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Thanksgiving Day Bear’s Den, November 23, 2023

It’s a day to sit back, watch the Lions play the Packers and be happy that at least one of them will lose.

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THE DAILY SPONGIE SPECIAL

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Bears quarterback Justin Fields still has full faith in rookie wide receiver Tyler Scott - CHGO Sports - Even though Justin Fields and Tyler Scott couldn’t connect late in the game against the Lions, the Bears’ quarterback won’t hesitate going to the rookie wide receiver moving forward.

Justin Fields’ defense of Tyler Scott shows key QB box is checked – NBC Sports Chicago - For all the questions remaining about Justin Fields, the Bears QB continues to have the leadership piece of the franchise signal-caller puzzle locked down.

Justin Fields still not getting same respect as other QBs from refs – NBC Sports Chicago - Justin Fields knew what to expect when playing the Lions. The Bears quarterback told the refs to watch for late hits. That plea went unheard and the young QB is...

Bears overreactions: Will Lions loss get Matt Eberflus fired? – NBC Sports Chicago - Will the meltdown against the Lions be what gets Matt Eberflus fired? Is Jim Harbaugh the Bears’ kind of coach? Is Justin Fields tied to this staff? Insider...

Justin Fields plan disappoints former Bears coach Dave Wannstedt – NBC Sports Chicago - Bears offensive coordinator Luke Getsy has dialed up many more Justin Fields runs than he did earlier this year

Schmitz: Checking Tape From an Ugly Game in Detroit - Da Bears Blog - What fueled the good parts of the Bears’ Sunday offense?

Embattled Bears coach Matt Eberflus: ‘I can see progress’ - 670 - In suffering a disheartening late collapse in a 31-26 loss to the Lions on Sunday, the Bears fell to 3-8 on the season and 6-22 in head coach Matt Eberflus’ tenure in Chicago.

Bears defense vows to “turn pain into passion” and respond vs. Vikings - Chicago Sun-Times - Stung by a meltdown in the final 4:15 that greased the skids for a stunning 31-26 loss to the Lions on Sunday, linebacker Tremaine Edmunds and his teammates are determined to prove their stellar play in the first 55:45 was the defining moment and not the collapse at the end.

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Jared Goff happy for short week after three interceptions against Bears - NBC Sports - Last Sunday’s game against the Bears ended well for Jared Goff and the Lions, but they needed to make a stunning comeback to win because of how bad things had gone most of the day.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Matt Nagy on WRs: We have a lot of trust in these guys, and we believe in them - NBC Sports - Kansas City's receivers have become a clear weakness for the team, with several drops on Monday night contributing to the loss — most notably Marquez Valdes-Scantling's deep down the field with 1:50 left in the contest.

Jim Irsay blames his 2014 arrest on police prejudice against white billionaires - NBC Sports - Colts owner Jim Irsay says his 2014 arrest for driving under the influence was a result of prejudice against him for being white and rich.

Referee asked Tyreek Hill before Sunday's game not to show a peace sign - NBC Sports - Dolphins wide receiver Tyreek Hill has been flagged and fined repeatedly for sticking two fingers up as he celebrates touchdowns, and before Sunday's game against the Raiders, referee Bill Vinovich asked him not to do it again.

Kareem Jackson's appeal is denied; he'll miss the next four games - NBC Sports - Latest illegal hit sidelines Jackson until Week 16.

Grading all 31 first-round picks after Week 11 of the 2023 NFL season | NFL News, Rankings and Statistics | PFF - New York Jets edge defender Will McDonald IV and Houston Texans quarterback C.J. Stroud were among the first-round standouts in Week 11 of the 2023 NFL season.

Bears QB Justin Fields gets another chance to solve Vikings’ pressure points - Chicago Sun-Times - Can a quarterback whose best traits are his running and deep passes be a successful pinball player, getting the ball out quickly against the blitz?

Bears look to get ‘more and more’ playing time for top DE Montez Sweat - Chicago Sun-Times - Sweat played his fewest snaps as a Bear in the loss to the Lions, which Matt Eberflus attributed to their rotation, but they’ve invested a lot in him and need him on the field more.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Zimmerman: Chicago Bears analyst - not sure how Matt Eberflus can keep his job - Windy City Gridiron - Herb Howard joins the Bears Banter Podcast!

Wiltfong: Chicago Bears Sackwatch 2023: Week 11 vs Detroit Lions - Windy City Gridiron - Two sacks to break down, but also a closer look at the DJ Moore TD, and some interesting Next Gen Stats numbers.

Berckes: The Path to the Number One Pick - Windy City Gridiron - The teams and games to watch down the stretch for the top pick

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