Ken's Note: This Den is going to be a work in progress this morning, since virutally none of the writers have anything published in time for the Den's publication. So... feel free to mutter amongst yourself and watch this morning as I update it with new links.
Best quote from the Game Thread: "Defacation occurs" by SomeGuyNamedDave
WELL THAT WAS UGLY
Schweickert: Chicago Falls to Denver in Preseason Opener 22-0 - Windy City Gridiron - The preseason is finally underway, but the Bears looked feeble against the defending champions, dropping the preseason opener.
Finley: Bears starting offense brutal in 22-0 exhibition loss to Broncos - Chicago Sun-Times - The first offensive play was promising enough: a 12-yard pass right to Alshon Jeffery, participating at full speed for the first time in eight days.
Dickerson: Chicago Bears stay healthy, don't do much else right in loss - ESPN - The Bears didn't get any key players hurt in their preseason opener, but that was the extent of the good vibes that came from their loss to Denver.
Mayer: Bears struggle in preseason opener - ChicagoBears.com - Bears starters left plenty of room for improvement on both sides of the ball following their performance in Thursday night's 22-0 preseason-opening loss to the Denver Broncos.
Whitehair with a really rough series at C. 1 sack, 1 holding & 2 high/bad snaps. #Bears— Aaron Leming (@AaronLemingNFL) August 12, 2016
Fishbain: What we learned from Chicago Bears starters in preseason opener - Pro Football Weekly - Bears offense struggled mightily, while the 'D' created a turnover vs. Broncos
Potash: Rookie Deiondre Hall makes good first impression - Chicago Sun-Times - Cornerback Tracy Porter, who had participated in all 11 practices at training camp, was a surprise scratch Thursday night.
Let's hope Whitehair does not have to play center. Early returns are not good.— Sam Householder (@SamHouseholder) August 12, 2016
Perez: Chicago Bears shutout by Denver Broncos in first preseason game - Bears Wire - The Chicago Bears were shutout by the Denver Broncos to the tune of 22-0 in the first preseason game of 2016. Ken's Note: Wrong, Perez, the worst possible way would have been getting serious injuries to critical starters in a meaningless game.
Photos: Bears vs. Broncos - Chicago Tribune - Photos from the preseason game at Soldier Field on Thursday, Aug. 11, 2016.
Bears fans watching this preseason game... pic.twitter.com/D3tTR7gXfN— Ken Mitchell (@WCGBearsDenDude) August 12, 2016
AP: Broncos Shut Out Bears In Preseason Opener, 22-0 - CBS Chicago - Jay Cutler threw for 18 yards and got sacked twice in the first quarter.
OH YOU dot gif https://t.co/eirPaOyyWs— Dane Noble (@WindyCGridiron) August 12, 2016
First impression of OLB Leonard Floyd: fast, explosive & disruptive. Very noticeable tonight on both 1 & 2 teams. #Bears— Aaron Leming (@AaronLemingNFL) August 12, 2016
Ottochain: Chicago Bears secondary will be under the microscope against the Broncos - Bears Wire - A detailed look at the competition at cornerback and nickel as the Bears take on the defending super bowl champion Denver Broncos
Wiederer: Bears' loss to Broncos shows they have a long way to go - Chicago Tribune - And after the groans of that initial breakdown subsided, the Bears' first-unit offense did nothing to awaken the modest and sleepless crowd at Soldier Field.
LeGere: A lot to watch as Chicago Bears offense gets its first test - Daily Herald - In Thursday night's preseason opener, the Chicago Bears hope to begin answering the questions that come in rebuilding, especially on offense where quarterback Jay Cutler will be working behind three new linemen and won't be handing the ball to Matt Forte anymore.
Biggest cheer of the night goes for the dog catching frisbees at halftime. Seriously, though, it's very impressive.— Kevin Fishbain (@kfishbain) August 12, 2016