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The Bear’s Den: February 14, 2018

Bears to open preseason in Brian Urlacher’s Hall Of Fame game against Baltimore, play 5 preseason games in 2018

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Ravens' two special teams touchdowns not enough in overtime loss to Bears, 27-24
Chicago Bears tight end Zach Miller (86) makes a touchdown reception against the Baltimore Ravens in the second quarter on Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017 at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Md.
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Jahns: Bears to play Ravens in NFL Hall of Fame Game - Chicago Sun-Times - The Bears and Ravens have been selected to play in the NFL's Hall of Fame Game on Aug. 2 in Canton, Ohio.

Biggs' Roster rundown: Defensive line at the center of improvements made in 2017 - Chicago Tribune - All of the success the Bears accomplished on defense in 2017 started in the trenches. The defensive line was the key for the Bears ranking in the top-third of the NFL in most statistical categories and with Akiem Hicks and Eddie Goldman returning, good things lie ahead.

Kane: Bears to meet Ravens in Hall of Fame game Aug. 2 - Chicago Tribune - The Bears and Ravens were chosen to participate as their former linebackers Brian Urlacher and Ray Lewis will be enshrined into the Hall of Fame that weekend.

Dewitt: Bears to Play in Hall of Fame Game, Nick Meets Trubisky, Ideal Offseason Acquisitions (And More) - Da Bears Brothers Podcast - Listen as the guys discuss the impact of the Bears in the Hall of Fame Game, Nick meeting Trubisky, their "dream" offseason acquisitions, and much more.

Letizia: Three Bears Who Could Surprise in 2018 - Da Bears Brothers - Who on the current Bears roster can make the jump from unknown to solid contributor – and possibly more?

Stankevitz: 2017 Bears position grades: Running backs - NBC Sports Chicago - JJ Stankevitz ranks the Bears' running backs from 2017, which featured an impressive season from rookie Tarik Cohen.

Stankevitz: Who will benefit the most from the Bears’ inclusion in the 2018 Hall of Fame Game? - NBC Sports Chicago - The Bears will play the Baltimore Ravens in this year's Hall of Fame Game in Canton. Who benefits the most from that?

Chicago Bears will meet Baltimore Ravens in Hall of Fame game - Pro Football Weekly - Bears and Ravens collide in Canton two days before Brian Urlacher and Ray Lewis enshrined in Hall

LeGere: Chicago Bears offseason positional analysis: Quarterbacks - Pro Football Weekly - How will Bears address uncertain depth chart behind Mitch Trubisky?

Perez: Bears grab stud LB in latest Draft Wire 2018 NFL Mock Draft - Bears Wire - The Chicago Bears get tougher on defense after the latest Draft Wire 2018 NFL Mock Draft

Perez: Kyle Long recovering well from neck surgery - Bears Wire - Chicago Bears starting guard Kyle Long tweeted an update on his neck following surgery two months ago

Charley Casserly mock draft 1.0: Colts snag Saquon Barkley - - Four QBs come off the board within the first 15 picks and two RBs go in Charley Casserly's first mock of the 2018 NFL Draft. Have a look at his forecast for the first round. Bears take Ridley.

Mayer's Chalk Talk: Who will be Urlacher's HOF presenter? - - Senior writer Larry Mayer discusses whether Brian Urlacher has chosen who will present him for induction into the Hall of Fame, when the Bears will begin training camp and more.

Mayer: Bears to face Ravens in Hall of Fame Game - - The Bears will kick off their preseason Aug. 2 against the Baltimore Ravens in the annual Pro Football Hall of Fame Game in Canton, Ohio, as part of enshrinement weekend.

Barnwell: Five moves each NFC team should make in 2018 NFL offseason for trades, free agency, cuts - ESPN - How will the Vikings solve their quarterback conundrum? Will the Packers' QB become the league's highest-paid player? Can the Lions keep their best pass-rusher? Here are five offseason moves to improve each NFC North team.

Chicago Bears and Baltimore Ravens will play in Hall of Fame Game on Aug. 2 - ESPN - The Chicago Bears and Baltimore Ravens will play in the Hall of Fame Game on Aug. 2 in Canton, Ohio.

Tarsitano: Bears picked for Hall of Fame Game against Ravens - WGN-TV - The Bears are kicking things off a little early this year. The Monsters of the Midway will square off with the Baltimore Ravens in the annual Hall of Fame Game on Thursday, August 2nd at 7pm.

Wood: What Passing Targets do the Bears Need? - Da Bears Blog - There has been and will continue to be a great deal of talk about how the Bears need to add at least one stud wide receiver to their roster this off-season. Everybody wants a Julio Jones or Antonio Brown, with good reason, and the Bears are in desperate need of an upgrade in talent at the position after a season in which they finished last in the NFL in both passing yards and touchdowns, 25th in yards per attempt, and 26th in passer rating.

Zrebiec: Ravens and Bears selected to play in 2018 Hall of Fame Game in Canton, Ohio - Baltimore Sun - Matchup is a predictable choice, given the Ravens have never played in the game and both Ray Lewis and Brian Urlacher are part of the 2018 Hall of Fame class.

Fishbain: Bears to kick off the NFL preseason in the Hall of Fame game – The Athletic - We’re only 24 weeks and two days away from Matt Nagy’s first game as Bears head coach. The Bears will open the 2018 preseason in the Hall of Fame game...


Sessler: Cardinals owner - We'll be aggressive in finding a QB - - With Carson Palmer retired, Cardinals owner Michael Bidwill made it clear that Arizona will address the most important position in sports with a sense of urgency this offseason.


Western: Packers will not play in 2018 Hall of Fame Game - Acme Packing Company - The Bears and Ravens will take the field instead, with each team having a prominent linebacker as part of this year’s class.

2017 Detroit Lions roster review: Should the Lions keep Haloti Ngata? - Pride Of Detroit - Should the Lions keep Ngata or move on to a younger player?

Stevens: Hall of Fame Game is more of a curse than treat for Ravens - Ravens Wire - The Baltimore Ravens get their first showing at the Hall of Fame game, which isn't nearly as positive as you'd think


Householder: Chicago Bears to face Baltimore Ravens in 2018 Hall of Fame Game - Windy City Gridiron
It's an extra preseason game, but the Bears will be playing the first NFL contest of the year.

Wiltfong: Two Chicago Bears make the Pro Football Focus Top 101 Players list - Windy City Gridiron
The offseason listapalooza is getting kicked off with Pro Football Focus and two Chicago Bears making their Top 101

Wiltfong: What is the biggest free agent decision for the Chicago Bears? - Windy City Gridiron
The Chicago Bears have a lot of decisions to make this offseason. Those decisions were amplified when they decided to make a coaching change and part ways with John Fox and most of the offensive...

Zeglinski's WCG Radio, Episode 19: Breaking down Matt Nagy's Bears offense and best fits - Windy City Gridiron
How will the Bears' new offense factor into the development of their young players? What about their off-season? A full X's and O's breakdown.

Ryanmelson1: Look At Chicago's Offense - How Offense Will Propel The Bears To The Playoffs In 2018 - Windy City Gridiron
The Monsters of the Midway are back to featuring an offensive Head Coach in Matt Nagy. While this may concern you because you are still scarred from the Marc Trestman era, do not be frightened....


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