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The Bear’s Den, December 31, 2020

Happy New Year’s Eve, 2020’s about done and GOOD RIDDANCE to it!

DAN MAJKOWSKI PACKERS
Dave Duerson vs. Don Majkowski

THE DAILY SPONGIE SPECIAL

BEARRRSSSS

David Montgomery proving himself in breakthrough season - 670 The Score - Bears running back David Montgomery is enjoying a breakthrough campaign and has helped Chicago’s offense find its stride late in the season, as he ranks fifth in the NFL in rushing yards.

Eddie Jackson purchases several teammates PlayStation 5s - 670 TheScore - Bears safety Eddie Jackson is anything but giving on the football field toward opposing offenses, but he was sure to spread the holiday cheer to a few teammates in the secondary with some new PlayStation 5s.

Bears’ Jaylon Johnson, Buster Skrine still not practicing - 670 The Score - Bears rookie cornerback Jaylon Johnson (shoulder) and nickelback Buster Skrine (concussion) were listed as not practicing Wednesday, leaving their statuses uncertain for a pivotal regular-season finale against the Packers on Sunday.

Bears QB Mitchell Trubisky presented with 2020 “Good Guy Award” by Chicago Pro Football Writers of America chapter - ChicagoBears.com - Quarterback Mitchell Trubisky on Wednesday was presented with the 2020 Bears “Good Guy Award” by the Chicago chapter of the Pro Football Writers of America.

The One About Chuck Pagano - Da Bears Blog - Criticizing a defensive coordinator is always tricky. So many times it devolves into, “We’re not getting enough pressure with our front so why don’t we blitz?” Or even the sillier, “That wide receiver is good, why don’t we cover him?”

5 things you may not know about Chicago Bears WR Anthony Miller - ChicagoBears.com - Anthony Miller has caught 47 passes for 472 yards and two touchdowns this season. Here are five things you may not know about the third-year receiver.

Chicago Bears LB Roquan Smith ready for Week 17 game against Green Bay Packers, chance at NFC playoff berth - ChicagoBears.com - Bears linebacker Roquan Smith is ready to face one of the league’s best offenses on Sunday.

Chicago Bears got playoff pump up from Super Bowl winner Aqib Talib - RSN - Nothing like a good ol' fashioned hype speech.

NFL QB Power Rankings Week 16: Mitch Trubisky, Aaron Rodgers hit new highs - RSN - With only one week remaining in the regular season, the final picture of the QB Power Rankings is beginning to take shape.

Mitchell Trubisky Is Living and Leading in the Moment - Sports Illustrated - Bears quarterback said he drew strength from the adversity he's overcome in a rocky season, when he was benched, lost his contract for 2021 and faced constant scrutiny. Ken's Note: Lost his contract? Please stop making stuff up out of the blue, Mr. Chamberlain.

Ten Chicago Bears Don'ts Against Green Bay - Sports Illustrated - A list of what not to do for the Chicago Bears when they go against the Green Bay Packers at Soldier Field Sunday in the regular-season finale with a playoff berth at stake.

History of Chicago Bears battling for playoff spot, wild card berth in final game of season - ChicagoBears.com - Sunday will mark the ninth time since the 1970 NFL-AFL merger that the Bears have had a chance to secure a playoff spot on the final day of the regular season. We take a look back at what transpired on the previous eight occasions.

Chicago Bears to honor Gale Sayers during Week 17 game vs. Green Bay Packers - ChicagoBears.com - The Bears will honor the late Gale Sayers at Sunday’s regular-season finale against the Packers with a stenciled circle on the field that features his last name and No. 40 jersey number.

Mitchell Trubisky Given Chicago Media's Good Guy Award - Sports Illustrated - Quarterback Mitchell Trubisky often is the target of criticism but his availability to media and honest answers have earned the Chicago PFWA chapter's Good Guy Award for 2020

Bears notebook: Kindle Vildor, Duke Shelley could face major test vs. Aaron Rodgers - Chicago Sun-Times - Cornerbacks Jaylon Johnson (shoulder) and Buster Skrine (concussion) did not practice Wednesday, which could put Vildor and Shelley in the line of fire Sunday at Soldier Field.

Can Roquan Smith slow Aaron Rodgers? - Chicago Sun-Times - Sunday, Roquan Smith will meet his match — or more — in Aaron Rodgers, who uses his voice and pointer fingers to conduct an empty-stadium symphony before every snap.

The Packers will decide if the Bears are any good. As it should be. - Chicago Sun-Times - Sunday’s showdown could show whether the Bears’ three-game winning streak is real or a mirage.

Chicago Bears Q&A with Brad Biggs - Chicago Tribune - As the Chicago Bears prepare for a huge Week 17 game against the Green Bay Packers with major stakes, Brad Biggs’ weekly Bears mailbag is full of questions about how much Sunday’s outcome will influence decisions about the franchise’s future.

Ranking Mitch Trubisky’s 50 starts with the Chicago Bears - Chicago Tribune - No one can say whether Sunday’s game will be Mitch Trubisky’s last in a Chicago Bears uniform. Including one playoff game, he has made 50 career starts — some terrific, others not so much. Here are our rankings of all 50.

Chicago Bears podcast ranks Mitch Trubisky's 50 starts - Chicago Tribune - The Chicago Bears enter Week 17 of the NFL season with everything to play for, and Dan Wiederer and Brad Biggs are back to discuss on the latest Bear Download podcast.

How Packers week shapes up for Bears QB Mitch Trubisky – The Athletic - Playoffs and the Packers: How this week shapes up for Bears QB Mitch Trubisky

Chicago Bears Face Near Impossible Task to Make Playoffs - Chicago Audible Blog - If the Bears defeat the Packers on Sunday, Chicago will make the playoffs. The only problem is the Packers have dominated the Bears for the last 10 years.

Bears-Packers: Mitch Trubisky needs career day; history says it's unlikely - RSN - The Bears need Mitch Trubisky to play the best game of his career against the Packers on Sunday. How likely is it?

For Bears' Mitch Trubisky, there's no end in sight – just the Packers - RSN - If this really is the end of his time in Chicago, you couldn't tell.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Robbie Gould, 49ers agree to new contract through 2022 season - RSN - No disrespect meant to Cairo Santos, who has been awesome this year. It’s just we’ve got history.

Weighing fifth-year options for 2018 NFL Draft's first-rounders - NFL.com - Gil Brandt examines which first-round picks from 2018 should have their fifth-year options picked up. Where do the Browns' Baker Mayfield and the Jets' Sam Darnold stand?

Philip Rivers: Thought this could be last game has crossed my mind - ProFootballTalk - Colts quarterback Philip Rivers expects to be doing some scoreboard watching this weekend as the Colts need a win and help in order to make it into the playoffs.

Bills will have 6,700 fans at first playoff game - ProFootballTalk - The Bills will have 6,700 fans in attendance when they host a first-round playoff game next weekend.

KNOW THINE ENEMY

Packers claim DT Damon Harrison via waivers - NFL.com - Damon Harrison is sticking around in the NFC race, but with a new team.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Infante: 2021 NFL Draft - prospects to watch in each New Year’s Six bowl game - Windy City Gridiron - The New Year’s Six are widely heralded as the biggest bowl games of the year, so it’s no surprise that each game has its fair share of talented 2021 NFL Draft prospects.

Wiltfong: Bears designate Massie to return from IR, sign Shelton to the practice squad - Windy City Gridiron - The Chicago Bears have designated right tackle Bobby Massie to return from injured reserve, which means he’ll be able to start practicing this week. It doesn’t necessarily mean he’ll be ready to...

Wiltfong: Mitchell Trubisky wins the Good Guy Award - Windy City Gridiron - Quarterback Mitchell Trubisky has been named the Chicago Bears Good Guy Award winner for the 2020 season after being the runner up a year ago.

Leming's Bears Mailbag: It’s Packers week, Trubisky’s future, and could changes still be coming with a Sunday letdown? - Windy City Gridiron - The Chicago Bears are a win away from their second playoff appearance in three years, but there’s still plenty of unanswered questions heading into Week 17. Will Bears fans be celebrating or gearing up for a shakeup this off-season? All of that and more in this week’s mailbag.

Wiltfong's Chicago Bears Sackwatch 2020: Week 16 vs the Jacksonville Jaguars - Windy City Gridiron - Only one sack allowed to break down this week from the Bears.

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