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The Bear’s Den, November 29, 2023

Chicago fans, media grouchy despite recent Bears win.

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 Former player for the Chicago Bears, Brandon Marshall, shoots the puck in between periods of the game between the Chicago Blackhawks and the Seattle Kraken at the United Center on November 28, 2023 in Chicago
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THE DAILY SPONGIE SPECIAL

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Eberflus liked how Fields thanked teammates after Bears’ win - 670 - After coughing up a pair of costly fumbles in the fourth quarter Monday, Bears quarterback Justin Fields thanked his teammates for having his back and giving him the opportunity to help lead the team on a game-winning drive in the final minutes.

Jaquan Brisker: Bears’ ‘chemistry on the defense is growing’ - 670 - The Bears defense had four interceptions and held the Vikings to 242 yards of offense in Chicago’s 12-10 win at Minnesota on Monday Night Football.

Hester named a semifinalist for Hall of Fame class of 2024 - 670 - Bears great Devin Hester has been named a semifinalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame class of 2024. Hester is one of 25 modern-era semifinalists, as are former Bears pass rushers Julius Peppers and Jared Allen.

Emma’s observations: Justin Fields delivers a winning moment - 670 - The Bears clawed back for a 12-10 victory over the Minnesota Vikings on Monday night at U.S. Bank Stadium. Here are the observations from the game.

Bears defense has something good happening and it showed vs. Vikings - The Athletic - The Bears defense deserved to win against the Vikings on Monday night. Chicago has eight takeaways in its last two games.

Chicago Bears Grades: A win in Minnesota does not mean an A on the report card - CHGO Sports - How did the Chicago Bears fare after a Monday night win in Minnesota?

Justin Fields and Cairo Santos find redemption in 12-10 Chicago Bears victory over the Vikings - CHGO Sports - Justin Fields and Cairo Santos had crucial errors agains the Vikings, but the two were able to redeem themselves in the Chicago Bears 12-10 victory over Minnesotta.

10 Quick Thoughts: Feeling just OK after the Chicago Bears finally win a NFC North game - You have to look a little harder to see the positives in the Chicago Bears' 12-10 win ove the Vikings on Monday Night Football.

Justin Fields’ game-winning drive vs. Vikings can mean everything or nothing for Bears’ future – NBC Sports Chicago - Justin Fields finally delivered in the clutch as his teammates always believed he would, engineering a game-winning drive in Minnesota. Now, the Bears have five...

Matt Eberflus’ explanation for Bears’ game plan shines light on Justin Fields, Luke Getsy – NBC Sports Chicago - The Bears' screen-happy offensive attack against the Vikings left a lot to be desired. Head coach Matt Ebeflus' explanation of the game plan is worth examining...

Montez Sweat’s work load, impact rise in Bears’ win over Vikings – NBC Sports Chicago - A week after Montez Sweat was on the field for just 63 percent of the Bears' defensive snaps, the star edge rusher saw his workload and impact increase in the...

How Bears can help Justin Fields succeed, per Cam Newton – NBC Sports Chicago - The former Panthers quarterback has known Justin Fields for a long time, and played with a similar style.

A Win is a Win – and Matt Eberflus Needed a Win - Da Bears Blog - Can this plan work forever? We’ll know more in two weeks’ time as they take their second shot at the Lions. For now, sit back and enjoy a rare victory Tuesday — we never get enough of them.

Bears are first team this season to win a game without scoring a touchdown - NBC Sports - The Bears accomplished a rare feat on Monday night, beating the Vikings 12-10 on the strength of just four field goals.

Improved Bears defense ‘gonna be something to watch’ - Chicago Sun-Times - With newly acquired defensive end Montez Sweat fueling a much-improved pass rush, the Bears’ defense has seven takeaways in the last two games, after getting just nine in the first 10 games. “I like where our defense is right now in a lot of ways,” coach Matt Eberflus said.

Upon Further Review: Analyzing Bears QB Justin Fields’ ups and downs - Chicago Sun-Times - Coach Matt Eberflus had just given out game balls to the entire team when Fields asked for a moment to address the Bears in the locker room Monday night.

Bears CB Kyler Gordon: my calf will be fine - Chicago Sun-Times - Bears cornerback Kyler Gordon said he expects to be ready to play in Week 14 after hurting his calf in coverage in the fourth quarter of Monday night’s 12-10 win against the Vikings.

Bears turn to rookie RB Roschon Johnson vs. Vikings - Chicago Sun-Times - They played him on 74% of their offensive snaps in the 12-10 win against the Vikings. Khalil Herbert, whom the Bears treated as their unquestioned starter at the start of the season, played only 21% of the snaps.

Bears great Devin Hester among Hall of Fame semifinalists - Chicago Sun-Times - Hester has made the final round in each of the last two years, only to miss the Hall.

Pro Football Hall of Fame announces 25 semifinalists, including former Bears record-setting returner Devin Hester - Devin Hester, Julius Peppers and Antonio Gates headline a group of 25 modern day semifinalists announced by the Hall of Fame from a group of 173 nominees announced in September.

Chicago Bears: Brad Biggs' 10 thoughts on Justin Fields, Week 12 win - 10 thoughts on the Chicago Bears after their first win against an NFC North foe under coach Matt Eberflus and their first overall in the division since Nov. 25, 2021 — more than two years ago.

How the Bears finally got the clutch play from Justin Fields to get a division win - The Athletic - Fields connected with DJ Moore for the big play on the game-winning drive in the Bears' win against the Vikings.

The Bears’ awful, thrilling win over the Vikings, plus Carolina’s mess - The Athletic - This is the digital version of The Pulse. If you want it earlier, start every morning with The Pulse delivered to your inbox. Sign up here.

KNOW THINE ENEMY

Kevin O’Connell: Justin Jefferson return “definitely part” of QB choice after bye - NBC Sports - The Vikings activated wide receiver Justin Jefferson from injured reserve on Tuesday and they plan to have him in the lineup against the Raiders when they return from their bye week, but there’s less clarity about who will be throwing passes to Jefferson and the rest of the team’s receivers.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Shaquille Leonard leaves Dallas, will visit Philadelphia on Wednesday - NBC Sports - The Colts released the linebacker last week, and he cleared waivers.

NFL Power Rankings Week 13: Cowboys, Steelers moving up, plus best-case scenarios - The Athletic - From a Super Bowl ring to a new coach or a top draft pick, we're identifying the best-case scenario for all 32 teams this week.

David Tepper might have made a Freudian slip on Tuesday - NBC Sports - Earlier today, I posted an item containing quotes from Panthers owner David Tepper's Tuesday press conference regarding the firing of coach Frank Reich.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Wiltfong: Chicago Bears Reacts Confidence Survey for Week 13 - Windy City Gridiron - While a winning streak has eluded Matt Eberflus’ Bears, he did check off two coaching boxes with the win on Monday night.

Thompson: Marshall and Newton with the issue of how the Bears have handled Fields - Windy City Gridiron - Two former NFL stars take issue with the Chicago Bears ostensibly not working to Justin Fields’ strengths. Monday night’s win over the Minnesota Vikings only reinforced that critique.

Wiltfong & Berckes' Bear & Balanced: Bears come from behind (the LOS) to beat the Vikings - Windy City Gridiron - Check out our latest Bear & Balanced as we get to discuss a dub!

Zimmerman: Chicago Bears win ugly game, gain little in evaluations for 2024 - Windy City Gridiron - The incoherent ramblings of a belligerent Bears fan.

Leming's 10 Bears Takes: Eberflus’ 1st divisional win, Panthers’ big changes, bye week check-in - Windy City Gridiron - The Chicago Bears pulled off a win on Monday night in improbable fashion. Despite being a team known for blowing fourth-quarter leads, they turned the tables in front of a national audience to win on a last-second field goal in a game in which they didn’t score a touchdown. More on Monday night’s "thrilling" win and what to expect over the final six weeks of the 2023 NFL regular season.

Wiltfong: Bears vs Vikings - Inside the snap counts, stats, and more - Windy City Gridiron - Here are all the snap counts for the Chicago Bears, a spotlight on some of their individual statistics, and a few team stats from their 12 to 10 win against the Minnesota Vikings.

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