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The Bear's Den: September 12, 2016

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Welcome to the start of Week 2 of the NFL season, as the enemy switches over from Houston to Philadelphia. How will Chicago fare against an Eagles team in transition?

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

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Noble: Jay Cutler, Chicago shows toughness in 23-14 loss to Houston - Windy City Gridiron - The Bears showed a lot of fight and made some plays, but at the end of the day, they are still a young football team.

Bernstein: Bears Need To Help Jay Cutler Out - CBS Chicago - Cutler never had a chance against the brute-squad that is the Texans' defensive line.

Noble: Bears vs Texans, Three winners and three losers - Windy City Gridiron - There will be plenty the Bears coaching staff will be happy about from Sunday's loss to the Texans, but also some areas of concern.

Emma: Jay Cutler Refuses To Play Blame Game After Tough Bears Loss - CBS Chicago - The Bears had plenty of miscues around Cutler in a 23-14 loss to the Texans on Sunday.

Dickerson: Jay Cutler and Kevin White's critical mishap costs Bears - ESPNKevin White and Jay Cutler miscommunicated on a third-quarter interception -- the turning point that allowed the Texans to rally for a 23-14 victory.

John Fox says third down struggles major reason for loss - ESPN VideoJohn Fox details what went wrong for the Bears in Chicago's Week 1 loss to the Texans.

Fishbain-: Third-down defense not good enough in season-opening loss - Pro Football Weekly - Bears couldn't control time of possession in their loss to the Texans

Hub Arkush: Chicago Bears play about as expected in loss to Houston Texans - Pro Football Weekly - Key will be whether they correct mistakes going forward

Kaberon: Issues after halftime doom Bears - ChicagoBears.com - The Bears' offense struggled to get going in the second half of the Week 1 loss in Houston.

Mayer: Bears drop opener to Texans - ChicagoBears.com - The Bears got off to a strong start in Sunday's season opener, but they were outscored 13-0 during a sluggish second half and lost to the Texans 23-14 at NRG Stadium.

Perez: Kyle Long expresses confidence in teammates after Week 1 loss - Bears Wire - The Chicago Bears right guard Kyle Long tweeted about his confidence in his teammates after the team's Week 1 loss to the Houston Texans

Perez: Studs and duds from Chicago Bears 23-14 loss to Houston Texans - Bears Wire - The Chicago Bears lost their Week 1 game versus the Houston Texans 23-14. Here's a look at the studs and duds from the game.

Telander: Bears' cleanup job is much bigger than they think - Chicago Sun-Times - This was the kind of game that had you thinking about a scheduled team the Bears surely can beat this year. Ken's Note: OK, Rick, put down the keyboard and slowly back away. I'm not sure you can handle a loaded word processor...

Potash: Just a start? Rookie Leonard Floyd makes an impact in NFL debut - Chicago Sun-Times - Floyd provided more than a morsel of hope that a Bears defense that was uneven at best Sunday will get better.

Jahns: Porter's pick, Royal's return & Osweiler's check - Chicago Sun-Times - Three quick observations from Week 1.

Lambert: 5 Reasons the Chicago Bears Lost In Houston - FOX Sports - The Chicago Bears had ample opportunities to win their game against the Houston Texans but weren't able to finish the job.It was by no means a condemning performance, but certainly a frustrating one. Several players came away knowing they let a winnable one slip away. A number of reasons can ...

Mullen: Too early for conclusions about offense - CSN Chicago - The debut of Dowell Loggains as Bears offensive coordinator didn't go as planned, but it's too early for conclusions about the offense.

Mullen: Bears 'leak' in second half, fall to Texans in opener - CSN Chicago - The Bears started strong against the Houston Texans, but a scoreless second half led to a 23-14 loss in the regular season opener.

Wiederer: Will Fuller touchdown leaves Bears defense grasping for answers - Chicago Tribune - The Texans' go-ahead touchdown, an 18-yard catch-and-run by Will Fuller on a wide receiver screen with 12 minutes, 44 seconds left, sealed the Bears' fate.

Rozner: Familiar story for Chicago Bears in opening defeat - Much like last year, the Chicago Bears made too many mistakes and not enough plays in losing the opener.

Imrem: At 33, Chicago Bears' Cutler might not make it to 34 - The new 33 is 43 for NFL quarterbacks but Chicago Bears' Jay Cutler might not make it to 34.

LeGere: Bears lose season-opener in Houston - Daily Herald - This Chicago Bears team is clearly a work in progress, especially on offense. That much was obvious after a season-opening, 23-14 road loss to the Texans in which the Bears failed to hold a 14-10 halftime lead. The Bears' youth and inexperience showed, and it proved costly.

Bears lose season opener 23-14 to Texans - Chicago Tribune - In the early stages of the fourth quarter Sunday, the Chicago Bears had hope. They had a 14-13 lead over the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium and a chance defensively to protect that advantage. But on a third-and-7 play with just fewer than 13 minutes remaining, Texans quarterback Brock Osweiler hit...

Bernstein: Wait, wasn't the Bears defense supposed to be better? - Chicago Tribune - It would be easy to dump on the Bears offense for that joke of a second half in Houston on Sunday that left Your Heroes 0-1 this season. Ken's Note: Wait, we gave up a 50 burger like we were doing on a regular basis a couple of years ago? We gave up 40 points? No? 30? No? 25? No?

Biggs: No time like the present for Bears offense to get it together - Chicago Tribune - The Texans presented a talented front seven that made it difficult to find running room. The Bears might not face another defense this good until Halloween.

Wiederer: Bears offense fizzles in season-opening loss to Texans - Chicago Tribune - On the road, against a talent-loaded defense, the Bears simply couldn't generate enough offensive rhythm to fuel an upset bid and lost to the Texans 23-14.

Haugh: Strong start but familiar ending for mediocre Bears - Chicago Tribune - The Bears competed evenly early and led in the fourth quarter, but defensive breakdowns, offensive line issues and limited skill on offense prevented victory.

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