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The Bear’s Den, September 10, 2018

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It was really really good, then it was really really bad. Here are some stories about the game.

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Chicago Bears v Green Bay Packers
DeShone Kizer #9 of the Green Bay Packers is sacked by Roquan Smith #58 of the Chicago Bears during the second quarter of a game at Lambeau Field on September 9, 2018 in Green Bay
Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images

Ken’s Note: Due to very early work commitments I can’t stay up half the night to get the links, so the links will be very limited in this Den. Most stories won’t appear until midnight or later, and I have EARLY work Monday.

NOTE: THIS IS NOT AN OPEN THREAD

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

BEARRRSSSS

Kane: Packers roar back behind Aaron Rodgers to beat Bears 24-23 - Chicago Tribune
The Tribune has all the updates you’ll need as the Bears take on the Packers at Lambeau Field to open the 2018 season.

Kane & Campbell: First-round linebacker Roquan Smith makes immediate impact on his first play as a Bear - Chicago Tribune
On Roquan Smith’s first NFL snap, the Bears linebacker broke free from a scrum, wrapped his arms around Packers backup quarterback DeShone Kizer from behind and pulled him to the ground during the season opener Sunday night at Lambeau Field.

Rozner: Chicago Bears need Nagy to be brilliant from start - Daily Herald
The Chicago Bears should be competing for a title in the fourth year of this regime. Anything less will be a super disappointment.

Photos: Packers 24, Bears 23 - Chicago Tribune
Photos from the Bears-Packers game at Lambeau Field on Sept. 9, 2018.

Finley: Aaron Rodgers injury 2018: Packers QB returns after being knocked out by Bears - Sun Times
The Packers quarterback grabbed his left knee and had to be tended to by team staffers after being sacked by Bears defensive end Roy Robertson-Harris about six minutes into the second quarter.

Bears-Packers game: Analysis of Bears' classics in Hall of Fame - Sun Times
Brian Urlacher is the 28th member of the Bears’ organization in the Pro Football Hall of Fame — more than any other NFL team, including the Packers.

Finley: Aaron Rodgers returns from injury to bury Bears in 24-23 win - Sun Times
After exiting the game in the second quarter with a knee injury, the Packers quarterback returned in the second half Sunday to throw three touchdowns.

Finley: Roquan Smith debut - Bears LB has sack on first snap - Sun Times
After a long wait, Smith showed he sure knew how to make an entrance Sunday against the Packers.

Bears vs. Packers 2018: Final score and highlights for Week 1 - Sun Times
The Bears blew a 17-0 halftime in a brutal loss to Green Bay to open the 2018 season.

Morrissey on Bears vs. Packers season opener: Bears fans always keep the faith - Sun Times
Short of the Jaws of Life, it’s very difficult to think of something that could loosen the Bears’ grip on Chicago.

Khalil Mack records strip sack - 247Sports
Khalil Mack just proved how dominant he can be for the Chicago Bears.

Allen Robinson makes first catch with the BearsKhalil Mack records strip sack - 247Sports
Allen Robinson shook off the cobwebs to make his first catch in a Chicago Bears uniform.

Bears inactives vs. PackersKhalil Mack records strip sack - 247Sports
The Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers will restart their long-running rivalry on Sunday night to kickoff the 2018 regular season.

Khalil Mack of Chicago Bears promptly pays dividends - ESPN
Linebacker Khalil Mack looked every bit like what the Bears hoped he would be in their season opener at Green Bay.

Bears vs. Packers: Aaron Rodgers exits game with injury - Bears Wire
Aaron Rodgers suffered an apparent leg injury against the Chicago Bears in the first half of Sunday night's Week 1 game

Roquan Smith makes immediate impact against Packers in Week 1 - Bears Wire
Chicago Bears first-round pick Roquan Smith made an immediate impact against the Packers in Week 1

Stankevitz: Aaron Rodgers shows the Bears just how far they have to go to compete in the NFC North | NBC Sports Chicago
There was no answer for Aaron Rodgers in the Bears' 24-23 loss.

Allardyce: Khalil Mack did something that hasn't been done in 36 years - NBC Sports Chicago
Khalil Mack accomplished something in the first half that hasn't been done since before the Bears won Super Bowl XX.

Cox: LeBron James shouts out Khalil Mack on Twitter during dominant first half - NBC Sports Chicago
LeBron James took notice of Khalil Mack's dominant debut for the Bears on Sunday Night Football.

Game Preview: Chicago Bears – Green Bay Packers (Live Show at Pheasant Run Resort) - Da Bears Brothers Podcast
Da Bears Brothers were LIVE at Pheasant Run Hills Resort to preview the Bears' Week 1 matchup against the Packers. In this in-depth episode, the guys cover everything you need to know before kickoff.

Sunday Night wrap-up: Cart-iac Pack comeback for Aaron Rodgers – ProFootballTalk
Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers only needs one leg, as long as he has that arm. Rodgers was clearly not himself after leaving with a left leg injury in the first half, but did the things we’re so accustomed to seeing him do over the years in the Packers’ 24-23 win over the Bears.

Bergman: Aaron Rodgers rallies Pack to improbable win over Bears - NFL.com
Aaron Rodgers returned to the field for a second-half comeback for the ages, bringing the Green Bay Packers back from 20 points down to an improbable 24-23 victory over the Chicago Bears.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Potash: Brian Urlacher’s legacy will not be forgotten - Sun Times
Brian Urlacher never was into himself — not his statistics, his touchdowns, his big plays or his moments.

KNOW THY ENEMY

Week 1 NFL expert picks: Detroit Lions overwhelming favorites vs. New York Jets - Pride Of Detroit
Most experts are confident in the Lions starting 2018 off right.

49ers vs. Vikings final score: Minnesota defeats San Francisco, 24-16 - Daily Norseman
It was an up and down day for the Vikings, with good and bad plays on both sides of the ball

Vikings’ Danielle Hunter: Jimmy Garoppolo was getting scared of us – ProFootballTalk
The Vikings’ defense did a number on 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo today, intercepting him three times, sacking him three times and handing him his first career loss as a starting quarterback. And the Vikings’ defense didn’t seem too impressed with Garoppolo afterward.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Curl's Chicago Bears vs Green Bay Packers postgame: Bears start hot but Packers rally for a devastating loss - Windy City Gridiron
We saw plenty of promise in today’s game, but a few crucial moments ripped the win from the Bear’s paws and the hearts from our bodies.

Wiltfong: Khalil Mack dominates the Packers in a historic first half as a Bear - Windy City Gridiron
Check out this nugget that Jack M Silverstein dug up.

Zeglinski: Windy City Gridiron picks the Chicago Bears’ 2018 season - Windy City Gridiron
The Bears are back. So are the Packers, and they’re celebrating an anniversary. Here’s how the WCG staff sees the Bears 2018 season playing out, along with Week 1 picks.

Silverstein: The complete history of the Bears-Packers rivalry - Windy City Gridiron
WCG historian Jack M Silverstein looks back at the swings in power in the greatest rivalry in sports.

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