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Leonard Floyd #94 of the Chicago Bears sacks Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers in the second quarter at Lambeau Field on September 28, 2017 in Green Bay, Wisconsin.
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BEAR DOWN, CHICAGO BEARS, BEAR DOWN!!!!

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Leming’s 2018 NFC North Season Preview: Will Vikings repeat? - 247Sports - We break down the NFC North and predict who wins the division after recent moves have shaken some things up.

Wiederer: 'He's a rock star:' - The Bears love new coach Matt Nagy, but can he make them winners? - Chicago Tribune - For too long, the Bears have been either a disappointment or a punchline. It's coach Matt Nagy’s task to change all that. As quickly as possible. His honeymoon will end in prime time on Sept. 9 when his first regular-season game as Bears coach comes at Lambeau Field in Green Bay.

Campbell: 'They’re unguardable' - Bears embrace the NFL's latest offensive trend — the run-pass option - Chicago Tribune - So get ready, Chicago, for option football. Option runs and run-pass options — from a variety of formations and personnel groupings. It won’t be the centerpiece of Matt Nagy’s scheme, but it will be a major part of it.

Rosenbloom: The 10 people happiest about the Bears’ trading for Khalil Mack - Chicago Tribune - In no particular order, a list of people who have to be particularly happy, if not outright delirious, about the Bears’ trading for game-changing pass rusher Khalil Mack.

Kane: Aaron Lynch made Bears' 53-man roster, but where does he stand in deeper OLBs room? - Chicago Tribune - When the Bears traded for Khalil Mack on Saturday, it extended their depth chart at outside linebacker and put into question the status of Aaron Lynch.

Kenney: Khalil Mack benefits Bears at cost of Sam Acho's playing time: 'It's not about me' - Sun Times - It's not about me — I want to be on the field, but I also want to win Super Bowls. And so Khalil is going to help us win Super Bowls," Acho said.

Finley: Bears' George McCaskey after Khalil Mack trade 'We need to match that excitement with wins' - Sun Times - George McCaskey needed to tell his mom a secret.

Potash: Bears' season preview; Can Khalil Mack, Mitch Trubisky, Matt Nagy put Bears in playoff contention? - Sun Times - Bears have a chance to be a surprise playoff contender, but need the Lions and/or the Packers and Vikings to cooperate for that scenario to ensue.

Finley: Answering the Bears’ biggest questions - Sun Times - The Bears feel like a different franchise.

Bears 2018 season: Adam L. Jahns answers the biggest questions - Sun Times - From Matt Nagy to Mitch Trubisky to Khalil Mack, the Bears feel like a different franchise right now.

Chalk Talk: How much will Roquan Smith play? - ChicagoBears.com - Senior writer Larry Mayer discusses how much, if at all, Roquan Smith will play in Sunday night’s opener in Green Bay, who will start at left guard and if any players cut by the Bears Saturday have been signed by other teams.

Lunch With Larry: 09.04.18 - ChicagoBears.com - Bears Senior Writer Larry Mayer discusses the renewed excitement around the team, stars on both sides of the ball, and the immediate impact of Khalil Mack during his weekly Q&A with fans.

Kaufman: Nagy, Pace and Phillips talk Mack, pursuit of a ring - ChicagoBears.com - Bears coach Matt Nagy, general manager Ryan Pace and president and CEO Ted Phillips previewed the season on a special edition of the Bears Coaching Show.

Mayer: Bears trying to get Mack up to speed for opener - ChicagoBears.com - "We want to be able to see some conditioning in the fact of where when he's out there, he's able to really give 100 percent of what he can do and that's going to be just communication between him, myself, [defensive coordinator] Vic [Fangio] and then our trainers just on a really day-to-day basis," Nagy said.

Cox: Chicago Bears still have over $10 milllion in salary cap space - Bears Wire - Even after signing Khalil Mack to a record contract, the Chicago Bears still have over $10 million in salary cap space.

Perez: Chicago Bears announce depth chart for Week 1 vs. Packers - Bears Wire - The Chicago Bears announced the team's depth chart for Week 1 against the Green Bay Packers

NFL Power Rankings: Chicago Bears begin season No. 16 - Bears Wire - The Chicago Bears open the 2018 NFL season as the No. 16 team in Bleacher Report's latest NFL Power Rankings

Stankevitz: A 'ferocious' impact: How Khalil Mack will make his new teammates better - NBC Sports Chicago - Khalil Mack's ability to pressure opposing quarterbacks, even while double teamed, will make things a whole lot easier for his new defensive teammates.

LeGere: Chicago Bears buzz over Mack at high level among new teammates - Daily Herald
Chicago Bears head coach Matt Nagy admits it would be difficult to not play newcomer - Khalil Mack in Sunday night's season opener against the Packers at Green Bay.

Hub Arkush: Don't let Mack hype distract from rest of Bears - Daily Herald - The Bears are vastly improved, but they are still not in the same league talent wise with the Vikings, Eagles, Falcons and Rams, and it remains unclear whether or not they have caught the Saints, Packers and Panthers.

Emma: How Will History Remember Bears' Trade For Khalil Mack? - 670 The Score - There's precedent of boom and bust in trades like the Bears pulled off.

Haugh: Every Key Member Of Bears Organization Affected By Khalil Mack's Arrival - 670 The Score - Khalil Mack will lessen the scrutiny on his teammates.

Eurich: Sean Payton explains how to prepare to play Khalil Mack - 247Sports - Sean Payton gave the lowdown on what Khalil Mack does to the opposing offense.

Eurich: Biggest early storylines in Bears vs. Packers week - 247Sports - The Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers will rekindle the oldest rivalry in the NFL in Week 1.

Eurich: Cubs manager Joe Maddon is excited for Khalil Mack - 247Sports - Even the Chicago Cubs manager is commenting on the Chicago Bears big trade.

Eurich: Dan Patrick thinks Khalil Mack puts pressure on Mitch Trubisky - 247Sports - Khalil Mack's addition has put new pressure on Mitch Trubisky to succeed now.

2018 Mega NFL preview - Bears projection - ESPN - Bold predictions. Breakout candidates. Over/under picks. Execs unfiltered. QB depth chart rankings. This is what you need to know for 2018.

Wood: Establishing New Expectations for Khalil Mack & the 2018 Chicago Bears - Da Bears Blog - I thought I was done writing about the Bears until the bye week, but then they went and traded for Khalil Mack. That warrants an article. I had written pretty clearly about my expectations for the 2018 Bears, expecting them to be better but end up around .500 and short of the playoffs. Adding a player of Mack’s caliber warrants a re-examination of that prediction.

Medina: The Bears Have Just Enough Cap Space to Extend Amos or Goldman, But Probably Not Both - Bleacher Nation - Even after signing Khalil Mack to a big-money deal, Eddie Goldman and Adrian Amos are candidates for extensions of their own.

Medina: Eric Kush Wins Starting Left Guard Job, Which Means Second-Rounder James Daniels Did Not - Bleacher Nation - Talented rookie James Daniels will have to wait his turn behind veteran Eric Kush.

Medina: The Bears, Raiders, and Khalil Mack Each Had Major Motivating Factors to Get a Deal Done - 247Sports - Everyone had their reasons.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Aaron Donald: I’d be lying if I said new contract didn’t bring new pressure – ProFootballTalk - Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald isn’t the highest-paid defensive player in the league anymore, but he is the owner of a handsome new contract that comes with high expectations for how he will perform in the years to come.

KNOW THY ENEMY

2018 NFL Week 1 power rankings: Detroit Lions enter season with doubters galore - Pride Of Detroit - Everyone agrees: The Lions are not a top-half team right now.

Vikings 2018-19 Season Predictions - Daily Norseman - Well, it’s that time of year again. Pre-season is over, roster cut-down decisions made, and the promise of the new season is upon us. But how that season will play out remains to be seen - we...

Packers didn’t have to take risk, trade for Mack because of Aaron Rodgers - Acme Packing Company - Critics will insist the window is closing and Green Bay must take big swings to maximize it. The presence of Rodgers means exactly the opposite.

Biggs: After a rare losing year, the revamped Packers look to return to elite status - Chicago Tribune - It would have been easy for the Packers to pin their downfall in 2017 on missing Aaron Rodgers for 11 games but instead Green Bay went through major organizational change, the most since Mike McCarthy arrived in 2006. With a healthy Rodgers are the Pack back?

Damien: Following Khalil Mack trade Raiders win total takes big hit, odds Jon Gruden first coach fired rises - Silver And Black Pride - What a difference a day makes. The moment the word came down that Khalil Mack had been traded to the Bears, Vegas odds did quite a turn. Everything changed. From the Raiders having a projected...

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Sunderbruch: The Chicago Bears Will Be Fine in 2020 - Windy City Gridiron - Some people believe that giving away a pair of first-round picks will haunt the Bears for years to come as they struggle to build a roster. What flexibility does Ryan Pace have left to him if he needs to make a big move in 2020?

Bears 2018 predictions ... the 53-man roster: the results - Windy City Gridiron - The results are in. Which member of the staff came the closest? You will have to read and find out!

Wiltfong: Breaking down the Bears’ 53-man roster - Windy City Gridiron - In his latest T Formation Conversation podcast (Subscribe now on iTunes for free), Lester breaks down the 53-man roster that the Bears will head into Green Bay with for Sunday Night Football.

Wiltfong: NFL Week 1 Power Rankings - How big an impact does Khalil Mack have on the Chicago Bears? - Windy City Gridiron - Week 1 games kick off in just two days, so let’s take a peek around the interwebs to see where they place the Bears in power rankings.

Infante: Bears release 2018 jersey schedule - Windy City Gridiron - The Bears will be wearing four different sets of uniforms this year.

Duerrwaechter: From dwellers to contenders; a transformation of the Chicago Bears - Windy City Gridiron - It is loud and clear. The Monsters of the Midway are back.

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