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The Bear’s Den, November 4, 2021

Dick Butkus knew what to do with a bunch of Steelers... will the 2021 Bears know as well?

Chicago Bears v Pittsburg Steelers
Dick Butkus #51 of the Chicago Bears at middle linebacker in a circa early 1970’s NFL football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Soldier field in Chicago
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THE DAILY SPONGIE SPECIAL

BEARRRSSSS

Bears at Steelers spread, odds, picks and trends: Expert predictions for NFL Week 9 Monday Night Football game – The Athletic - See odds, expert selections and storylines for the Week 9 game between the Bears and the Steelers.

How Justin Fields, Bears offense finally found success on third down: All-22 review – The Athletic - The Bears had their best performance on third down this season. See how Justin Fields helped get them some key conversions in the All-22.

Bears’ Allen Robinson describes ‘tough’ season with few catches - RSN - The Chicago Bears top wide receiver is on pace to set career lows during his time in Matt Nagy’s offense.

The Bears Are Adding DE Cassius Marsh to Practice Squad, Waiving Sam Kamara - Bleacher Nation - After being quiet at the NFL Trade Deadline, the Chicago Bears are making some minor roster tweaks.

Nagy and Pace Have Only Themselves to Blame - Da Bears Blog - Sunday’s game against the San Francisco 49ers should have been a celebration of the quarterback’s development – the only thing that matters about this 2021 season. If the Bears had framed this season correctly, it would have been.

Bears WR Allen Robinson’s production dips, but he’s essential to offense growing - Chicago Sun-Times - The Bears have thrown and completed the second-fewest number of passes in the NFL, so all the receiving numbers are down. But if Robinson gets healthier on the bye week and Justin Fields establishes a stronger connection with him, it’ll be lucrative for Robinson and the offense.

Chicago Bears Q&A: Why they weren’t sellers at trade deadline - Chicago Tribune - The Chicago Bears have lost three straight entering Monday night’s game against the Steelers in Pittsburgh, and Tuesday’s trade deadline came and went without any deals. Brad Biggs lists the reasons for that and answers a host of other questions in his weekly Bears mailbag.

Why has Allen Robinson’s production plummeted, and how can Bears, Justin Fields get more from him? – The Athletic - We sort through the conundrum that is Allen Robinson’s stat line this season, and what’s next for the Bears receiver.

The Bears Should Probably Keep Tabs on the Developing Odell Beckham Jr. Situation - Bleacher Nation - The Browns’ relationship with receiver Odell Beckham Jr. looks to be on a rocky road right now.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Prosecutor: Henry Ruggs was driving 156 mph, with BAC more than twice the legal limit - ProFootballTalk - According to Katelyn Newberg of the Las Vegas Review-Journal, prosecutor Eric Bauman said that Ruggs was traveling 156 miles per hour two seconds before the crash — and that his Corvette was going 127 mph when the airbags deployed.

KNOW THINE ENEMY

NFL reviewing whether Packers failed to enforce COVID-19 protocols - ProFootballTalk - Aaron Rodgers could land the Packers in hot water, as the league is now looking into whether the team failed to enforce the league’s COVID-19 protocols for unvaccinated players.

Aaron Rodgers lied about his vaccination status and the Packers are paying the price - SBNation.com - Rodgers is out against the Chiefs, and it could be longer.

Packers add Rodgers & Yiadom to COVID list, sign two players to practice squad - Acme Packing Company - The Packers are adding some depth at running back and defensive line.

Packers expected to sign Blake Bortles amid COVID-19 issues in quarterback room - Acme Packing Company - With Aaron Rodgers and Kurt Benkert sidelined, Green Bay is turning to a friend from the summer as a backup for Sunday.

Florio blasts Rodgers for lying about vax status - 670 The Score - “He’s a big fat liar,” Florio said on the Bernstein & Rahimi Show. “Because he created the clear impression back in August that he’s vaccinated. Now, he used the word ‘immunized,’ which should’ve been the clue.”

Column: Aaron Rodgers' credibility takes hit after COVID-19 positive - Chicago Tribune - In August, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers either outright lied about his vaccination status or made extra effort to conceal the truth. That became clear when Rodgers tested positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday and the Packers quickly announced he would miss Sunday’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs.

Aaron Rodgers: Green Bay Packers QB has COVID - Chicago Tribune - Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers tested positive for COVID-19 and will miss Sunday’s game, according to multiple reports. Packers coach Matt LaFleur confirmed that Rodgers was in the protocol but would not say if the QB tested positive or if he was vaccinated.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Infante's 2022 NFL Draft: Top 100 big board midway through regular season - Windy City Gridiron - Which 2022 draft prospects should the Bears target?

Wiltfong's Chicago Bears Sackwatch 2021: Week 8 vs San Francisco 49ers - Windy City Gridiron - Lester jumps in and breaks down the four sacks the Bears allowed on Sunday against the 49ers.

Berckes' Visualize This: Scoring by Quarter in the Nagy Era - Windy City Gridiron - Can we learn anything about the Bears by breaking down scoring by quarter?

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