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The Bears Den: August 22, 2014 - Chicago Bears preseason news and notes

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'Salty' in Seattle: Right test at right time for Bears - Chris Boden: If you're going to find out how good you are, you'd might as well play the best. In their house.

Team Report - Ben Muth breaks down the improved Bears' O-line: After years of line play that fluctuated between looking bad and looking like the defense had correctly guessed their play in Tecmo Super Bowl, just looking decent was fantastic.

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Chicago Bears - Seattle Seahawks previews

Palmer will be first off bench Friday - Larry Mayer: Jordan Palmer and Jimmy Clausen will continue their battle to be Jay Cutler's backup on Friday night in Seattle. Moon MullinPlayoffs hinge on backup QB.

Know thy enemy / X&Os - Dan Durkin: Seattle's defense is a culmination of astute talent procurement and a sophisticated-yet-simple scheme; look for the Bears to run a lot of vertical routes out of bunched formations to test the secondary on Friday night.

Game preview - Dan Wiederer: What to watch for when Bears visit Seahawks on Friday.

Game preview - Not-Hub Fishbain: Five questions the Bears hope to answer in Seattle.

Game preview - Patrick Finley's 10 Bears to watch vs. Seahawks.

[Video] Game preview - Moon Mullin: What to look for in third preseason game.

Game preview - Bob LeGere: Several Bears will have the opportunity tonight to prove they belong with the first team once the regular season begins.

Team notes - Adam Hoge: Bears are embracing their preseason challenge in Seattle; first-team offense will play about a half; injury and practice notes.

Tucker eyeing sharper form tackling - Dan Wiederer: Mel Tucker knows that he can talk until he’s blue in the face about improving fundamentals and aggressiveness but until there is on-field proof of growth, none of it will matter.

Conte needs to make up for lost time - Brad Biggs: If the Bears are genuine about considering Conte, it would make sense to give him some action with the first team because time is running out. Moon Mullin: Conte very much a part of the evaluation process.

[Video] CSNChicago discussion - Conte makes preseason debut, Nick Friedell looks fatter than usual.

Candidates to be the Bears' returner - Brad Biggs: If there is an advantage to Seattle scoring Friday night, it will be increased opportunities for the Bears to examine the struggling return game. Moon MullinEvery kick return in Seattle a tryout.

Updated 4:30pm CT / 10:30pm GMT

Morgan earns first look at third WR - Larry Mayer: Still seeking a No. 3 receiver to replace the injured Marquess Wilson, the Bears will give veteran Josh Morgan the first shot at filling that role.

Game preview - (AP) The Seahawks’ starting offense was impressive last week against San Diego, scoring on all four drives in building a 24-0 lead. Chicago’s pass game has been just fine but they would like to see the run game get started after stumbling through the first two games.

Game preview - Adam Hoge's 12 players to watch against the Seahawks. One of them is Craig Steltz. Dane rejoices!

Game preview - Michael C. Wright: The no.3 receiver and no.2 QB battles, and how the starters handle the noise, are all things to watch in tonight's game.

Game preview - Chris Emma: This isn’t your average preseason game in front of a weary stadium of empty seats.

2014 Preseason Week 3: Bears at Seahawks story roundup - By Kev H... hey, Kev's kind of a big deal!

Bears emphasizing defending bootlegs - Rich Campbell: Should be time well spent for the Bears’ inexperienced linebackers because recognition is such a critical component to defending such misdirection plays.


Stephen Paea and the '4-3-D' - Not-Hub Jahns: Four children, triplets and Dad.

NFC North preview - Chris Burke: Packers expect to contend for Super Bowl, but circle the Sept. 28 and Nov. 9 matchups with Chicago on your calendar. They might decide this division.

Team preview - PFF takes a look at reasons for optimism and reasons for concern with the 2014 Bears.

Charles Tillman No. 66 in player rankings - Michael C. Wright: Bears corner checks in at No. 66 in the ESPN NFLRank project.

Bears fans among NFL's best - James Neveau: The Bears have some of the most loyal fans in the NFL, but they trail one of their most hated rivals in a list of the league's best fans.

Soldier Field beer 4th 'most overpriced' - Phillip Thompson: Concessions at most stadiums usually carry a high markup, but according to Forbes, Soldier Field’s beer is expensive even by those standards.

Bears putting things on sale - Brandon Marshall lists Florida mansion.

[Video] - See what the players see on game day as they run out of the tunnel at Soldier Field

[Video] - Mel Tucker accepts the Ice Bucket Challenge to help raise awareness for ALS.

Photos - On Jim McMahon's 55th birthday, takes a look at photos from the former QB's career with the Bears.

Sun-Times Bears section here.

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NFL needs a D-League - Andrew Brandt: NFL developmental league on the horizon? Why it would make sense.

Know thy enemy: Vikings - Ben Goessling: Matt Cassel has gone from being an afterthought in October to the QB the Vikings determined they couldn't lose this spring.

Madden - Will Brinson's Madden NFL 15 review: EA Sports football game is the "smartest" one yet and offers tutorials on offensive and defensive concepts. Brett Molina: 'Madden NFL 15' scores on new turf.