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The Bear’s Den, Bengals Post-Game Edition, August 10, 2018

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Well, the Bengals game is in the books, and it went kinda off the rails a bit

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NFL: Chicago Bears at Cincinnati Bengals
Chicago Bears running back Ryan Nall (35) stiff arms Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Malik Jefferson (45) in the second half at Paul Brown Stadium.
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BEAR DOWN, CHICAGO BEARS, BEAR DOWN!!!!

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Campbell: Mitch Trubisky and 1st-team Bears offense are ineffective in 30-27 exhibition loss to Bengals - Chicago Tribune - An eight-play reality check for the first-string Bears offense netted minus-1 yard, leaving it with few, if any, positives to take back to training camp.

Wiederer & Campbell: 12 key questions as Roquan Smith's contract holdout drags on - Chicago Tribune - With Roquan Smith's holdout in its fourth week, here are answers to common questions about why the eighth overall draft pick has not yet signed his contract with the Chicago Bears.

Finley: Bears send message, even if it fell incomplete in 30-27 loss - It was just one play in an overanalyzed exhibition season. But Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky's deep ball sent a message.

Potash: Bears Kyle Fuller interception, pick-6 highlight for defense - But when Fuller makes a play, it’s easy to admire the continuation of a good story that seems to get better with each turn of the page.

Morrissey: Bears' Mitch Trubisky makes 2018 preseason debut - Chicago Sun-Times - At least the Bears QB didn't throw an interception, a step up from Bourbonnais, where he had completed a lot of training-camp passes to the defense.

Finley: Kyle Long plays for Bears, while Allen Robinson and Jordan Howard sit - Chicago Sun-Times - After having three different offseason surgeries — on his neck, his shoulder and his elbow — Bears guard Kyle Long returned to competitive football ga

Eurich: Josh Woods leaves Bears game with injury - 247Sports - Josh Woods left the Chicago Bears preseason game with an injury.

Eurich: Pace on Roquan Smith and Bears: 'No new developments' - 247Sports - The Chicago Bears and Roquan Smith are still at a stalemate.

Bears vs. Bengals - Game Recap - August 9, 2018 - ESPN - Get a recap of the Chicago Bears vs. Cincinnati Bengals football game.

Hughes: We’re All Dupes - Da Bears Blog - I don’t care about any of it, not a single snap, but it seems almost every other football fan on earth does. The preseason isn’t just a curiosity for die hards, which is what it used to be before NFL Network and the internet. (Same can be said for the NFL Draft.) The Hall of Fame Game, Bears vs. Ravens, featured mostly men who won’t play a relevant snap this entire football campaign. It did 6.77 million viewers.

Mayer: Bears rally but lose to Bengals - ChicagoBears.com - In brief preseason debuts Thursday night, the Bears' starting offense and defense both left room for improvement in a 30-27 loss to the Bengals.

Mayer: Pace discusses Bears issues on pre-game show - ChicagoBears.com - Bears general manager Ryan Pace spoke to play-by-play announcer Jeff Joniak on WBBM Newsradio 780 AM and 105.9 FM prior to Thursday night’s preseason game against the Bengals in Cincinnati. Here’s what Pace had to say.

Perez: 4 takeaways from Bears’ preseason loss to the Bengals - 247Sports - A look at four takeaways from the Chicago Bears preseason loss to the Cincinnati Bengals

Mullin: Roquan Smith holdout undermining his Bears season or future? History says otherwise - NBC Sports Chicago - Roquan Smith's holdout is still ongoing, but there are plenty of case studies to show holdouts don't affect the long-term future of players.

LeGere: Who stood out in Bears preseason loss to Bengals? - Daily Herald - In the run-up to his team's second preseason contest Thursday night, Bears coach Matt Nagy cautioned against reading too much into any preseason game, especially the matchup in Cincinnati against the Bengals, who were playing their first game. It's more of a process, which Nagy and his coaches will evaluate over the entire preseason. But there were still opportunities for advancement in the Bears' 30-27 loss, which dropped them to 0-2 in the preseason.

Kane: Kyle Fuller’s pick-six a good start for Bears defense looking to force more turnovers - Chicago Tribune - Kyle Fuller’s interception of Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton and 47-yard return for a touchdown was the biggest highlight of the night for a Bears defense looking to increase its takeaways when it counts this season.

Frye: Jay Cutler Has A Mixed Legacy With Chicago Bears Faithful - Forbes - Jay Cutler is a hit on the E! reality show 'Very Cavalleri,' but was he ever a hit with NFL fans?

Perez: Studs and Duds from Bears’ 30-27 preseason loss to Bengals - Bears Wire - A look at the Chicago Bears' studs and duds from their 30-27 preseason loss to the Cincinnati Bengals

Eurich: Ryan Nall leads Bears offense in loss - 247Sports - Ryan Nall led the Chicago Bears offense against the Bengals.

Pearson: Chicago Bears vs. Cincinnati Bengals - 10 quick observations from Thursday's preseason game - 247Sports - We have 10 quick observations from Thursday night's Chicago Bears-Cincinnati Bengals preseason game.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Vikings starting guard Nick Easton undergoes back surgery, will likely miss 2018 season - Pride Of Detroit - The Vikings’ offensive line just took a big hit.

Vikings panic meter: Training Camp edition - Daily Norseman - Remain calm.

Packers-Titans: Jermaine Whitehead leaves game with back injury - Acme Packing Company - The versatile safety leaves with apparent injury during the second quarter of the preseason opener.

KNOW THY ENEMY

Derrius Guice being evaluated for knee injury – ProFootballTalk - There’s been a lot of buzz about rookie running back Derrius Guice around Washington this summer, but it will be replaced by a lot of holding of breath for at least a little while.

Patrick Mahomes plays it safe in debut as starter – ProFootballTalk - The Chiefs made the big switch at quarterback this offseason because they thought Patrick Mahomes could make more big plays. But in his preseason debut as the starter, he had a very Alex Smith-like night.

What we learned during Thursday’s preseason games - NFL.com - Week 1 of the preseason is underway with 12 matchups taking place Thursday night. Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield and Panthers wideout D.J. Moore were among several rookies that made their debut

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Curl: Chicago Bears at Cincinnati Bengals Preseason Week 1 - Bears come up short in 27-30 loss to Cincy - Windy City Gridiron - The first-team offense disappoints, but a couple of second round Bears show some stuff in an overall-disheartening preseason loss.

Infante: Three Bears players who need to bounce back in Week 1 of the preseason - Windy City Gridiron - These three Bears players were less than stellar in the Hall of Fame Game and will need a better game against the Bengals tonight.

Link: Who’s really to blame in the Roquan Smith saga - Windy City Gridiron - As the Smith contract impasses chugs along, the real villain here is the NFL.

Berkes: Five Questions with Cincy Jungle - “this team believes they are a playoff team” - Windy City Gridiron - As the Bears get ready to square off against the Bengals, we met up with Scott Schulze of the Cincy Jungle to discuss all things striped. The Bears, of course, were AFC North champions last year,...

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