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The Bears Den: August 20, 2012 - Preseason News and Notes

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Brad Biggs: 10 thoughts on Bears' win over Redskins - Ten thoughts on the 33-31 exhibition victory Saturday over Washington.

Bears offense shows some bite - Chicago's new additions put big-play potential on display, but Jay Cutler says there's much work still to be done.

USAToday team report - Everything you need to know in one place.

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Offensive line takes a positive step - Larry Mayer: After struggling in the preseason opener, the Bears OL performed at a much higher level in Saturday night’s 33-31 victory over the Redskins.

Giant test coming for offensive line - Brad Biggs: Mike Tice said he was willing to wait until after facing the New York Giants to decide starters.

Brad Biggs: Bears WRs impress in Training Camp - Here's something you may have never thought you'd hear: The Bears WRs were a strong point in training camp.

Good times are ahead this season for Jay Cutler - Dan Pompei thinks Cutler's supporting cast are vastly better this season, plus more observations from the game.

Bears' first-team offense shows plenty of promise - Kip Lewis: Playing together for the first time in game action this season, the Bears' first-team offense looked sharp with Cutler, Jeffery, Marshall and Hester putting together solid performances.

Eric Weems shows Bears flashes of what he can do - Weems showed a glimpse of his explosiveness when he took a second-quarter kickoff, sped straight ahead, then veered right for a 48-yard gain.

With offense rolling, Bears 'D' was 'having a party on the sidelines' - Moon Mullin: With the Bears' offense racking up yards, first downs and points yesterday, the team's defense was able to sit back and enjoy the show from the sidelines.

Bears not reading too much into preseason games - Michael C. Wright: The team are being careful to keep their preseason results in perspective.

Brandon Hardin released from hospital after neck injury - Brad Biggs: Final cuts for the 53-man roster are due Aug. 31 and if the next tests aren't favorable for a return in the near future, a trip to IR would not be out of the question.

Redskins a turning point in Tice becoming OC - Moon Mullin: Back in 2010, the last regular season game between the Bears and Redskins, the unbalanced play-calling of Mike Martz helped lead to Mike Tice having a greater say in the Bears offensive play-calling.

Shanahan sees big things from former pupils Cutler, Marshall - Jay Cutler and Brandon Marshall produced some of their best years in their young NFL careers under Mike Shanahan in Denver. Now, with the duo in Chicago, Shanahan sees them living up to the 'high' expectations.

How Urlacher injury affects two positions...not one - Moon Mullin: With the uncertainty surrounding Brian Urlacher, the Bears are faced with a question about where best to use Nick Roach.

Bears rookie Alshon Jeffery gets caught retaliating - Mark Potash with some game notes on Jeffrey, Hardin, Webb.

Israel Idonije shows he offers more than intangibles - Lovie Smith is always pleased with Idonije’s effort, but he seemed even more pleased by the impact he made against the Redskins.

Lovie Smith is Phil Emery’s guy - Sean Jensen's Q&A with Phil Emery.

Everything else

NFC North Fantasy Football Preview - It's fantasy football, but there's still some analysis in there.

'Emotional' Grossman: Chicago will always be a special place to me - Sex Cannon gushes on his time in Chicago and the 2006 Super Bowl team.

Cover 1 vs. Johnson in the red zone? No thanks... - Matt Bowen talks Xs and Os, scheme vs. the Lions' WR. Should be applicable to Brandon Marshall to some extent.

Training camps aren’t just about accommodating a team - Dave Wischnowsky: They’re also about accommodating a team’s fan base.

The NFL Preseason Sucks - Bernstein moans a bit. It's not that enlightening. Only click if you're seriously in need of something to read.

Know thy enemy - Preseason game 2: Explosive outing for Lions.

Know thy enemy - Preseason game 2: 'Presentable' night for Vikings.

[Video] Spice Adams on becoming a YouTube sensation - Also shares his experiences at Penn State. Added bonus: interview with some guy named Derrick Rose.

Suk Dr Wellington Yueh Scott McKenzie died yesterday, aged 73.