The Bears Den: September 10, 2013 - Week 2 news and notes

Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Spor

Brad Biggs' 10 thoughts - Ten thoughts after the Bears opened the Marc Trestman era Sunday with a 24-21 victory over the Bengals at Soldier Field.

10 observations - Mark Potash: Would the Bears have won their opener with Lovie Smith as head coach? Plus nine more observations.

Larry Mayer's Chalk Talk - Larry discusses how the Bears O-line fared against the Bengals, the Bears' lack of a pass rush and rookie Marquess Wilson being inactive in the opener.

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Bears 24, Bengals 21

Trestman assesses first game as Bears head coach - Larry Mayer: Marc Trestman was impressed with several aspects of Sunday's 24-21 season-opening win over the Bengals, but also knows there are just as many areas to improve.

Game review - Michael C. Wright's examination of four hot issues from the Bears' win. Cutler fierce against Bengals pressure.

Bennett's TD shows 'O' progression - Moon Mullin: A year ago, the Bears don’t score the way they did first on Sunday against the Bengals. If at all.

Encouraging signs for offense in Bears' win - Rich Campbell: After the Bears overcame an 11-point second-half deficit, it’s clear Trestman’s steady demeanor has rubbed off on his team.

Trestman keeps cool before Bears offense heats up - Dan Wiederer: Despite sluggish attack in 1st half, Marc Trestman, in debut as NFL head coach, makes no radical halftime adjustments. Officiating gaffe cost Bears nine yards.

More production from Forte would please Trestman - Adam L. Jahns: Forte didn’t seem as involved as he’s expected to be, and the offense overall wasn’t operating at the quick pace that typified camp, especially in the first half. Bob LeGere: HC happy, but stresses still work to do.

Easy to be downright giddy over Bears offense - Mike Imrem: Judging by first impressions, this offense has a chance to run plays that NFL winners have been running successfully for generations.

[Video] PostGame Live - 15 on 6: Cutler's decision-making a huge positive

Game review - Laurence Holmes: Here's what I saw, what I heard and what I was told from the Bears-Bengals game.

[Video] Game review - Jeff Dickerson reports from Halas Hall.

Martellus Bennett's newest nickname: Clutch - Dan Wiederer: Animated TE Martellus Bennett comes through in a big way in Bears' opener.

Game notes - Adam L. Jahns with snap counts from the game.

Game notes - Adam Hoge: Trestman wants more from run game, D-line but pleased with team discipline; M. Bennett changed route on TD catch; more notes.

Team notes - Moon Mullin: Bears working on special WR 'hands' team; Trestman only fourth of fourteen Bears HCs to win first game. Kip Lewis: Avoiding the OL 'shuffle'.

Stupid, stupid, stupid… Bengals there to help Bears - Moon Mullin: Sunday's game should help ready the Bears for visiting the Lions in a few weeks, as the spirit of Ndamukong Suh was carried on by a Bengals team that lost its composure in a game that was firmly in their control.

Kyle Long discusses rookie debut - Long joined WXRT’s Lin Brehmer on Monday morning to discuss what was going through his mind after the 4th down play was called.

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Game grades, X & Os

Game grades - Brad Biggs' film session: Marc Trestman helps Jay Cutler stay upright, rookie linemen gain confidence.

Game grades - Adam Hoge reviews the film and provides his observations from the Bears' win.

Game grades - James Neveau grades the Bears' performance in four areas: offense, defense, special teams, and fan performance. Fan performance?

Game grades - PFF awards the game ball to Cutler.

NFL.com: Around the League - Gregg Rosenthal's Six plays that explain the weekend includes Cutler's game-winning strike to Marshall.

X&Os - Greg A. Bedard breaks downs four key game-winning plays from Sunday's games, including Cutler to Marshall.

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Bearsss

Roster news - Michael C. Wright: The Bears signed Jonathan Scott to a one-year contract on Monday, and added QB Jerrod Johnson to the practice squad.

Bennett might be solution for Bears at TE - Rick Morrissey: Is it possible the Bears finally have found someone to play this new-fangled “tight end” position? Trestman thinks so. He even used two-TE formations, which seems like showing off to most Chicagoans.

Bostic relegated to note-taking role - Adam L. Jahns: The rookie adhered to some advice from Briggs. “You’re going to see this team again. You’re going to see this coordinator again,” Bostic said. “Lance taught me from Day 1 to make sure I keep a notebook.”

Bears schedule - Moon Mullin: First weekend gets Bears away fast. [Video] Jim Miller: Bears win the NFC North.

ChatWrap - Jeff Dickerson's Q&A session from Halas Hall.

[Video] Inside the Huddle - Kip Lewis and Michael Bush talk about the win over Cincinnati and more on the Bears.

[Video] CSNChicago discussion - How does Trestman's handling of the media compare to Lovie Smith's? [KAPCON: 5]

[Audio] - Various audio clips talking Bears from Herm Edwards - Tim HasselbeckDrew BledsoeTrent Dilfer.

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Reminder: Red Robin offer valid today (#33 INTs, #26 FR)

Hat tip to Cevarius: Red Robin is doing a free burger promotion - Tavern Double Tuesday. Free Tavern Double Burger on the Tuesday following a Bears game where the D gets a turnover - either interception or fumble recovery - with purchase of another entrée and two drinks - for select residents in IL, IN and IA.

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Ditka

[Audio] - Da Coach actually speaks.  You actually listen.

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Polish sausage

NFP Sunday Blitz - Len Pasquarelli: The NFL is keeping a close eye on how Kevin Sumlin handles high-profile QB Johnny Manziel, plus much more from around the league.

Know thy enemy: Lions - Suh’s illegal low block in Detroit’s game on Sunday against Minnesota will be reviewed for potential discipline, the NFL confirmed. [Video]

There was a silly amount of coverage of Bears-Bengals even into Tuesday so I'll round up our NFC North rivals' weekends tomorrow.

More from Windy City Gridiron:

David Taylor's guest video week ramps it up in preparation for Bears-Vikings with some trash singing. On Sunday we'll hear the lamentation of their vimmen.

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