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The Chicago Bears are in London for a night game at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium... a noon time game in Chicago because the Earth is not actually flat.

Chicago Bears Media Day - Allianz Park
Chicago Bears head coach Matt Nagy during the media day at Allianz Park, London.
Photo by Steven Paston/PA Images via Getty Images

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

BEARRRSSSS

Hey, Now! This Is An Eddy Piñeiro Revenge Weekend, Too - Bleacher Nation - Look, I get it if Khalil Mack wants to stick it to the Raiders for not offering what he believed was fair market value for being the league’s top pass-rusher.

Akiem Hicks is a Game-Time Decision, Roquan Smith Expected to Play, and Other Encouraging Bears Notes - Bleacher Nation - The Chicago Bears are nearing full strength as they approach Sunday’s game against the Oakland Raiders. Check out the latest news that is bringing a sense of

5@5: How Many Times Will Bears Sack Derek Carr? - 670 The Score - The Mully & Haugh crew debates a five-pack of questions every weekday.

Chalk Talk: What’s greatest challenge in London? - ChicagoBears.com - Senior writer Larry Mayer discusses the greatest challenge for the Bears in traveling to London, injured players who did not make the trip and whether the Bears have a contingency plan if their coach-to-quarterback communication falters Sunday.

This Week in the Community: 10.04.19 - ChicagoBears.com - The Bears were active in the community this week kicking off the “Real Bears Fans Wear Pink” campaign, supporting the Bears School Outreach program and honoring high school football coaches and players.

The Pick Is In: Bears at Raiders - ChicagoBears.com - Local and national NFL analysts make their pick for the Week 5 game between the Bears and Raiders in London at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. Keep track of their weekly record here on Chicagobears.com.

Bears talk up energy, (cherry) juice after overnight flight to London - NBC Sports Chicago - The Bears felt like they had one of their better Friday practices in London, thousands of miles from Halas Hall.

Bears 'cautiously optimistic' Akiem Hicks will play Sunday against Raiders - NBC Sports Chicago - Akiem Hicks practiced Friday in London and will be a gametime decision on Sunday at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

Bears Fans From Near and Far Greet the Team in London - NBC Chicago - From local fans to Chicagoans who traveled from the city to London, Bears fans greeted the team during their arrival at the airport. 

Bears plan on playing Roquan Smith; Akiem Hicks questionable - BearMaven - Matt Nagy confirmed after London practice that the plan for the Bears is to use Roquan Smith after last week's absence. Akiem Hicks could also play after missing last week's game with a knee injury.

Matt Nagy's Bears offense reverts to John Fox era numbers - BearMaven - After a quarter of the season, the Bears offense has completely regressed, dropping back to 30th in the league with plenty of disfunction.

Hoge and Jahns: Week 5 Bears-Raiders Preview From London | WGN Radio - 720 AM - Adam Hoge made it to London, but we're not sure about Adam Jahns. Kevin Fishbain fills in as the guys battle through some adversity and preview the Bears-Raiders game.

4 bold predictions for Bears’ Week 5 matchup vs. Raiders - BearsWIre - How many sacks and forced fumbles will Bears OLB Khalil Mack get against his former team? Here are four bold predictions vs. the Raiders.

Bears to play in new state-of-the-art stadium - ChicagoBears.com - The Bears and Raiders will play the first NFL game in London’s Tottenham Stadium, which opened in April and is home to the Tottenham Hotspur soccer team of the English Premier League.

Injury update: Key Bears are returning - ChicagoBears.com - After sitting out last weekend’s win over the Vikings, key Bears starters Akiem Hicks, Roquan Smith and Kyle Long could return to action Sunday against the Raiders in London.

Quick Hits: Robertson-Harris emerging, Kwiatkoski excels - ChicagoBears.com - The latest edition of Quick Hits—direct from London—includes items on defenders Roy Robertson-Harris and Nick Kwiatkoski thriving as part of the Bears’ “next man up” mentality.

Bears Report: Previewing Week 5 in London vs. Raiders - Chicago Sun-Times - It’s rare this time of year, but we finally get a chance to root for the Bears to hibernate in October.

Why are the Bears playing in London? - Chicago Sun-Times - The Bears could meet the Raiders at their Coliseum or here at home in Soldier Field. So why are the two teams meeting up overseas for the game?

‘Halas Intrigue’ Episode 25: Landed in London - Chicago Sun-Times - Patrick Finley and Mark Potash settle in across the pond.

‘Total domination’: Khalil Mack-led Bears defense aiming higher - Chicago Sun-Times - Fast start has keyed Bears’ 3-1 start and silenced talk of a post-Fangio regression. But ... ‘We’ve got a long way to go," Chuck Pagano said. "We’ve got a ton to work on."

Bears Sunday storylines: Chase Daniel’s true value, ‘White Nick and Black Nick’ and Richie Incognito’s latest chance - Chicago Tribune - Chase Daniel's understanding of the Bears offense could be key this weekend against the Raiders. Storylines also examines the big days from Nick Kwiatkoski and Nick Williams plus Jon Gruden's full backing of Richie Incognito.

4 things we learned about the Bears at Friday’s practice in London, including Akiem Hicks’ upgraded status and Chase Daniel’s cherry juice trick - Chicago Tribune - The Bears could have left Akiem Hicks at home if they knew he wasn’t going to play, but he’s in London. Roquan Smith, meanwhile, will start against the Raiders barring a setback.

Jon Gruden says the Raiders’ 6 straight weeks without a game at home will help build relationships — something he never had with Khalil Mack - Chicago Tribune - The Raiders have to prevent Khalil Mack from being a game-wrecker. As much as Jon Gruden does not want to talk about him before the game, imagine if Mack leaves his mark all over the Raiders offense.

Cheerio! The Bear Download podcast — with some awful accents — sets the stage for Bears-Raiders in London - Chicago Tribune - Cheerio! The Bears are in London — and so are Rich and Dan for the first international episode of Bear Download.

The Khalil Mack trade made the Bears instant contenders. Raider Nation is still grappling with the loss — and hoping Jon Gruden’s plan pays off. - Chicago Tribune - From the Bay Area to Chicago, Raider Nation is still processing the Khalil Mack trade. Fans in Chicago cling to belief in Jon Gruden's plan while Mack dominates right in front of their noses.

Letizia's Opponent Outlook: Oakland Raiders by the Numbers - Chicago Audible Podcast
For the Bears Week 5 matchup against the Raiders in London, here are the key statistics that fans need to know about for Sunday's game.

Shaquil Barrett’s breakout, Chase Daniel ready, 49ers eye MNF - NFL.com - Why do the Chicago Bears have so much confidence in backup quarterback Chase Daniel? NFL.com’s reporters fill you in on that and everything else you need to know ahead of Week 5.

Roquan Smith on target to start vs. Raiders - Chicago Sun-Times - ”I feel good about that unless there would be some type of setback,” coach Matt Nagy said.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Ahar: NFL Officiating 101: Positions and Duties - Our Turf Football - OTFB's Kate Arhar takes a look at the seven different positions for NFL officials and their duties.

KNOW THINE ENEMY

PFF data analysts believe Lions are the best team in the NFC North - Pride Of Detroit
Newer data reveals a better team as more of the bad stuff from last year fades away.

Vikings at Giants Final Injury Reports - Daily Norseman - Oh yeah, there’s a game Sunday. I almost forgot.

Packers-Cowboys Q&A: Which Green Bay player would Dallas most want? - Acme Packing Company - David Halprin of SB Nation’s Dallas Cowboys blog Blogging the Boys answers our questions about which Packers player the Cowboys would most want.

IN CASE YOU YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Berckes' Fantasy Football Forum Week 5: The Return of Melvin Gordon - Windy City Gridiron - Your place for all things fantasy football!

Zeglinski: The Beast known as the NFC North - Windy City Gridiron - Football’s best division resides in the heart—and cold—of the Midwest. The Black and Blue division has returned.

Zeglinski: Khalil Mack leads Chicago Bears’ standouts a quarter into the 2019 season - Windy City Gridiron - In other relevant news, the Earth is round.

Duerrwaechter's Tactical Thinking Bears vs. Raiders: Revenge of the Mack - Windy City Gridiron - This week’s game has been shaped into a "revenge game" for the ages.

Five Good Questions with Windy City Gridiron: Is there a weak spot on Bears D? Underrated player? What’s of the O? more - Silver And Black Pride - Is Chase Daniel seen as a big step down from Mitch Trubisky? Or are there some who believe the Bears offense will be as good or better with Chase Daniel behind center?

Householder & Berkes’ Best Bets: Chicago Bears-Oakland Raiders, survivor pools and more - One of our writers got our first strike in survivor pool, against the Bears’ next opponent. Is it an omen?
A Waterloo Sunset: Windy City Gridiron picks Bears-Raiders - Windy City Gridiron - Former teammates and current friends collide as the WCG staff picks Sunday’s matchup in London.

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