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Even the national media has noticed that the Bears defense is a top unit so far this season

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NFL: Chicago Bears at Arizona Cardinals
Chicago Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky (10) looks to pass during the second half A| at University of Phoenix Stadium.
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BEAR DOWN, CHICAGO BEARS, BEAR DOWN!!!!

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Householder: Chicago vs Arizona Betting Picks & Analysis - Sports Bet Collective - This game seems pretty straightforward with the Bears defense appearing relentless and dominant through two games of the season and now squaring off against an Arizona offense that has managed just six total points through two games.

Ellis: Khalil Mack was mic'd up on Monday night and you'll probably enjoy the footage - NBC Sports Chicago - Mack loves calling people baby.

Stankevitz: Why 'here we go again' may not be a bad thought for the Bears' defense - NBC Sports Chicago - The Bears turned thinking "here we go again" into a motivational, not negative, thought in Monday's win over the Seattle Seahawks.

Bears have 6 players ranked in Top 5 by Pro Football Focus through 2 games - NBC Sports Chicago - More than a couple Bears players have stood out so far.

Tidwell's The Whole 9 Yards: Week 2 - Da Bears Brothers - Join DeVante Tidwell as he walks you through this week's "Whole 9 Yards."

Ortman’s Observations: Week 2 - Da Bears Brothers - Andrew Ortman shares his top observations from the Bears' victory over the Seattle Seahawks.

Game Preview: Chicago Bears – Arizona Cardinals - Da Bears Brothers Podcast - In this in-depth episode, the guys cover everything you need to know heading into the Chicago Bears' Week 3 game against the Arizona Cardinals.

Audio Mailbag: Is it Fair to Judge Mitch Trubisky Off of Watson and Mahomes’ Success? (And More) - Da Bears Brothers Podcast - In this week's Audio Mailbag, Da Bears Brothers provide another round of in-depth analysis on questions submitted by the fans.

Campbell: How the Bears intend to jump-start Jordan Howard and the running game - Chicago Tribune - Jordan Howard's production dipped against the Seahawks, and his workload is down through two games. For Matt Nagy to give the ball to Howard more, he must trust his offensive line.

Biggs: Bears pass rush is just getting revved up with comparisons to the ferocious Buddy Ryan defenses only natural - Chicago Tribune - The Bears lead the NFL with 10 sacks after two games, the second-most after that many games in franchise history. They're swarming quarterbacks with a wave of defenders led by Khalil Mack and opposing quarterbacks should be on notice.

Kane: 7 things we heard from Bears coordinators on Thursday - Chicago Tribune - Bears defensive coordinator Vic Fangio speaks on Roquan Smith, Aaron Lynch, Prince Amukamara and more.

Bears and Cardinals Week 3 Thursday injury report - 247Sports - DeAndre Houston-Carson is the only Chicago Bears players on the injury report for Week 3.

Colin Cowherd says Bears would be good fit for Tom Brady - 247Sports - Colin Cowherd never shies away from making an interesting storyline. On his show this week he talked about what appears to be some drama unfolding with the New England Patriots between head coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady.

Bears projected depth chart vs. Cardinals - 247Sports - The Chicago Bears depth chart looks to stay the same in Week 3.

Eurich: Aaron Lynch gives Bears another defensive weapon - 247Sports - Aaron Lynch is finding new life in the Chicago Bears defense.

Bruschi impressed with Bears - ESPN Video - Darren Woodson and Tedy Bruschi like the Bears chances against the Cardinals.

Da Bears Blog | Week Three: Bears at Cardinals Game Preview - Da Bears Blog - To paraphrase the great Lou Brown from Major League, the Bears won Monday night. If they win this Sunday that’s called a winning streak. And they’re the heaviest favorite they have been on the road since probably the mid-2000s. I just don’t see any way this group loses this game.

Chalk Talk: When will Floyd play without club? - ChicagoBears.com - Senior writer Larry Mayer discusses a new development with Leonard Floyd’s injury, whether the Bears do any self-scouting during the course of the season and the last time the Bears won back-to-back games.

Mayer: Amukamara’s hard work led to key play in win - ChicagoBears.com - Catching literally thousands of footballs since the start of the offseason program in April paid major dividends Monday night for Prince Amukamara, whose first career pick-six lifted the Bears to a 24-17 victory over the Seahawks.

3 key matchups in Bears-Cardinals game - ChicagoBears.com - When the Bears take on the Cardinals Sunday in Arizona, keep an eye on these three key matchups, including Bears receiver Allen Robinson against Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson.

Fans weigh in on Sunday's key to the game - ChicagoBears.com - As part of our Wednesday weigh-in feature, we asked Bears fans to let us know what they think will be the most important key to the Bears defeating the Cardinals. Here are some of the responses we received.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Derek Carr: It’s hard to watch Khalil Mack go out and strip-sack everybody – ProFootballTalk - For Raiders quarterback Derek Carr, seeing his old friend and teammate Khalil Mack succeed somewhere else is bittersweet. Carr told Scott Bair of NBCSports.

KNOW THY ENEMY

Packers at Washington, Week 3 2018: Game Time, TV Broadcast, Odds, & More - Acme Packing Company - A week after tying Kirk Cousins and his new team, the Packers travel to face his old team in week three.

Aaron Rodgers thinks refs are too quick to throw flags for roughing the passer – ProFootballTalk - Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers doesn’t want the officials to go too far to protect him. Rodgers didn’t like two questionable roughing the passer calls in Sunday’s tie with the Vikings, one of which was called when Minnesota linebacker Eric Kendricks hit Rodgers, and another called on Packers l...

Bears questions and answers - Chicago Tribune - Bears burning questions: Chicago Tribune writers address key issues

Wiederer: 'That thing's gone' Leonard Floyd ditching bulky cast for more flexible hand brace - Chicago Tribune - Chicago Bears outside linebacker Leonard Floyd will be wearing a new protective brace against the Arizona Cardinals in Week 3, ditching the club he has worn for the first two games and getting use of his fingers back.

Kane: A by-the-numbers look at the Bears in Week 3 - Chicago Tribune - Here’s a look at the Bears by the numbers as they prepare to face the Cardinals at State Farm Stadium on Sunday.

Wiederer & Campbell: Singing the defense's praises and previewing Bears-Cardinals in Week 3 - Chicago Tribune - Welcome to the weekly Bear Download podcast with Rich Campbell and Dan Wiederer. Listen below or subscribe and listen on iTunes | Stitcher | Google Play Rich and Dan migrate to the Halas Hall media room to sing the praises of the Bears defense in the Week 2 win against the Seahawks (2:10 mark),...

Finley: Bears' Leonard Floyd trades in 'Q-tip' club for smaller hand brace - Sun Times - The outside linebacker received permission from the Bears’ training staff to wear a modified brace Sunday against the Cardinals.

Jahns: Roquan Smith - Bears rookie LB's progress is another reason to believe in Bears - Sun Times - Bears rookie linebacker Roquan Smith made seven tackles against the Seahawks.

Bears vs. Cardinals 2018: Predictions for Week 3 matchup - Sun Times - The Chicago Sun-Times’ experts offer their predictions for the Bears’ Week 3 game Sunday at the Cardinals:

Potash: Bears coach Matt Nagy confident running back Tarik Cohen will make big plays - Sun Times - “I feel great about the direction of our offense right now,” Cohen said. “We have a lot of playmakers."

Lions RB LeGarrette Blount is “100%” ready for the New England Patriots - Pride Of Detroit - The running back is excited to take on his former team.

2018 NFL Week 3: Buffalo Bills at Minnesota Vikings - Daily Norseman - Bills Mafia is invading the Twin Cities

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Wiltfong: Fans of both the Bears and Cardinals expect a big Chicago win - Windy City Gridiron - Welcome to SB Nation FanPulse — a survey of fans across the NFL, powered by SurveyMonkey. Each week, we send 32 polls to 100+ plugged in fans from each team. Bears fans, sign up HERE to join...

Zeglinski: The Bears’ Leonard Floyd to ditch club on broken hand against Cardinals - Windy City Gridiron - The third-year outside linebacker is progressing well and will finally have use of some of his fingers in Arizona.

Berckes' Five Questions with Revenge of the Birds: “It hasn’t been pretty” - Windy City Gridiron - The Bears travel to the desert to find a team with a lot of question marks under first-year Head Coach Steve Wilks

Householder's NFL Week 3 Game Preview: Chicago Bears at Arizona Cardinals - Windy City Gridiron - The Bears are back on the road this week against what appears to be an inferior opponent.

Silverstein: Welcome to your Super Bowl defense - Windy City Gridiron - It’s official: The Bears D is ready for the big stage.

Wiltfong: FanPulse - Bears’ fans confidence holding steady! - Windy City Gridiron - Welcome to SB Nation FanPulse — a survey of fans across the NFL, powered by SurveyMonkey. Each week, we send 32 polls to 100+ plugged in fans from each team. Bears fans, sign up HERE to join...

Wiltfong's Chicago Bears Sackwatch 2018: Week 2 vs the Seattle Seahawks - Windy City Gridiron - The pass protection of the Chicago Bears has been solid this season. The numbers don’t necessarily reflect that, but if you step back and dissect the sacks allowed you’d see where the problems are...

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