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The Bear's Den: September 7, 2016

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The Chicago Bears hit the road to Houston... let's do this thing!

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

BEARRRSSSS

Joniak’s Journal: Bears Counting On 2nd-Year Players To Step Up Big - CBS Chicago - Eddie Goldman, Adrian Amos, Jeremy Langford and Kevin White need to be playmakers for Chicago.

Infante: Where does Sitton signing leave Hroniss Grasu in Bears' plans? - Cover32 - The Chicago Bears added All-Pro left guard Josh Sitton on Sunday, making a huge improvement on their offensive line. Due to unexpected injuries, cuts and r

Dickerson: Robbie Gould surprised, not bitter, at unexpected release - ESPN - While Robbie Gould was surprised that the Bears released him, the veteran kicker holds no ill-will against the team for the decision.

Mayer: Bears release Week 1 depth chart - ChicagoBears.com - In advance of Sunday's regular-season opener against the Texans in Houston, the Bears released their first unofficial depth chart Tuesday since finalizing their 53-man roster.

Cox: CorCox: Cornelius Edison, Demontre Hurst added to Bears practice squad; one spot remains - Bears Wire - Gould was dumped late Sunday in unceremonious fashion in favor of journeyman Connor Barth.

Cox: Cornelius Edison, Demontre Hurst added to Bears practice squad; one spot remains - Bears Wire - The Chicago Bears added center Cornelius Edison and defensive back Demontre Hurst to their practice squad, leaving one spot left.

Perez: What to expect from the Bears’ offensive line in Week 1 versus Texans - Bears Wire - The Chicago Bears will be fielding a new starting offensive line in Week 1 against the Houston Texans

Biggs: Bears Q&A: Addition of Josh Sitton, defense without Pernell McPhee & more - Chicago Tribune - The Tribune's Brad Biggs answers your Bears questions weekly.

Wiederer & Campbell: Is the glass really half-full for the 2016 Bears? - Chicago Tribune - Dan Wiederer and Rich Campbell discuss whether last-minute personnel changes move the needle on the Bears' projected win total.

Fishbain: Chicago Bears QB Brian Hoyer provides insight on former teammate DeAndre Hopkins - Pro Football Weekly - Texans star receiver will pose a huge challenge for Bears DBs on Sunday

Podcast: Previewing Bears vs. Texans and discussing the release of Robbie Gould - Pro Football Weekly - The NFL season is finally here! Before we get into the Week One preview, Kevin gives his take on the surprising release of Robbie Gould. Then we talk Bears vs. Texans and go 'Behind Enemy Lines' with the voice of the Texans, Marc Vandermeer.

LeGere: Good fit for both Sitton, Chicago Bears - Daily Herald - Three-time Pro Bowl guard Josh Sitton knew there was a seller's market for his services when the Packers decided they could do without him. So why did he drive down from Green Bay and sign with the Chicago Bears, the first team he talked to?

Perez: Bears vs. Texans 2016: Houston favored by 6.5 points over Chicago - Bears Wire - The Chicago Bears will start the 2016 season as underdogs as the Houston Texans are favored by nearly a touchdown in Week 1

Weaver: Connor Barth has big shoes to fill for Bears - Cover32 - Connor Barth has a tough act to follow. In a surprise move, heading into the 2016 season the Chicago Bears have cut longtime placekicker...

POLISH SAUSAGE

McGuire: Bills players read mean tweets about themselves on camera - TheComeback.com - "Mean tweets" is becoming a popular segment about a variety of sports teams, and the latest club to read them off is the Buffalo Bills. Ken's Note: Watch/read this one, it's great.

Wyatt: Titans Agree to Terms with WR/Returner Marc Mariani - Titans Online - Blast from the past: Titans agree to terms with WR/returner Marc Mariani.

Silver: An Education in Quarterbacking - NFL.com - On a mild, mid-October morning in Madison five years ago, Seattle Seahawks general manager John Schneider walked up to the University of Wisconsin's football offices at Camp Randall Stadium carrying a warm cup of coffee and a double-shot of healthy skepticism. Schneider, like many others in the scouting profession, was intrigued by a senior quarterback named Russell Wilson who, less than four months after transferring from North Carolina State, had the Badgers rolling toward a Big Ten title.

Rippell: Is daily fantasy sports betting legal in Illinois? Fight goes on - Daily Herald - The NFL season starts Thursday, but the wrangling over whether it's legal in Illinois to play increasingly popular daily fantasy sports is far from over. So is it legal for football fans to play daily fantasy sports in Illinois?

Thomas: Tracking all of the 2016 NFL practice squad signings and waiver claims - SBNation.com - We’re keeping track of all of the practice squad additions and waiver transactions around the NFL.

KNOW THY ENEMY

Demovsky: T.J. Lang would like to know why Green Bay Packers cut Josh Sitton - ESPNT.J. Lang doesn't know why the Packers cut Josh Sitton, but he does know this: Nobody is safe or owed an explanation.

Silverstein: Josh Sitton not seeking revenge with Bears - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - Guard Josh Sitton said he didn't sign with Chicago just to stick it to the Packers.

Demovsky: Several layers to why Green Bay Packers cut Josh Sitton - ESPN - Why did the Packers cut Pro Bowl guard Josh Sitton? Coach Mike McCarthy hinted the decision was about more than just X's and O's or finances.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

Wiltfong: Ten Thoughts on the NFL: 2016 Predictions Edition - Windy City Gridiron - This week’s NFL Thoughts will be of a prognostication nature as I give my picks for the division winners, the wildcard teams, the Super Bowl champs and the league MVP.

Sunderbruch: Will Kevin White be worth the wait? - Windy City Gridiron - The Bears have been waiting more than a year for Kevin White to take the field? What will Ryan Pace's first draft pick give the Beloved?

Wiltfong: Chicago Bears Depth Chart: Ted Larsen is the #1 Center - Windy City Gridiron - ... for now. The latest depth chart for the Chicago Bears is out and with the team set to play the Houston Texans in just 5 days, this one is probably is a bigger deal than the few the team released during the preseason. But until head coach John Fox leads him team out onto Houston’s NRG Stadium on Sunday, things still could change.

Silverstein: Rex Grossman, Bernard Berrian, and the greatest deep ball combos in Bears history - Windy City Gridiron - From Rex to Berrian, Brown to Kavanaugh, Jack M Silverstein explores the best QB-WR deep ball combos in Bears history.

Wiltfong: Give me the over on two of these Jay Cutler prop bets - Windy City Gridiron - Online sportsbook Bovada has released a number of prop bets for the 2016 NFL season, and we’ll fill you in on their Chicago Bears over/under bets right here. First off we’ll take a gander at their...

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