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    Looks like we're starting to get a ton of new threads on the upcoming game, so for any thoughts, links to articles, minor news or other opinions and discussions on Sunday's game that don't really warrant a separate new thread, how about we make them here?
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    Here's an article about the history between Bill Belichick and Bears GM Jerry Angelo; the two were part of the Giants organization at the same time from 1982 to 1986.

    Talking football: New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick and Chicago Bears general manager Jerry Angelo go back a long way - chicagotribune.com

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    Why does everyone say Bears are a great team? I'll confess that I haven't watched any of their games this season. But all their wins have come against mediocre teams, save for Packers and maybe Eagles. And all their game scores have been fairly pedestrian.

    Not saying this game is gonna be a cakewalk. But I just don't see why the Bears need to be feared. And after defeating the likes of Raves/Colts/Steelers/Jets, having one of the top offences in the league, and a defense that has improved literally every game since week 2, do we really need to be worried about playing Chicago?
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    Not about the Pats-Bears game, but NHL legend Scotty Bowman, who is now an advisor for the Chicago Blackhawks talks about Bill Belichick in this column.

    Bill Belichick: Hockey legend Scotty Bowman sees a lot he likes in New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick - chicagotribune.com

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    I think the key is the turnover battle. How's that for some new-age analysis. Jay Cutler is prone to turn it over. Our secondary has been getting a lot of picks lately. Tom Brady hardly ever throws int's. However, they do have the type of defense that can slow us down. Need to get a pass-rush from your 4 man front without blitzing. Have some good lb's who can tackle like Urlacher and Briggs. Lousy field conditions, poor weather. I can see a low scoring game.
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    Bears' defense has 26 takeaways; only Pittsburgh (27), Philadelphia (28) and the Giants (30) have more. The Pats aren't far behind though, with 23.

    Although Chicago has turned the ball over a lot - 23 giveaways on 15 interceptions and 8 fumbles - they've done a lot better job of protecting the ball recently. They only had one turnover (fumble) at Detroit, one (interception) against the Eagles, one (pick) at Miami, two picks against Minnesota, and one fumble lost at Buffalo.

    They're 5-0 in those games since their bye and seem to be a different team than before the bye, when they had just lost back-to-back home games to Seattle and Washington.
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    This is going to be like the rest of the season. Forget the hype of Monday, and just follow th same blueprint we have all season....when we have won. No turnovers, minimum penalties, tackle well, play great special teams, and turn the ball over 2 times. Do all these things and we will win the game, fail and we will likely lose

    I'm not sure, given the conditions we will face on the field, that this game will get into the 20's. I just want the defense to continue making baby steps toward mediocrity. I think that will manifest itself in more pressure on Cutler. That and our offensive prowess should be enough.
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    I think why 'everyone' says the Bears are a great team is because like you defend your defense - i defend our offense. Since our bye-week we have improved tremendously. I dont think anyone questioned chicago's defense all year, but definitely our offense. Whats the point of anything without consistensy (something the bears were/still are heavily criticized for all year, and well almost every year.. lol), but if you look at us the past 5 games they are all wins in a more solid factor - rather than "defense bailed us out" type of win. Jay Cutler might not be doing as well as Tom Brady has (whos always spectacular and at worst decent), but He is being efficient enough to provide potentional game-winning drives instead of a turnover machine. Yeah, we dont have the flare that Tom Brady gives off to light up a scoreboard like last monday, but we have our methodical drives that eat up the clock and usually take advantage of the turnovers our defense provides us with.* Call us a "pretender" or whatever, but as of right now.. until I see another sign of sloppy/inconsistent play or Cutler saying he'll throw to DeAngelo Hall again.. I think it is safe to say we are the real deal. Like I said this is all an opinion.. I'm just happy that we have a tough remaining schedule (Pats, Jets, GB) - because to me its proof if we deserve to be in the playoffs.

    As for saying our wins have come off mediocre teams is understandable to a degree, but c'mon. The Colts are 6-6 this year (and i am in no way shape or form saying peyton manning is comparable to jay cutler) but.. I havn't seen them beat anyone decent on their list.. except the giants, yet you feared them and not us even a little? :confused:
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    It is not so much Cutler being all that much more efficient as it is getting Martz to stop being such a blockhead and giving up that 7 step drop game that was giving Cutler all those concussions. Since they've started mixing it up and giving the run game more of a chance, they've been better.
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    I expect the bears to run it more this weekend, so our Run D has to be on point!

    I dont think we will have trouble scoring on them to be honest.
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    The weather could be the real equalizer for this game.

    The thing about the Bears is they have the type of defense that has the best chance at stopping Brady.

    The Key to stopping Brady is being able to apply pressure while only sending 4 and keeping everyone in covereage.

    Of course 40 mile an hour winds do pretty good to.

    But our running game and O line aint to shabby either.
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    Patriots-Bears Preview - Dec. 8, 2010 - NFL - CBSSports.com Game Preview
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    Ha Ha, nice photoshop there; I didn't even catch it the first time I looked.


    I did read somewhere that they are putting down new sod at the stadium this week. Any rain in the forecast this week? If I recall correctly if it rains right after new sod is put down it can really cause havoc - and be worse than if they had just played on the old turf. The other thing I'm thinking is that since the Bears played in Detroit Sunday, why didn't they put down the new sod last week to give it more time to set?
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    DITK

    Compliments over at daBears.com.

    Interesting threads and discussions. Your people provide great insight on Da Bears.

    I'm enjoyed your site tremendously.

    I'll be at the game and hope that your site is representative of the fan base.
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    Haha I'm glad you took it for what it was - just a joke :D

    For weather wise its cold.. and cold haha but this week/weekend its supposed to rain & snow :(

    But I'm not sure if they resodded it again today.. but i know last wednesday they did. (Here is an article that goes into more detail - With Bears on the road, Soldier Field resodded - Chicago Breaking Sports)

    Thank you very much! Same here (its actually a lot more active here so i've been cruising around on this forum too). As for the fans - we all just want a competitive/injury free game, but just watch out for the occassional drunk fan who gets a bit arrogant. I guess you can say its pretty much the same for the most part. Don't worry there is no obnoxious fireman either. I have heard good things even from some packers fans! So I guess that speaks for itself! Hope you have fun and good luck!

    PS Remember to wear layers.. :)
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    Here's a link to an 40-minute podcast with espn's Tedy Bruschi and Mike Reiss. They start out by ranking their current top five NFL teams - Bruschi ranks the Bears #5. After that they give their initial preview of the Pats - Bears game at about the 10:30 mark.

    Pod Center >> ESPN Radio >> ESPN Boston: 12/8



    ProFootballWeekly.com - Patriots' 60-second rant: Bears provide opportunity for pass rush to shine


    This is from a betting sight, but I'm not finding much else out there yet for previews:

    Bet on NFL? Patriots at Bears 2010-12-07; BetUS Locker Room


    And here's one from a decidedly pro-Bears viewpoint. I'll link it for entertainment purposes only. Apparently some people think the Patriots play in a dome, haven't changed the offense since 2007, will fall apart in poor weather, and not having recognizable names on the roster will surely doom a team to failure. I'll spare everyone that portion of the column and quote something else.

    Patriots at Bears Game Preview - Da' Bears Blog - chicagonow.com
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    martz likes to run lots of slants and incuts for large gains something the pats need to stop
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    The Bears "O" line has some issues especially one of the Tackles is a rookie and the protection for Jay Cutler is breaking down. May be we can put pressure the way we did against Pittsburgh. Jay Cutler killed us before with his passes.
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