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The Bear’s Den: September 16, 2017

The Chicago Bears travel to Tampa to take on the Bucs in what has become a real rivalry game

Chicago Bears v Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Jameis Winston #3 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers eludes pressure from Willie Young #97 and Leonard Floyd #94 of the Chicago Bears while looking to pass 
Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images



Biggs: Cold reality is Bears no longer can consider Kevin White a building block - Chicago Tribune - After three consecutive seasons ruined by major injuries, former high draft pick Kevin White can no longer be counted upon by the Bears.

Bears at Buccaneers: Week 2 matchups and predictions - Chicago Tribune - The key storylines, matchups and predictions for Week 2 as the Bears travel to Tampa to face the Buccaneers.

Campbell: Tre McBride studying to be part of Bears receivers puzzle - Chicago Tribune - Bears like Tre McBride's explosiveness but don't know if he knows the offense well enough to contribute after being claimed off waivers from Titans on Sept. 3.

LeGere: Bears Wheaton eager to get back on field, but he's still questionable - Daily Herald - With their top two wide receivers, Cam Meredith and Kevin White, on injured reserve, the Bears are anxious to get Markus Wheaton back on the field to bolster a position devoid of depth. But the fleet five-year veteran hasn't yet been cleared for a full practice, and he's questionable for Sunday.

Baffoe: Mike Glennon & The Realest Revenge Game - CBS Chicago - Glennon’s potential revenge has a cheap narcotic quality for the selfish consumer of Sunday’s game.

Stankevitz: Leonard Floyd listed as questionable, but ‘of course’ expects to play - CSN Chicago - Leonard Floyd was a late addition to the Bears' injury report but didn't sound concerned about his availability for Sunday.

Stankevitz: For either Jameis Winston or the Bears’ secondary, something’s gotta give - CSN Chicago - Only a handful of quarterbacks were more prone to throwing interceptions than Jameis Winston last year, while the Bears only picked off eight passes.

DeWitt: Bears-Buccaneers 5 Matchups to Watch - Da Bears Brothers - Here are the five matchups Bears Fans should pay attention to as they are vital in the outcome of Sunday's game in Tampa Bay.

Jahns: Is the Bears' offense capable of surprising everyone? - Chicago Sun-Times
The Bears’ game plan against the Falcons clearly was conservative.

Finley: Do Bears gain or lose an edge because Buccaneers have yet to play? - Chicago Sun-Times - Bears will be in a position the NFL hasn't seen in 16 years, the last time it had an uneven number of teams: facing a foe in Week 2 who hasn't played.

Potash: Markus Wheaton, Kyle Long, Jordan Howard questionable for Sunday - Chicago Sun-Times - Wheaton is among five starters listed as questionable for the Buccaneers game.

Potash: With injuries mounting, Bears need better depth — or better luck - Chicago Sun-Times - The Bears made a determined effort to address their injury problems last season ... and have little or nothing to show for it

Hub Arkush: If Chicago Bears are better, defense is the difference - Pro Football Weekly - Bears' front seven most improved part of team

Hub Arkush: Tampa Bay Buccaneers favorites vs. Chicago Bears but far from sure thing - Pro Football Weekly - Do Bucs' weaknesses play to Bears' strengths?

Mayer's Chalk Talk: Could Tarik Cohen line up as a receiver? - - Senior writer Larry Mayer discusses running back Tarilk Cohen's versatility, if the Bears have an advantage because the Buccaneers haven't played a game yet and how Gale Sayers fared in his first NFL game.

Mayer: 4 players to watch vs. Buccaneers - - Larry Mayer and Eli Kaberon of discuss the Bears players they'll be watching on both sides of the ball in Sunday’s road game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Mayer: Long ‘getting closer and closer’ to returning - Da Bears Brothers - Bears guard Kyle Long practiced on a limited basis again Friday and is listed as questionable for Sunday’s road game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.


Lincicome: Why not find out if Mitch Trubisky can be a Tom Brady or Ben Roethlisberger? - Chicago Tribune - It should be so simple for the Bears: Bench Mike Glennon in favor of Mitch Trubisky and get on with it, get on not only with the future, but with the present.

Rosenbloom: Helping brainwashed Bears fans with this whole Mitch Trubisky-Mike Glennon thing - Chicago Tribune - Your Bears captors have told you playing Mike Glennon is best for the team and best for Mitch Trubisky. No and no.

Campbell: Mitch Trubisky can benefit from working vs. Bears' No. 1 defense in practice - Chicago Tribune - Mitch Trubisky spent his first NFL game next to offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains and said he didn't talk to starter Mike Glennon much during the game.

Stankevitz: How mimicking Jameis Winston in practice is helping Mitchell Trubisky grow as a QB - CSN Chicago - Mitchell Trubisky is pretending to be Jameis Winston in practice this week, which means he's going against the Bears' No. 1 defense.

FInley's 10 Bears questions: On Mitch Trubisky as Jameis, rookie QBs & more - Chicago Sun-Times - Mitch Trubisky spent the week being Jameis Winston, mimicking the Buccaneers quarterback’s pre-snap mannerisms in practice to acclimate the defense

Morrissey: Mike Glennon needs to raise his game — or else - Chicago Sun-Times - Bears will call on rookie Mitch Trubisky quickly if he doesn't.


(insert soft, tranquil sounds of the breeze blowing through the trees, the occasional cricket chirping in the distance... that’s right, there’s nothing following yesterday’s ONE article the staff wrote.)


Florio: “Near mutiny” forced the hand of Marvin Lewis – ProFootballTalk - So why did Bengals coach Marvin Lewis fire offensive coordinator Ken Zampese? Lewis basically had no choice. After two home games only four days apart and zero touchdowns and nine total points scored, Lewis was facing a "near mutiny," a league source tells PFT. The normally quiet A.J.

J.J. Watt’s final fundraising tally: $37 million - ProFootballTalk - It started out with a modest goal of $200,000. It finished there, 185 times over. Texans defensive end J.J. Watt used his massive profile and platform to generate $37,132,157 for Hurricane Harvey relief efforts in an around Houston.

Marcum: Bengals fire offensive coordinator Ken Zampese following loss to Texans - Cincy Jungle - Ken Zampese just isn’t working, and the Bengals are finally making a change.


Philipse: Devante Bond is the only Bucs player on the injury report - Bucs Nation - The Buccaneers look pretty healthy for their first game.

Packers-Falcons Injury Report: Bakhtiari and Daniels join Bulaga as Questionable - Acme Packing Company - After a relatively healthy week one, the Packers have several notable players on their Friday injury report leading up to a tough game in Atlanta.

Glover: Vikings Have ‘Guarded Optimism’ Over Sam Bradford Knee Injury - Daily Norseman - Oh hey, a knee injury regarding the starting quarterback. Cool.


Superfans: How Bears fans and writers got Olin Kreutz nominated for the Pro Football Hall of Fame - Windy City Gridiron - You may be here for the story on Kruetz being back on the nominees list, but stick around for the great Jonathan Quinn story.

LInk's Chicago Bears at Tampa Bay Buccaneers Preview: What to Watch For - Windy City Gridiron - Sunday will see the Bears travel to the bay side of the hurricane-ravaged state of Florida. Football cannot be stopped, so here is your primer for week 2!

Zeglinski: Windy City Gridiron picks Bears-Buccaneers - Windy City Gridiron - The WCG staff makes it's picks for Sunday's game in Tampa Bay as the Bears try to pick up their first win of the season.

Wiltfong's Chicago Bears Injury Report: Leonard Floyd one of eight that are questionable - Windy City Gridiron - Here’s the full rundown on the injured Chicago Bears and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Berkes: Fantasy Football Week 2 Thread - Windy City Gridiron - Your forum for start / sit, trade talk, and taking victory laps


CaptianRebound: So, looks like Cincy needs a new Ginger QB... - Windy City Gridiron - And they probably have a panicked front office right now. if Glennon even slightly improves against the Bucs, Pace should call Mike Brown immediately and pillage those Cincy picks.

Powertool: Reserve White's Spot for an IR Return - Windy City Gridiron - If you have any empathy whatsoever, you felt some pain yourself when it was announced that Kevin White was returning to the IR. Hopefully you didn't just feel pain for the team, but for the...

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