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One last day of practice, then the Bears are off to CheezitVille to play “those people” in the ugly yellow & white uniforms

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Brett Hundley #7 of the Green Bay Packers is sacked by Leonard Floyd #94 and Nick Kwiatkoski #44 of the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field on November 12, 2017 in Chicago
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The Blitz Network is creating Football analysis and commentary - The Blitz Network - WCG’s own Robert Zeglinski, Aaron Leming & Jacob Infante team up with Zack Pearson, Khari Thompson and Adam Hess to offer this new resource for Bears fan. It is subscription based, but it’s dirt cheap and well worth it. Definitely check it out!

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

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Finley: Tarik Cohen and Taylor Gabriel together? ‘The speed kills mantra, that’s a fact’ - Sun Times - Cohen and Gabriel have spent all offseason yapping at each other about who is faster. They never settled their dispute.

Kane: Vic Fangio says Khalil Mack could have ‘domino effect’ on Bears teammates - Chicago Tribune - Vic Fangio said a player like Khalil Mack can create “a domino effect” on the performances of other players, while also noting the Bears’ defensive success is going to rely on much more than one new arrival.

Bears-Packers injury tracker: Tight end Daniel Brown is limited - Chicago Tribune - The Bears rested most of their starters the final two preseason games so they could enter Sunday’s season opener against the Packers as healthy as possible.

Kane: The 2018 Bears' offense and defense - The good, the bad and the unknown - Chicago Tribune - Over eight months from Jan. 1 to Sept. 1 — the days the Bears fired coach John Fox and acquired outside linebacker Khalil Mack from the Raiders — the Bears have undergone big changes.

Rosenbloom: Bears will make the playoffs this season - Chicago Tribune - I'm not much for predictions — BearSSSSS 16-0, my frentSSSSS — but nonetheless, I have the Bears reaching the playoffs this season. Khalil Mack could make a good defense one that ranks in the top five and Matt Nagy's creative offense sounds every bit the opposite of the stink we saw under John Fox.

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

Potash: Bears defensive coordinator Vic Fangio excited about Khalil Mack - Sun Times - “I see a guy I think innately likes to play. Obviously talented,” Fangio said. “I don’t see him doing anything but being a great addition for us."

Finley: Bears name three captains, plan to rotate them - Sun Times - The captains for Sunday: quarterback Mitch Trubisky, defensive end Akiem Hicks and special teamer Benny Cunningham.

Finley: Bears' Vic Fangio on Roquan Smith - 'At some point you have to put him in there' - Sun Times - Roquan Smith hasn't hasn’t tackled anyone to the ground since he played for Georgia in the national title game.

Jahns: Bears safeties Adrian Amos, Eddie Jackson excited for second season together - Sun Times - Safeties Amos and Jackson are starting their second season together.

Finley: Bears predictions 2018: Week 1 vs. Packers, season totals - Sun Times - The Chicago Sun-Times’ experts offer their predictions for the Bears’ season-opener at the rival Packers — and their record for the 2018 season.

Hughes: Week One - Bears at Packers Game Preview - Da Bears Blog - I always like the Chicago Bears. And, I mean, how can any Bears fan not like the Chicago Bears heading into this 2018 season? The organization has done every single thing they could to build a winning roster. Now they take that roster to the field.

Medina: Trey Burton Was the NFL's Best Tight End During the Preseason - Bleacher Nation - PFF loves what Trey Burton did during the preseason. And frankly, so did I.

Da Best Fans: Khalil Mack Already in Top 5 of Preseason Jersey Sales - Bleacher Nation - Wow! Bears fans are nuts.

Medina: Adrian Amos Has Out-Played His Rookie Deal, But Finding an Extension Comp is Tricky - Bleacher Nation - Adrian Amos has earned a second contract. But what will it look like?

Mayer: Chalk Talk: Have Bears selected team captains? - ChicagoBears.com - Senior writer Larry Mayer discusses whether the Bears have chosen their team captains, how playing with a club on his broken hand will affect Leonard Floyd and if the Bears have ever gone from

Mayer: Mack's presence adding intrigue to season opener - ChicagoBears.com - The high level of anticipation for Sunday night’s season opener in Green Bay continues to be fueled by the expected Bears debut of All-Pro pass rusher Khalil Mack.

Fans weigh in on addition of Khalil Mack - ChicagoBears.com - As part of our Wednesday weigh-in feature, we asked Bears fans to let us know their thoughts on the acquisition of Khalil Mack and how much of an impact he’d make in Sunday night’s season opener. Here’s what they had to say.

Week 1 Key Matchups: Bears at Packers - ChicagoBears.com - When the Bears visit the Packers Sunday night, these three key matchups could determine the game, including Bobby Massie dueling with Clay Matthews Jr.

NFL Picks 2018 Week 1: Who the experts are taking in Bears vs. Packers - Bears Wire - The experts have no confidence in the Chicago Bears heading into Week 1 against the Green Bay Packers

Stankevitz: Bears ready to unleash Anthony Miller on Packers, NFL - NBC Sports Chicago - Anthony Miller only played 47 snaps during the preseason, suggesting the Bears may be "hiding" their second-round pick to unleash on the Packers come Sunday.

Spiegel: Football Is Back, But Baseball Won't Go Gently - 670 The Score - This is a time on the sports calendar to cherish. Ken's Note: Yes, the start of football season is a time to cherish. Baseball is what we do to waste time until football season arrives.

Euirch: Bears vs. Packers Thursday injury report - 247Sports - The Chicago Bears just released their injury report.

Bears Week 1 depth chart vs. Packers - 247Sports - Khalil Mack changes the Chicago Bears depth chart for Week 1.

Eurich: Khalil Mack trade reactions still churning in for Bears, Packers - 247Sports - The Chicago Bears are still buzzing about Khalil Mack.

Eurich: Allen Robinson praised for work in the classroom - 247Sports - Allen Robinson is set to make his regular season debut with the Chicago Bears on Sunday.

Eurich: Mitch Trubisky, Akiem Hicks and Benny Cunningham named captains - 247Sports - The Chicago Bears have unveiled their captains for Week 1.

Eurich: Bears to manage reps of Khalil Mack and Roquan Smith - 247Sports - The Chicago Bears will be keeping an eye on Khalil Mack and Roquan Smith.

Jones: Aaron Rodgers reacts to Bears acquiring Khalil Mack - 247Sports - Aaron Rodgers is ready to face Khalil Mack.

Dickerson: Anthony Miller, Chicago Bears rookie wide receiver, predicts big season for team's offense - ESPN - With a new head coach and offensive scheme in Chicago, Bears rookie Anthony Miller believes the team is about to embark upon a "new era."

POLISH SAUSAGE

Former Lions DE Anthony Zettel claimed by Cleveland Browns - Pride Of Detroit - The Lions defensive end didn’t make it through waivers.

KNOW THY ENEMY

Minnesota Vikings: Four bold predictions for the season - Daily Norseman - Will this be the year Cousins throws for 5,000 yards?

Packers Week 1 injuries: No progress with Oren Burks’ shoulder - Acme Packing Company - The Packers will probably open the season without third-round linebacker Oren Burks.

Raiders’ defensive coordinator defends trading Khalil Mack – ProFootballTalk - Raiders defensive coordinator Paul Guenther didn’t necessarily want to lose one of the best players in the league off his defense, but he understands the reasoning behind his boss Jon Gruden’s decision to trade Khalil Mack.

NFL execs and scouts question Raiders compensation, timing of Khalil Mack trade - Silver And Black Pride - What were Jon Gruden and the Raiders thinking? The NFL community brings into question Raiders trade of Khalil Mack.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Silence_Dogood: Tailgating Burger Recipes for Week 1 - Windy City Gridiron - Nagy is adding new flavor to the Bears offense... Why not add new flavor to your grill?

Berkes: Five Questions with ACME Packing Company - Windy City Gridiron - It’s Packers week and we’ve got questions for our frenemies to the north.

Wiltfong & Snyder: Scouting the Bears 10-man practice squad - Windy City Gridiron - In Lester’s latest T Formation Conversation podcast (Subscribe now on iTunes for free), he’s joined by EJ Snyder to get his scouting report on all ten practice squad Chicago Bears.

Householder's NFL 2018 Week 1 Game Preview: Chicago Bears vs. Green Bay Packers - Windy City Gridiron - The regular season is HERE and it kicks off for the Bears with their biggest rival

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