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The Bear’s Den, October 3, 2018

We start to review the first quarter of the 2018 NFL season... man it goes fast when you are winning...

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers v Chicago Bears
Khalil Mack #52 of the Chicago Bears runs against Demar Dotson #69 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the second quarter at Soldier Field on September 30, 2018 in Chicago
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Bears film review: All about ‘Willy Wonka’ - NBC Sports Chicago - The Bears scored a touchdown on a bizarre play, dubbed “Willy Wonka,” on which both Mitch Trubisky and Chase Daniel were on the field at the same time.

Wiederer & Campbell: How high can the Bears defense fly after a brilliant first month? - Chicago Tribune - Khalil Mack led the Bears defense to a brilliant start. How good has the Bears defense become? What are the next steps in its development? And just how far should a suddenly energized city go with its comparisons to great Bears defenses of the past? Dan Wiederer & Rich Campbell discuss Real Talk

Campbell: 5 observations from re-watching Bears-Buccaneers, including Mitch Trubisky’s comfort level and Tarik Cohen’s workload - Chicago Tribune - Observations from the Bears’ 48-10 win over the Buccaneers include Mitch Trubisky’s historic performance, Tarik Cohen’s workload, James Daniels’ offensive debut and more.

Rosenbloom: Comparing Mitch Trubisky under Matt Nagy and John Fox (please hold your laughter until the end) - Chicago Tribune - Comparing the numbers of Mitch Trubisky’s last four games under John Fox to his first four games under Matt Nagy produces the giddiness of what it must be like to log on to your bank app after your lottery winnings are deposited.

Potash: Bears Mitch Trubisky takes giant leap with 6 touchdown game, but Chiefs’ Patrick Mahomes ups the ante vs. Broncos - Trubisky definitely learns well. And Sunday’s game shows just how high the ceiling is. That gives him a shot to eventually catch or surpass Mahomes.

Coaching - Chicago Bears 48, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 10 - - Check out which play calls from head coaches Matt Nagy and Dirk Koetter decided the game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Chicago Bears.

Trubisky best quarterback of Week 4 NFL 2018 by Total QBR - ESPN - The No. 2 overall pick from 2017 finished No. 1, while Ryan Tannehill put up a single-digit Total QBR. Here are the week's best, worst performances. Note To ESPN. Stop trying to make QBR happening. QBR is NOT happening. It's so fetch.

Medina: Khalil Mack's Second DPOY Would Be Cool, But Why Stop There? Let's Get the MVP Hype Train Rolling - Bleacher Nation - Is Khalil Mack a future MVP candidate? If not, he should be - especially if he keeps this up.

Medina: Let's Learn About QBR, Because Mitch Trubisky Posted the Best Number of Any QB in Week 4 - Bleacher Nation - I probably didn't need QBR to tell me Mitch Trubisky was awesome in Week 4, but that statistical confirmation always feels good. Ken's Note: QBR is so fetch.

Medina: "Are You … Kidding Me?" The Khalil Mack Trade Continues to Haunt Jon Gruden - Bleacher Nation - "Are you ... kidding me?" is the exact same thing we find ourselves saying every week when Mack does something amazing. Ken's Note: Jon Gruden is an idiot.

Dannehy: Sunday’s Offensive Explosion Was Not a Fluke - Da Bears Blog - While there almost certainly won’t be another game quite like it, Sunday’s performance by the Bears offense was far from a fluke.

Mayer: Trubisky humbled to make Bears history - - Team success is all that matters to Mitchell Trubisky, but the Bears quarterback appreciates the history he made in Sunday’s 48-10 win over the Buccaneers. “It was a special day all the way around,” he said.

Power rankings: First quarter of 2018 season - - takes a look at what national media outlets are saying about the Monsters of the Midway and how the team compares to the other 31 clubs in the NFL after the first quarter of the season.

Lunch With Larry: 10.02.18 - - Bears Senior Writer Larry Mayer looks at the offensive explosion, team confidence going forward and the big-play defense during his weekly Q&A with fans.

Peter King names Mitchell Trubisky an Offensive Player of the Week - Bears Wire - NBC Sports' Peter King named Chicago Bears QB Mitchell Trubisky one of his offensive players of the week

Gabriel: Quality Of Touches Crucial For Tarik Cohen, Not Quantity - 670 The Score - The Bears must be careful in balancing the workloads of Tarik Cohen and Jordan Howard.

Nagy Leads Head Coach Rankings for NFL Week 4 - - Chicago Bears rookie head coach Matt Nagy had a score of 9.8 to top HCR's Week 4 rankings.


Total passing TDs through 4 weeks smashes record - - Welcome to the pass-happy, explosive NFL. We hope you enjoy your time. Through four weeks, football fans have been treated to a deluge of high-scoring affairs. A new record has been set as a result.


NFC North Week 4 recap: 2 teams dominate, the other looks pretty in a loss - Pride Of Detroit - The NFC North bounces back after a rough Week 4.

Detroit Lions WR Golden Tate plays good samaritan on his day off - Pride Of Detroit - A savage on the field and an angel off it.

Minnesota Vikings work out Lamarr Houston & another veteran defensive end - Daily Norseman - The team held workouts for veterans Lamarr Houston and Robert Ayers.

Ha Ha Clinton-Dix is making his case for a contract extension from Packers - Acme Packing Company - After a strong start this season, Clinton-Dix could remain with the Packers if he can continue the hot streak.

Lots of reasons to be concerned about this Bucs team - Bucs Nation - As I begin this article, we are nearly 48 hours removed from the beatdown at the hands of the mighty Chicago Bears, and to be quite honest, I think I’m even more pissed off now, than I was at this time yesterday. I kid when I say “mighty”, but that’s what it felt like on Sunday watching this Bears team.


Zeglinski: Bears’ Mitch Trubisky nominated for FedEx Air Player of the Week - Windy City Gridiron - After making Bears history, the young quarterback is up for his first award.

Householder: Stock up, Stock down - Chicago Bears vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Windy City Gridiron - Did anyone have a bad game Sunday? There has to be SOMETHING to talk about for two weeks...

Wiltfong 's NFL Power Rankings: Who has the power in the NFC North? - Windy City Gridiron - We take our weekly jaunt around the NFL Power Rankings to see how the "experts" rank the Chicago Bears.

Wiltfong: Ten Thoughts on the NFL - Windy City Gridiron - 1) Through the first quarter of the 2018 NFL season, my Super Bowl pick of the Los Angeles Rams is looking damn good. They won a shootout with the Minnesota Vikings back on Thursday Night Football,...

Mitchell's Cold Takes: A Look At Chicago’s Win Over Tampa Bay - Windy City Gridiron - Things look a bit different when you set emotions aside and go back and watch the tape a couple of times...


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