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The Bear’s Den, March 26, 2019

The Bears will open up the 2019 season at home against “those people from Wisconsin”, early odds favor Chicago

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Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers gets sacked by Chicago Bears linebacker Khalil Mack 
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BEAR DOWN, CHICAGO BEARS, BEAR DOWN!!!!

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Emma: Bears, Packers To Kick Off 2019 Season - 670 The Score - The Bears will host the Packers at Soldier Field on Thursday, Sept. 5 in the game that opens the NFL’s 100th season.

Gabriel: Lack Of Premium Picks Changes Bears’ Draft Preparation - 670 The Score - The Bears don’t own a first- or second-round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft -- but they still could have an advantage in one regard.

Sikes: Division II NFL Draft Prospects The Bears Should Look At - Club Dub Bears Blog - Bears GM Ryan Pace is no stranger to drafting these kinds of players as both tight end Adam Shaheen and running back Tarik Cohen were selected in the 2nd and 4th round of the 2017 NFL Draft, respectively.

Draft Notes: Latest Mocks, Big Ten Backs Have Bears’ Attention, Positive Prospect Visits, MAC Stars, More - Bleacher Nation - Draft all of the Big Ten’s stud rushers! And all of the MAC’s stand-out defenders! Bring ‘em all to the Bears!

Medina: Let’s Examine the Chicago Bears’ Biggest Remaining Needs - Bleacher Nation - The Bears aren’t desperate to fill any starting spots, but depth is important.

Wood: Which Wide Receivers in the 2019 Draft Fit the Testing Profile for Matt Nagy’s Offense? - Da Bears Blog - Last year, Data Entry looked at wide receivers who found success in coach Matt Nagy’s offense in Kansas City and identified physical traits they all shared. When examining their Combine performance, all typically excelled at three drills:

Wilbon likes Packers-Bears to start 2019-20 season - ESPN Video - Michael Wilbon applauds the NFL for kicking off its 100th season with the Packers vs. the Bears.

Bears-Pack will start season; Pats open on SNF - ESPN - The Bears and Packers will kick off the NFL’s 100th regular season as the league has elected to forgo having the Super Bowl champs host the first game of the season.

Biggs: Bobby Massie explains passing on free agency to re-sign with the Bears - 'Wait for a few more pennies? I am where I wanted to be.' - Chicago Tribune - Bobby Massie could have had a bigger payday had he waited for free agency, but he re-signed with the Bears in January when he got a deal he deemed fair. In his first comments on the new contract, the right tackle explains the decision to return.

Wiederer & Campbell: Virginia McCaskey rarely does interviews, but she sat down to talk about the Bears' 100th season. Listen to the podcast here. - Chicago Tribune - Bears principal owner Virginia McCaskey has a unique appreciation for what the Bears’ 100th season means and how her family’s fingerprints have been everywhere in the evolution.

Wiederer & Campbell: Bears to open their 100th season against the Packers at Soldier Field; NFL plans a free event in Grant Park - Chicago Tribune - The Bears on Monday announced they will host the Packers at Soldier Field in the league’s season opener on Thursday, Sept. 5.

Stankevitz: NFL announces Bears will kick off 2019 season at Soldier Field against Packers - NBC Sports Chicago - The NFL announced Monday the Bears -- not the defending champion Patriots -- will kick off the 2019 season on Thursday, Sept. 5 at Soldier Field against the Green Bay Packers.

Santoromita: Former teammates, now rivals, Tarik Cohen, Adrian Amos exchange Bears-Packers trash talk on Twitter | NBC Sports Chicago - For the last two years Tarik Cohen and Adrian Amos were teammates on the Bears. Now the two are exchanging trash talk on Twitter about the Bears-Packers rivalry.

Bears to Kick Off NFL's 100th Season Against Packers at Soldier Field - NBC Chicago - The Chicago Bears will kick off the NFL’s 100th season hosting their biggest rivals – the Green Bay Packers, the league announced Monday.

Sikes; Bears/Packers To Officially Open The 2019 NFL Season - Club Dub Bears Blog - There was a lot of speculation that the Bears and Packers would be opening the season to celebrate the NFL’s 100th anniversary with the league’s oldest rivalry. Now we have something official.

Hoge: Bears, Packers To Kickoff NFL’s 100th Season At Soldier Field | WGN Radio - 720 AM - The NFL officially announced Monday that the Bears will host the Green Bay Packers on Thursday, Sept. 5 to open the league’s 100th season, confirming a WGN Radio report from Feb. 4 that the Bears-Packers game was likely to replace the traditional league opener usually held at the home of the previous season’s Super Bowl champion.

Mayer: Bears to open NFL season versus Packers - ChicagoBears.com - With the Bears and the NFL both celebrating their 100th seasons this year, the league will kick off its 2019 campaign at Soldier Field with a Thursday night battle between the Bears and rival Packers.

Packers-Bears rivalry kicks off 2019 NFL season - NFL.com - The Chicago Bears will host the Green Bay Packers in the NFL’s annual Thursday Night Kickoff to begin the NFL’s 100th season on Sept. 5. Patriots will host Sunday night opener.

The 2019 season will open with Packers at Bears – ProFootballTalk - The NFL is going to break one tradition to honor an even longer one. The league announced that this year’s season opener will feature the Packers at the Bears on Thursday, Sept. 5.

Jahns: Smart spending - Bears have salary-cap flexibility now -- and for the future - Sun Times - The Bears were mindful in free agency this year. They kept the future in mind.

NFL Mock Draft 2019: Early Bears projections point at secondary - Sun Times - Mock draft season isn’t as active without first- or second-round picks, but some early projections for the Bears point at defensive backs.

Jahns: Bears-Packers at Soldier Field officially set to kick off 2019 NFL season - Sun Times - The Bears and Packers will face off in the NFL Kickoff Game on Sept. 5 to start the league’s 100th season.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Jon Gruden: Derek Carr will be our quarterback – ProFootballTalk - Raiders coach Jon Gruden insists that Derek Carr is his starting quarterback for the 2019 season. Despite the Raiders' plans to work out Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray and Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins, Gruden says Carr, not a rookie, will be the starter.

49ers owner punched the wall when his quarterback went down – ProFootballTalk - It was a gut punch for the 49ers when quarterback Jimmy Garappolo tore his ACL in Week Three. For 49ers Jed York, the pain was real, but in a different place.

Report: Nick Perry to visit Seahawks – ProFootballTalk - The Packers remade their outside linebacker group this offseason by releasing Nick Perry and letting Clay Matthews go as a free agent while they signed Za'Darius Smith and Preston Smith.

2019 NFL Draft: Ranking position groups, strongest to weakest - NFL.com - What are the strong suits of the 2019 NFL Draft? Which areas of this prospect pool leave something to be desired? Lance Zierlein ranks all of the position groups in this class.

KNOW THY ENEMY

5 takeaways from Lions GM Bob Quinn’s sitdown with media - Pride Of Detroit - The Lions general manager spoke about his free agency class, "Hard Knocks" and Damon Harrison’s contract demands.

Report: Damon Harrison has approached Detroit Lions about long-term extension - Pride Of Detroit - Snacks is already looking for a new deal in Detroit.

Next Man Up: What the Detroit Lions do If Matthew Stafford went down - Pride Of Detroit - Our new article series, "Next Man Up," examines how the depth at each position stacks up if the best player went down.

NFL free agency: Teams waiting on medicals before signing Ezekiel Ansah - Pride Of Detroit - Teams are understandably waiting to get more info on Ansah’s medical condition before moving in free agency.

NFL announces Packers-Bears game to open 2019 season on Thursday Night - Acme Packing Company - Instead of the Super Bowl winner opening the season, the NFL is giving a nod to history for a milestone year.

NFC North in Free Agency: Lions landed the top edge rusher on the open market - Acme Packing Company - APC breaks down the free agent acquisitions of each NFC North team, starting with Detroit.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Wiltfong: Bears open up as a 4 point favorite against the Packers - Windy City Gridiron - We already have some opening odds for the Bears vs. Packers on Week 1.

Wiltfong: Chicago Bears vs. Green Bay Packers to kick off the NFL’s 2019 season - Windy City Gridiron - The Chicago Bears have been given the honor of kicking off the 2019 season.

Wiltfong's Mocking the Mocks: A look at DraftTek’s seven round Bears haul - Windy City Gridiron - We mock another mock draft, this one is a full seven rounder from DraftTek.

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