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The Bear’s Den, December 15, 2020

We bask in the glow of a win for one last day before we start getting ready for “those people” from Purpleland

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Buddy Howell #38 of the Houston Texans is pursued by Brent Urban #92 of the Chicago Bears during a game at Soldier Field on December 13, 2020 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bears defeated the Texans 36-7.
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THE DAILY SPONGIE SPECIAL

BEARRRSSSS

Putting the Three-Game Offensive “Surge” in Context - Da Bears Blog - The following is an analysis of the last three games played by the Chicago Bears offense. Yes, it is understood that much of the offensive production in Green Bay occurred in “garbage time” but when it comes to this offense, we can’t really leave that production out of the discussion.

Down but not out, Matt Nagy can save his job as Bears coach - 670 The Score - Bears coach Matt Nagy came under great scrutiny during his team’s recent six-game losing streak, but he began his defense to remain in place when Chicago responded with a strong win against the Houston Texans on Sunday. Will Nagy return in 2021?

Bears still evaluating Jaylon Johnson’s shoulder injury - 670 The Score - Bears rookie cornerback Jaylon Johnson is still being evaluated after exiting a 36-7 win against the Texans on Sunday with a right shoulder injury. Johnson had the same shoulder surgically repaired this past offseason.

Khalil Mack sparks Chicago Bears defense in rout - Chicago Tribune - A week after Khalil Mack didn’t show up in the defensive stats against the Detroit Lions, the Chicago Bears outside linebacker made sure his imprint was visible in a 36-7 victory over the Houston Texans.

Exploring the Bears' scenarios for front-office changes – The Athletic - George McCaskey has a number of scenarios he could execute this offseason to create change at Halas Hall.

Bears peaked against Texans, but can they win out? – The Athletic - The Bears broke their losing streak against Houston, but can they use the momentum to finish the season on a high note?

Bears Beginning to Identify Cole Kmet's Potential - Chicago Audible Blog - Bears tight end Cole Kmet is starting to see some production in the Bears offense. The last few weeks could indicate what is to come from the rookie.

Lovie Smith first man Alex Brown would interview if Bears fire Matt Nagy - RSN - Should a Lovie Smith reunion be in the works for the Bears?

Briggs, Brown don't buy Bears' Matt Nagy learning to coach better - RSN - The Bears put up a season-high 36 points on Sunday.

Chicago Bears Week 14 Takeaways: Drubbing the Texans in First-Ever Head-to-Head Win - On Tap Sports Net - The Chicago Bears collected their first-ever win over the Houston Texans as Mitchell Trubisky outdueled Deshaun Watson in the Week 14 showdown.

3 things that stood out to Chicago Bears head coach Matt Nagy in Week 14 win over Houston Texans - ChicagoBears.com - After watching tape of Sunday’s 36-7 win over the Texans, Bears coach Matt Nagy on Monday discussed three things that stood out to him, including his team’s most complete performance of the season in all three phases.

Emma: Observations from Bears-Texans - 670 The Score - The Bears took it to the Texans on Sunday, snapping their six-game losing streak with a 36-7 victory. Though they beat up on a bad team, the Bears also had meaningful positives to take away.

Inside Slant: QB Mitchell Trubisky’s 3-TD performance propels Chicago Bears to 36-7 win over Houston Texans - ChicagoBears.com - Quarterback Mitchell Trubisky played his best game of the season Sunday, passing for three first-half touchdowns in a 36-7 win over the Texans at Soldier Field.

Brad Biggs’ 10 thoughts on Chicago Bears’ Week 14 win - Chicago Tribune - Brad Biggs’ 10 thoughts after the Chicago Bears crushed the Houston Texans 36-7 on Sunday at Soldier Field, ending a six-game losing streak and positioning themselves for a possible playoff push.

Winners and losers from Chicago Bears’ Week 14 - Chicago Tribune - How much of the success for Mitch Trubisky and the Chicago Bears offense can be attributed to the Houston Texans’ hapless defense is hard to say. This wasn’t exactly the Fearsome Foursome, Purple People Eaters or the Steel Curtain the Bears tore up.

Chicago Bears have lowest local TV ratings of year for Week 14 win - Chicago Tribune - The Chicago Bears’ defeat of the Houston Texans on CBS-2 averaged a 22.7 household rating in the Chicago television market, a season low.

Bears optimistic about CB Jaylon Johnson facing Vikings after shoulder injury - Chicago Sun-Times - Johnson got hurt when he stopped Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson at the 1-yard line late in the third quarter Sunday, but the prognosis isn’t as bad as initially feared.

Matt Nagy has Bears eyeing narrow path to playoffs - Chicago Sun-Times - It’s a long shot, but if the Bears sweep their last three games, they have a solid chance of reaching the postseason.

Film study: Analyzing Bears QB Mitch Trubisky’s best throws - Chicago Sun-Times - Breaking down the Bears’ biggest offensive plays from Sunday’s 36-7 win against the bumbling, indifferent Texans.

NFL overreactions, Week 14: Chicago’s Offense Has Turned A Corner! - Remember all that chatter about the Bears’ anemic offense? Guess who has the fifth-highest scoring average since Week 12? Da Bears. On Sunday, The Bears hung 36 points on the Texans, their highest scoring total since they put up 41 points against the Bills in Week 9 of the 2018 season.

RIP JEANNIE MORRIS

Pioneering sports broadcaster Jeannie Morris passes away at age 85 - ChicagoBears.com - Jeannie Morris, a pioneering sports broadcaster and journalist who had close ties to the Bears for decades, passed away Monday at the age of 85.

Jeannie Morris, an author and TV trailblazer, died at 85 – The Athletic - Jeannie Morris, who passed away at the age of 85, lived an incredible life.

Jeannie Morris: dead pioneering Chicago sportscaster at WBBM-TV, WMAQ-TV - Chicago Sun-Times - ‘There’s so many women now doing what Jeannie did, and she was the first,’ sportscaster Peggy Kusinski said of the longtime WMAQ-TV and WBBM-TV reporter.

KNOW THINE ENEMY

Lions will take it to the end of the week with Matthew Stafford decision - ProFootballTalk - A report on Monday indicated that there’s doubt about Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford being able to play against the Titans in Week 15 and that doubt isn’t going to disappear for a while.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Windy City Gridiron Chicago Bears Free Agency Round Table: Part 3 - Windy City Gridiron - Part 3 of our look at current Bears players who will be free agents in 2021, and what to do with them.

Wiltfong's Bears vs Texans: Snap counts, stats and more - Windy City Gridiron - We share the complete playing time breakdown, and spotlight a few individual and team statistics from the Chicago Bears in their big-time 36 to 7 win against the Houston Texans.

Infate's Notes: Bears break six-game losing streak, pummel Texans in all-out blowout - Windy City Gridiron - The Bears showed up on both sides of the ball in a crucial late-season victory at home.

Leming's 10 Chicago Bears’ Takes after destroying the Texans - Windy City Gridiron - Is it time to celebrate after the Bears blowout home win that finally ended their six game losing streak? Or is it too little too late?

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