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The Bear’s Den, December 22, 2020

Montgomery joins Payton in the record books as Chicago stays in the playoff hunt

NFL: Chicago Bears at Minnesota Vikings Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

THE DAILY SPONGIE SPECIAL

BEARRRSSSS

3 things that stood out to Chicago Bears head coach Matt Nagy in Week 15 win over Minnesota Vikings - ChicagoBears.com - After watching tape of Sunday's 33-27 win over the Vikings, Bears coach Matt Nagy on Monday discussed three things that stood out to him in the game, including another stellar performance by the offense.

Updated Chicago Bears playoff chances, tiebreakers, wild card berth scenarios heading into Week 16 - ChicagoBears.com - Where do the Bears stand in the NFC playoff race after Sunday’s 33-27 win over the Vikings? Here’s everything you need to know with two weeks remaining in the regular season.

I Was Wrong: Tectonic Shift Proves Pace, Nagy and Trubisky Should All Return in 2021 - Da Bears Blog - The Bears scored 30 points again. The Bears gained 400 yards again. The quarterback, with the exception of a couple throws, pitched another stellar rating and looked a different player.

Chicago Bears OLB Khalil Mack, KR Cordarrelle Patterson voted to Pro Bowl - ChicagoBears.com - Outside linebacker Khalil Mack and kick returner Cordarrelle Patterson have been selected to represent the Bears on the NFC Pro Bowl team.

Bears vs. Vikings grades: David Montgomery, Mitch Trubisky dominate in win - RSN - David Montgomery had his best game in a Bears uniform in Sunday's 33-27 win over the Minnesota Vikings. JJ Stankevitz looks back at Montgomery's game and other good and not-so-good showings in Week 15.

Bears' Matt Nagy explains why the offense is finally clicking - RSN - It has something to do with Cole Kmet and ... Nintendos?

How Bears will have no choice but to re-sign Mitch Trubisky in 2021 - RSN - Chicago Bears will have no choice but to re-sign Mitch Trubisky after quarterback drama this year

Bears save their season with a win over the Vikings – The Athletic - The Bears' win Sunday could've been their most significant of the season.

Matt Nagy and Bears' changes, David Montgomery's rise – The Athletic - The Bears' young players continue to impress, and Robert Quinn makes a positive turn.

Chicago Bears: How it went from talk of losing jobs to playoffs - Chicago Tribune - When the dust settled on an intense matchup with the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday, the Chicago Bears emerged with their playoff hopes intact.

Winners and losers from Chicago Bears' Week 15 - Chicago Tribune - Marquee Sports Network should know by now how Chris Myers would be received as the ballclub’s lead TV play-by-play announcer. But if they’re uncertain, perhaps they should do a quick search on social media.

Week 15 win at Minnesota gives the Chicago Bears their best local TV ratings since early November - Chicago Tribune - The Chicago Bears’ successful bid to keep their playoff hopes intact on Sunday attracted the team’s best area TV ratings since the start of November.

Bears-Vikings podcast: Win puts Bears in the playoff hunt - Chicago Sun-Times - Believe it not, the Bears are actually in the hunt for the postseason.

Snap judgment: Bears finally solving puzzles with personnel on offense, defense - Chicago Sun-Times - Every week, the Chicago Sun-Times analyzes snap counts to see what the Bears are thinking personnel-wise. This one covers their 33-27 win over the Vikings.

The Mitch Trubisky solution — what took so long? - Chicago Sun-Times - As Bears coach Matt Nagy noted, there were other moving pieces that have fallen into place to get the Bears where they are today. "Would we have loved to have it happen sooner? Yeah. But it hasn’t. So we just want to grow these next two games."

Bears overconfident vs Jaguars? ‘We haven’t done anything yet’ - Chicago Sun-Times - Viewed through the lens of the draft, the Jaguars aren’t incentivized to win.

Bears film study: Trubisky’s deep throws, 4th-&-1 stops, Jackson’s game-saving play - Chicago Sun-Times - A look at some key elements of the Bears’ 33-27 win over the Vikings that kept them in the NFC wild-card chase.

Two Bears get Pro Bowl nods: Khalil Mack, Cordarrelle Patterson - Chicago Sun-Times - They won’t play in an exhibition game this year — because of the coronavirus, the Pro Bowl was canceled for the first time since 1949.

Mitch Trubisky has outplayed Nick Foles, putting Bears in playoff contention - ProFootballTalk - The Bears are 7-7 and only a game out of the last wild card in the NFC, something few expected just a couple weeks ago. And the much-maligned quarterback Mitchell Trubisky deserves a lot of credit for that.

NFL stats and records, Week 15: Another comeback for Tom Brady - NFL.com - Every week the NFL Media Research team puts together the best notes from Sunday’s slate of games. Here are the top nuggets from Week 15.

Chicago Bears new-look offensive line continues to impress following Week 15 win over Minnesota Vikings - ChicagoBears.com - The offensive line has helped key the Bears’ post-bye week success on offense.

Inside Slant: Chicago Bears QB Mitchell Trubisky makes difference in run-heavy win over Minnesota Vikings - ChicagoBears.com - Running back David Montgomery put up the game’s most impressive stats, but quarterback Mitchell Trubisky also deserves credit for Sunday’s win over the Vikings.

Bears’ Mack, Patterson earn Pro Bowl honors - 670 The Score - Bears star pass rusher Khalil Mack and kickoff returner Cordarrelle Patterson earned Pro Bowl honors. They were the team’s lone representatives.

Bears need help in their push for playoff berth - 670 The Score - The Bears’ playoff hopes are still alive after a 33-27 win against the Vikings on Sunday at Minneapolis, but Chicago will need help to sneak into the postseason.

Emma: Observations from Bears-Vikings - 670 The Score - The Bears kept their playoff hopes alive with a 33-27 win against the Vikings on Sunday at U.S. Bank Stadium. The Bears’ recent surge has come in part because they’ve committed to running an offense well-suited for quarterback Mitchell Trubisky.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Eagles coach Doug Pederson says Jalen Hurts will start Week 16 vs. Cowboys - NFL.com - Eagles coach Doug Pederson told reporters Jalen Hurts will start at quarterback in Week 16 against the Cowboys.

Panthers fire G.M. Marty Hurney - ProFootballTalk - Add the Panthers to the list of teams looking for a new General Manager.

KNOW THINE ENEMY

Mayor of Jacksonville celebrates Jets' win, likely arrival of Trevor Lawrence - ProFootballTalk - “THE New York freaking Jets delivered an early Christmas present to Jacksonville today,” Curry wrote on Twitter after the game. “Seriously, this Jets win could be a defining moment for our ball club. See you next week then see you at the draft. This is the win of the day. . . . No one saw this coming. Tis the season and Santa smiled on Jax today.”

Lions interview 4 GM candidates: Analysis, reactions - Pride Of Detroit - Four names emerge as the Lions conduct midseason GM interviews. What’s the upside on each of them?

Detroit Lions fire special teams coordinator Brayden Coombs after reportedly going rogue on fake punt - Pride Of Detroit - WOW.

Quick thoughts on the Lions’ shocking decision to fire ST coordinator Brayden Coombs - Pride Of Detroit - A balanced look at why the Lions were both right and wrong in firing Coombs.

Jacksonville Jaguars move into No. 1 overall pick in 2021 NFL Draft - Big Cat Country - Well, the Jacksonville Jaguars have moved up to the No. 1 overall selection in the 2021 NFL Draft, as things currently stand.

We can’t let the Jaguars ruin the tank — here’s how you can help us get Trevor Lawrence - Big Cat Country - The Jacksonville Jaguars have two games remaining and they need to lose both of them.

New official ‘Tanksonville’ shirts available - Big Cat Country - The Jacksonville Jaguars have been experiencing a rough season so far, losing 13 straight games and getting blown out again for the 13th in a row. Fear not though, Jaguars fans, thanks to the New...

Stock Market Report 2.0 Vikings-Bears - Daily Norseman - The NFC north master plan to get the Bears to give Mitch a 10 year 500 million dollar fully guaranteed contract is going according to plan. Soon the Bears will be saddled with a generic version of...

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Infante: Bears to send two players to 2021 Pro Bowl - Windy City Gridiron - The Bears will be sending just two of their star players to the virtual 2021 Pro Bowl.

Wiltfong: Bears vs Vikings 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 exciting 33 to 27 win against the Minnesota Vikings.

Infante's 2021 NFL Draft: Prospects to watch in each Week 1 bowl game - Windy City Gridiron - College football bowl games kick off this week, so we broke down the top prospects in each game taking place so you don’t have to!

Leming: 10 Chicago Bears Takes after a thrilling 33-27 win in Minnesota - Windy City Gridiron - With Sunday’s win, the Bears are narrowly hanging in the playoff race, while simultaneously all but ending the Minnesota Vikings season. So, what now?

Infante's Notes: Bears offense comes out firing, beat Vikings to keep playoff hopes alive - Windy City Gridiron - The Bears picked up a crucial victory on the road to help them improve to 7-7.

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