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NFL: Kansas City Chiefs at Chicago Bears
Chicago Bears linebacker Roquan Smith (58) is seen on the sideline during the second half of the game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Soldier Field. 
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BEAR DOWN, CHICAGO BEARS, BEAR DOWN!!!!

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Brad Biggs’ 10 thoughts on the Bears’ preseason finale and projecting the 53-man roster - Chicago Tribune - Brad Biggs’ 10 thoughts following the Bears’ 28-27 loss to the Bills that concluded preseason Thursday night, including a projected 53-man roster and more.

Campbell: Assessing the Bears’ 7 draft picks as the preseason ends - Chicago Tribune - How the Chicago Bears’ seven draft picks, including Roquan Smith and Javon Wims, did during the preseason and what their outlook is for the regular season.

Haugh: Matt Nagy works enthusiastically as Bears fans wait impatiently - Chicago Tribune - As Bears fans wait impatiently, first-year coach Matt Nagy works enthusiastically, focused on keeping future goals ahead of present needs and fixated on passing the Packers more than beating them Sept. 9.

Matt Nagy: ‘Full confidence’ in Bears’ Cody Parkey - Sun Times - With $9 million guaranteed on the four-year, $15 million deal he signed in March, Cody Parkey isn’t going anywhere.

Jahns: Why the Bears defense is excited about Matt Nagy’s offense with Mitch Trubisky - Sun Times - Adam L. Jahns’ “Inside the Huddle” column: Bears coach Matt Nagy’s offense has tested the defense throughout training camp.

Eurich: Roquan Smith, Bears remain optimistic for regular season - 247Sports - Roquan Smith remains on a path toward playing in the regular season opener.

Medina: NFL GM Wouldn't Bet on a Mack Trade, But … He Thinks the Bears Could Pull It Off - Bleacher Nation - The Khalil Mack trade rumors won't go away, and the Bears continue to be on the periphery.

Medina: Doran Grant Capped an Impressive Preseason With a Pick-Six – Is It Enough to Survive Cutdown Weekend? - Bleacher Nation - Doran Grant's interception put an exclamation point on a productive preseason. But was it enough to make the team?

Mayer's Chalk Talk: What does Daniels need to work on? - ChicagoBears.com - Senior writer Larry Mayer discusses what rookie offensive lineman James Daniels needs to work on, the Bears’ confidence in kicker Cody Parkey and how converted defensive lineman Rashaad Coward performed at offensive tackle during the preseason.

Kaufman: Bears chairman puts bow on preseason - ChicagoBears.com - Joining the Bears radio broadcast in the fourth quarter Thursday night, team chairman George H. McCaskey reflected on the preseason and the start of the regular season.

Perez: Hau’oli Kikaha could provide Chicago Bears with help at OLB - Bears Wire - Hau'oli Kikaha was waived by the New Orleans Saints on Friday and could offer the Chicago Bears much-needed help at outside linebacker

Bears RB Ryan Nall named to Pro Football Focus’ Team of the Week - Bears Wire - Chicago Bears RB Ryan Nall was named to Pro Football Focus' Team of the Week for his performance against the Buffalo Bills

Chicago Bears-Buffalo Bills Postgame Show: A Swift Game Recap (And Our 53-Man Roster Predictions) - Da Bears Brothers Podcast - Listen as Da Bears Brothers recap the Bears' preseason finale' against the Buffalo Bills and make their official 53-man roster predictions.

Mullin: The care and feeding of a franchise quarterback – The 3 phases of how the Bears groomed Mitch Trubisky | NBC Sports Chicago - The Bears believe they have the future of their franchise in quarterback Mitch Trubisky. Here's how they got him ready for the challenge.

Gabriel: Assessing Bears' Looming Roster Decisions - 670 The Score - Will the Bears keep three quarterbacks? What will they do at outside linebacker?

DeYoung: College Players the Bears Should Keep an Eye on this Season - The Loop Sports - With College Football coming back, NFL Draft scouting is about to begin again. As an NFL Draft nut, I am already looking at draft prospects

Wiedman: Chicago Bears win and lose in the final preseason game - Our Turf Football - OTFB's Wanda Wiedman reviews the Chicago Bears final preseason game as it relates to the final roster.

Jahns: Bears preseason: Five takeaways, including a look at Mitch Trubisky's leadership - Sun Times - From Mitch Trubisky to resting defenders to Tarik Cohen, here are five final takeaways from the Bears' preseason and extended training camp.

KNOW THY ENEMY

Packers expect Oren Burks to miss Week 1 vs. Bears - Acme Packing Company - Though Oren Burks shouldn’t miss more than a few weeks, his injured shoulder will prevent him from suiting up for the Packers’ Week 1 tilt with the division-rival Bears.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

NFL cuts tracker: Players the Bears could be interested in - Windy City Gridiron - The cuts are coming quicker and quicker now, so keep up with some potential Chicago Bears’ additions right here.

Householder's Chicago Bears-Buffalo Bills stock up, stock down - Windy City Gridiron - The preseason is, mercifully, over!

Zeglinski: the Chicago Bears must push their chips in for Khalil Mack - Windy City Gridiron - A top 10 player is inexplicably available. And hey, he plays the position the Bears need the most! What a coincidence they can’t waste.

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