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Tarik Cohen #29 of the Chicago Bears celebrates a touchdown with a backflip in the second quarter against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Soldier Field on September 30, 2018 in Chicago
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BEAR DOWN, CHICAGO BEARS, BEAR DOWN!!!!

BEARRRSSSS

Zeglinski: The Long road back - Kyle Long’s patience and emblem of the Bears’ return - The Blitz Network - On Sunday, in the midst of a wire-to-wire 48-10 blowout of the Buccaneers, a wandering camera caught the Bears’ Kyle Long smiling. It was a symbol of how easy Chicago’s domination of Tampa Bay was. A seal of approval from a veteran and rare offensive lineman with name recognition. The few seconds the camera caught Long grinning from ear to ear merely underscored what Long has been through to return to a Bears team of this potential, with this talent, and at a launch point unparalleled in recent memory.

Wiederer: Khalil Mack’s dominance has elevated a suddenly special defense - Chicago Tribune - With the Chicago Bears holding a 3-1 record into their week off, we take a look at Khalil Mack’s MVP-level emergence as well as the impressive production of supporting cast members like Akiem Hicks, Eddie Jackson and Danny Trevathan.

Finley: How Khalil Mack’s play, and attitude, lifts the Bears - Sun Times - Khalil Mack, one of the NFL’s best players and its richest defender ever, emanated an energy not seen in Halas Hall since Brian Urlacher’s retirement.

Finley: Bears DE Akiem Hicks won’t be suspended for shoving official - Chicago Sun-Time - Akiem Hicks has been one of the Bears’ defensive stars through four games, totaling three sacks.

Potash: As broken hand heals, Bears LB Leonard Floyd eyes bigger impact on defense - Sun Times - With a bye week providing extra time for rest, the Bears pass rusher hopes to return for Week 6 ready to go off.

Finley: Jared Goff, not Bears QB Mitch Trubisky, wins NFC Offensive Player of the Week - Chicago Sun-Times - The best game of Mitch Trubisky’s life wasn’t tops in his own conference last week.

Spielberger: State of the Bears - An early examination of their 2019 salary cap health - The Blitz Network - The Bears and general manager Ryan Pace were aggressive in free agency throughout the 2018 off- season: culminating with the blockbuster trade and long-term extension of Khalil Mack. In addition to attracting new talent to Chicago, the Bears made sure to take care of their own, rewarding Eddie Goldman with a well-deserved four-year, $42 million contract extension before the season began.

Medina: The Bears Suddenly Have the Best Playoff Odds in the NFC North - Bleacher Nation - Well how about that?

Wednesday weigh-in: Bears bye week - ChicagoBears.com - Bears coach Matt Nagy is giving his players the entire week off during their bye before returning to Halas Hall Monday when they will begin preparing to face the Miami Dolphins.

Perez: It’s time for Chicago Bears fans to expect a deep playoff run - Bears Wire - In this latest episode of The Bears Wire Podcast, host Bryan Perez explains why Bears fans should embrace the new winning culture in Chicago.

Perez: Chicago Bears are happy with Leonard Floyd’s play against the run - Bears Wire - Despite zero sacks to start the season, the Chicago Bears coaching staff is happy with how Leonard Floyd has played against the run.

Hoge: Akiem Hicks Avoids Suspension After Pushing Official - WGN Radio - Bears defensive lineman Akiem Hicks will not be suspended after making contact with an official in Sunday’s 48-10 victory over the Buccaneers, a source told WGN Radio Tuesday evening.

Stankevitz: A defining game for Trubisky, or a flash in the pan? - NBC Sports Chicago
Was Mitch Trubisky's breakout performance on Sunday a sign of things to come, or a one-time deal after three ineffective games?

Under Center Podcast: Is the off week coming at the right time for the Bears? | NBC Sports Chicago - JJ Stankevitz and John “Moon” Mullin look at whether the Bears’ off week—it’s not the bye week—is coming at the right time for a team that seemingly has some momentum after Sunday’s win over Tampa Bay.

3 Bears make Pro Football Focus All-Pro team for first quarter of season - NBC Sports Chicago - The Bears are well-represented on Pro Football Focus' All-Pro team.

Charles Leno Jr. is living his best life during the Bears' bye week - NBC Sports Chicago - Leno Jr. is feeling

First and Final Thoughts: Is the early bye week actually helpful? - NBC Sports Chicago - We're almost on to the bye week.

Joniak: Mack's Attitude, Work Ethic 'Contagious' - 670 The Score - The Bears credit Khalil Mack for setting the tone every day.

Eurich: Tarik Cohen on the Bears: 'We're No. 1' - 247Sports.com - “We’re No. 1,” Cohen said on Reiter Than You, via CBS Sports Radio. “That’s what we like to think. We’re going to come out every Sunday and play like we’re the best team in the NFL. We’re going to keep working until we can prove that.”

Smith Earns An A On 1st-Round Rookie Report-Card Grades at NFL's Quarter Mark - Bleacher Report - Early splashes and duds—it's time for first-quarter rookie report cards following Week 4 of NFL action. It didn't take long to see all five first-round quarterbacks on the field...

Kaplan: Akiem Hicks of Chicago Bears won't be suspended for pushing referee - ESPN - Bears defensive end Akiem Hicks will not be suspended after he was ejected from Sunday's game for pushing a referee during a scuffle, a source confirmed to ESPN.

Hughes: Grades (and Haikus!) For the NFC North’s Top Team at the Quarter Mark - Da Bears Blog -

Six touchdown passes.

The ghost of Johnny Lujack

Recedes into dark

Video-Room: Mitch Trubisky Corrected Some Major Issues – At Least, For One Week - Bleacher Nation - Mitch Trubisky made progress in areas in which he has previously struggled.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Rams’ defense pressuring opposing quarterbacks more than any other team – ProFootballTalk - Everyone knows the Rams’ offense is setting the world on fire, but the Rams’ defense probably deserves more credit for the team’s 4-0 start. Particularly impressive is the Rams’ pass rush, which is putting pressure on opposing quarterbacks more frequently than any other defense in the NFL.

Baker Mayfield takes the blame for Browns’ nine drops – ProFootballTalk - Baker Mayfield took the blame. For everything. The four turnovers -- two fumbles and two interceptions? His fault. The three-and-out in overtime? His fault. The nine dropped passes? His fault. The loss, though, wasn’t all on the rookie quarterback.

KNOW THY ENEMY

The Packers run too often on 2nd- or 3rd-and-long - Acme Packing Company - Old school teams are happy to waste plays on 2nd and long, but the smart ones now value every possession.

Packers Film Room: It’s time for Aaron Rodgers to let go, Pt. 1 - Acme Packing Company - Of the football, that is.

Aaron Rodgers: I have a great relationship with Mike McCarthy – ProFootballTalk - Aaron Rodgers still isn’t happy about the Packers’ offensive production Sunday, but he isn’t mad at Mike McCarthy. The quarterback’s references to the game plan Sunday after the Packers’ shutout of the Bills prompted many to wonder whether friction had developed between Rodgers and McCarthy.

Lions notes: Detroit has the NFL’ worst red zone offense - Pride Of Detroit - The Lions offense is at its worst when it’s near the goal line.

Early struggles for the Vikings, it’s okay to be upset - Daily Norseman - And if you’re not, that’s fine.

Packers Wednesday Injury Report, Week 5: Who needs a first-string offense anyway? - Acme Packing Company - Aaron Rodgers and all of his major receivers were on today’s practice report.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Zeglinski: Chicago Bears’ Khalil Mack highlights Pro Football Focus first-quarter All-Pro team - Windy City Gridiron - As the Bears rest during their bye week, accolades are rolling in for the NFL’s best defense.

Wiltfong's Chicago Bears Sackwatch 2018: Week 4 vs. the Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Windy City Gridiron - Even though the Chicago Bears have given up 9 sacks in the first three weeks, I thought their pass protection has been solid. Pass pro with a young quarterback is a challenge at times, and as M...

Sunderbruch: Zebras, Technology, and Next Gen Stats in the NFL-Part 1 - Windy City Gridiron - On a day that a Bears quarterback broke historical records, I had a chance to talk with some of the people shaping the future of football.

Link's 2018 Chicago Bears Rush Report 2018: Week 4 vs the Buccaneers - Windy City Gridiron - The Bears offense FINALLY showed up last Sunday, but that doesn’t meant that the defense was silent. Not only did the Bears defense hold the #1 scoring offense to 10 measly point—3 if you don’t...

Whiskey Ranger's OSS: Kylenan The Barbearian! - Windy City Gridiron - What is best in life?

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