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The Bears Den: August 19, 2012 - Preseason News and Notes

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"...where it may only be preseason, but we'll take a win any time of the year."

Cutler, Marshall look sharp; Bears beat Redskins 33-31 - Different surroundings, familiar results for Jay Cutler and Brandon Marshall.

Cutler and Co. cut through Redskins - Bob LeGere: If the play of the Bears’ first team offense in Saturday night’s 33-31 victory over the Redskins was an indication of what’s to come, it could be a special season.

Bears use added offensive size to their advantage - Jensen: With11:59 left in the first quarter, the Bears finally unveiled their new offense, which featured a noticeable departure from recent editions. Sheer size.

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Game news and analysis

First quarter: Bears 14, Redskins 0 - Michael C. Wright: The Bears have impressed early on Saturday night.

Second quarter: Bears 20, Redskins 10 - Wright: The Bears' starters put forth an impressive effort before getting pulled.

Third quarter: Bears 30, Redskins 10 - Wright: The Bears tacked on 10 more points, this time on special teams as Lorenzo Booker brought back the opening kickoff of the second half 105yds.

Rapid Reaction: Bears 33, Redskins 31 - Wright: The Bears made their supposedly vanilla preseason offense burst with flavor Saturday, as Chicago ended up winning the preseason contest 33-31 in spite of a furious fourth-quarter comeback by the Redskins.

Gould lifts Bears over Redskins - Moon Mullin's quarterly summaries and thoughts.

Personnel moves vs. Redskins show position battles ongoing - Moon Mullin: A few parts of the OL remain a work in progress, could Kahlil Bell's roster spot be in jeopardy and one TE is standing out from the others.

Preseason2: Success and injuries for Bears - Seifert reviews Saturday's action at Soldier Field.

Five things we learned: Air Show edition - Jeff Dickerson's thoughts and observations from the second preseason game.

Four downs by Brad Biggs - Biggs' four things to take away from the game.

[Video] Biggs, Haugh break down Bears' exhibition win - Thoughts and what they took away from the game.

[Video] Kip Lewis, Moon Mullin on preseason game 2 - Bears got the improvement they wanted from game 1 on both offense and defense.

OL good enough against Redskins - Dan Pompei: No one is expecting dominance, but the Bears' OL was good enough, and that means something.

Cutler, Marshall on same page in win - Larry Mayer: The chemistry that Jay Cutler and Brandon Marshall have regularly displayed in training camp materialized in Saturday night's 33-31 preseason win over the Redskins.

Jay Cutler looks sharp as Bears top Redskins - Brad Biggs: In his first action of the exhibition season, Jay Cutler looked in command of the new offense and led scoring drives on three of his four possessions.

Cutler gives offense a huge early boost - Larry Mayer: Just in case last season didn't provide enough evidence, Jay Cutler wasted little time Saturday showing how much more explosive the Bears offense is when he's operating it.

Bears' DL is looking like one of their strongest suits - Greenberg: Might need their line more than ever, considering Urlacher's injury question and the safety uncertainty we've become accustomed to.

Idonije leads sack attack in victory - Larry Mayer: In Saturday night's preseason win over the Redskins, Israel Idonije finished some of the same types of plays he just missed last season.

Off-Season pickups shine in Bears' second preseason game - Hendrickson: The Bears starters stayed in for a quarter and showed fans the offense they have been hoping for.

Bears’ starters shine, but depth still an issue - Hoge: After last week's dismal preseason debut against the Broncos, Jay Cutler knew exactly how to alleviate the over-hyped concern that lingered the last 10 days.

Bears RB Michael Bush just keeps getting batter and batter - Joe Cowley makes a bad pun.

Jeffery taking early success in stride - Wright: In two preseason outings, Jeffery leads the team with seven catches for 97 yards.

Cutler could do big things with stocked Bears offense - Isaacson: Cutler and his new receivers showed the first glimpse of a passing offense that will be able to stand up to the better DBs while finally taking its place in a new NFL that isn't all that new anymore.

Bears postgame quotes: Cutler, Gould, Marshall, Garza - Bears players talk after exhibition win over Redskins:

[Video] NFL Game Center: Washington at Chicago - Highlights from the first half and the game-winning kick.

Photos - Bears v. Redskins - Photos of the game from

Larry Mayer's Bears vs. Redskins blog - Buried right at the bottom: Comment From Sexy Rexy: "Why didn't i get to play today?? And what ever happened to my welcome back parade?"

Robert Griffin III finds Bears pass rush tough to handle - The Bears harassed RGIII to the tune of three sacks in the first half, making his night a difficult one.

Robert Griffin III, Redskins' starters stymied by Bears - Couldn't get in rhythm against the veteran Bears defense.

Injury concerns

Rookie Brandon Hardin leaves preseason game with neck injury - Wright: Safety Brandon Hardin was carted off the field Saturday after suffering a neck injury early in the third quarter against the Redskins.

Rookie safety Brandon Hardin carted off with neck injury - Hoge: The Bears sa that Hardin never lost consciousness and has full movement in his arms and legs.

Injury scares hit Bears - Moon Mullin: In the second preseason game of the season, the Bears saw three players go down to injuries, including safeties Brandon Hardin and Chris Conte.

Bears hopeful Conte and Hardin will be OK - Both safeties forced to leave exhibition victory, Conte with a shoulder injury and Hardin with an apparent neck injury.

Brian Orakpo, Brandon Meriweather suffer injuries - Somewhere, a downtrodden caveman pumps his fist.

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