The Chicago Bear’s Den, October 11, 2018

BEAR DOWN, CHICAGO BEARS, BEAR DOWN!!!!

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Joniak: Khalil Mack Impressed By Bears’ Focus – 670 The Score – “Staying hungry” is a motto for the Bears after a 3-1 start.

Bernstein: Khalil Mack Makes Everything OK – 670 The Score – Forget all your problems and remember what’s important — the Bears have Mack.

Emma: After Strong Start, Matt Nagy Ready To Be Defined By What Lies Ahead – 670 The Score – Amid a 3-1 start, Nagy won’t have to look far for a cautionary tale.

Emma: Bears Relishing The Byproducts Of Winning – 670 The Score – “It’s a whole new, different feeling,” Mitchell Trubisky says.

Wiedman: Fins Up, Bear Down – Who Emerges the Victor? Our Turf Football – OTFB’s Wanda Wiedman previews the upcoming matchup between the Miami Dolphins and Chicago Bears, with the Bears taking the win.

Mitchell Trubisky of Chicago Bears – Arm sleeve a must after 6-touchdown game – ESPN – Mitchell Trubisky said he will wear an arm sleeve for a second straight game, not wanting to mess with success after throwing six TD passes in the last game with it on.

Wood: Looking at the Defense Position-By-Position – Da Bears Blog – I’m not going to look at safeties much because there hasn’t really been any rotation there and there aren’t many stats to quantify safety play (though I will say I feel good about my preseason pick of Eddie Jackson as the defense’s breakout star).

Medina: James Daniels Could be Lined Up to Get First Start as Eric Kush Appears on Injury Report – Bleacher Nation – James Daniels could be the next man up on the Bears offensive line with starter Eric Kush landing on the injury report.

Medina: Anthony Miller (Full Participant) and Prince Amukamara (Limited) Returned to Practice on Wednesday – Bleacher Nation – Some good news has emerged from the first injury report of Week 6.

Medina: Smile, Khalil Mack Loves You – Bleacher Nation – Chicago loves Khalil Mack and the feeling is mutual.

Mayer: Bears not satisfied; vow ‘our work’s not done’ – ChicagoBears.com – The Bears are happy to be in first place with a 3-1 record. But they’re determined to remain hungry and show no signs of complacency as they begin the second quarter of their season.

9 questions to test your knowledge of the Bears-Dolphins history – ChicagoBears.com – The Bears will visit the Dolphins Sunday in Miami. How much do you know about the two teams? Take this 9-question quiz to test your knowledge.

Mayer: After career game, Trubisky focused on next start – ChicagoBears.com – Mitchell Trubisky’s historic performance against the Buccaneers two Sundays ago certainly was one to savor, but the Bears quarterback has already turned the page to the next chapter.

Stankevitz: Dolphins’ defense, not complacency, the biggest challenge for Trubisky – NBC Sports Chicago – Mitch Trubisky’s biggest challenge this week won’t be complacency, it’ll be a Miami Dolphins defense that’s intercepted 10 passes so far this year.

Under Center Podcast: Is Miami a tipping point game for the Bears? – NBC Sports Chicago – How big is the Miami game this weekend?

Mullin: Bears building on Matt Nagy personal “traits” – NBC Sports Chicago – The Bears’ first four weeks under head coach Matt Nagy have offered a few insights into traits of the first-time head coach, and they are for the most part positive.

Ingalls’ Wednesday What-if: The Amazing Gase – Da Bears Brothers Blog – Where would the Chicago Bears be if they decided to fire John Fox and promote Adam Gase after the 2015 season?

Moreano: Bears Must Continue Winning Ways Against AFC East – Da Bears Brothers Blog – It is paramount for the Bears to dominate the next four weeks of the season against the AFC East if they want the best possible chance to make the playoffs.

Meet the Miami Dolphins (with the DolphinsTalk.com Daily Podcast) – Da Bears Brothers Podcast – Da Bears Brothers kick off their Week 6 preview by gaining a firsthand scouting report with everything you need to know about the Miami Dolphins.

Campbell: Matt Nagy’s offense proving to be a balanced, versatile attack with upside – Chicago Tribune – Through four games, it’s becoming clear what Matt Nagy’s offense is and could evolve into: a versatile, complex, relatively balanced attack that has enough talent to answer just about any defense if the quarterback’s decision-making and fundamentals are sharp.

Wiederer: ‘I didn’t know Chicago was so aggressive’: Khalil Mack is still getting used to his new star status (while shopping for furniture) – Chicago Tribune – Chicago Bears linebacker Khalil Mack is still getting used to the spotlight and adoration that comes with being the star in a major market and the leader of a surprising first-place team.

Wiederer: 5 things we learned about Mitch Trubisky on Wednesday at Halas Hall – Chicago Tribune – Coming off a career day against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Chicago Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky is keeping his foot on the gas and vowing to remain aggressive.

Biggs’ Bears Q&A: Who is for real in the NFC North? Will they continue to rotate O-linemen? When will Adam Shaheen return? – Chicago Tribune – Brad Biggs answers your Bears questions weekly. Who is for real in the NFC North? Will they continue to rotate offensive lineman? What’s up with the addition of guard Bryan Witzmann? When will Adam Shaheen return? Plus much more.

Kane: Can the Bears beat the Dolphins on Sunday? Check the numbers – Chicago Tribune – Here’s a look at the Bears by the numbers as they prepare to face the Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium on Sunday.

Potash: Ex-Bears OC Adam Gase knows he’s in for a battle vs. Vic Fangio – Sun Times – Gase, though, credits Fangio for helping him become a better coach when they were coordinators with the Bears in 2015.

Finley: Bears QB Mitch Trubisky will wear lucky sleeve again Sunday – Sun Times – “You play pretty well — some superstition, call it what you want,” Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky said.

Potash: Bears QB Mitch Trubisky excited to get back to work and build on six-touchdown game vs. Buccaneers – Sun Times – This is a chance to see that his workmanlike, even-keeled approach will pay dividends as well. Even Nagy is curious to see how Trubisky will respond.

Finley: Khalil Mack – DE Akiem Hicks’ return Sunday ‘is going to boost morale’ for Bears – Sun Times – Akiem Hicks wasn’t the only person relieved he didn’t get suspended for Sunday’s game after making contact with an official against the Buccaneers.

Finley: Bears WR Anthony Miller practices in full for first time since shoulder injury – Sun Times – Anthony Miller’s return from a shoulder injury figures to come Sunday against the Dolphins

Morrissey: NFC North title is there for the taking for Bears – Sun Times – The linebacker is the antidote to anything that could ail the first-place Bears. Even if Mitch Trubisky sinks now and then, Mack will lift all boats.

Finley: Bears’ Khalil Mack finds ‘everybody kind of recognizes you’ – Sun Times – Fans are caught up in the Bears’ 3-1 start — and the man who’s been a major reason why. It’s made playing for the Bears a different animal.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Wesseling: Top 10 trade candidates – The Le’Veon Bell conundrum – NFL.com – As we hurtle toward the NFL’s Oct. 30 trade deadline, which players could be on the move? Chris Wesseling examines 10 noteworthy names on the rumor mill.

KNOW THY ENEMY

Travis Rudolph signs with Dolphins’ practice squad, gets injured in practice – The Phinsider – Former FSU standout pass catcher and New York Giant Travis Rodolph has signed with the Dolphins practice squad, according to Omar Kelly of the Sun Sentinel.

Opposing Player Spotlight: Week 6, Chicago Bears – The Phinsider – Will the Dolphins be able to rebound against Chicago and the Bears’ star pass rusher?

Kirk Cousins on pace to rewrite team record book – ProFootballTalk – The Vikings have had Hall of Famers Fran Tarkenton, Warren Moon and Brett Favre at quarterback. They also had Daunte Culpepper. Yet, in his first season, Kirk Cousins is on pace to rewrite the team record book. Cousins has completed 161 of 226 passes for 1,688 yards with 11 touchdowns.

NFC North Week 5 recap: Vikings earn big win – Pride Of Detroit – Minnesota gets their season back on track with NFC Championship revenge.

The Vikings’ Adam Thielen is unstoppable – Daily Norseman – Minnesota already knew this, it’s about time the rest of the world did too.

Packers’ defense is elite in total yards, but advanced stats paint a different picture – Acme Packing Company – The Packers have made improvements, but their ranking in yards per game is a mirage, at least for the time being.

A banged up 49ers squad should play to the Packers’ advantage on Monday night – Acme Packing Company – San Francisco’s 2018 season has not gone as anticipated from a health standpoint, and Monday’s game could provide an opportunity for the Packers to solve lingering issues, especially on defense.

Could Mike McCarthy hire a new offensive coordinator? – Acme Packing Company – In 2015, McCarthy gave up playcalling, only to re-take the reigns. Even then, it was still his offense. Is that what has to change?

APC Podcast, 10/10: Are the Packers bad? – Acme Packing Company – Missed field goals, fumbles, receivers running into each other… Are the Packers bad? Ken’s Note: If by bad you mean “they suck at playing football unless Aaron Rodgers is playing like Zeus throwing lightning bolts down upon the mortals from Mount Olympus” then yes, the Packers are bad. Zeus? You have a chance. No Zeus? You suck.

Bears at Dolphins injury report: Cameron Wake does not practice; Laremy Tunsil limited – The Phinsider – The Miami Dolphins will try to end a two-game losing streak on Sunday when they return home to face the Chicago Bears. After a blowout loss at the New England Patriots and a collapse allowing the C…

Ha Ha Clinton-Dix thinks Packers stint will end in ‘18 – NFL.com – Ha Ha Clinton-Dix thinks his days could be numbered in Green Bay, and might have learned a lesson from Earl Thomas. The safety said this week he’s playing each game in Green Bay as if it’s his last.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Sunderbruch: The Bears’ 2016 Draft Class Midterms – Windy City Gridiron – As has become a tradition, it’s time to second-guess Ryan Pace’s draft prowess at the midpoint.

Curl: The Miami Dolphins lack an identity, but is that really a bad thing? – Windy City Gridiron – The Bears head to sunny Florida this Sunday to face the 3-2 Miami Dolphins. What’s their deal, anyway?

Householder: The most disappointing Chciago Bears player of the first four games – Windy City Gridiron – Earlier, I discussed my most surprising player of the first four games, but now we have to look at the other side of it

Silverstein: George Taliaferro, pioneer and 1949 Bears draftee, passes away – Windy City Gridiron – He died Monday night at 91.

Infante: Storylines to watch in Bears’ return from bye week – Windy City Gridiron – As the Bears wake up from their slumber, here are a few storylines that will follow them around to finish off the year.

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