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The Bear’s Den, December 18, 2020

The injury reports are out, and Chicago’s secondary is looking a bit thin if Jaylon Johnson can’t answer the bell Sunday.

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NFL: DEC 13 Texans at Bears
Chicago Bears inside linebacker Roquan Smith (58) looks on in action during a game between the Chicago Bears and the Houston Texans on December 13, 2020, at Soldier Field
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Why Mitchell Trubisky Went to Bat for Cole Kmet - Sports Illustrated Chicago Bears News, Analysis and More - Mitchell Trubisky went to bat for Cole Kmet, asking that he be more involved in the offense and it’s resulted in more movement plays and bone-jarring hits while the former Notre Dame tight end carries the ball after a reception.

Mitchell Trubisky Ordered Up Changes in Chicago Bears Offense - Sports Illustrated Chicago Bears News, Analysis and More - The quarterback motion and throwing to Cole Kmet and running back David Montgomery were desires Mitchell Trubisky expressed to Chicago Bears coaches for changes in the team’s attack.

Chicago Bears playoff chances - Tiebreakers, who to root for heading into Week 15 matchup vs. Minnesota Vikings - Even at 6-7, the Bears enter the final three weeks of the season with a chance to earn a wild card berth in the NFC playoffs—even with an 8-8 record. Take a look at all the scenarios.

Choosing Sides: How many yards will Chicago Bears QB Mitchell Trubisky pass for vs. Minnesota Vikings? - - This week our esteemed panel, joined by former Bears cornerback/return specialist Jerry Azumah, predicts how many passing yards Mitchell Trubisky will amass Sunday against the Vikings.

Chicago Bears new starting center Sam Mustipher impressing teammates, coaches with ability, maturity - - Bears players and coaches have raved about new starting center Sam Mustipher, lauding his ability and a maturity that makes him seem like a seasoned veteran.

Chalk Talk: Can Chicago Bears be eliminated from playoff contention after Week 15 vs. Minnesota - Vikings? - Senior writer Larry Mayer discusses whether there’s a scenario that would eliminate the Bears from playoff contention Sunday, who would replace Jaylon Johnson if he’s unable to play in Minnesota and the Bears record when winning the turnover battle.

Bears at Vikings Game Preview Volume I: Thoughts on Vikings/Bucs Tape - Da Bears Blog - One of the strangest games of this NFL season. A myriad of thoughts.

Bears’ Khalil Mack (shoulder) held out of practice again - 670 The Score
- Mack dealt with the shoulder injury last week before playing in the Bears’ win Sunday.

Under Center Podcast: Bears-Vikings preview — Olin Kreutz on new offensive line - RSN - JJ Stankevitz and Cam Ellis are joined by Olin Kreutz to help break down the Bears-Vikings matchup and what the Bears are doing with the offensive line.

Sam Mustipher Might Be Top Chicago Bears Success Story - Sports Illustrated Chicago Bears News, Analysis and More - If there’s a classic underdog tale to this entire Bears season, it has to be center Sam Mustipher.

Bears defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano riffs on Roquan Smith, Bilal Nichols, others - Chicago Sun-Times - Pagano unleashed some colorful answers when asked about some key players in his defense.

Bears predictions: Week 15 at Vikings - Chicago Sun-Times
- The Sun-Times’ experts offer their picks for the Bears’ game Sunday against the Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium.

Chicago Bears or Philadelphia Eagles: Who has it worse? – The Athletic
- Mitch Trubisky / Nick Foles or Carson Wentz / Jalen Hurts? Matt Nagy or Doug Pederson? Debating the Bears’ and Eagles’ situations.

Bears’ 2021 NFL Draft, free agency plan may shift with Sam Mustipher’s ascent - RSN - Center Sam Mustipher has only started four games but has been widely praised by coaches and teammates - oh, and the best center in Bears history, too.

Benching Mitch Trubisky ruined Bears’ identity - and NFL playoffs chances - RSN - The Bears switched from building a competent, run-first offense to an incompetent, pass-first offense when Mitch Trubisky was benched for Nick Foles.


Report: Owners debating whether to play two or three preseason games - ProFootballTalk - Now that the NFL has secured the ability to play 17 regular-season games, the question becomes whether to keep the total number of games at 20.


Lions plan to interview former Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff - - The Detroit Lions’ interview pool for their open general manager position continues to widen.

Unbelievable! - Win or Go Home - Daily Norseman - BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald discuss the Vikings’ critical matchup with the Bears.

Chicago Bears at Minnesota Vikings: Initial injury reports - Daily Norseman - A lot of guys sitting out for the home team


Wiltfong: Chicago Bears working out 4 running backs - Windy City Gridiron - With the Washington Football Team signing Lamar Miller off the Chicago Bears practice squad, the Bears appear to be in the market for a back to take his place.

Wiltfong: Is the Bears running game back? - Windy City Gridiron - The Bears haven’t become a running team in the last three weeks, it just seems that way because the running game is finally working again.


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