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The Bear's Den: September 15, 2016

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White takes the blame, the OL takes some heat, Floyd takes a bow and the Bears take aim at the Philadelphia Eagles

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

BEARRRSSSS

Mangels: Which Chicago Bears player would you take on the Eagles? - Bleeding Green Nation - Offense let’s get the no-brainer out of the way: Alshon Jeffery is the choice here. Defense, there’s little to chose from here.

Weaver: Do the Chicago Bears have the best guard combo in NFL? - Cover32 - The Chicago Bears have a lot of holes yet to fix on their roster. Guard is no longer one of them. Coming into the 2016 season, Chicago's offensive line...

Wiedman: Chicago Bears Offensive Line Fails in Week 1 - NFL Spin Zone - The Chicago Bears offensive line failed to live up to the hype in Week 1 against the Houston Texans. Quarterback Jay Cutler is in for a brutal season.

Mullen: Bears need Jay Cutler to take next step vs. Eagles - CSN Chicago - The performance that will bear most heavily on the Bears’ 2016 season — and beyond — lay with one player: Jay Cutler.

LeGere: Did Bears overuse rookie LB Floyd in Game 1? - Daily Herald - It was expected that rookie Leonard Floyd would start the season as a situational player, used in obvious passing situations to utilize his pass-rush ability, but learning as he played behind veterans Willie Young and Lamarr Houston.But the ninth overall pick was in the starting lineup against the Texans (with Young), and he played more snaps (60 out of 75) than any other outside linebacker.

Mulligan: Jay Cutler proves to be a survivor, not a savior, with Bears - Chicago Tribune - Jay Cutler is something of an anomaly. Only his old nemesis Philip Rivers returns from a team that lost more games than the 6-10 Bears last season.

Mitchell: WCG’s Power Rankings - Windy City Gridiron - Who's hot? Who's not? There were a few surprises from week one's games, as the league sorts out who is king of the NFL hill so far this season.

Wiedrer: The book on Carson Wentz, what the Bears need to know - Chicago Tribune - The Bears defense won’t be sleeping any easier as they prepare for Carson Wentz, fully aware now that the moment will not be too big for the rookie quarterback.

Emma: Bears’ White, Floyd Have Plenty To Prove - CBS Chicago - Ryan Pace's two first-round picks have provided mixed results early in their NFL careers.

Dickerson: Kevin White accepts blame for costly Jay Cutler interception - ESPNKevin White admitted that he should have run a different route on Jay Cutler's third-quarter interception in Sunday's loss to Houston.

Cox: Bears work out four linebackers following loss to Texans - Bears Wire - The Chicago Bears worked out four edge rushers Tuesday after their season-opening loss to the Houston Texans.

Finley: Bears WR Kevin White says "Blame me for Jay Cutler interception" - Chicago Sun-TimesKevin White took the blame for Jay Cutler's interception Sunday, in which he sat down in his route rather than run it toward the right sideline.

Campbell, Wiederer: After rocky debut, what's next for Bears receiver Kevin White? - Chicago TribuneKevin White's much anticipated NFL debut finished with more fizzle than sizzle Sunday in the Bears’ 23-14 loss to the Texans.

Wiltfong: Chicago Bears Practice Squad 2016: Jimmy Staten added as the 10th player - Windy City Gridiron - The Bears have added a 10th and final player to their Practice Squad.

Zeglinski: NFC North Review - Week 1 - Windy City Gridiron - Here is what's going on in the most important division in the league: The NFC North

Wiltfong: NFL Power Rankings: Just how bad are the Chicago Bears? - Windy City Gridiron - We take our weekly trip around the interwebs to see where various NFL "experts" rank the Chicago Bears in their NFL Power Rankings.

Zeglinski: NFC North Review: Week 1 - Windy City Gridiron - Here is what's going on in the most important division in the league: The NFC North

Podcast: Previewing the Bears' home opener against the Eagles with Jimmy Kempski - Pro Football Weekly - Our loyal listeners know we give the briefest of recaps on the Podcast, so we quickly discuss the opener in Houston and the performances of Kevin White (not so great) and Leonard Floyd (pretty decent). (3:30) It's then on to the Eagles...

Mayer: Bears add Staten to practice squad - ChicagoBears.com - The Bears on Wednesday signed defensive lineman Jimmy Staten to their practice squad.

Cox: Cody Whitehair made mostly mental mistakes in first game at center | Bears Wire - Chicago Bears rookie center made serious but correctable mental mistakes in his first career start, thrown into the fire at a new position.

Jahns: Young Bears need to get their growing pains in - Chicago Sun-Times - The only way Kevin White, center Cody Whitehair and outside linebacker Leonard Floyd are going to get better is by playing.

Podcast: Patrick Finley, Mark Potash on Bears' hopes - Chicago Sun-Times - In episode 12 of Halas Intrigue, Patrick Finley welcomes fellow Chicago Sun-Times beat writer Mark Potash to talk about what they learned in Week 1

Wiltfong's Sackwatch 2016: Week 1 vs. Houston Texans - Windy City Gridiron - If every Sackwatch is like this, I may need a ghostwriter to help me hit my Wednesday deadline. Here’s the breakdown of all 5 sacks the Bears allowed to the Houston Texans,

Finley: After best Bears game, could Eddie Royal be team's No. 2 WR? - Chicago Sun-TimesEddie Royal wouldn’t admit it Tuesday, especially because his team lost, but he had his best game as a Bears player Sunday.

Mayer: Floyd shows promise in first NFL game - ChicagoBears.com - A surprise starter in Sunday's season opener in Houston, Bears first-round draft pick Leonard Floyd showed his athleticism and versatility in his first NFL game.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Shocker: Chiefs cut 3rd round pick KeiVarae Russell, per NFL Network - Arrowhead Pride - Wow I can’t believe it. Third round pick this year.

KNOW THY ENEMY

Mangels: Dak Prescott is worse than a third string QB - Bleeding Green Nation - The rest of the NFC East isn’t much better

Keane: Doug Pederson is no Andy Reid, and that might be a good thing - Bleeding Green Nation - Pederson showed us a lot in his first game.

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