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Jim McMahon tears up Green Bay (as is only right!)
Jim McMahon tears up Green Bay (as is only right!)



Zeglinski: Mack propels Bears out of shadows – The Rock River Times - Trading for all-world superstar Khalil Mack over this past weekend changes their 2018 season outlook dramatically. That’s how good Mack and that’s how much expectations have been elevated. Instead of a young upstart, they will now be expected to duke it out with heavyweights week in and week out.

Householder: NFL - Chicago vs Green Bay Betting Picks & Analysis - Sports Bet Collective - Sports Bet Collective is a sports betting picks and analysis platform designed to connect sports bettors with credible experts, personalized to a bettor's favorite teams, sports and types of wagers.

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Finley: Akiem Hicks - Packers offensive linemen ‘can’t block Khalil Mack’ - Sun Times - Akiem Hicks is excited about new teammate Khalil Mack — and he doesn’t think the Packers’ offensive line will be able to stop him.

Morrissey: More pressure on Bears’ Mitch Trubisky with arrival of Khalil Mack - Sun Times - The Bears’ massive trade for Mack changed a lot of things, but none more than the importance of a certain young quarterback’s development.

Kenney: Bears icon Mike Singletary - Khalil Mack good, but Aaron Donald is better - Chicago Sun-Times - Hall of Famer Mike Singletary believes the Bears could’ve done better than acquiring outside linebacker Khalil Mack.

Bears vs. Packers: Mitch Trubisky, Aaron Rodgers face each other for first time in rivalry - Sun Times - Trubisky will face Rodgers for the first time in his career Sunday night.

Kenney: NFL 2018 Super Bowl odds, picks entering Week 1 of season - Sun Times - The Bears have the eighth worst odds of winning the Super Bowl this season. Ken’s Note: Actually, if you are willing to put your money where your mouth is, they are great odds...

Kane: Leonard Floyd and Roquan Smith back in full practice mode as the Bears ramp up for the Packers - Chicago Tribune - Bears outside linebacker Leonard Floyd and rookie inside linebacker Roquan Smith, who have both dealt with injuries, practiced in full Wednesday at Halas Hall.

Wiederer: As new star Khalil Mack gets settled, Bears hoping for immediate production - Chicago Tribune - Khalil Mack is ready to make his impact felt for the Chicago Bears defense. But first, the All-Pro pass rusher needs to get his feet on the ground after a whirlwind week that brought him to a new team in a new city. What's ahead for Mack as the Bears prepare to play Aaron Rodgers and the Packers.

Kane: 5 things we heard about Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky on Wednesday - Chicago Tribune - Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky will play his first game at Lambeau Field on Sunday night against the Packers.

Wiederer: A path to 10 wins? A detour to 10 losses? Which do you see for the 2018 Bears? - Chicago Tribune - With a new coach, an exciting young quarterback and an already established defense, the Bears could be positioned for a breakthrough in 2018. Unless they're not. As the regular season begins, the range of possibilities for Matt Nagy, Mitch Trubisky, Roquan Smith and Co. seems wide.

Biggs Bears Q&A: How does acquiring Khalil Mack shift expectations? What evidence is there of Mitch Trubisky's progress? - Chicago Tribune - Brad Biggs answers your Bears questions weekly. Lots of Khalil Mack questions after the blockbuster trade. How have expectations for the Bears shifted? What's up at cornerback following roster cuts? How will Mitch Trubisky perform? Much more.

Rosenbloom: Stop the Jay Cutler comparisons to the Khalil Mack deal - Chicago Tribune - Since the Bears acquired Khalil Mack from the Raiders on Saturday, the Jay Cutler comparison — forking over multiple first-round draft choices to fill a game-changing position — has popped up in print, online and at dinner like it’s a Whack-A-Mole game. Please stop. Here are some reasons why.

Finley: Bears' Leonard Floyd ready to rock with club - Sun Times - There’s no doubt outside linebacker Leonard Floyd will play Sunday. The question is, how will he feel? Literally.

Potash: Packers Aaron Rodgers acknowledges 'matchup problem' Bears' Khalil Mack presents - Sun Times - By and large Rodgers has made a living taking the heat from ... the best pass rushers in the NFL, shaking it off and leading the Packers to victory.

Finley: Will the Bears' Khalil Mack play vs. the Packers? - Sun Times - Khalil Mack still needs to buy socks and underpants. And, once he can find the time, a place to live.

Finley: Back practicing, Bears' Roquan Smith 'optimistic' he can play against Packers - Sun-Times - The Bears figure to use the rookie inside linebacker in a customized role in their season opener at Lambeau Field.

Packers vs. Bears: Smith, Mack Full Participants in Practice - NBC Chicago - The Chicago Bears issued their first injury report of the 2018 season, and while two players were listed, it was perhaps more notable which players weren’t on the list.

Mullin: More important than whether Khalil Mack, Roquan Smith, Mitch Trubisky 'ready' - What about Matt Nagy? - NBC Sports Chicago - All the questions swirling as the Bears get ready to face Green Bay in the NFL's season opener is whether Khalil Mack, Roquan Smith and Mitch Trubisky will be ready. Perhaps more importantly: Is Matt Nagy?

Stankevitz: Trubisky’s first shot at Aaron Rodgers an important moment - NBC Sports Chicago - Mitch Trubisky will have his first shot at Aaron Rodgers on Sunday Night Football, and it will be an important moment for the Bears' second-year quarterback.

Stankevitz; A conversation with Bears right tackle Bobby Massie about Khalil Mack - NBC Sports Chicago - NBC Sports Chicago Bears Insider JJ Stankevitz sat down with Bears right tackle Bobby Massie to talk about what kind of player this team has in Khalil Mack.

Bears vs. Packers Week 1: How to watch, listen and stream - NBC Sports Chicago - The Bears play in one of the marquee matchups of the NFL’s opening weekend against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday Night Football. Here’s how you can tune into the game, whether it’s online, on television or the radio.

Moreano: Bears have primetime opportunity to change old narrative - Da Bears Brothers Blog - With a win over the Packers on September 9, the Bears have a chance to eradicate their losing identity and start their validation as contenders this season.

Looking Toward Lambeau: A Bears-Packers Discussion with Patrick Finley - Da Bears Brothers Podcast - Da Bears Brothers continue their Week 1 preview with an in-depth discussion with the Chicago Sun-Times' Patrick Finley.

Meet the Packers (with Titletown Sound Off) - Da Bears Brothers Podcast - Da Bears Brothers kick off their weeklong preview by gaining a firsthand scouting report with everything you need to know about the Green Bay Packers.

LeGere: Will Bears coach Nagy's playing-time gamble pay off against the Packers? - Daily Herald - It will be obvious after Sunday night's Bears-Packers game at Lambeau Field how effective Matt Nagy's plan was to practice a lot and play his starters very little in the preseason.

Haugh: Khalil Mack trade should make Mitch Trubisky sleep easier than any other Bear - Chicago Tribune - With one bold blockbuster trade, the 2018 Bears changed from a team overly reliant on the development of a quarterback with 12 NFL starts into a possible playoff contender riding a defense dominant enough to let Mitch Trubisky progress at a more appropriate rate.

Medina: Despite an Extremely Uneventful Preseason, Matt Nagy Has "100 Percent Trust" in Allen Robinson - Bleacher Nation - Matt Nagy isn't concerned about Allen Robinson's uneventful preseason.

Cerami: Roquan Smith and Leonard Floyd Were FULL Participants at Practice Today! - Bleacher Nation - Let's freakin' go!

Medina: The Bears Continue to Be Really Cautious with Roquan Smith - Bleacher Nation - Still waiting on Roquan Smith to get it into gear.

Medina: An Eddie Goldman Extension Is Possible, But It Would Bring the Bears Right Up Against the Cap - Bleacher Nation - The Bears could get creative with an Eddie Goldman extension and not go over the cap, but they might be pushing up against it.

Mayer: Trubisky pleasantly surprised by Mack trade - - Quarterback Mitchell Trubisky had a hard time believing that the Bears were able to trade for a player like Khalil Mack, a three-time Pro Bowler who was named NFL defensive player of the year in 2016.

Mayer: Nagy has '100 percent trust' in Allen Robinson - - Receiver Allen Robinson II was not targeted while playing very little during the preseason. But coach Matt Nagy isn't worried about the prized free-agent acquisition making an impact once the regular season begins Sunday night in Green Bay.

9 questions to test how much you know about the Bears-Packers rivalry - - How much do you know about the Bears-Packers rivalry? Take this quiz in advance of Sunday night’s season opener in Green Bay and find out.

Mayer: Trubisky excited, eager to play in season opener - - After a longer-than-usual training camp and preseason, Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky has been counting down the days until Sunday night’s regular-season opener against the Packers in Green Bay.

Perez: Packers receivers thought Green Bay was trading for Khalil Mack - Bears Wire - Green Bay Packers receivers thought their team, not the Chicago Bears, was trading for star pass rusher Khalil Mack

Neveau: Bears Look to Make Statement vs. Packers - NBC Chicago - After several disappointing seasons, there is a palpable buzz for the Chicago Bears as they prepare to take on the Green Bay Packers in their season opener on Sunday night.

From Khalil Mack to the opener against the Pack, Andrew Link talks Bears on Sports Feed - WGN-TV - As if the game couldn't get any bigger, then came Saturday. In a flash, the Bears acquired one of the best defenders in football, and then signed him to a six-year mega deal to keep him in Chicago the next six years.

Gabriel: Assessing Bears' Strengths, Weaknesses - 670 The Score - The Bears have fortified several key positions but still lack depth in some spots.

Huber: Akiem Hicks says Packers can’t block Khalil Mack - 247Sports - In a conference call with Packers beat reporters, Akiem Hicks sounds off on the impact of Khalil Mack.

Bears vs. Packers injury report - 247Sports - The Chicago Bears just issued their first injury report of the year.

Jones: Packers remain touchdown favorite over Bears - 247Sports - The Packers are still expected to win big on Sunday night.

Eurich: Former Bear Alex Brown on Lambeau Field: 'It's awful' - 247Sports - Former Chicago Bears defender Alex Brown never liked playing at Lambeau Field.

Eurich: Brian Urlacher is 'so excited' about Khalil Mack trade - 247Sports - Brian Urlacher is excited about Khalil Mack.

Eurich: Mitch Trubisky learned of Khalil Mack trade from his mom - 247Sports - Mitch Trubisky's mom broke the news to him that the Chicago Bears acquired Khalil Mack.

NFL - Biggest injury questions for all 32 teams in Week 1 2018 - ESPN - Will Eric Berry be ready to play against the Chargers in the season opener? What about Joey Bosa? NFL Nation offers insight on all the key injuries.

Dannehy: Bears Need To Beat The Packers - Da Bears Blog - It isn’t a stretch to say that losing to Green Bay has cost every coach the Bears have had since Mike Ditka their jobs. The likes of Dave Wannstedt, Dick Jauron, Lovie Smith, Marc Trestman and John Fox have compiled a 13-38 record against the Packers since 1993.


Campbell: Though focus is on QB Kirk Cousins, Vikings have issues at center - Chicago Tribune - Brett Jones has been in Minnesota for less than two weeks, but he’s on track to start at center Sunday when the Vikings host the 49ers. He’ll have as much on his plate as anyone wearing purple.

Brown: Can suburban Chicago native Jimmy Garoppolo become the face of the NFL? - Chicago Tribune - If he performs within an area code of the hype, quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo — an Arlington Heights native — soon could be the (extremely handsome) face of the NFL.

Maybe Danny Isidora ISN’T the starting center - Daily Norseman - I mean, if you believe the starting quarterback over Brian Baldinger, that is.

Sports Illustrated writer predicts Detroit Lions to make deep playoff run in 2018 - Pride Of Detroit - This is about as bold as predictions come.

2018 NFL strength of schedule: Lions have toughest schedule in NFC North - Pride Of Detroit - It’s going to be a tough road for the Lions in 2018, especially early on.

Packers Wednesday Injury Report: Oren Burks limited, Josh Jones sits - Acme Packing Company - Green Bay could be missing a pair of key players in the middle of their defense on Sunday night.


Bears defense present tough matchup for Packers’ tight ends - Acme Packing Company - Green Bay has four tight ends on the roster and has been utilizing them in preseason, but Chicago’s defense is stout in those matchups.

Packers’ schedule is among NFL’s ten easiest, says Football Outsiders - Acme Packing Company - Instead of looking at 2017 records, FO projects teams’ overall success in 2018 to come up with their rankings.

Packers would have loved Khalil Mack on their side, now see him twice a year – ProFootballTalk - When the sports book Bovada began taking bets on where Khalil Mack would play this season, Chicago didn’t make the list of favorites. Green Bay topped the list at 11-4 if the Raiders decided to trade Mack. Not only did the Packers fail to get Mack, but Oakland traded him to Green Bay’s rival.


Zeglinski: Chicago Bears injury report - Khalil Mack and Roquan Smith are full-go - Windy City Gridiron - Uh-oh, looks like two Bears who didn’t play at all in the preseason are at full capacity anyway. The horror!

Wiltfong: What are the sneaky strengths of the Chicago Bears? - Windy City Gridiron - Every team does something good, so the folks over at Football Outsiders crunched their numbers to find out what the Chicago Bears do good on offense and defense.

Link: 2018 Bears Preseason - The Chicago Bears Rush Report - Windy City Gridiron - New for the 2018 season, Andrew will be break down the Bears pass rush after each game. Think "SackWatch" but for the defense!

Leming: 18 Bold Chicago Bears Predictions For the 2018 Season - Windy City Gridiron - Optimism is at a high level for Bears fans, so let us spike the punch bowl even more.

Infante & Sunderbruch: Bears 2018 college prospect preview - ACC - Windy City Gridiron - As the college football season kicks off, we will be taking a look at a couple of players in each conference that the Bears should keep an eye on. In this article, we look at a few players from the ACC.


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