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We finish up the Green Bay game and start looking forward to Seattle on Monday Night.

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Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers lays on the ground after getting crushed as Khalil Mack takes off with the football.
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Losing sucks.

I’m going to focus somewhat on the positives this week because there’s enough people focusing on the negatives. I’m not going to be a Pollyanna or an optimist, but I’m also not one to beat a dead horse. Still, some things are negatives and you gotta call them like you see them,

This Bears team has far more talent than in the past, but it’s not perfect and there are serious issues to fix. Still, we ain’t eating 50burgers so that’s something.

I saw effort issues in this game, in the second half, on defense. There’s no way to spin that, that’s just not acceptable.

Both Matt Nagy and Vic Fangio made some significant mistakes in the second half. The question is, will they learn from those mistakes?

Roquan Smith, your time is now... this defense needs your speed in the middle. Let’s do this thing, learning on the job is fine by me because what we were doing last night wasn’t working anyway. Also, Roquan, your holdout hurt your team. Move on, but own that fact.

“If we had only given the starters those 25 snaps in preseason they wouldn’t have come out flat against Green Bay.” That’s how the argument went. Guess what, we didn’t come out flat in Green Bay. We had many issues that must be addressed, but coming out flat and unprepared to start the game wasn’t one of them.

If anybody can’t see the difference between 2018’s Bears and 2017’s edition, please go back and watch the post-bye week contest against Green Bay last year. Still, there were effort issues that must be fixed in the second half, I get that... but just compare the two.

My “wow, that’s so Chicago” I’ve heard following the Bears game... “Hey, at least our kicker didn’t miss this time!!!!”

I gotta admit, even with the loss, that Khalil Mack guy... that guy right there... worth the price of admission all by himself.

I have never seen so much uncalled holding in my life. It’s obscene. I’m not going to blame the refs for our loss, but I will quote my wife... “it’s that kind of stuff right there, the holding Green Bay does all the time and gets away with it, that convinces me the NFL is rigged.” I wouldn’t go that far, but it really doesn’t pass the smell test very well.

Mitchell Trubisky is a work in progress, you can see a lot to like (like, for example, not turning the ball over or missing badly where balls will be picked) but he’s still a young QB and needs a lot more work to be where he needs to be. I have no idea if he’s going to turn out good or just “meh”, but he most certainly needs a lot more development.

Take a look at that big Cobb TD. Watch Khalil Mack until the end... he busted his ass the entire play trying to make that tackle, even as gassed as he was from not being in full football shape. Khalil Mack is the biggest badass on the field.

Good news? We can forget the old “Jordan Howard can’t catch” narrative. He was rock solid Sunday night, caught everything thrown his way.

As expected, we saw how much of the Nagy offense is installed... certainly not all of it. The stuff they had scripted was amazing, but the “we need to get one yard” stuff needs some work.

Dear Kyle Fuller. Please catch that ball the next time, m’kay?

Allen Robinson looked good early, but he was one of the guys that was gassed in the second half. Not surprisingly.

Here’s the bottom line: The talent is there on this Bears team. Setting aside that we don’t have a “God Level” QB, the Bears were across-the-board the more talented team last night. There was, obviously, issues that need to be addressed in scheme and attitude, but talent? Better.



Tidwell's The Whole 9 Yards: Week 1 - Da Bears Brothers Blog - DeVante Tidwell shares his top nine takeaways after the Bears' Week 1 loss to the Green Bay Packers.

Chicago Bears – Green Bay Packers Postgame Show: Bears Let the Victory Slip Through Their Fingers - Da Bears Brothers Podcast - Listen as Da Bears Brothers share their comprehensive game recap with their instant analysis and insight on the Bears Week 1 loss in Lambeau.

Bears look for positives after collapse in opening loss - Daily Herald - Bears coach Matt Nagy uses opening loss to Green Bay as a teaching moment

LeGere: Nagy vows Chicago Bears will learn from tough opener - Daily Herald - There were pertinent questions after the Bears' 24-23 season-opening loss to the Packers at Green Bay, a game in which the upstart visitors led 20-0 with less than four minutes remaining in the third quarter but still found a way to lose.

Hub Arkush: The Bears' defense simply wore out in 2nd half - Daily Herald - I originally wrote this lead to read that it was impossible to tell which side of the ball for the Bears was more impressive Sunday night at Green Bay, the offense or the defense. But that was at halftime of the Bears 24-23 loss to the Packers and by the end of the game it certainly wasn't true.

Biggs: Assessing the play of Mitch Trubisky and Khalil Mack in Week 1 - Chicago Tribune - Mitch Trubisky gained 32 yards on seven carries, scoring on a 2-yard keeper and gaining 3 yards on a nice quarterback sweep, but at times he was too quick to abandon passes.

Kane: 5 things outside linebackers coach Brandon Staley took from Khalil Mack’s first week with Bears - Chicago Tribune - On Monday afternoon in Lake Forest, Bears outside linebackers coach Brandon Staley called Khalil Mack's Bears debut “about as impressive a performance as you could expect from a guy who got here seven days ago.”

Brad Biggs' 10 thoughts on the Bears' 24-23 loss to the Packers in Week 1 - Chicago Tribune - 10 thoughts after the Bears had a cozy 20-0 lead until the latter stages of the third quarter and wound up losing the season opener and debut for head coach Matt Nagy 24-23 to the rival Packers on Sunday night at Lambeau Field.

Wiederer: Matt Nagy looking for 'finish mentality' after Bears squander a 20-point lead in loss to Packers - Chicago Tribune - After a season-opening 24-23 loss to the Packers on Sunday night, Bears coach Matt Nagy returned to Halas Hall to review the tape. Nagy found some good, some bad and some ugly in the defeat. He offered a glimpse into all of it Monday at Halas Hall.

Wiederer: 'We're close' - Deflating loss to Packers leaves Mitch Trubisky, Bears offense searching for silver linings - Chicago Tribune - The Bears built a 20-0 lead Sunday night and then left Lambeau Field with a crushing 24-23 loss to the Packers. For new coach Matt Nagy and young quarterback Mitch Trubisky, the learning process will continue for an offense pushing to turn a corner.

Medina: The Horizon Remains Bright for Mitch Trubisky, Even If the Sailing Isn't Always Smooth - Bleacher Nation - It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was Mitch Trubisky's first regular-season start of 2018.

Gruden: 'Obviously Khalil Mack didn't want to play' in Oakland - ESPN Video - Raiders head coach Jon Gruden shares his frustrations about the situation with former linebacker Khalil Mack.

Los Angeles Rams wanted to add Khalil Mack, then trade him at end of season, sources say- ESPN - The Los Angeles Rams made a pitch to acquire premier pass rusher Khalil Mack with the intention of signing him to a long-term deal and paying him this year, then dealing him at the end of the season, according to sources.

Dickerson: Bears defense runs out of gas, but when tank is full look out - ESPN - Once Khalil Mack and rookie Roquan Smith are in football shape the Bears have all of the pieces to be among the league's best defenses.

3 Bears earn place on Pro Football Focus’ Week 1 Team of the Week - Bears Wire - Three Chicago Bears players earned top grades at their positions from Pro Football Focus in Week 1 of the 2018 NFL season

Hoge’s Week 1 Rewind: Plenty Of Reasons For Bears Optimism (And Pessimism) - WGN Radio - It’s hard to remember a Bears game that was so polarizing from a performance standpoint. The first half in Green Bay Sunday night was one of the best performances we’ve seen from the Bears in years. The second half looked all too familiar, as the Bears lost to Aaron Rodgers and the Packers 24-23.

Mullin: Bears still looking up at Green Bay after Aaron Rodgers engineers another Chicago nightmare - NBC Sports Chicago - If you come at the king, you best not miss.

Mullin: Good team with one bad half? Or bad team with one good half? Three main areas of concern for Bears after loss to Packers - NBC Sports Chicago - Are the 2018 Bears a good team that had one bad half? Or a bad team that had one good half? A look at three main areas of concern after Sunday night's loss to Packers

Stankevitz: The Bears’ defense needs to prove Aaron Rodgers-fueled loss was an aberration, not a trend - NBC Sports Chicago - It was a tale of two halves for the Bears' defense.

Under Center Podcast: Was it a Bears collapse or a Packers comeback? - NBC Sports Chicago - The Bears blew a 20-point lead to the Packers. Laurence Holmes, Lance Briggs, Alex Brown and Matt Forte break down what went wrong.

Eurich: Mike Mitchell worked out by the Bears - 247Sports - Mike Mitchell would help give the Chicago Bears much-needed depth at safety.

Bears QB Mitchell Trubisky: "We have a lot of work to do" - 247Sports - The Chicago Bears blew a 20-point lead in the second half to the Green Bay Packers and at times the offense looked very lackluster. So what's next for this Bears team?

Eurich: Roquan Smith makes case to start for Bears - 247Sports - Roquan Smith deserves to get the starting nod in Week 2 for the Chicago Bears.

Eddie Jackson on Bears loss: 'The whole team got lazy' - 247Sports - Eddie Jackson had a message for his teammates in Week 1.

Bears to honor Brian Urlacher in Week 2 - 247Sports - The Chicago Bears will honor Brian Urlacher in Week 2 against the Seattle Seahawks.

Eurich: Matt Nagy deserves criticism in Bears loss - 247Sports - Matt Nagy went away from his aggressive nature in the Chicago Bears loss.

Wiedman: Bears silver lining in a soul crushing loss - Our Turff Football - OTFB's Chicago Bears reporter Wanda Wiedman finds the silver lining in the devastating loss to the Green Bay Packers.

Medina: After Secondary Issues Pop Up in Opener, Bears Work Out Safety Mike Mitchell - Bleacher Nation - Mike Mitchell was one of three safeties to reportedly visit the Bears on Monday.

Medina: At Least Khalil Mack Looked Like the Real Deal - Bleacher Nation - It's simple, really.

Medina: Matt Nagy Goofed by Not Getting Jordan Howard More Touches Last Night - Bleacher Nation - The Bears didn't give their best player the ball often enough in a gut-wrenching defeat.

Khalil Mack returns interception for touchdown - 247Sports - Khalil Mack is doing it all for the Chicago Bears tonight.

Stankevitz: Bears grades - Quarterbacks, secondary, coaching earn low marks in loss to Packers - NBC Sports Chicago - The Bears blew a 20-0 lead on Sunday night in Green Bay, leading to a rough first grade for Mitch Trubisky, Matt Nagy and the team's defensive backs.

Raiders HC Jon Gruden Rips Khalil Mack: "He Didn't Want To Be Here" (VIDEO) - Prior to Monday night’s season opener against the Los Angeles Rams, Gruden sat down for an interview with his old gig – ESPN and talked about the trade.

Pompei: Observations From Bears-Packers - 670 The Score - Once again, Aaron Rodgers showcased his greatness.

McKnight: Conservative Approach Burns Matt Nagy, Bears - 670 The Score - Matt Nagy didn't follow through on his promise to utilize an aggressive offense when it mattered most.

Bernstein: This Bears Loss Hurt - 670 The Score - The Matt Nagy era was off to a rollicking start -- until it wasn't.

Eurich: Khalil Mack may have stayed with Raiders if Jon Gruden called - 247Sports - Khalil Mack says a phone call from Jon Gruden would have gone a long way for him.

NBC’s Al Michaels on Bears-Packers stunner: ‘You wake up ... and go, “What the hell?” ‘ - Chicago Tribune - ”Look, if you went to bed at halftime, it’s 17-nothing,” NBC’s Al Michaels said during Sunday’s Bears-Packers stunner. “You’re thinking Green Bay looks terrible. Chicago looks great. (Aaron) Rodgers is done for the night, maybe longer. You wake up in the morning and go, ‘What the hell.’ “

Rosenbloom: One game, and rookie Bears coach Matt Nagy already looks and sounds bad and stupid - Chicago Tribune - How epic was Sunday night’s gag job by the Bears? The Packers were 0-111 when entering the fourth quarter trailing by 17 points or more, according to ESPN. That’s the kind of soul-crushing loss that gets Bears coaches fired.

Campbell: Khalil Mack proves his value with 2 huge plays against the Packers in his Bears debut - Chicago Tribune - Try telling someone who didn’t watch the Bears’ encouraging first half against the Packers on Sunday night that Khalil Mack had a strip-sack and a pick-six in a span of six snaps late in the second quarter of his Bears debut.

Jahns: Five takeaways from the loss, including Mitch Trubisky’s missed throws - From Mitch Trubisky’s missed throws to Roquan Smith’s eight snaps, here are five takeaways from the Bears’ Week 1 loss to the Packers.

Finley: Khalil Mack and Akiem Hicks reigned — in first half - Sun Times - In the second half — when Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers was limited to short dropbacks out of shotgun snaps — the Bears had zero sacks.

Finley: Bears’ offensive growing pains on display vs Packers - Sun Times - Mitch Trubisky was under center Sunday night when Packers linebacker Clay Matthews realized he needed to get off the field.

Morrissey: The day after a brutal loss to the Packers, some positives for the Bears - Sun Times - Pay attention to what happened in the first half, when coach Matt Nagy let his players play. What happened after that is on the coaching staff.


Snap counts, stats and more: Chicago Bears vs Green Bay Packers - Windy City Gridiron - We’ll list out the complete playing time breakdown, and spotlight a few individual and team statistics from the Chicago Bears in their disappointing loss against the Green Bay Packers.

Leming: Week 1 game balls after a devastating 24-23 loss - Windy City Gridiron - We hand out game balls to the best player on each side of the ball after a wild week 1 defeat.

Infante: Notes from an embarrassing 24-23 loss - Windy City Gridiron - The Bears dominated in the first half, but they backed themselves into a corner with lackadaisical clock management and terrible passing.


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