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The Bears Den: September 9, 2011

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"...where we'll give you...The Look."

Many factors figure in salary cap space | chicagobears.com Larry Mayer: Reports that the Bears are $19 million under the salary cap don't tell the whole story, primarily because of hidden costs and other charges. Video: Game preview with Mayer and Thayer.

Bears shouldn't count on repeat of their 2010 good fortune - chicagotribune.com Dan Pompei: Coach Lovie Smith excited about his team, but a regression wouldn't be a surprise.

Jennings vows to pick up his game - chicagotribune.com Vaughn McClure: Chicago Bears cornerback realizes his hold on starting job is tenuous.

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Cutler leads with ‘The Look’; has backing of team - Chicago Sun-Times Sean Jensen: Cutler leads by example and speaks up when necessary. He isn’t afraid to ­challenge teammates. And when a play goes array, watch out for "The Look."

Bears' revamped offensive line under the microscope - chicagotribune.com Brad Biggs: Jay Cutler expresses confidence, while Matt Forte hopes team sticks with balanced offense. Bears taking chances at linebacker.

Meriweather progressing, will play vs. Atlanta | csnchicago.com Despite being signed only a few days ago, safety Brandon Meriweather has fit in to the Bears defense well enough to warrant playing time in Sunday's season opener against the Falcons, reports John 'Moon' Mullin.

Know Your Enemy: The Atlanta Falcons | NBC Chicago | Grizzly Detail Maggie Hendricks: Just who are these birds swooping into Soldier Field on Sunday?

Knox will see plenty of action - Chicago Sun-Times Mark Potash: The Roy Williams-Johnny Knox saga seems like an ‘‘either-or’’ proposition. But that’s not how the Bears see it. In openers, count on Bears defense.

It’s 2nd and 10 for Bears - Chicago Sun-Times Rick Morrissey: Whenever you think Lovie Smith’s team has no business being in a discussion about the top teams in the NFL, you end up thinking wrong.

Angelo: Signing not 'indictment' on safeties - Chicago Bears Blog - ESPN Chicago Michael C. Wright: The acquisition of two-time Pro Bowl safety Brandon Meriweather doesn’t necessarily signify the end of Major Wright’s days as a starter, Bears general manager Jerry Angelo said. Video: Forte, Bears dialogue may not be on hold.

Are Chicago Bears contenders? It's complicated - ESPN Chicago Melissa Issacson: History, luck and the team up north show Bears have a lot to prove. Video.

Rapid Reaction: Packers 42, Saints 34 - NFC North Blog - ESPN Kevin Seifert: A few immediate thoughts after the Packers' 42-34 victory in Thursday night's kickoff game against the Saints.

Super Bowl waiting game could finally end for some – USATODAY.com Nate Davis: As patient NFL fans dare to dream, long Super Bowl championship waits could come to an end for some teams this season.

Face Melting Friday: Mean Street: