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The Bear’s Den, December 26, 2023

Bears have health question marks ahead of Falcons game this weekend

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Arizona Cardinals v Chicago Bears
Budda Baker #3 of the Arizona Cardinals tackles Cole Kmet #85 of the Chicago Bears during the second quarter at Soldier Field on December 24, 2023 in Chicago
Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images

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THE DAILY SPONGIE SPECIAL

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How the Bears got a collective effort, showed resilience in win over Cardinals - The Athletic - It didn’t mean much in the standings, but Bears veterans say an effort like Sunday’s means a lot in the locker room.

NFL playoff picture: Lions win North, remain in hunt for NFC top seed; Jaguars crumbling - The Athletic - The end of the NFL regular season is fast approaching, but little is settled in the NFL playoff picture.

Justin Fields, Luke Getsy’s best, only case to stay with Bears is to win – NBC Sports Chicago - A win over the woeful Cardinals with mediocre stats did little to shift the conversation surrounding Justin Fields. But it was a win, and that might end up...

10 Quick Thoughts: The Bears let another opponent off the mat - CHGO - Why can’t the Bears finish off games?

Bears’ defense believes being elite in 2024 starts with 2023 finish – NBC Sports Chicago - The Bears’ defense has preached about its dominant potential all season. After finishing against the Cardinals, they see only elite possibilities in front of...

NFL Power Rankings Week 17: Where Bears stand after win vs. Cardinals – NBC Sports Chicago - The Bears’ Week 16 win over the juice-less Cardinals means little in the big picture, but it’s enough to move them up in the weekly power rankings.

Bears dominate early, then hold off Cardinals for 27-16 win - 670 - The Bears jumped out to a 21-0 lead before holding off the Cardinals for a 27-16 win Sunday at Soldier Field. Chicago improved to 6-9 with the victory.

Bears QB Justin Fields has improved, but is his development exponential, rapid enough? - Chicago Sun-Times - That’s the big question GM Ryan Poles has to ask himself as he weighs keeping Fields versus drafting a new QB.

Upon further review: Analyzing Justin Fields’ ups and downs vs. Cardinals - Chicago Sun-Times - Fields did little to change his own narrative Sunday — except win the game.

Healthy, hungry Bears’ defense looking for big finish - Chicago Sun-Times - While the offense still has a lot of question marks heading into the final two games — and the 2024 season — the defense is virtually set for next season and determined to “show everyone what type of defense we have and what type of defense we’re going to be.”

Bears Halas Intrigue podcast: Does anything matter anymore? - Chicago Sun-Times - The Bears got a win on Sunday, but does it mean anything?

Grading the Bears — position by position — in their victory against the Cardinals - Chicago Sun-Times - Justin Fields was virtually flawless in guiding the Bears to three consecutive TD drives for a 21-0 lead in the second quarter, but he struggled after that.

Chicago Bears: Brad Biggs' 10 thoughts on Week 16 win, NFC North - Chicago Bears - In the spirit of the holiday season, here are 10 thoughts following the Chicago Bears' Week 16 win with a look at how far off (or not) they are in the NFC North.

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Highlighting the Cardinals’ positives on Christmas Day - Revenge of the Birds - What was your favorite moment in yesterday’s game? ROTB Poll at the end of the article.

POLISH SAUSAGE

2023 NFL Week 16 winners and losers: Browns’ Joe Flacco shines again, Cowboys tumble on Christmas Eve - CBSSports.com - A look at some of Sunday’s best (and) worst performers

Antonio Pierce on ending losing streak to Chiefs: Enough is enough - NBC Sports - The Raiders came into Monday’s game in Kansas City as double-digit underdogs and losers of six straight to the Chiefs, but neither the Chiefs nor any bettors backing them were feeling good at the end of the day.

NFL Playoff Picture 2023: Updated AFC and NFC Standings, Clinching Scenarios for Week 16 - NBC Sports - The 49ers, Lions, Ravens, Dolphins, Eagles and Cowboys have clinched playoff berths, eight more playoff spots are available.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Infante's 2024 NFL draft Big board of top 100 players - Windy City Gridiron - WCG’s lead draft analyst shares his current top 100 prospects in the 2024 NFL Draft.

Leming's 10 Bears Takes: A 27-16 win has them back on track for a strong finish - Windy City Gridiron - The Chicago Bears find themselves at (6-9) and a chance to finish the season much stronger than they started. Following a 27-16 victory at Soldier Field, we dive into Sunday’s happenings, where the Bears stand in the race for the No. 1 pick, and much more!

Witfong: Bears vs Cardinals - 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 27 to 16 win against the Arizona Cardinals.

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