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The Bear’s Den, January 3, 2024

It’s turnaround day here in the Den, it’s out with the Falcons and in with Green Bay

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Green Bay Packers v Chicago Bears
Dick Butkus #51 of the Chicago Bears in action against the Green Bay Packers during an NFL football game November 7, 1971 at Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois. Butkus played for the Bears from 1965-73.
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THE DAILY SPONGIE SPECIAL

BEARRRSSSS

NFL Power Rankings Week 18: Browns and Packers move up, plus a lesson from every team - The Athletic - Nine playoff spots have been decided in the NFL. That leaves five more to go heading into the final week of the regular season.

Could moving Justin Fields upset the Bears locker room? – NBC Sports Chicago - Arguably one of the most significant decisions in recent franchise history weighs the Bears this offseason. Should they move on from Justin Fields? Or, should...

Wood: Bears Should Move on from Justin Fields - Da Bears Blog - Chicago has all the ingredients of a team poised to become a significant factor in the NFC over the next few seasons, provided they utilize their resources at hand well. That work will begin this offseason with two franchise-altering decisions: what to do at quarterback and head coach. I want to examine both of those decisions this week, starting with QB Justin Fields today and moving to head coach Matt Eberflus tomorrow.

DJ Moore: ‘It would be great’ to dash Packers’ playoff hopes - 670 - Star receiver DJ Moore and the Bears can spoil the Packers’ playoff hopes when they travel to Green Bay on Sunday for their regular-season finale.

1st-and-10: Bears QB Justin Fields raises the stakes for GM Ryan Poles, No. 1 pick - Chicago Sun-Times - The No. 1 pick with a quarterback like Caleb Williams is usually a no-brainer. But Fields is arguably the best incumbent quarterback for a team with the top pick since Drew Brees with the Chargers in 2004, which makes it a little tricky for Poles — even if he’s right, he could still be wrong.

NFL power rankings: Bears climb to highest point this season - Chicago Sun-Times - Plus, the top two teams are on a collision course for a Super Bowl rematch.

Chicago Bears: Has DJ Moore been everything as advertised? - chicagotribune.com - Welcome to 2024. And in the eyes of the Chicago Bears, welcome to a year that seems to hold incredible potential.

Bears vs. Packers: A meaningful rivalry game to end the regular season - The Athletic - Bears quarterback Justin Fields hasn’t beaten the Green Bay Packers in his career. Can he and the Bears play spoiler Sunday?

KNOW THINE ENEMY

Dan Campbell urges fans not to think league is “against” Lions - NBC Sports - When moving past Saturday night’s disappointing loss to the Cowboys, Lions coach Dan Campbell is walking a tightrope regarding whether his team and its fans should be upset about the handling of the fateful two-point conversion attempt.

POLISH SAUSAGE

NFL reminds teams of procedures for reporting as eligible - NBC Sports - League says it's the reporting player's responsibility to clearly communicate eligibility.

Jimmy Kimmel hints at potential lawsuit against Aaron Rodgers - NBC Sports - Aaron Rodgers might soon add another title to his list of individual accolades.

NFL gives David Tepper less than a slap on the wrist for throwing a drink on fans - NBC Sports - Tepper's $300,000 fine equates to 0.00146 percent of his net worth.

NFL fines Panthers owner David Tepper $300,000 - NBC Sports - A video posted on social media showed Tepper throw a drink into the stands at EverBank Stadium on Sunday.

Jonathan Gannon: "No doubt" Kyler Murray is our franchise quarterback - NBC Sports - The Cardinals have gone 3-4 since Murray's return from last year's torn ACL.

Jonathan Gannon: "No doubt" Kyler Murray is our franchise quarterback - NBC Sports - The Cardinals have gone 3-4 since Murray's return from last year's torn ACL.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Zimmerman's Hot Take Tuesday: With 1 game to go, many questions remain - Windy City Gridiron - The incoherent ramblings of a belligerent Bears fan

Wiltfong: Chicago Bears and Ryan Poles will control the NFL’s offseason again - Windy City Gridiron - The Bears are in a fantastic place heading into the offseason.

Wiltfong: Bears Khalil Herbert is Nominated for FedEx Ground Player of the Week - Windy City Gridiron - Let’s make it two weeks in a row for the Bears tailback!

Leming: Tree House Humane Society is our Week 18 TD For Tails Animal Org. of the Week - Windy City Gridiron - When the Bears win, so does our featured animal organization of the week! Each week, we’ll feature a new Chicagoland animal rescue partner with whom we’ll team up. Whatever the amount, all donations (both time and money) are welcome. This week’s featured rescue is Tree House Humane Society.

Householder's stock up, stock down: Chicago Bears-Atlanta Falcons review - Windy City Gridiron - The Bears ended their home slate on a winning streak. Which players are ending the season trending in the right direction?

Sunderbruch: Does the chance to pick a QB command a premium in the NFL draft? - Windy City Gridiron - If and when Ryan Poles trades out of the #1 overall pick, is he likely to command a premium price because top quarterbacks are at stake?

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