The Chicago Bear’s Den, September 29, 2018

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

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Finley: Why Mitch Trubisky can’t let the Bears settle for field goals again – Sun Times – The red zone has been the intersection of the Bears’ two most troubling habits: Trubisky’s inaccuracy and Jordan Howard’s inability to gain traction.

Wiederer: 3 keys for the Bears to beat the Buccaneers in Week 4 – Chicago Tribune – In a push to improve to 3-1, the Chicago Bears will have to find ways to help quarterback Mitch Trubisky play with more confidence. Will scaling the offense back be in Matt Nagy’s best interest? The Bears will also have to be better inside the red zone and create pressure on Ryan Fitzpatrick.

Campbell: Bears rule out Prince Amukamara for Sunday, will have depleted secondary vs. top-ranked Buccaneers passing attack – Chicago Tribune – Bears cornerback Prince Amukamara (hamstring) and receiver Anthony Miller (shoulder) have been ruled out for Sunday’s game against the Buccaneers.

Bears vs. Buccanears: Tribune writers make their picks – Chicago Tribune – Bears vs. Buccanears: Chicago Tribune writers pick which team they think will win

Week 4 NFL picks against the spread: Ezekiel Elliott’s big opportunity and the Baker Mayfield bandwagon – Chicago Tribune – Rich Campbell and Dan Wiederer make their Week 4 NFL picks against the spread.

Rosenbloom: Constructing a Mitch-O-Meter, complete with a sound effect! – Chicago Tribune – We’d need only three choices for our Mitch-O-Meter that rates the contributions of Bears potential franchise QB Mitch Trubisky: 1. The Bears won because of him. 2. The Bears won with him. 3. The Bears won despite him.

Scouting report on Buccaneers QB Ryan Fitzpatrick: ‘You wonder when he’s going to go off the cliff’ – Chicago Tribune – Ryan Fitzpatrick played well enough through three weeks to keep Jameis Winston on the bench after he returned this week from a three-game suspension. Fitzpatrick enters the Buccaneers’ Week 4 game against the Bears leading the NFL with 1,230 passing yards and 11.1 per attempt.

Bears vs. Buccaneers: What to Watch 4 – Sun Times – [Trubisky’s] 77.8 passer rating through three games … is lower than his first three starts in Dowell Loggains’ offense as a rookie last season.

Potash: Bears rookie Kevin Toliver undaunted by challenge of facing Bucs’ No. 1 offense – Chicago Sun-Times – The Toliver scenario provides an interesting test for a Bears defense fueled by Khalil Mack that is just as red-hot as the Buccaneers offense.

Jahns: Who will make the first big play for Bears QB Mitch Trubisky? – Sun Times – Adam L. Jahns’ “Inside the Huddle” column appears in game-day editions of the Chicago Sun-Times.

Finley: Blocking Khalil Mack with 3 players? ‘I want to make an impact on those plays’ – Sun Times – Four questions as the Bears prepare to play the Buccaneers for the fifth season in a row, despite not being in the same division.

Bucs S Chris Conte pokes fun at himself over epic stiff-arm – BucsWire – Tampa Bay Buccaneers safety Chris Conte hasn’t lost his sense of humor, despite Monday night’s embarrassing stiff-arm

Chicago Bears defense enters Week 4 in rarefied air – BearsWIre – The Chicago Bears’ defense ranks among the NFL’s best in several major categories entering Week 4 vs. Tampa Bay

Hoge’s 10 Bears Things: The Mack Effect Is Very Real – WGN Radio – Every year there are two or three teams that surprise the rest of the league as early contenders. The Bears and Buccaneers are both in that category in September and one of those teams will be 3-1 after Sunday’s game at Soldier Field.

Stankevitz: Fitzpatrick or Winston? Who plays QB for Buccaneers not a big concern for Bears – NBC Sports Chicago – The Buccaneers are being intentionally coy about who will be their starting quarterback on Sunday, but the Bears’ defense won’t significantly change what they’re doing based on the starter.

(Too) Bold Predictions: A great Bucs offense vs. a great Bears defense – NBC Sports Chicago – It’s Week 4 of (Too) Bold Predictions, where hyperbole reigns.

The Way We Heard It: Who’s going to play QB for the Buccaneers, and who’s going to face him in the Bears’ secondary? – NBC Sports Chicago – News and notes from the week of practice leading up to Bears-Buccaneers.

White: Strength vs Strength – Bears Look to Go 3-1 Into the Bye – Da Bears Brothers Blog – The Chicago Bears have a chance to prove that they have an elite defense as the unit tries to slow down one of the NFL’s hottest offenses.

Fezler: Chicago Bears Fantasy Outlook: Week 4 – Da Bears Brothers Blog – Here are Fezler’s fantasy projections for the Chicago Bears in Week 4 including his “Start of the Week.”

Wiederer: 99 things since Bears last won 3 games in a row – Chicago Tribune – Bears last won 3 games in a row in 2014: 99 sports happenings since then

Wiederer: A defense’s new swagger, Mitch Trubisky’s ‘clear button’ and Khalil Mack’s next foe – Chicago Tribune – All the latest intel on the newfound swagger that the Chicago Bears defense is playing with, as well as insight into what makes Mitch Trubisky tick and the Sunday afternoon matchup between Khalil Mack and Demar Dotson.

Gabriel: Big Opportunity Could Await Bears’ Javon Wims – 670 The Score – With Anthony Miller injured, the Bears would be wise to give Javon Wims a chance.

DaBearsPod Welcomes Mark Leibovich, Author of “Big Game” [AUDIO] – Da Bears Blog – Author Mark Leibovich joins the pod to discuss his brilliantly funny book Big Game. What does Mark think of the Roger Goodells and Adam Schefters of the world? What does the league think of the McCaskey family? Give a listen and find out.

Medina: With Amukamara and Cooper OUT on Sunday, What’s the Bears Plan? – Bleacher Nation – With Prince Amukamara out, former five-star prospect Kevin Toliver II will get his shot to start.

Mayer: Miller, Amukamara, Cooper won’t play Sunday – ChicagoBears.com – With three players ruled out of Sunday’s home game against the Buccaneers with injuries, the Bears will rely on their next-man-up mentality as they seek their third straight victory.

Medina: Anthony Miller is OUT for Sunday’s Game – Who Can Replace Him? (UPDATE: Bellamy?) – Bleacher Nation – The next man up for the Bears offense could be any number of pass-catching options.

Mayer: Where to watch, listen to Bears-Buccaneers game – ChicagoBears.com – The Bears will look to improve to 3-1 when they host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at noon (CT) Sunday at Soldier Field. Here’s how you can watch and listen to the contest.

Players to watch: Buccaneers at Bears – ChicagoBears.com – Larry Mayer and Simon Kaufman of ChicagoBears.com discuss the Bears players they’ll be watching on both sides of the ball in Sunday’s home game against the Buccaneers, including tight end Trey Burton.

Where Bears team, players rank in the NFL – ChicagoBears.com – Take a look at where the Bears stack up both as a team and individually in the NFL rankings heading into Week 4 action.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Cameron Wake: NFL only concerned about health of quarterbacks – ProFootballTalk – After seeing his teammate tear his ACL trying to keep from putting his body weight on the quarterback, Dolphins defensive end Cameron Wake turned his anger toward the NFL on Friday.

Johnson: Game day superstitions – Our Turf Football – OTFB’s Lisa Johnson talks about some of the superstitions she has on game days and why after this Sunday she’ll have a shiny boat. Is this normal?

KNOW THY ENEMY

It’s all fun and games until someone loses a finger – Daily Norseman – Or a finger tip, in this case

Los Angeles Rams Outlast Minnesota Vikings in a Shootout, 38-31 – Daily Norseman – The story of the game was offense. Lots and lots of offense.

Detroit Lions podcast: Week 4 preview vs. Dallas Cowboys – Pride Of Detroit – Our mini-podcast breaking down the Lions’ Week 4 matchup is here!

Three overlooked numbers that have contributed to the Packers’ slow start – Acme Packing Company – A disappointing start from the defensive line is one of a trio of surprises when looking at the stats from the early portion of the season.

Mike Zimmer: Anywhere I’ve coached, we’ve never been this poor in pass coverage – ProFootballTalk – Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer is in his fifth season as a head coach and was a defensive coordinator for 14 years before that. And ye’s never been as down on his pass defense as he is right now.

Todd Gurley: L.A. Rams ‘can’t be beat right now’ – NFL.com – Running back Todd Gurley was feeling pretty confident Thursday night after totaling 156 total yards from scrimmage in the Rams’ 38-31 victory over the Minnesota Vikings.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Bears vs. Buccaneers: TV time, channel, previews, odds and more – Windy City Gridiron – Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune is calling this Sunday’s game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Chicago Bears’ most important once since the 2013 finale. In case you’ve forgotten, that week…

Curl’s Bears Fanfiction – 2018 Chicago Bears fanfiction Finale, Part 1 – Windy City Gridiron – The Bears are heavily favored to start the Super Bowl, but not everything starts as planned…

Berkes’ Fantasy Football Forum Week 4: Intriguing Targets & Young QBs – Windy City Gridiron – Your place for all things fantasy football

Wiltfong’s Bears vs. Buccaneers Injury Report: Prince Amukamara 1 of 3 ruled out for Chicago – Windy City Gridiron – Here’s the full (and official) injury report for the Bears and the Bucs in advance of Sunday’s game.

Zeglinski: The success of the non-Khalil Mack Chicago Bears – Windy City Gridiron – On the latest WCG Radio, it’s time to discuss other thriving Bears who aren’t the early frontrunner for Defensive Player of the Year.

Wiltfong: Buccaneers’ fans expect a 6 point win in Chicago – Windy City Gridiron – Welcome to SB Nation FanPulse — a survey of fans across the NFL, powered by SurveyMonkey. Each week, we send 32 polls to 100+ plugged in fans from each team. Bears fans, sign up HERE to join…

NFL Week 4: Bears vs. Buccaneers complete coverage – Windy City Gridiron – The Chicago Bears will host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this Sunday at Noon (Chicago time), and we’ve got everything you need to get you ready to hunker down and watch the game.

Duerrwaechter: Pains and Gains, the growth of Mitchell Trubisky and a young Chicago Bears team – Windy City Gridiron – Despite the growing pains, Erik looks at the positives being developed on each side of the ball.

Link’s 2018 Chicago Bears vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers Preview: Which Players to Watch For – Windy City Gridiron – The Bears are on a roll, but will the swashbuckling Fitz-Magic prevent the Bears from a winning record heading into the bye or can Mack & Co. take the chest of booty for themselves?

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