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The Bear’s Den, December 26, 2020

It’s off on the road to Jacksonville for a critically important game for both teams as people fight for their jobs

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Chicago Bears Adrian Patterson jumps over teammate Josh Beekman as be breaks by Jacksonville Jaguars Daryl Smith at Soldier Field in Chicago
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THE DAILY SPONGIE SPECIAL

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Bears CBs Jaylon Johnson, Buster Skrine out again vs. Jaguars - Chicago Sun-Times - Duke Shelley and rookie Kindle Vildor are expected to fill their roles as they did against the Vikings. Khalil Mack, Akiem Hicks, Allen Robinson and Bilal Nichols are listed as questionable but expected to play.

Chicago Bears: 5 things to watch vs. Jacksonville in Week 16 - Chicago Tribune - Can the Chicago Bears offense continue its late-season surge with another big output Sunday? In short: absolutely. Here's a snapshot look at their Week 16 clash with the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Column: Does Jacksonville need to lose to the Chicago Bears? - Chicago Tribune - The Chicago Bears are fighting for their playoff lives and need a win Sunday at Jacksonville. But is it also a must-lose game for the Jaguars, who are in position for the No. 1 pick in the 2021 NFL draft? Not so fast.

Week 16 picks: Can Chicago Bears beat Jacksonville Jaguars? - Chicago Tribune - The Chicago Bears have a chance to win three straight and set up a potential do-or-die game against Green Bay in Week 17. Here's how our writers see the Bears' Week 16 game against Jacksonville playing out.

Bears-Jaguars: Key matchups, game picks for Week 16 – The Athletic - Previewing the Bears' Week 16 matchup against the Jaguars.

Bears rule out Jaylon Johnson, Buster Skrine against Jaguars - 670 The Score - The Bears will again be without two starters in the secondary after ruling out rookie cornerback Jaylon Johnson (right shoulder) and nickelback Buster Skrine (concussion) against the Jaguars on Sunday.

Bears, Jaguars not so different after all as last 25 years follow similar paths - Chicago Sun-Times - Since the Jaguars’ inception in 1995, they and the Bears have been strikingly — alarmingly? — similar.

Bears need blowout, no regression against Jaguars as Packers loom in season finale - Chicago Sun-Times - Squeaking past the one-win Jaguars with something along the lines of a 16-13 win isn’t good enough if the Bears are serious about fighting for a playoff spot.

QB Index, Week 16: Jalen Hurts, Mitch Trubisky rise up the rankings - NFL.com - Is Jalen Hurts already a top-20 quarterback? Has Mitch Trubisky truly turned a corner in his NFL career? NFL.com editors assess the QB hierarchy heading into Week 16 of the 2020 NFL season.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Drew Brees becomes the NFL’s first 80,000-yard passer - ProFootballTalk - In what could be the penultimate regular-season game of Drew Brees‘ Hall of Fame career, he’s capping it with yet another milestone.

2021 NFL Mock Draft: Four quarterbacks taken in top five, Dolphins land elite WR, Patriots scoop up Kyle Pitts - CBSSports.com - With Trevor Lawrence off the board, New York is faced with a decision at No. 2

KNOW THINE ENEMY

NFL bold predictions, Week 16: Ryan Tannehill steals Aaron Rodgers’ spotlight - NFL.com - Will Ryan Tannehill outplay Aaron Rodgers on Sunday night? Can Philip Rivers and the Colts hand Pittsburgh its fourth straight loss? NFL Network analysts make bold predictions for Week 16 of the 2020 NFL season.

NFL Week 16 picks, odds: Jaguars try to spoil Bears playoff hopes, Colts smash Steelers, Cards get rolling - CBSSports.com - All of Will Brinson’s Week 16 best bets against the spread

Stock Market 2.0 Vikings-Saints - Daily Norseman - Well, the Vikes play a solid game offensively only to get demolished on defense. That was an ugly game, and yet the Vikings hung in there for a while. We all know the blame for this loss goes on...

New Orleans Saints 52, Minnesota Vikings 33: Vikings officially eliminated from playoffs - Daily Norseman - Not a great showing by the defense

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Householder & Berckes’ Best Bets: Chicago Bears-Jaguars betting spread, total, survivor picks - Windy City Gridiron - Heading into the home stretch and, dare we say, it’s OK to back the Bears again?

Wiltfong: Bears vs Jaguars Injury Report:\ - Jaylon Johnson and Buster Skrine out - Windy City Gridiron - Here’s the full injury report for the Bears and Jags in advance of their game on Sunday.

Infante: Bears see jump in playoff odds after winning two straight - Windy City Gridiron - Though they still face an uphill climb to make it into the playoffs, the Bears have seen their postseason odds increase in the eyes of bettors.

Bears vs Jaguars: Keys to keep Club Dub open - Windy City Gridiron - Happy Holidays everyone! Here are some keys for the Bears to beat the Jaguars!

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