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It’s turnaround day, as it’s out with the Vikings and in with the Raiders here at Windy City Gridiron

Minnesota Vikings v Chicago Bears
Chase Daniel #4 of the Chicago Bears looks to pass during a game against the Minnesota Vikings at Soldier Field on September 29, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bears defeated the Vikings 16-6.
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BEAR DOWN, CHICAGO BEARS, BEAR DOWN!!!!

BEARRRSSSS

Bears’ Khalil Mack expected to be with the Oakland Raiders ‘for the long haul’ - ESPN - Bears linebacker Khalil Mack, who had 40.5 sacks and nine forced fumbles in his four seasons with the Raiders, “can’t wait” to face his former team in London on Sunday.

Bernstein: Bears’ Success Clouded By Mystery - 670 The Score - In a 3-1 start, the Bears are playing well without several key players.

5@5: Trubisky Injury Update Good Or Bad News? - 670 The Score - The Mully & Haugh crew debates a five-pack of questions every weekday.

Bears’ Khalil Mack Downplays Revenge Against Raiders - 670 The Score - Bears star Khalil Mack doesn’t consider himself much of talker. He prefers to let his play speak for itself.

Roquan Smith’s Situation Remains Unclear - 670 The Score - The status of Bears linebacker Roquan Smith remains unclear after he was present at Halas Hall on Tuesday, two days after being inactive for personal reasons.

Payton Presser: Bears defense shines once again - WGN Radio - The Bears defense is championship-ready. With just a little constancy on offense, there is no telling how far this team can go this season.

Chalk Talk: Where does Nagy’s record rank? - ChicagoBears.com - Senior writer Larry Mayer discusses where Matt Nagy’s winning percentage ranks among the NFL’s 32 current head coaches, games the Bears have played outside the United States and if last Sunday was Chase Daniel’s best performance as a pro.

Mack excited to play against former team - ChicagoBears.com - All-Pro outside linebacker Khalil Mack is eager to face his former team Sunday when the Bears battle the Oakland Raiders at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London.

Quick Hits: Pineiro, Robertson-Harris on facing Raiders - ChicagoBears.com - This edition of Quick Hits features items on kicker Eddy Pineiro facing the team that traded him, defensive lineman Roy-Robertson Harris playing against his hometown team and more.

Where Bears rank statistically after Week 4 - ChicagoBears.com - After another dominant performance in a win over the Vikings, the Bears defense ranks at or near the top of the NFL in several key statistical categories.

Lunch With Larry: 10.01.19 - ChicagoBears.com - In which our very own Urlurker asks: "Is Nick Kwiatkoski a demolitions expert? Because he blew up Dalvin Cook."

Helfrich talks Daniel, Bears offense - ChicagoBears.com - Appearing on the Bears Coaches Show Monday night, offensive coordinator Mark Helfrich discussed the Bears’ 16-6 win over the Vikings, quarterback Chase Daniel and more.

Bears to auction off classic jerseys, helmet - ChicagoBears.com - Five classic Bears jerseys and one signed classic helmet will be auctioned off to benefit charities chosen by team’s social justice committee.

Bears Re-Sign Bradley Sowell to Active Roster, Abdullah Anderson to Practice Squad - Bleacher Nation - The Chicago Bars' roster shuffle continued with familiar faces returning to the roost. Here are the latest moves: The Bears re-signed defensive lineman Abdullah

Wims Deserves a Longer Look - Da Bears Blog - Even after Taylor Gabriel exits concussion protocol and returns to the starting lineup, Matt Nagy must find a way to keep Javon Wims on the field. The second-year WR did not dominate on Sunday. Far from it. And he certainly isn’t getting confused for Randy Moss anytime soon. But his performance against the Vikings stood out enough for him to be given a chance to help this offense escape their current rut.

Meet the Oakland Raiders (with Your Boy Q of Locked On Raiders) - Chicago Audible Podcast - Listen as Locked On Raiders Host Your Boy Q joins the show to share his firsthand account of the Bears Week 5 opponent – the Oakland Raiders.

Under the Microscope: Chase Daniel Proves He Can Hold Down the Fort - Chicago Audible Blog - Bears QB Chase Daniel's performance against the Minnesota Vikings proved he can hold things down until Mitch Trubisky returns.

Four Stars: Backup Bears Shine in 16-6 Victory Over Vikings - Chicago Audible Blog - Which Bears ended up as the Four Stars in their big win over Minnesota?

No, the Bears are not better off long-term with Chase Daniel as QB instead of Mitch Trubisky - NBC Sports Chicago - The Bears can win games with Chase Daniel as their quarterback. But make no mistake: When Trubisky is healthy, he should — and will — be the Bears’ No. 1 option.

Under Center Podcast: Should Chase Daniel be the Bears’ permanent QB1? - NBC Sports Chicago - JJ Stankevitz and Cam Ellis set the table for the Bears International series match-up in London this Sunday against the Oakland Raiders.

Power Rankings Roundup: The offense is still holding the Bears down - NBC Sports Chicago - 3-1 is good, right?

Eddie Goldman had his best game of 2019 vs. Minnesota - NBC Sports Chicago - Whenever the Chicago Bears defense is brought up in football media, the first few names mentioned are Khalil Mack, Eddie Jackson and Akiem Hicks. And while all three certainly deserve superstar recognition, there's another guy along the defensive line who needs to start getting the recognition he deserves.

Roquan Smith's absence remains a riddle wrapped in an enigma - BearMaven.com - Khalil Mack says Bears know Roquan Smith "...is going to get better"

Khalil Mack getting ready for a Carr wreck Sunday in London - BearMaven - Bears pass rusher Khalil Mack will be chasing after a good friend in Raiders quarterback Derek Carr.

Let the Khalil Mack vs. Jon Gruden hype machine begin - BearMaven - Mack tries to keep it low key but the Raider rivalry will run hot nonetheless.

Roquan Smith’s personal issue doesn’t keep him from Halas Hall - Chicago Sun-Times - The Bears’ inside linebacker spent Tuesday working out at Halas Hall, even ducking into the locker room during the period in which reporters were allowed access — only to be shooed away by a member of the team’s media relations staff.

Bears star Khalil Mack out to make Raiders ‘pay for it’ in London - Chicago Sun-Times - Mack doesn’t want to talk too much, but it’s clear there’s something different about this week’s game.

Snap judgment: Bears still need to get Tarik Cohen more involved - Chicago Sun-Times - A look at the playing time distribution on both sides of the ball after the Bears’ 16-6 win over the Vikings. Snap counts show what they’re thinking in the running game, in their defensive front and other areas.

Bears film study: Khalil Mack, Chase Daniel beat Vikings - Chicago Sun-Times - The Bears did more than met the eye in their 16-6 victory Sunday against the Vikings. And while the numbers weren’t amazing offensively, that side of the ball got a lot of things right.

Bears’ Akiem Hicks was close to playing Sunday - Chicago Sun-Times - The thought process was similar with former Pro Bowl player Kyle Long, coach Matt Nagy said.

What if Chase Daniel, not Mitch Trubisky, gives Bears best title shot? - Chicago Sun-Times - One game is all it took to remind us that Daniel is so much more confident with the ball in is hands than Trubisky is. His throws are more accurate. He sees the field better.

‘Halas Intrigue’ Episode 22: Matt Nagy’s got secrets - Chicago Sun-Times - For a team with a 3-1 record, the Bears have a lot going on.

5 observations from rewatching the Bears’ Week 4 win, including Chase Daniel’s efficiency and what 6 sacks tell us about the defense - Chicago Tribune - Breaking down some key takeaways from the Bears' win over the Vikings, including all six sacks by the defense and how the handful of reserves stepped up.

3 things we learned from the Bears on Tuesday, including reaction to Roquan Smith’s personal issue and Eddy Pineiro’s moment - Chicago Tribune - Bears players spoke with the media Tuesday at Halas Hall as they prepare to take on the Raiders at London’s Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

‘A dog that poops fast don’t poop for long’: Khalil Mack explains his quote — and his eagerness for Sunday’s reunion with the Raiders - Chicago Tribune - Khalil Mack had no problems making sense of the message. "It really means that anybody can start fast," he said. "But it’s about the whole race. You know what I’m saying? It’s the whole season. Being consistent."

Khalil Mack: I’ve been looking forward to this week – ProFootballTalk - When the NFL schedule was released in April, one of the games that caught the eye was the Week Five matchup between the Bears and Raiders. For some, that might have been because it is one of this year’s London games.

Bears mum about Roquan Smith’s personal issue – ProFootballTalk - Bears linebacker Roquan Smith was a healthy scratch for Sunday’s game, and the Bears aren’t saying why. “I’m just gonna say it was a personal issue,” Bears coach Matt Nagy said, via NBCSportsChicago.com. “I’m not getting into anything else. I’m just gonna completely keep it at that.

Roquan Smith appears at Bears’ facility, no word on why he didn’t play – ProFootballTalk - There’s still no word on why Bears linebacker Roquan Smith didn’t play on Sunday, but whatever the reason, it’s not keeping him away from the team altogether.

Potash: Bears can’t avoid Roquan explanation forever - Chicago Sun-Times - Sooner rather than later, Bears fans deserve to know why Smith isn’t playing

‘Halas Intrigue’ Episode 23: What’s going on with Roquan? - Chicago Sun-Times - Patrick Finley is joined by Sun-Times columnist Rick Telander to discuss Roquan Smith’s brief appearance at Halas Hall.

Khalil Mack’s dog poop quote leads for weirdest thing said in Bears’ locker room - Chicago Sun-Times - The quote went viral after the Bears beat the Vikings 16-6, and Mack explained it Tuesday at Halas Hall.

After being ‘blindsided’ by trade, Bears K Eddy Pineiro ready for Raiders - Chicago Sun-Times - He remains motivated by the trade — “The Raiders gave me up for pennies,” he said during training camp — but said he’s looking forward to seeing his former teammates Sunday.

POLISH SAUSAGE

New officiating CBA calls for hiring a VP to coordinate training – ProFootballTalk - The NFL and the NFL Referees Association agreed on a new seven-year Collective Bargaining Agreement last weekend and one of the deal points the two sides agreed to involves the hiring of someone to coordinate training and development of officials.

KNOW THINE ENEMY

NFC North Rundown: Quarterback injuries are a major concern after Week 4 - Acme Packing Company - Injuries to Mitchell Trubisky and Matthew Stafford leave uncertainty in Chicago and Detroit, respectively.

NFL Week 5 power rankings: USA Today writer ranks Detroit Lions in top 5 - Pride Of Detroit - USA Today writer Nate Davis has changed his tune after some harsh offseason predictions.

NFC North Week 4 recap: The Chicago Bears lose their QB, but win the week - Pride Of Detroit - The Bears were your only NFC North winner in Week 4

A TED Talk, Week Four - Daily Norseman - So is this what a crossroads looks like?

Skoldiers - 060 - Windy City Washout - Daily Norseman - Around the league, the North Face, and Bears Recap

Packers Trade Targets: Four WRs whom Green Bay could target - Acme Packing Company - These four names are significant players who should garner interest around the NFL and could be interesting possibilities if the Packers look for help with Davante Adams banged up.

Packers RB Aaron Jones had a quietly good game against the Eagles despite ugly stat line - Acme Packing Company - Six broken tackles by the Packers’ running back helped make an ugly stat line better than it might have been.

Kirk Cousins apologizes to Adam Thielen – ProFootballTalk - After Sunday's Super Bowl IX-esque (in more ways that one) 16-6 loss to the Bears, Vikings receiver Adam Thielen called out Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins. On Tuesday, Cousins agreed with Thielen's observations.

IN CASE YOU YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Wiltfong's NFL Power Rankings: The 3-1 Chicago Bears are rolling into the top 10 - Windy City Gridiron - Let’s see how the experts rank the Bears this week...

Householder's Chicago Bears Week 4 stock up, stock down: Minnesota Vikings - Windy City Gridiron - The Bears get through the first quarter of the season at 3-1 and overcame some key losses along the way.

Infante: Bears bring back Bradley Sowell, Abdullah Anderson to the practice squad - Windy City Gridiron - The move comes a day after the team waived defensive lineman Abdullah Anderson, who was just re-added back to the practice squad today.

Wiltfong: Ten Thoughts on the NFL and the Bears - Windy City Gridiron - Check out Lester’s Thoughts on the NFL this week and leave a few of your own in the comment section.

Wiltfong: Roquan Smith out indefinitely with a personal issue - Windy City Gridiron - Yesterday ESPN’s Dan Graziano told him that Chicago Bears linebacker Roquan Smith will be sidelined indefinitely while dealing with a personal issue. His sources tell him that Smith hasn’t been...

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