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The Bears Are Off To London, will practice in Old England on Friday. Watch out for grizzly cases of jet-lag.

NFL Media Day - Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Akiem Hicks of the Chicago Bears poses for a photo during the media day at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London.
Photo by Chris Radburn/PA Images via Getty Images

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

BEARRRSSSS

Emma’s Tailgater: Matt Nagy, Bears Being Tested - 670 The Score - The Bears are 3-1 for a second straight year, but they’ve faced adversity.

Know Your Foe: Bears-Raiders Storylines - 670 The Score - Danny Parkins of 670 and Jim Kozimor of 95.7 The Game previewed the matchup.

5@5: You Expect Roquan Smith To Play Well In Return? - 670 The Score - The Mully & Haugh crew debates a five-pack of questions every weekday.

Bernstein: There’s Nothing Like A Great Bears Defense - 670 The Score - The Bears smothering opponents creates an unparalleled primal force in us.

Game Preview: Chicago Bears - Oakland Raiders (Week 5) - Chicago Audible Podcast - In their weekly game preview, Will and Nick hit on all of the details you need to know heading into the Week 5 matchup against the Oakland Raiders.

Taylor Gabriel (concussion) won't travel to London for Sunday's game against Raiders - NBC Sports Chicago - It'll be the second straight game he's missed.

Tarik Cohen's headed to London with two goals: A Bears win and a Queen's Guard smile - NBC Sports Chicago - Cohen's got some new material ready for them.

Bears' unique travel schedule is changing the way the staff approaches dealing with injuries - NBC Sports Chicago - Turns out treatment can be more complicated on an overnight, transatlantic flight.

Bears Week 5 injury report: Taylor Gabriel and Akiem Hicks sidelined, Kyle Long limited - NBC Sports Chicago - Some good news and some bad news for the Bears injury report on Thursday.

Resilient Bears look to build on key victory - ChicagoBears.com - The Bears headed to London Thursday evening for Sunday’s game against the Raiders determined to build on what they hope ultimately is considered a watershed victory.

Pierre-Louis wins Sweep the Sheds Award - ChicagoBears.com - Bears linebacker Kevin Pierre-Louis has been recognized by the team for his performance against the Vikings.

Quick hits: Hicks a game-time decision, Robinson shines - ChicagoBears.com - The latest edition of Quick Hits features items on Akiem Hicks’ status for Sunday’s game against the Raiders, Allen Robinson’s excellence and Javon Wims making the most of his opportunities.

Week 4 Key Matchups: Bears vs. Raiders - ChicagoBears.com - With the Bears heading across the ocean to take on the Raiders on Sunday, keep an eye on these matchups.

Chase Daniel Shows Us *EXACTLY* How the Bears Offense Is Supposed to Work (VIDEO) - Bleacher Nation Chase Daniel has spent six years in some iteration of Matt Nagy's offense, - which makes him an ideal candidate to explain how his offense is supposed to work.

Bears rule Taylor Gabriel, Ted Larsen out for Sunday’s game in London - Chicago Sun-Times - Before Thursday’s practice at Halas Hall, coach Matt Nagy was reluctant to say who wouldn’t be traveling with the team to London.

Bears’ Matt Nagy won’t say if Roquan Smith, Akiem Hicks will play - Chicago Sun-Times - One day after Roquan Smith declared he would play Sunday in London against the Raiders, coach Matt Nagy left the second-year linebacker’s status for this weekend’s game unclear.

Bears RB Tarik Cohen says he can distract Queen’s Guard: ‘I’m funny’ - Chicago Sun-Times - The Queen’s Guard are known for their bearskin helmets and emotionless faces. But Cohen thinks he has what it takes to make one of them move.

The Bears’ challenge: Sleeping on the flight to London - Chicago Sun-Times - The team spent all week begging its players to fall asleep on their overnight flight, which was set to depart Chicago around dinnertime Thursday and land in London after breakfast Friday.

Bears’ offensive line holds steady ‘no matter what the hell happens’ - Chicago Sun-Times - The unit has hit some snags the last two weeks, but played well nonetheless. It’s a close-knit crew no matter who’s on the field.

Bears predictions: Week 5 vs. Raiders - Chicago Sun-Times - The Sun-Times’ experts offer their picks for the Bears’ game in London:

It’s no small feat to travel with 208 people and a ton of Gatorade. Here’s how the Bears will get it all from Chicago to London. - Chicago Tribune - NFL teams are accustomed to travel, but making the Bears' nearly seven-hour trip to London to play the Raiders this week presents unique circumstances.

Column: David Montgomery wants to be a standout running back. The Bears rookie is due for a big game. - Chicago Tribune - A breakout game is coming for Bears rookie running back David Montgomery, and it probably will arrive sooner rather than later.

Can the Bears beat the Raiders at London’s Tottenham Hotspur Stadium? Check the numbers. - Chicago Tribune - Here’s a look at the Bears and Raiders by the numbers as they prepare to meet Sunday at London’s Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

Bears injury report: Akiem Hicks and Taylor Gabriel are among starters to miss practice at Halas Hall - Chicago Tribune - What's the latest on the health status of starters Kyle Long, Akiem Hicks and Taylor Gabriel?

Bears rule out Taylor Gabriel, Ted Larsen for Sunday – ProFootballTalk - Linebacker Roquan Smith was on the team plane, but two players weren’t. The Bears ruled out receiver Taylor Gabriel (concussion) and offensive lineman Ted Larsen (knee). They left both home to continue recovering from their injuries.

Roquan Smith heading to London with his teammates – ProFootballTalk - Bears linebacker Roquan Smith had another full practice Thursday. Smith said Wednesday that he would play against Oakland on Sunday, and in fact, he is accompanying the team to London, Ian Rapoport of the NFL reports. Smith missed last week’s game with a personal issue.

2020 NFL Chicago Bears Free Agents Tracker - Spotrac - Tracking the status and signings of all 2020 NFL free agents.

POLISH SAUSAGE

NFL Week 5 game picks: Cowboys over Packers; Bucs nip Saints - NFL.com - Packers or Cowboys in Sunday’s classic showdown? Can the Bucs knock off the Saints in New Orleans? Will the Browns stay hot in San Francisco? Gregg Rosenthal predicts every Week 5 game.

KNOW THINE ENEMY

10 stats that defined the Detroit Lions’ first 4 games - Pride Of Detroit - Why are the Lions’ 2-1-1? These 10 stats tell the story.

The Detroit Lions are finally on the path - Pride Of Detroit - The road to glory is long, but the Lions are finally on it.

‘Truth to all rumors’ - Daily Norseman - The Vikings feel like they’re on the brink only four games in to the season

APC NFL Picks, Week 5: Packers-Cowboys is too close to call - Acme Packing Company - APC is split almost evenly on the result of this week’s game.

Mike Zimmer declines to talk about Stefon Diggs situation, calling it an “internal matter” – ProFootballTalk - A day after his failure to show up for work sparked plenty of speculation about receiver Stefon Diggs' future in Minnesota, his presence at practice (and comments to the media) sparked plenty more. His head coach opted to add no fuel to the fire. Via Chris Tomasson of the St.

Vontaze Burfict suspension appeal scheduled for Tuesday – ProFootballTalk - The NFL suspended Raiders linebacker Vontaze Burfict for the remainder of the regular season this week because, per NFL vice president of football operations Jon Runyan, Burfict has "continued to flagrantly abuse rules designated to protect yourself and your opponents from unnecessary risk.

Stefon Diggs on trade rumors: “There’s truth to all rumors” – ProFootballTalk - Yes, receiver Stefon Diggs seems to want out of Minnesota. That sense has been percolating for a while now, and Diggs did nothing to defuse it after missing work on Wednesday, supposedly because he was sick.

Vikings WR Stefon Diggs returns to practice, but fails to dispel trade rumors - Pride Of Detroit - Something strange is brewing in Minny.

NFL Rookie Rankings - Josh Jacobs tops the list, Kyler Murray isn't on it - Six analysts voted on the best rookies in the NFL through four weeks. Offense led the list, but the 2019 No. 1 overall draft pick didn't make the top 10.

Detroit Lions fan confidence skyrockets despite loss to Chiefs - Pride Of Detroit - Moral victories do exist.

IN CASE YOU YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Zimmerman: “The Bears can win a Super Bowl if [Trubisky] is Trent Dilfer” - Windy City Gridiron - In Bill Zimmerman’s latest Bears Banter Podcast, ESPN’s Jason Fitz feels Bears Defense is good enough to win Super Bowl on their own.

Berckes' 5 Questions with Silver & Black Pride: If Carr “gets pressured, he gets erratic” - Windy City Gridiron - We talk Derek Carr, Jon Gruden’s plan, and of course, the Khalil Mack trade with Levi Damien

Wiltfong: Confidence rising for Bears’ fans after three straight wins - Windy City Gridiron - Welcome to SB Nation FanPulse — a survey of fans across the NFL. Throughout the offseason, we send 32 polls to plugged in fans from each team. Bears fans, sign up HERE to join FanPulse.

Schmitz' Video Review: Breaking down 5 plays from Chicago Bears vs Minnesota Vikings - Windy City Gridiron - In his latest video breakdown, Robert S. recaps the Chicago Bears’ defensive domination of the Minnesota Vikings by dissecting 5(+) plays from the game.

Householder's Week 5 Game Preview: Chicago Bears-Oakland Raiders - Windy City Gridiron - The Bears travel to jolly ole London town for a match against the Raiders, will they fall for a British trap or return victorious

Wiltfong: Can I get a WOOOOO!?! - Windy City Gridiron - View the FanShot on SB Nation.

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