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The Bear's Den Part 1: August 19, 2016

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Here is the first of two Bear's Dens for today, full of post-game recaps following Chicago's week in New England. The Bears looked better than they did against Denver, improvement is good.

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BEAR DOWN, CHICAGO BEARS, BEAR DOWN!!!!

BEARRRSSSS

Smith: Tom Brady sits out after cutting his right thumb with scissors - ProFootballTalkPatriots quarterback Tom Brady is nursing a cut on the thumb on his throwing hand. Tom E. Curran of CSNNE.com reports that Brady sliced his right thumb with a pair of scissors today and left Gillette Stadium.

Bears vs. Patriots - Game Recap - August 18, 2016 - ESPN - Get a recap of the Chicago Bears vs. New England Patriots football game.

Dickerson: Jay Cutler, Jeremy Langford take off for Chicago Bears vs. Patriots - ESPN.com - The Bears' big guns on offense clicked on all cylinders Thursday, chewing up yardage and the clock against the Patriots' first-team defense.

Hub Arkush: Chicago Bears' offense has much improved performance in second preseason game - Pro Football Weekly - Week vs. Patriots seemed to pay dividends for Bears

Mayer: Bears fall to Pats after quick start - ChicagoBears.com - Bears starters on both sides of the ball showed marked improvement Thursday night, jumping to an 11-0 lead in an eventual 23-22 loss to the Patriots.

Hill: Patriots defeat the Bears with a final score of 23-22 - Pats Pulpit - The New England Patriots looked like a great football team without half their starters.

Wiltfong featured on Nelson & Fraser Show - Lester: "I was on TSN1260 out of Edmonton, Alberta earlier today talking Bears, my segment is on hour 3 at the 49:30 mark"

LIVE BLOG: Bears vs. Patriots Preseason Week 2 - Bears WireNFL Preseason Week 2: Bears vs. Patriots LIVE BLOG

Perez: Chicago Bears RB Jeremy Langford stars in Week 2 of preseason versus Patriots - Bears Wire - Chicago Bears RB Jeremy Langford shined in the team's Week 2 preseason game against the New England Patriots, running for 55 yards and a TD

Cox: Chicago falls to New England 23-22 - Bears Wire - The Chicago Bears fell short of the New England Patriots in their second preseason game.

SportsTalk Live: Is Kyle Fuller replaceable? - CSN Chicago - The SportsTalk Live panel talks about whether Kyle Fuller is replaceable after he's expected to miss the rest of the preseason with a knee injury.

PHOTOS: Patriots 23, Bears 22 - Chicago Tribune - Photos from the exhibition game at Gillette Stadium on Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016.

Wiltfong on the Tony D Show – Podcast Arena - Lester: "Check me out right here on SBNationRadio on the Tony D Radio Show. My segment talking Bears is in hour 2 at 19:30"

Wiederer: Tom Brady's scissors accident clears stage for Jimmy Garoppolo to start for Patriots - Chicago TribuneJimmy Garoppolo, a graduate of Rolling Meadows High School, started the Patriots' exhibition against the Bears after Tom Brady injured himself with a pair of scissors

Campbell: Bears first-string offense shows promise in exhibition loss to Patriots - Chicago TribuneJeremy Langford stood underneath the goal posts, turned back toward his offensive linemen and spiked the football with some oomph. It had taken five quarters,

Schweikert: Bears Vs. Patriots Final Score: Chicago's First Unit Shows Promise, Depth Shows Flaws in Loss to New England - Windy City Gridiron - The Bears' first unit showed some flashes of strong play, but the second units showed some cause for concern as the Bears fell to 0-2 in the preseason.

Wiltfong: Are Will Sutton and Ego Ferguson on the bubble? - Windy City Gridiron - Last year the Chicago Bears opened the season with only 5 defensive linemen on the roster. If they do that again this year, that could mean pink slips for a couple of 2014 draft picks.

Wesseling: Jimmy Garoppolo starts slow, finishes strong for Pats - NFL.com - Jimmy Garoppolo started slowly and finished in strong fashion for the second straight week during the New England Patriots' preseason victory over the Chicago Bears.

Wiltfong: Chicago Bears shut down Kyle Fuller for the preseason - Windy City Gridiron - WGN’s Adam Hoge is reporting that the Chicago Bears will shut down cornerback Kyle Fuller for the remainder of the preseason.

Hill: 6 winners and 4 losers from the Patriots 23-22 victory over the Bears - Pats Pulpit - These players stood out against the Bears- for good or for bad.

HIill: Immediate takeaways and observations from the Patriots 23-22 victory over the Bears - Pats Pulpit - The Patriots depth really stepped up against the Bears

POLISH SAUSAGE

Patra: Harrison, Peppers, Matthews to be interviewed by NFL - NFL.com - Players James Harrison, Julius Peppers and Clay Matthews agree to be interviewed by NFL investigators looking into allegations they obtained performance-enhancing drugs.

Jackson: Caleb Sturgis gets hit by punt, suffers pregame concussion - ProFootballTalk - The NFL preseason is dangerous. Even before the games start. Eagles kicker Caleb Sturgis is out for Thursday night's Eagles-Steelers game after suffering a concussion when a punt hit him in the head during pregame warmups. Sturgis wasn't wearing his helmet when he was hit by the ball.

KNOW THY ENEMY

Smith: Bengals’ first-string offense rolls over Lions’ first-string defense - ProFootballTalk - The Bengals have to like the way their first-string offense looked in its opening drive tonight in Detroit. Taking the field against the Lions' first-string defense, the Bengals methodically marched toward the end zone, scoring on a Jeremy Hill touchdown run.

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