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The Bear’s Den, November 27, 2023

It’s a rare Game Day Den, as Chicago plays Minnesota on Monday Night Football tonight

Cy-Bears Monday

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THE DAILY SPONGIE SPECIAL

BEARRRSSSS

Bears rule out CB Tyrique Stevenson for Vikings game - Chicago Sun-Times - He’ll likely be replaced by fellow rookie Terell Smith, who rotated with Stevenson against the Lions, playing about one-fifth of the snaps.

Bears QB Justin Fields needs to produce, but the most important stat is victories - Chicago Sun-Times - Fields’ production is important, but he needs to show he can win. The Bears’ crushing loss last week to the Lions proved the former means little without the latter.

What has slowed GM Ryan Poles’ Bears rebuild and what could speed it up? - Chicago Sun-Times - The teams that quickly flip from pushovers to playoff contenders, like the Jaguars and Texans, typically get coach and quarterback right.

Bears QB Justin Fields needs to produce, but the most important stat is victories - Chicago Sun-Times - Fields’ production is important, but he needs to show he can win. The Bears’ crushing loss last week to the Lions proved the former means little without the latter.

Bears’ defense searches for closer: ‘The stars got to be stars’ - Chicago Sun-Times - The Bears’ defense showed signs of becoming a force, with three takeaways against the Lions last week before collapsing in the fourth quarter. Now they need to develop the mental toughness it takes to finish. “Finishing is ... 90% mental, 10% talent,” safety Jaquan Brisker said.

Bears vs. Vikings — What to Watch 4 - Chicago Sun-Times - The Bears and quarterback Justin Fields have to find a better way to handle the Vikings’ blitzing pass rush than they did in a 19-13 loss Oct. 15 at Soldier Field.

Bears rule out 3 players before Vikings Monday Night Football game – NBC Sports Chicago - The Bears will be without two extra players on offense, and another defensive starter

Bears mock draft: Justin Fields in, Poles passes on Caleb Williams – NBC Sports Chicago - Bears GM Ryan Poles looks like he’ll have the opportunity to draft a rookie quarterback like Caleb Williams or Drake Maye. In this mock he doesn’t.

Emma: 3 storylines to follow in Bears-Vikings - 670 - The Bears (3-8) visit the Vikings (6-5) for a Monday night matchup at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. Here are three storylines to follow in the game.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Baker Mayfield: Until everybody gets pissed off enough to get it fixed, there will be no change - NBC Sports - With Sunday's 27-20 loss to Indianapolis, Tampa Bay has now dropped six of its last seven games to make the club's record 4-7.

Reports: Shaquille Leonard to visit Cowboys on Tuesday - NBC Sports - Free agent linebacker Shaquille Leonard will visit the Cowboys on Tuesday, according to multiple reports.

Jon Gruden's name emerges as "big wildcard" candidate for Indiana job - NBC Sports - Indiana University (and NOT the University of Indiana) is looking for a new football coach.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Zimmerman: Chicago Bears vs Minnesota Vikings - Teams Headed in opposite directions - Windy City Gridiron - In the second matchup of the year, we find two NFC North teams headed in opposite directions.

Wiltfong: Bears Injury Update - Stevenson, Foreman, and Borom downgraded to out - Windy City Gridiron - The Bears now have four players ruled out for Monday Night Football.

Wiltfong: T.J. Edwards is the Bears nominee for the Art Rooney Sportsmanship Award - Windy City Gridiron - A cool honor for Chicago’s linebacker.

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