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Trubisky gets raves & rants, but pundits agree Bears lack of receivers is fully exposed

NFL: Minnesota Vikings at Chicago Bears
Chicago Bears outside linebacker Leonard Floyd (94) celebrates with inside linebacker Christian Jones (52) after sacking Minnesota Vikings quarterback Sam Bradford (not pictured) for a safety during the first half at Soldier Field. 
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BEAR DOWN, CHICAGO BEARS, BEAR DOWN!!!!

BEARRRSSSS

Finley: Leonard Floyd’s sack safety provides first score for Bears - Sun Times - So much for Leonard Floyd’s slow start. The Bears outside linebacker sacked Sam Bradford for a safety late in the first quarter Monday night. On third and 15 from the Vikings’ 5, Floyd beat right tackle Mike Remmers and was positioned behind the quarterback when Bradford decided to roll left. He never saw Floyd, who tackled him from behind for two points.

Potash: Pat O’Donnell, Benny Cunningham spark Bears with 38-yard TD - Sun Times - It only figures that on the night the Bears unveiled their quarterback of the future, their biggest pass play of the night involved the punter. With rookie Mitch Trubisky and the offense struggling to score points - six punts and a lost fumble on seven possessions in the first half - the Bears and special-teams coordinator Jeff Rodgers threw the Vikings a curve Monday.

Finley's Three-and-out: On 2-point trickery, John Timu’s injury and Tre time - Sun Times - Three observations from Monday night’s 20-17 loss to the Vikings.

Jahns: Mitch Trubisky didn’t win his debut, but hope has arrived in Chicago - Sun Times - Rookie quarterback Mitch Trubisky’s 12-yard throw to receiver Kendall Wright was more than a first-down gain for the Bears on a third-and-six play. It was the first throw of a new era for the Bears as a franchise. It was hope officially arriving in Chicago on a long out route.

Finley: Good, bad and worse: How Bears fared in Week 5 loss to Vikings - Sun Times - Some weeks are better than others for the Bears.

Jahns: 12 takeaways from the Bears’ 20-17 loss against the Vikings - Daily Herald - Some thoughts and observations after watching the film and going through the stats of the Bears’ 20-17 loss to the Vikings on Monday night.

Halas Intrigue: Analyzing the highs and lows of Mitch Trubisky’s debut - Sun Times - In the latest Halas Intrigue podcast, the Chicago Sun-Times’ Patrick Finley and Mark Potash break down Mitch Trubisky’s debut.

Finley: Debut done, Mitch Trubisky’s next step: study film, plan on short week - Sun Times - Mitch Trubisky had 11 days to prepare for his first NFL start. He has five to get ready for his next one....

Biggs: 10 thoughts on the Bears' Week 5 loss to the Vikings - Chicago Tribune - Ten thoughts after the Chicago Bears lost to the Minnesota Vikings 20-17 on Monday night at Soldier Field in the debut for rookie first-round draft pick Mitch Trubisky.

Rosenthal: Prime-time Bears outdraw Cubs; credit Mitch Trubisky, Luke Skywalker, day baseball - Chicago Tribune - On average, almost one-quarter of the Chicago TV market watched the Bears’ 20-17 “Monday Night Football” loss to the Vikings to fall to the 1-4, ESPN said

Wiederer: Bears officially place Willie Young on injured reserve - Chicago Tribune - The Bears have officially placed linebacker Willie Young on injured reserve, a move that was imminent with Young needing surgery on a torn triceps muscle.

Bears-Vikings Week 5 video recap - Chicago Tribune - The Tribune's Brad Biggs and Dan Wiederer recap the Bears' Week 5 loss to the Vikings at Soldier Field.

Strotman: Last night an unbelievable Bears coin toss streak of success ended - NBC Sports Chicago - The Bears had won FOURTEEN straight coin tosses going before the Vikings won last night. Seriously, take a look at this.

Mullin: Bears feeling something different even in MNF loss to Vikings - NBC Sports Chicago - The Mitch Trubisky Era is upon us, and it ignited hope into a Bears team and fanbase that's looking for exactly that: "I think everybody felt it."

Stankevitz's Bears-Vikings grades: Why Mitchell Trubisky passed his first test in the NFL - NBC Sports Chicago - Mitchell Trubisky brought a different energy to the Bears' offense on Monday, even if his final stat line didn't reflect it.

Kwiecinski: How Mitchell Trubisky’s 1st start compares to other rookie QBs from 2017 draft class - Bears Wire - A look at how Bears QB Mitchell Trubisky's first career start compared to DeShaun Watson and DeShone Kizer from the 2017 NFL Draft class

Emma: Mitchell Trubisky’s Debut Inspires Hope For Bears - CBS Chicago - Trubisky took ownership for the Bears' 20-17 loss in his NFL debut, but perhaps there's glory waiting down the road.

Pompei: Observations On Bears-Vikings - CBS Chicago - Mitchell Trubisky's debut was about what we should've expected.

Lunch with Larry: 10.10.17 - ChicagoBears.com - Bears Senior Writer Larry Mayer covered the team's thunder and lightning backfield, the linebackers, and Mitchell Trubisky during his weekly Q&A with fans.

Bears-Vikings Postgame Show: Chicago Can't Overcome Miscues in Trubisky's Debut - Da Bears Brothers - In this episode, Da Bears Brothers share their instant reaction and analysis from the Bears' loss to the Vikings (and Trubisky's debut).

Patra: Bears happy with 'baller' Mitchell Trubisky despite loss - NFL.com - Chicago Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky didn't put up an impressive box score against the Vikings, but his teammates loved the way he played nonetheless. "He's a baller," Zach Miller said.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Smitch: Josh Gordon details his long struggle with drug abuse – ProFootballTalk - Suspended Browns receiver Josh Gordon says he wants to get himself off drugs and back in the NFL, and during a recent break from in-patient rehab, Gordon discussed the history of his drug abuse.

Jackson: Brandon Marshall to have season-ending ankle surgery - NFL.com - After losing Odell Beckham, Jr. for the rest of the season with an ankle injury, the Giants will be without another wideout. Brandon Marshall posted on his Instagram page that he will have season-ending surgery on Tuesday.

KNOW THY ENEMY

Glover: Should Sam Bradford Have Started? - Daily Norseman - It’s a question that’s being asked throughout Vikings Land today

Arthur Arkush: Minnesota Vikings road win over Bears marred by Sam Bradford reinjuring knee - Pro Football Weekly - Vikings get big showing from run game and 'D,' but questions linger about Bradford and his handling

Patra: Sam Bradford aggravates knee during Vikings' win - NFL.com - Sam Bradford's return under center was relatively brief on Monday night. Following some early struggles, the Vikings replaced Bradford with Case Keenum against the Chicago Bears.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Wiltfong's NFL Power Rankings: I find your lack of faith in the Bears disturbing - Windy City Gridiron - The Chicago Bears lost again. While that royally sucks, in the grand scheme of things, this season is about development, not winning percentage. Monday night was a good first step in determining...

Infante's Bears vs. Vikings: Notes from a nail-biting 20-17 loss - Windy City Gridiron - Progress was made, but ultimately the result was the same.

Zeglinski: Mitchell Trubisky's debut inspires Bears' faith - Windy City Gridiron - In a playoff-like atmosphere at Soldier Field on Monday night, Trubisky and the Bears fell short. Not before the 23-year-old offered glimpses of a bright future.

Wiltfong: Snap counts, stats and more - Chicago Bears vs Minnesota Vikings - Windy City Gridiron - We'll list out the complete playing time breakdown, and spotlight a few individual and team statistics from the Chicago Bears in their tough 20-17 loss to the Minnesota Vikings

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