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 Kevin White #11 of the Chicago Bears reacts after catching a touchdown pass against the Kansas City Chiefs during a preseason game at Soldier Field on August 25, 2018
Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

BEAR DOWN, CHICAGO BEARS, BEAR DOWN!!!!

GAME HIGHLIGHTS

BEARRRSSSS

Finley: Bears reserves beat Chiefs at Soldier Field - Sun Times - Saturday’s preseason game will be remembered, if it is at all, by those Bears who didn’t play.

Wiedman: Starters sit as Bears carve the Chiefs in preseason - Our Turf Football - OTFB’s Wanda Wiedman talks about the Bears 3rd preseason game against the Chiefs. A game where the starters sat, and the Bears 2nd and 3rd string did well.

Hoge: Nagy Makes Right Call To Sit Starters Against Chiefs - WGN Radio - If the Bears lose to the Packers on Sept. 9, it won’t be because Trubisky didn’t play two quarters Saturday. It will be because they don’t have enough talent on the field or didn’t have a good enough game plan.

Bear Download Podcast: Bears beat Chiefs - and rest everyone - Chicago Tribune - Rich Campbell and Dan Wiederer discuss Chicago vs Kansas City.

Haugh: Matt Nagy's decision to rest starters passed on much-needed chance to improve - Chicago Tribune - If the Bears offense unveils something beautiful against the Packers, then Matt Nagy’s decision to rest starters in Saturday’s penultimate preseason game will look prescient. But if Mitch Trubisky struggles or the Bears appear out in a loss in Green Bay doubts about the rookie coach will intensify.

Kane: Chiefs coach Andy Reid says Matt Nagy resting Bears starters ‘probably smart on his part’ - Chicago Tribune
Bears coach Matt Nagy had “too much respect” for Andy Reid to not call to let him know he would be resting his starters Saturday in the teams’ penultimate preseason game at Soldier Field.

Hoge and Jahns, Episode 169: Bears-Chiefs Postgame Show - WGN Radio - Adam Hoge and Adam Jahns share their thoughts on the second-to-last preseason game, where the Bears beat the Kansas City Chiefs 27-20. The story, though, wasn’t Matt Nagy beating his mentor, Andy Reid, but Nagy’s decision to let most of the starters, including Mitchell Trubisky, sit out after their ...

Morrissey: Bears coach Matt Nagy should have played Mitch Trubisky on Saturday - Sun Times - Lots of people see him as the Bears’ franchise quarterback, but that has been more warm thought than fact. He needs more work, not less.

Finley: The full list of Bears not playing Saturday vs. Chiefs - Chicago Sun-Times - Less than 24 hours after coach Matt Nagy told the Bears he planned to sit their starters, the Bears announced exactly how many will miss today’s game

Haugh: Matt Nagy's decision to rest starters passed on much-needed chance to improve - Chicago Tribune - If the Bears offense unveils something beautiful against the Packers, then Matt Nagy’s decision to rest starters in Saturday’s penultimate preseason game will look prescient. But if Mitch Trubisky struggles or the Bears appear out in a loss in Green Bay doubts about the rookie coach will intensify.

Wiederer: With preseason action in books, has Mitch Trubisky shown he's ready for real thing? - Chicago Tribune - After an unconventional decision to hold his starters out of the penultimate preseason game, Bears coach Matt Nagy explained why he believes second-year quarterback Mitch Trubisky is ready for Week 1.

Biggs: Rest assured we'll know by Week 2 if Matt Nagy's decision to sit nearly all Bears' starters was a good one - Chicago Tribune - Bears coach Matt Nagy decided to rest nearly all of the team's starters in Saturday's 27-20 victory over the Chiefs at Soldier Field. Clearly, Nagy is prioritizing health at the start of the season over experience so Mitch Trubisky ends preseason with just 34 snaps. We'll know soon if it was smart.

Wiederer: After contract impasse, hamstring issue, Roquan Smith's emergence will be big deal for Bears - Chicago Tribune - Bears rookie Roquan Smith is widely seen as a difference maker, a proven college star whose NFL emergence will come soon. But just how quickly Smith can make an impact after a lengthy contract holdout and now a hamstring issue is a big deal.

Kane: Kevin White, Javon Wims stand out for Bears backups in 27-20 win over Chiefs - Chicago Tribune - Bears coach Matt Nagy opted to sit most of his starters Saturday in the preseason game against the Chiefs, but Kevin White and Javon Wims at least made it interesting for those in attendance.

Preseason: Bears 27, Chiefs 20 - Chicago Tribune - Photos from the Bears-Chiefs game at Soldier Field on Aug. 25, 2018.

Potash: Quarterback Chase Daniel looks sharp in place of Mitch Trubisky - Sun Times - Daniel played like he had been here before — leading the Bears to touchdowns on their first three drives en route to a 27-20 victory.

Finley: Matt Nagy on resting Bears starters - 'I know this team better than anybody' - Sun Times - Nagy understands if fans who went to Soldier Field on Saturday expecting the usual dress rehearsal were annoyed to see starters on the bench.

Potash: Bears Chiefs preseason - Andy Reid supports Matt Nagy decision to sit starters - Sun Times - “He’s got a great future here. The city of Chicago is lucky to have him.”

Jahns: Bears vs. Chiefs - Bears should keep Kevin White, Javon Wims on roster - Sun Times - White and Wims have played well enough in training camp and in preseason games to make the Bears' 53-man roster.

Inside Slant: Nagy explains decision to rest starters - ChicagoBears.com - Bears coach Matt Nagy opted not to play most of his team’s starters in Saturday’s preseason game

Kaufman: Pace discusses injuries, Nagy facing former team - 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 Saturday’s preseason game against the Chiefs.

Cox: 3 biggest takeaways from the Chicago Bears’ preseason win vs. Chiefs - Bears Wire - The Chicago Bears sat their starters against the Kansas City Chiefs — and they didn't need them. Chase Daniel and company delivered.

Cox: Studs and duds from Chicago Bears’ 27-20 preseason win over Chiefs - Bears Wire - Only a few Chicago Bears starters played against the Kansas City Chiefs, but a few backups really stood out with their performances.

Mullin: The 'why' behind Matt Nagy sitting Bears starters? About 2,000 reasons? - NBC Sports Chicago - Matt Nagy sat the Bears' starters for a preseason game against Kansas City and defended his decision after the game.

Mullin: Bears backups make key statement in win over Chiefs - NBC Sports Chicago - The Bears rested their starters against the Chiefs, but still came up with a preseason win with some players showing well.

Broadcast of Bears-Chiefs preseason game set up great GIFs of Trubisky, Nagy, White - NBC Sports Chicago - Mitchell Trubisky didn't play against the Chiefs, but still got plenty of screen time and made for quality gifs.

Chicago Bears-Kansas City Chiefs Postgame Show: Second String Stands Out as Javon Wims Takes Flight - Da Bears Brothers Podcast - In this episode, Da Bears Brothers break down all of the action that unfolded Saturday in the Chicago Bears' victory over the Kansas City Chiefs.

LeGere: Bears WR White gives impressive showing vs. Chiefs - Daily Herald - Most Bears starters got the day off Saturday in the 27-20 victory over the Chiefs, but that didn't include WR Kevin White, the seventh overall pick in the 2015 draft who has missed 43 of 48 games because of injuries.

Hub Arkush: Bears offense clicks vs. Chiefs- even without starters - Daily Herald - The Chicago Bears climbed to 2-2 on the preseason with a 27-20 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs on Saturday.

Eurich: Bears vs. Chiefs notebook - 247Sports - The Chicago Bears walked away with a victory on Saturday afternoon.

Eurich: Bears remain cautious with Roquan Smith - 247Sports - The Chicago Bears are not going to push it with Roquan Smith.

Eurich: Kevin White is underdog for Bears - 247Sports - Kevin White is still in the underdog role for the Chicago Bears.

Eurich: Matt Nagy defends decision to sit starters - 247Sports - Matt Nagy was quick defend his reasoning for sitting his Chicago Bears starters.

Friedell: Mitch Trubisky of Chicago Bears sits vs. Kansas City Chiefs - ESPN - Bears coach Matt Nagy defended his decision to rest his starters, including quarterback Mitchell Trubisky, on Saturday against the Chiefs, saying Chicago's preseason schedule of five games factored in.

Chase Daniel, Bears backups give Chiefs starters fits 27-20 - ESPN - Get a recap of the Kansas City Chiefs vs. Chicago Bears football game.

Hughes: The Best Collection of Thoughts Ever Assembled on the Bears v. Chiefs Practice Game - Da Bears Blog - Twitter exploded with the news that Matt Nagy was putting his entire roster on the bench. Hell, even Josh Bellamy got the afternoon off. But who types primarily with his middle fingers and is happier than a clam about the news? This guy.

Game Recap: Bears defeat Chiefs at Soldier Field - ChicagoBears.com - The Bears' decision not to play most of their starters in Saturday's preseason game against the Chiefs gave their reserves a chance to shine—and several took advantage of the opportunity in a 27-20 win over the Chiefs.

Two-minute drill: Daniels shows his value - ChicagoBears.com - Chase Daniel has been praised for how he's helped Mitchell Trubisky learn the Bears' new offense, but the backup quarterback proved in Saturday’s 27-20 preseason win over the Chiefs that he's much more than a mentor.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Jaguars’ Marqise Lee carted off with knee injury – ProFootballTalk - Jaguars wide receiver Marqise Lee suffered what looked like a serious knee injury during today’s preseason game against the Falcons. Lee took a low hit directly to the knee and stayed on the ground for several minutes before he was put on a cart and taken to the locker room.

How long will fans tolerate a four-game preseason? – ProFootballTalk - I still have a vivid recollection of an August night in the mid-70s, seeing a closeup Sonny Jurgensen in his burgundy helmet and single-bar facemask during one of what then was six preseason games per team and asking myself, “Why am I watching this?” The answer matched the one that George Costanz...

Patra: Bears WR Kevin White scores first TD of career - NFL.com - Kevin White finally found the end zone. Drafted No. 7 overall in 2015, the Bears wide receiver scored his first touchdown in the NFL, preseason or regular season.

What we learned from Saturday’s preseason games - NFL.com - Week 3 of the NFL preseason continues with seven games on Saturday. The Kansas City Chiefs took on the Bears in Chicago. Here’s what we’ve learned so far.

KNOW THY ENEMY

We are officially at scary time with Pat Elflein - Daily Norseman - He’s in danger of missing the first six games

Packers stock watch: Josh Jackson plays like a starter again at Raiders - Acme Packing Company - Josh Jackson continues to build momentum with another strong preseason performance.

Packers vs. Raiders Recap: Green Bay’s backup OL struggles in ugly 13-6 loss - Acme Packing Company - The story of the game was bad offensive line play by the Packers, as they lost in Oakland late on Friday night.

Chiefs’ Tanoh Kpassagnon: NFL making it “physically impossible” to tackle – ProFootballTalk - Chiefs pass rusher Tanoh Kpassagnon was baffled with his controversial roughing the passer penalty today against the Bears. Kpassagnon, who was flagged after a sack of Bears quarterback Chase Daniel, said the NFL's new rule preventing tacklers from putting most of their weight on a quarterback wh...

Kansas City Chiefs’ first-team defense underwhelming as Bears win 27-20 - Arrowhead Pride - The Chicago Bears beat the Kansas City Chiefs in their third preseason game on Saturday afternoon.

What we saw from Kansas City Chiefs’ Patrick Mahomes against the Bears - Arrowhead Pride - A recap of everything Patrick Mahomes did against in week three of preseason

Chicago Bears to rest “most starters” against Kansas City Chiefs - Arrowhead Pride - The Bears announced late Friday night that they will not be playing most of their first-team players.

Chiefs vs. Bears live updates - Arrowhead Pride - Marcus Kemp with the 55-yard touchdown! He does most of the work on a ball from Litton and the Chiefs cut the lead to 27-20.

Chicago Bears beat Kansas City Chiefs: six winners and five losers - Arrowhead Pride
The Bears beat the Chiefs, 27-20, in their third preseason game on Saturday afternoon. Here’s who looked good and who didn’t.

Chiefs’ Reid was surprisingly candid about defensive struggles Saturday - Arrowhead Pride - Reid knows the defense had a bad day.

Tyreek Hill says Kansas City Chiefs will be best offense in the NFL - Arrowhead Pride - Hill spoke to the media after the Chiefs’ loss to the Bears on Saturday afternoon. Ken's Note: "The Best Offense In The League" put up a whopping 10 points in two quarters-and-a-half against Chicago's second string defense. Just an FYI.

5 things we learned in the Detroit Lions’ preseason victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Pride Of Detroit - The team came out flat in their preseason dress rehearsal but rallied late to pull out a win.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Zeglinski: A new school of thought - Matt Nagy has taken firm control of the Chicago Bears - Windy City Gridiron - The first-year coach took fire over his decision to rest Bears starters against the Chiefs. He understood the criticism, shelved it, and earned the respect of his roster in the process.

Curl: Chicago Bears beat Chiefs for second preseason win - Windy City Gridiron - Matt Nagy clearly knows his former team well, as his offensive game plan facilitated several seamless drives against the Chiefs middling first-string defense.

Zeglinski: Chicago Bears vs. Kansas City Chiefs 2018: Live updates from the game - Windy City Gridiron - Mitchell Trubisky isn’t playing today. And it doesn’t matter! The Bears’ backups led by Chase Daniel were unstoppable in the first half. Keep it with us here throughout.

Infante: Chicago Bears to start James Daniels at center against Chiefs - Windy City Gridiron - The rookie has taken snaps at center in practice, but hasn’t played at the position in the preseason.

EricSoderholm'sBat: Shea McClellin? - Windy City Gridiron - McClellin is currently available as a free agent, so unlike Khalil Mack or Shane Ray, he would not cost us any more future draft capital or young players via trade. He would also undoubtedly be way...

Marcet: The Chicago Bears Can Make The Playoffs This Year - Windy City Gridiron - It shouldn't be expected, but the Bears can make the playoffs in 2018.

Spawn78: Bears should trade for Shane Ray Now - Windy City Gridiron - If you've been following up on the Bears you know that floyd will be playing with some sort of club/cast for the first few weeks of the season. Opposite him, Acho is expected to start with Lynch...

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