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It’s Game Day again, it’s also Brian Urlacher day, as Seattle visits Soldier Field for Monday Night Football

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Russell Wilson vs Brian Urlacher. I know who I’m rooting for in this picture, how about you?

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

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Finley: Bears eye return to ‘nasty’ defensive legacy - Sun Times - On the night the Bears honor Urlacher at halftime, they’ll unveil their new arsenal — Khalil Mack and Roquan Smith — to the home crowd in prime time.

Finley: Will Bears unleash Tarik Cohen against Seahawks’ backup LBs? - Sun Times - The Seahawks ruled out linebackers Bobby Wagner and K.J. Wright because of injuries Saturday. Cohen will try to exploit their backups.

Potash: Bears’ Leonard Floyd hampered by club on broken hand; Seahawks’ Wagner, Wright out - Sun Times - It might force defensive coordinator Vic Fangio to go to Plan B, with Sam Acho or Aaron Lynch getting more snaps in Floyd’s place.

Jahns: Why the Bears will trust their process with QB Mitch Trubisky - ChicagoBears.com - ESPN analyst Louis Riddick expects Trubisky to be better in Week 2 against the Seahawks.

Pearson: A new sheriff in town - new-look Bears must be ready for fresh Seahawks - The Blitz Network - When the Bears and Seahawks meet for Monday Night Football, matters are going to look different for the visitors to Soldier Field.

Biggs: No break in expectation game for Bears defense and Mitch Trubisky - Chicago Tribune - As disappointing as the collapse against the Packers was last week, it’s reasonable to think a strong showing against their archrival and arguably the best quarterback in the NFL only raises expectations for the Bears this season.

Biggs: Seahawks WR Tyler Lockett: 'This guy can flat out fly' - Chicago Tribune - Tyler Lockett is the best healthy option for the Seahawks at wide receiver with Doug Baldwin sidelined with a knee sprain. Lockett, 25, is a proven deep threat even though he averaged only 12.3 yards per reception last season.

Wiederer: 3 keys for the Bears in their Week 2 game against the Seahawks - Chicago Tribune - With the home opener against the Seahawks closing in, here are three keys to keep tabs on as the Bears attempt to even their record at 1-1.

Kane: Bears linebacker Leonard Floyd doing his best to make an impact while playing with a broken hand - Chicago Tribune - Outside linebacker Leonard Floyd, forced to play with a club cast on his fractured right hand, is focused on the Bears' Monday night matchup against the Seahawks and quarterback Russell Wilson.

Rosenbloom: The Khalil Mack effect - Bears will see big plays even if he doesn’t touch the opponent - Chicago Tribune - Football should hand out assists the way hockey does. I’m talking about the cause-and-effect presence of a player who doesn't have to hit anyone to make the team better. Khalil Mack is that type of player. If the NFL kept that stat, Mack would be Wayne Gretzky.

DCampbell: Roquan Smith working to expand impact against Seahawks - Chicago Tribune - Roquan Smith is hoping to play more against the Seahawks on Monday night after he played only eight snaps in his NFL debut against the Packers.

Morrissey: How long can honest Bears coach Matt Nagy remain honest? - Sun Times - The coach was refreshingly honest in blaming himself for poor play-calling in his debut against the Packers. Why can't there be more like him?

Bears-Seahawks preview: What to Watch 4 - Sun Times - Russell Wilson is one of the most dangerous quarterbacks in the NFL, with his ability to befuddle defenses by scrambling and throwing on the run.

Jahns: What will Bears coach Matt Nagy change vs. Seahawks? - Sun Times - Adam L. Jahns' "Inside the Huddle" column about the Bears runs in game-day editions of the Sun-Times.

Potash: With Khalil Mack, Bears look to respond after debacle vs. Packers - Sun Times - After they blew an opportunity to put the hammer down against the Packers, the Bears have to prove they can churn disappointment into performance.

Hoge’s 10 Bears Things: Time To Unleash Roquan Smith - WGN Radio - Earlier this week when Matt Nagy arrived for his first Monday afternoon postmortem at Halas Hall just 13 hours after the Bears’ brutal 24-23 loss in Green Bay, you could tell the shock of the defeat had not subsided.

Stankevitz: Three keys and prediction - How and why the Bears will beat the Seahawks - NBC Sports Chicago - The Seahawks look like a favorable matchup for the Bears on Monday night, so long as the effort is there after last week's gutting loss to the Packers.

Ellis: Former Illini Vontae Davis literally retired in the middle of a game today - NBC Sports Chicago - Former Illinois football standout Vontae Davis retired in atypical fashion today.

Stankevitz: Seahawks' 'O' could present good opportunity for Bears' 'D' to make a statement - NBC Sports Chicago - The Seahawks will be without wide receiver Doug Baldwin and have a pourous offensive line, which should present a good opportunity for a motivated Bears' defense.

Cox: Bears to face Seahawks roster already hurting from injuries - NBC Sports Chicago - The Seattle Seahawks haven’t been able to avoid the injury bug, and the Bears’ Week 2 opponent will be heading into Monday night far from full strength.

Three keys to the Chicago Bears beating the Seahawks - Da Bears Brothers Podcast - Here are the three keys that will unlock a Chicago Bears' victory against the Seattle Seahawks in Week 2.

Bears-Seahawks 5 Matchups to Watch - Da Bears Brothers Podcast - Here are the five pivotal matchups to pay attention to on Monday night's game against the Seattle Seahawks including the "Game Breaker."

Kane: What drives Khalil Mack? From a racquetball match to a 5-sack game, his coaches have stories - Chicago Tribune - Coaches along Khalil Mack’s path, from high school in Florida to the University at Buffalo to the Raiders to the Bears, have accounts of his work to become an NFL star.

Kane: Bears’ Trey Burton donating $1,000 per catch, $2,500 per TD to human rights organization - Chicago Tribune - Starting Monday night at Soldier Field, Bears tight end Trey Burton will donate $1,000 per catch and $2,500 per touchdown to the International Justice Mission.

Biggs: No break in expectation game for Bears defense and Mitch Trubisky - Chicago Tribune - As disappointing as the collapse against the Packers was last week, it’s reasonable to think a strong showing against their archrival and arguably the best quarterback in the NFL only raises expectations for the Bears this season.

O'Gorman: The banged up Seahawks face Chicago Bears on MNF - Our Turf Football - OTFB's Seattle Seahawks reporter, Dayna O'Gorman, previews the week two matchup between the Seahawks and the Chicago Bears.

Medina: Matt Nagy Wants Mitch Trubisky to Use His Natural Instincts (After Being a Thrower First) - Bleacher Nation - Mitch Trubisky must unlearn what he has learned.

Medina: Hooray! Kyle Long AND Bryce Callahan Were Full Participants in Saturday's Practice - 247Sports - Good news from the injury report!

Players to watch: Seahawks at Bears - ChicagoBears.com - Larry Mayer and Simon Kaufman of ChicagoBears.com discuss the Bears players they'll be watching on both sides of the ball in Monday night’s home opener against the Seahawks, including receiver Allen Robinson II.

Trubisky building rapport with starting receivers - ChicagoBears.com - Monday night’s home opener against the Seahawks will present another chance for Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky to develop chemistry with new starting receivers Allen Robinson II and Taylor Gabriel.

3 key matchups in Bears-Seahawks game - ChicagoBears.com - When the Bears host the Seahawks Monday night, keep on eye on these battles, including cornerback Kyle Fuller against former teammate Brandon Marshall.

Chalk Talk: Have Bears ever opened with two night games? - ChicagoBears.com - Senior writer Larry Mayer discusses if the Bears have ever played their first two games of a season in prime time, what the Bears defense needs to improve on and if the Packers did anything special to defend tight end Trey Burton.

Bears will honor Brian Urlacher at halftime in Week 2 vs. Seahawks - Bears Wire - The Chicago Bears will honor Hall of Fame linebacker Brian Urlacher at halftime of Week 2's Monday night matchup vs. the Seattle Seahawks

Perez: NFC North goes winless in Week 2’s Sunday games - Bears Wire - No team from the NFC North was able to secure a win in Sunday's Week 2 games

NFL Picks 2018 Week 2: Who the experts are taking in Bears vs Seahawks - Bears Wire - The Chicago Bears are big favorites among NFL experts to defeat the Seattle Seahawks in Week 2

Dave Wannstedt believes Packers should sign Jay Cutler - 247Sports - The former NFL head coach thinks Jay Cutler should be signed by the Green Bay Packers.

Eurich: Bears who must improve vs. Seahawks - 247Sports - The Chicago Bears have a couple big names who must step up in Week 2.

Seahawks vs Bears Final Injury Report - 247Sports - Seattle Seahawks vs Chicago Bears Final Injury Report

Bears preparing for Russell Wilson's arm and elusiveness - 247Sports - Vic Fangio respects what Russell Wilson brings to the table for the Seattle Seahawks.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Sitting last year helped Patrick Mahomes this year – ProFootballTalk - Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes has taken the league by storm, despite sitting for almost all of his rookie season. So what would have happened if he’d played right away in 2017? “I would have just been trying to make plays,” Mahomes told PFT by phone after Sunday’s 42-37 win over the Steelers...

Myles Garrett: No one expected Josh Gordon news - NFL.com - The Browns plan to release wide receiver Josh Gordon on Monday. Gordon’s soon to be former teammates were surprised about the team moving on from the veteran player.

KNOW THY ENEMY

Detroit Lions vs. San Francisco 49ers final score: Tacky holding call ends Lions’ comeback attempt, 30-27 - Pride Of Detroit - Here’s all the gameday information you need to catch the Lions’ Week 2 game.

Breaking down the call: Did the Detroit Lions get hosed on a defensive holding call? - Pride Of Detroit - Did the Lions get screwed again or was it the right call?

4 things we learned in the Detroit Lions loss to the San Francisco 49ers - Pride Of Detroit - It came to the very end but the Lions just did not have enough to pull out a victory.

Let’s talk about Daniel Carlson - Daily Norseman - That was rough.

Minnesota Vikings, Green Bay Packers play to 29-29 Tie - Daily Norseman - In a game that featured several spectacular plays, the game was decided by missed kicks.

Packers-Vikings Recap: Special teams mistakes define 29-29 tie - Acme Packing Company - The Packers and Vikings tied after a game that saw four missed field goals and a blocked punt touchdown.

Key Clay Matthews foul arose from “burping,” not body weight – ProFootballTalk - The NFL now prohibits landing on a quarterback with all or most of a defensive player’s body weight. That controversial new rule did not help decide the Vikings-Packers game. The Vikings had the ball late, down 29-21.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Link's 2018 Chicago Bears vs Seattle Seahawks Preview: Which Players to Watch For - Windy City Gridiron - After a brutal last-second loss to Aaron Rodgers and the Packers, can the Bears rebound and get on-track at home against Russell Wilson and the Seahawks?

OSS: Sacked in Seattle - Windy City Gridiron - A romantic tragicomedy for the ages!

Link's 2018 Chicago Bears vs Seattle Seahawks Preview: Keys to the Game - Windy City Gridiron - After a tough second half meltdown in Green Bay against the Packers, can the Bears get back on-track at home against Russell Wilson and the Seahawks?

Bears vs Seahawks: Game time, TV schedule, odds, and more - Windy City Gridiron - This is everything you need to know about the Monday Night Football contest pitting the Bears of Chicago against the Seahawks from Seattle.

Zeglinski: Chicago Bears’ Kyle Long and Bryce Callahan probable for the Seahawks - Windy City Gridiron - After a precautionary rest day earlier in the week, Long should be good to go against the Seahawks on Monday night. A welcome development for the Bears.

Berkes: Book Review of “Football for a Buck: The Crazy Rise and Crazier Demise of the USFL” - Windy City Gridiron - The tumultuous life and times of the USFL are laid bare in the new book by Jeff Pearlman

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