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The Bear’s Den, December 1, 2023

Do you have the Bye Week Blues (or, if holiday shopping, the Buy Week Blues).

Chicago Bears v Minnesota Vikings
Running back Alexander Mattison #2 of the Minnesota Vikings runs the ball during an NFL football game against the Chicago Bears at US Bank Stadium on November 27, 2023 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Bears beat the Vikings 12-10.
Photo by Todd Rosenberg/Getty Images

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THE DAILY SPONGIE SPECIAL

BEARRRSSSS

Bears’ pairing of offensive coordinator Luke Getsy, QB Justin Fields just isn’t working - Chicago Sun-Times
Is Getsy hampering Fields or making the best of a situation in which he has to scheme around his limitations? Either answer is a huge problem.

Bears K Cairo Santos wins NFC special teams player of month for November - Chicago Sun-Times
He’s the second kicker in franchise history to win the honor twice.

NFL sets Bears-Browns Week 15 game for Sunday kickoff at noon - Chicago Sun-Times
Five Week 15 games were unscheduled heading into the season, including that one.

Chicago Bears: Ugly victory had plenty of good moments - Chicago Tribune
Monday’s victory, as flawed and error-filled as it was for the Chicago Bears, came loaded with winning contributions that matter for a team making a difficult and suddenly spirited climb.

Chicago Bears Q&A: How will they make 2024 QB decision? - Chicago Tribune
There are a lot of layers to the Chicago Bears quarterback decision, but for Brad Biggs it comes down to a simple question: Do they believe Justin Fields can consistently lead them to success in the playoffs?

Jim Harbaugh to Bears only makes sense if key questions get right answers – NBC Sports Chicago
Jim Harbaugh wins everywhere he goes. There’s little doubt he’d do so in Chicago. But multiple things would have to line up for the move to make sense for the...

Bears overreactions: 2024 NFL draft scenarios with, without Justin Fields in picture – NBC Sports Chicago
What’s the draft plan if the Bears keep Justin Fields? What if they don’t? Is Darnell Mooney’s time in Chicago winding down? Insider Josh Schrock opens up an...

Johnson, Sweat: Bears defense midseason awards before bye week – NBC Sports Chicago
Jaylon Johnson and Montez Sweat are two of the best players on the Bears defense, so we’re recognizing them with some midseason awards

Schmitz: Between Drafting a Quarterback & Sticking with Fields, There is No Bad Option in Chicago - Da Bears Blog
If the Chicago Bears have a Top 2 pick in the 2024 NFL Draft, chances are strong that I’ll advocate for a move at quarterback this offseason. Why? Because I love what both Drake Maye & Caleb Williams have put on tape.

Dane Brugler: Bears’ big QB choice is ‘a financial decision’ - 670
As the Bears face a key decision on their quarterback position this offseason, Dane Brugler of the Athletic believes the choice is primarily “a financial decision.”

POLISH SAUSAGE

Bengals say QB Jake Browning has a right wrist injury - NBC Sports
It's either a coincidence, or the Bengals are getting a little cheeky.

Bailey Zappe: Nothing set in stone, preparing like every other week - NBC Sports
Bailey Zappe has reportedly been taking the lion's share of the first-team reps at quarterback at Patriots practice this week, but the team has not made any pronouncements about their plans for who will start against the Chargers on Sunday.

Report: Von Miller turns himself in, released on bond - NBC Sports
Bills edge rusher Von Miller turned himself in to Glenn Heights Police on Thursday, Rebecca Lopez of WFAA reports.

Alleged victim in Von Miller case now claims there was no assault - NBC Sports
The alleged victim in the felony assault case against Bills linebacker Von Miller has apparently recanted her contentions.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Exclusive Interview with Dr. Jeremy Alland, Chicago Sports Team Physician - Windy City Gridiron
We’re being joined by Dr. Jeremy Alland, team physician for several Chicagoland sports teams including the Bulls, White Sox, and Fire.

Berckes' Best Bets: Seahawks at Cowboys (TNF Open Thread) - Windy City Gridiron
How to bet the Thursday Night Football game

Sunderbruch: On Fields and Fumbling: How bad is the problem? - Windy City Gridiron
JF1 has an issue with ball security, but it has more to do with the situations he finds himself in than his actual ability to secure the ball.

Infante: 2024 Bears mock offseason - Two-for-one draft special - Windy City Gridiron
WCG’s lead draft analyst runs a mock offseason with two drafts: one with Justin Fields, and one without.

Zimmerman: Chicago Bears K Cairo Santos named NFC Special Teams Player of Month - Windy City Gridiron
Cairo Santos is named top Special Teams Player as he continues to show he’s one of the best kickers in the NFL

Berckes' Ten Thoughts on the NFL - Windy City Gridiron
More than just the games

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