The Bears Den: August 16, 2013 - Preseason news and notes

Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Spor

Bears starters produce key plays in preseason win - Larry Mayer: Bears starters made impact plays on both sides of the ball early and often in a 33-28 preseason win over the Chargers at Soldier Field.

Special teams set tone in preseason victory - Larry Mayer: A dominant performance across the board by the Bears' special teams unit was a key factor in preseason win.

Game notes - Larry Mayer: Bears produce four takeaways for second straight game; injury news.

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Bearsss 33, Chargers 28

Box Score - All your game stats and drive logs.

Larry Mayer's Game Blog - LM: Defensive end drops Chargers RB Fozzy Whittaker for a five-yard loss. Wasn't he one of the Muppets?

Game report - NFL.com: Jay Cutler, Chicago struggle in win over Chargers. Includes [Video] of game highlights.

Game report - Bob LeGere: Cutler and the first-team offense put up 14 points in the first quarter of Thursday night’s 33-28 victory over the Chargers at Soldier Field, but the performance wasn’t always pretty.

Game report - Fred Mitchell: Cutler, Marshall connect in Bears' 33-28 win over Chargers.

Forte pitches in for Bears’ 33-28 win over Chargers - Adam L. Jahns: There’s a new coach in town and a new, more modern offense is being installed, but the Bears got off their clichéd bus running on Thursday.

Rapid Reaction - Michael C. Wright's thoughts in the aftermath of the Bears' 33-28 victory.

Game review - Jeff Dickerson with five things we learned in the Bears' 33-28 victory over the Chargers on Thursday.

Game notes - Adam Hoge: Bears to add QB after Blanchard's fracture; Cutler and Trestman both claim blame for interception; Forte gets offense going; other observations.

Game review - Moon Mullin's thoughts on what the game tells us about the 2013 Bears at this point of the calendar. [Video] View from the Moon.

Trestman not bothered by Marshall focus - Michael C. Wright: Reluctant to reveal too much of the playbook on the short field, the Bears operated with just a limited set of plays; coach also wanted to get Forte and Marshall more involved after game 1.

Cutler and Co. suffering from first-series blues - Rick Telander: Whether it's a lack of focus, bad play-calling, poor recognition of defenses, weak discipline, a need to take a couple blows to the noggin to get into the game... what is it about opening series with the Bears and Jay Cutler?

Bears take some steps in right direction - Brad Biggs: But offense wasn't as impressive in the first half as early 14-0 lead suggested against a mediocre Chargers defense.

Cutler Watch - Adam L. Jahns: Jay Cutler definitely had moments Thursday against the Chargers that were disconcerting, but his offense scored 14 points and he finished with a 98.3 passer rating.

Cutler still showing same bad habits in new offense - David Haugh: The problem with Cutler never has been executing throws but making decisions. For real change to take hold on the side of the ball that desperately needed it, the Bears cannot tolerate the status quo from the offense's most important player.

Injury news - Michael C. Wright: The Bears plan to add another QB to the roster in the coming days after losing third-stringer Matt Blanchard for an unspecified period with a fractured knuckle.

Bears quotes - Thoughts from Corey Wootton and Marc Trestman.

Photos and [Video] highlights from ChicagoBears.com (more videos from CB.com); Tribune gallery; DailyHerald photos.

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More from the game

Trestman reserves judgment on Long, Mills - Michael C. Wright: Long and Mills manned the right side at guard and tackle on the first-team offense and appeared to put on promising displays.

Rookies Long, Mills deserve another start - Hub Arkush with some initial impressions post-game. Fred Mitchell: Mills, Long appear in sync* on right side. [*not 'N Sync; calm down, ThorCo]

Position battle - Adam Hoge: In just three weeks, Long has gone from a rookie who was well behind on mental reps to a physical beast the Bears can trust on Sundays, while Mills was good enough in pass protection and the Bears continue to like his attitude and tenacity.

Wootton, McClellin prominent vs Chargers - Mark Potash: The Bears’ defense showed more signs of a seamless transition from Lovie Smith to Mel Tucker on Thursday night — most prominently on impact plays by Corey Wootton and Shea McClellin.

Game notes - Brad Biggs: Wootton, McClellin vying for playing time each notch impressive sack in the first quarter; Hester and Ford impressing on returns; injury news; more notes.

Game notes - Mark Potash: Hard-hitting rookie Jon Bostic continues to make impression; more from the game.

Rookie watch - Jeff Dickerson: Like the rest of the rookie class, Bostic's overall preseason body of work has included some bad sprinkled in with the good. But there is something to be said when a first-year player is able to contribute impact plays in the preseason. [Video] of Bostic blowing up Chargers WR.

Game notes - Bob LeGere: Nate Collins taking full advantage of his chances; Long and Mills received plenty of playing time; more notes.

Trestman pleased with D-line - Scott Powers: Marc Trestman could point to positives and negatives when it came to his team's offense against the Chargers, but he had nothing but good things to say about the play of the D-line.

Game grades - Moon Mullin takes a look at the offense: Cutler-to-Marshall looking good; line coming together. Defense: D-line dominates, Bostic up-and-down.

Players to watch - Adam Hoge's ten players to watch against the Chargers [Posted after the Den went up, but still worth checking his checklist.]

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Moar Bearsss

Bears storylines continue to be compelling - Dan McNeil: Multiple reasons to keep watching August football as subplots that will unfold in the next several weeks are juicy.

Who is the real Jay Cutler? - Jon Greenberg: With a more efficient offense, a gifted playcaller and better blocking, we're going to find out who the real Jay Cutler is.

Bears position preview - Steve Silverman: Resilient Defense no sure thing this year and Tucker needs to have a Plan B ready if the old Plan A is no longer going to work for this team. [NB. Posted before the game but after yesterday's Den. You snooze, you lose, Silverman.]

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