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The Bears Den: August 27, 2014 - Chicago Bears preseason news and notes

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Little errors that added up to big Bears loss in Seattle - Dan Wiederer: If a team suffers that many breakdowns in a road environment against a strong opponent this late in the preseason, just how ready for the regular season can they really be?

Jordan Mills, Eben Britton to make preseason debuts? - Jeff Dickerson: An argument can be made that certain veterans would benefit from some playing time versus the Browns to knock off some rust.

Team Report - Andrew Seligman: The Bears believe, thanks to a major overhaul, that they now have the defense to support a prolific offense and make a run at the playoffs after an 8-8 season.

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Jordan Lynch

Lynch eager to display RB ability - Larry Mayer: The opportunity Jordan Lynch has been waiting for to display his running back skills will finally come Thursday night in Cleveland.

Lynch out to make most of final opportunity - Bob LeGere: Jordan Lynch gets his final preseason opportunity to prove to Bears coaches that he belongs on the 53-man roster, or at least on the practice squad.

Lynch to get big opportunity in Bears' preseason finale - Not-Hub Fishbain: Jordan Lynch is a long shot to make the team, but a good performance against the Browns helps his cause to join another team’s roster or a practice squad.

Jordan Lynch’s fate still up in the air - Patrick Finley: A practice-squad assignment might work best for both parties, enabling Lynch to learn his new positions in anonymity.

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Roster cutdowns - Michael C. Wright: The Bears gave Adrian Wilson plenty of opportunities to earn a spot on the team, but he never flashed the brilliance that made him such a force for so many years. Frey cut leaves two from 2012 class.

Morgan, Holmes prep for last preseason test - Not-Hub Fishbain: Josh Morgan has played in the preseason finale in each of the past five seasons; Santonio Holmes last did so in 2010.

Team news - Larry Mayer: Bears cut Isaiah Frey, James Brown; Cutler impressed with Santonio Holmes, Josh Morgan. Fales to start preseason finale; DeCamillis not discouraged; injury news.

Team notes - Bob LeGere: Coaches have tough call to make on Conte; Fales to get extended playing time; roster and injury notes.

Team notes - Adam Hoge's 10 most important things to know from Halas Hall Tuesday, including that Santonio Holmes could be part of the return game on Thursday.

Finally, exhibition chance falls to David Fales - Rich Campbell: Fales' five completions on seven attempts against the Eagles are his only exhibition game action so far, but will have an extended chance Thursday to make his case.

[Video] View from the Moon - Moon Mullin, on what to watch in preseason game No. 4.

[Video] SportsTalk Live - Jordan Palmer signs with Bills, but how big an issue is it for the Bears? [KAPCON: 5]

Clausen’s future with Bears may not be all that long - Moon Mullin: It may be only preseason but, for NFL personnel evaluators, it establishes that Jimmy Clausen is healthy and capable of playing like a second-round draft choice.

[Video] SportsTalk Live - What does the loss to the Seahawks means for the Bears? [KAPCON: 4]

Rosenmoan - Rosenbloom Rosengloats about the loss in Seattle.  [Don't say I didn't warn you. - Den]

Is Cutler less effective than his backups? - It's Mike North.  [Ditto. - Den]

Cutler: Palmer joining Bills "Not an ideal situation" - Adam Hoge: Bills DC Jim Schwartz isn’t exactly a stranger to the Bears’ offense either, but he didn’t have the benefit of being in the offensive meeting rooms like Palmer.

Alshon Jeffery debuts high on #NFLRank - Michael C. Wright: Jeffery is the only player in Bears' history to produce two 200-yard receiving games, and is one of eight players in NFL history to accomplish that feat in the same season.

Sun-Times Bears section here.

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Know thy enemy: Lions - Noah Trister's team report: Stafford's master of new playbook, Suh's future among things to watch in Jim Caldwell's first season as head coach. Michael Rothstein: Golden Tate thinks he can excel in Lions' pass-happy offense.

Know thy enemy: Packers - Genaro C. Armas' team report: It's early, but Mike McCarthy's plan to boost the defense in 2014 looks as if it's working so far.

Know thy enemy: Vikings - SportsXchange: Mike Zimmer has had a positive impact on a defense that ranked 31st in yards allowed, 31st against the pass and dead last in points allowed in 2013. Zimmer happy he found 'perfect fit' with Vikings.

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