular season, Chicago needs to maximize David Montgomery's usage to best assesses how he can be used moving forward.

Game Preview: Chicago Bears - Houston Texans (Week 14) - Chicago Audible - Listen to the guys' weekly comprehensive game preview episode as they aim to prepare you for this week's contest against the Houston Texans.

Are the Bears' QBs responsible for their lack of success? – The Athletic - The offensive line, run game and play calling have been bad, but it doesn't help that the Bears have cycled between quarterbacks.

Week 14 predictions: Chicago Bears vs. Houston Texans - Chicago Tribune - It’s well-documented by now: The Chicago Bears enter their game against Deshaun Watson and the Houston Texans on Sunday having lost six straight games for the first time since 2002. Our picks for Week 14.

Chicago Bears: Storylines for Week 14 vs. Houston Texans - Chicago Tribune - The Bears defense had what it has long wanted. Thirty points from their offense. A 10-point lead late in the fourth quarter. A chance to close things out in style. And then? Last Sunday's stunning collapse has left the Bears with scars.

How to hate watch the Chicago Bears - Chicago Tribune - You already might be hate-watching the Chicago Bears after their six successive losses. For the uninitiated and those unfamiliar with the term, we're here to help.

Will Deshaun Watson win his matchup with Mitch Trubisky? – The Athletic - Besides the 2017 draft comparison between Deshaun Watson and Mitch Trubisky, this game does not have much intrigue.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Who will the Patriots’ quarterback be in 2021? - ProFootballTalk - On Sunday night against the Broncos, Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes had 318 passing yards. In the last three games combined, Patriots quarterback Cam Newton has 272 passing yards. Total.

QB Index, Week 14: Baker Mayfield vaults into top 15 - Mike Glennon is rated higher than Mitchell Trubisky.

Aaron Donald now leads the NFL with 12.5 sacks - ProFootballTalk - Donald has 12.5 sacks this year, the most in the NFL. Pittsburgh’s T.J. Watt is second with 12.

KNOW THINE ENEMY

Kyle Rudolph's consecutive starts streak set to end - ProFootballTalk - Rudolph has started 93 straight games, but he is listed as doubtful to face the Buccaneers because of a foot injury. Rudolph’s streak is the longest active one for tight ends with Travis Kelce in second with 44 straight starts.

Totally Not Fake News: State of the Texans - Battle Red Blog - The present, the future...and yaks.

Houston Texans Podcast: Week Fourteen NFL Preview - Battle Red Blog - Your 2020 Week Fourteen NFL Preview. Texans v. Bears. Vikings v. Buccaneers. Chiefs v. Dolphins. Steelers v. Bills. Ravens v. Browns.

Three and Out: Texans-Bears Predictions - Battle Red Blog - The BRB staff lays out its predictions as the Houston Texans travel to the Windy City to take on the Chicago Bears.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Zeglinski: Windy City Gridiron picks Chicago Bears-Houston Texans - Windy City Gridiron - Houston comes to Chicago as a football city once again asks, "What could’ve been?"

Wiltfong: Bears vs Texans Injury Report - Khalil Mack questionable, Buster Skrine out - Windy City Gridiron - Here’s the full game-day injury report for the Bears and the Texans.

Robinson: Windy City Gridiron Chicago Bears Free Agent Round Table: Part 1 - Windy City Gridiron - What should the Chicago Bears do with Allen Robinson, Mitchell Trubisky and other players heading into Free Agency?

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