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The Weekend Bear's Den: September 10 & 11, 2016

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Opening weekend has at long last arrived. Break out those grills and get ready to tailgate, Bears fans!

Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

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

BEARRRSSSS

Finley: 10 Bears questions on injuries, captains, uni colors and more - Chicago Sun-TimesBears receiver Kevin White is questionable with a hamstring injury Sunday — but then again, aren’t we all?

Emma: Bears-Texans - CBS Chicago - Can the Bears' restructured offensive line keep Jay Cutler comfortable against the Texans' defense?

Mullen: Texans’ version of Richard Dent’s dangerous "Rule of 3" could terrorize Bears - CSN Chicago - The Houston Texans' version of Richard Dent's dangerous "Rule of 3" could terrorize Jay Cutler and the Bears.

LeGere: Expect relentless Watt to be a handful for Bears to contain - Daily Herald - Off-season surgeries for a herniated disk in his back and multiple torn muscles in his abdomen and groin aren't expected to limit Texans defensive end J.J. Watt in Sunday's season opener against the Bears in Houston.The Bears aren't expecting anything less than the best from the 6-foot-5, 289-pound mountain of mayhem.

Finley: Captain Danny Trevathan not sure if Bears will protest Sunday - Chicago Sun-TimesDanny Trevathan knows his friend Brandon Marshall, the Broncos linebacker, thought long before deciding to kneel during the national anthem Thursday.

Potash: Long, White, Fuller, Callahan questionable for Texans - Chicago Sun-Times - White is more problematic because of the nature of his injury, which he apparently suffered Thursday in practice.

Emma: Year 2 Brings Transition As Fox’s Bears Continue To Build - CBS Chicago - Bears coach John Fox is looking to build his next winner.

Mullen: Kevin White 50-50 for season opener against Texans - CSN Chicago - Bears wide receiver Kevin White is listed as questionable on Friday's injury report as the Bears prepare for the Texans.

LeGere: Ex-Bears kicker Gould has no plans to retire - Daily Herald - Robbie Gould is not the retiring sort. So, even after the shock of being released late last Sunday night by the Bears after 11 seasons, the ninth-most-accurate FG kicker in NFL history is anxious to get back in the game. Retirement at age 34 is not a consideration.

Wiederer: Shaky Bears offense to take challenging test in Houston - Chicago Tribune - To expect the Chicago Bears offense to hit the ground running Sunday against a tough Houston Texans defense would be naive.

Wiederer: Bears vs. Texans: Do the Bears stand a chance? - Chicago Tribune - With no ground game, Jay Cutler will feel pressure when looking for Alshon Jeffery and Kevin White. Trouble looms. The Bears will look better but not good enough.

Wiederer: Hamstring issue a concern as Kevin White approaches regular-season debut - Chicago Tribune - Chicago Bears receiver Kevin White is battling a hamstring issue and suddenly appears iffy to play Sunday against the Texans.

Fishbain: Who has the edge? Chicago Bears vs. Houston Texans - Pro Football Weekly - Our weekly Bears matchup breakdown gives several advantages to the Texans

Kaberon: Bears at Texans By the Numbers - ChicagoBears.com - The Bears look to beat the Texans for the first time ever, and win in Houston for the first time in nearly three decades.

The Pick is in: Bears-Texans - ChicagoBears.com - NFL analysts from across the nation make their picks for this Sunday's match-up between the Chicago Bears and the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium.

Fishbain: Kevin White (hamstring) questionable for Sunday - Pro Football Weekly - And Bears named their 2016 captains

Wiedman: Painting the Picture of Robbie Gould's Release - NFL Spin Zone - In a shocking twist, the Chicago Bears painted a different picture that the Bears are ready to win at Robbie Gould's cost, by cutting the veteran.

NFL - Vegas handicappers break down how to bet Chicago Bears-Houston Texans - ESPN - Where does the betting value lie in the Chicago-Houston Week 1 matchup? ESPN Chalk experts provide against the spread and over/under advice.

Hub Arkush: Evaluating the 2016 Chicago bears, unit-by-unit - Pro Football Weekly - Welcome to the 2016 NFL season and the 97th season of Chicago Bears football. The path to this edition of the "Monsters of the Midway" has been a bit different than many, and this club may be a little tougher for us to get our arms around than many p

POLISH SAUSAGE

O'Connor: Blame the officials and the Panthers for failing to protect Cam Newton - ESPN - The officials, the Broncos, the Panthers, the NFL -- they were all at fault. Nobody did enough to protect Cam Newton from a relentless and lawless assault on his head. It shouldn't happen again.

Trotter: Cecil Newton, father of Cam Newton, 'grossly disturbed' by hard hits on son, refs' lack of flags - ESPNCam Newton's father told ESPN he was "grossly disturbed" by the way the officiating crew and the NFL responded to some of the hits that his son sustained Thursday against the Broncos.

KNOW THY ENEMY

HoustonDieHards: Useless Predictions For Bears-Texans - Battle Red Blog - Check in with the BRB staff to see how the Hive feels about a new era in Houston Texans football, as freshly minted QB Brock Osweiler begins his tenure at home against the Chicago Bears. What final score are you predicting for Texans-Bears?

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

Berckes' Fantasy Football Preview - Entering the Fray - Windy City Gridiron - As we kick off the NFL season this week, we're also putting your fantasy squads to the test. We're running through players to be excited about as we enter the new year.

Noble: Robbie Gould says 'thank you' to Chicago Bears fans - Windy City Gridiron - On Friday, Robbie Gould penned a touching letter to Chicago Bears fans.

Wiltfong: Jay Cutler once again voted captain by his Chicago Bears’ teammates - Windy City Gridiron - Here are the five players that the Chicago Bears elected to represent them as Captains.

Wiltfong: Chicago Bears vs Houston Texans Injury Report, Kyle Long and Kevin White listed as questionable - Windy City Gridiron - Here’s the full injury report for the Chicago Bears and Houston Texans.

FANPOSTS

FanPosts - Recent - Windy City Gridiron - Here's a link to our FanPost section, where YOU have the opportunity to contribute to Windy City Gridiron. Take a few minutes and write a post about what you are thinking about regarding the Chicago Bears, and there'a chance it will be linked right here in the Den.

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