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Schedule analysis and draft thoughts lead the news in today’s Den

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The Bears’ 2019 schedule is out. Tribune writers make their game-by-game predictions - Chicago Tribune - The Bears will play the maximum five prime-time games as well as the early Thanksgiving game and one in London. Coach Matt Nagy has embraced that spotlight as a reward for their success. The league, after all, wants to showcase its best teams. With that elevated position, however, come expectations. The Bears carry them along with Super Bowl aspirations into 2019. Here’s their full schedule and a breakdown of each game.

Chalk Talk: What’s toughest part of schedule? - ChicagoBears.com - Senior writer Larry Mayer discusses the most difficult portion of the Bears’ schedule, if the Bears could have a sixth night game added and the last time the Bears played on Thanksgiving in back-to-back seasons.

Mayer: Capsules of Bears’ 2019 opponents - ChicagoBears.com - Take a capsule look at the 13 teams the Bears will play during the 2019 season, including series records and the last meetings between the Bears and their opponents.

Mayer: Iconic sportscaster Coppock passes away - ChicagoBears.com - Legendary Chicago sportscaster Chet Coppock passed away Wednesday from injuries he sustained in an automobile accident near Hilton Head, South Carolina.

Medina: If the Schedule and Trubisky Are the Bears’ Biggest Concerns, We’re Not Worried - Bleacher Nation - There’s nothing like bulletin-board material in April!

Medina: Potential Bears Draft Target Devin Singletary Showed His Hamstring Is Fully Healthy at Recent Workout - Bleacher Nation - FAU running back Devin Singletary proved in a workout with the Bears that his hamstring problem is a thing of the past.

Eurich: How the Chicago Bears can win the 2019 NFL Draft - 247Sports - So how can Bears GM Ryan Pace walk away from the draft feeling like a winner?

Eurich: Free agents the Chicago Bears can still target ahead of draft - 247Sports - The Chicago Bears will not have the chance to fill out their roster via the draft like many others around the league.

Gabriel: Scouting Bears’ Kicking Options In The NFL Draft - 670 The Score - The Bears could select a kicker next week in the NFL Draft.

Behind Enemy Lines: Looking at where the Bears fall in their opponents’ schedules - NBC Sports Chicago - The NFL released its schedule on Wednesday night, and Paul Aspan breaks down where the Bears fall in their opponents’ schedules,

Mayer: Bears featured in two of NFL’s top 10 games - ChicagoBears.com - According to NFL.com analyst Elliot Harrison, the Bears will play in two of the NFL’s top 10 games during the 2019 season, both on Sunday Night Football.

Bears have a different view of the draft this year - Daily Herald - The Bears have a different view of the draft this year. After a worst-to-first jump last season in the NFC North, the Bears have one of the league’s best defenses and banking on a more creative offense led by QB Mitchell Trubisky to improve.

POLISH SAUSAGE

NFLPA president: Voluntary means voluntary – ProFootballTalk - Jaguars executive V.P. of football operations Tom Coughlin say that all players should be present for voluntary offseason workouts. The president of the NFL Players Association says that voluntary doesn’t mean what Coughlin apparently thinks it means.

KNOW THY ENEMY

Lions GM: Detroit not planning to trade up in 1st round - Pride Of Detroit - Don’t expect the Lions to trade up in the first round.

San Francisco man swindles Vikings in luxury suite scam - Daily Norseman - The team estimates that they lost around $70,000

Packers’ 2019 schedule predictions: Is a 10-6 record realistic? - Acme Packing Company - There are tough stretches in this year’s schedule, but are the Packers headed back to the playoffs? Ken's Note: Denial is a river that runs through Green Bay.

Lions GM: Stafford's absence won't affect draft plans - NFL.com - Lions general manager Bob Quinn said Thursday that Matthew Stafford's absence from the team will not affect how Detroit attacks the 2019 NFL Draft.

Draft analysis: With playmakers Jackson, Clinton-Dix, Bears need safety depth - Sun Times - On a team with a strong front seven like the Bears ... it’s a potential bonanza to have two ballhawks like Jackson and Clinton-Dix in the secondary.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Wiltfong: 10 Thoughts on the Chicago Bears 2019 Schedule - Windy City Gridiron - Now that the Chicago Bears 2019 schedule has been made official, and we’ve all had some time to dissect the path the Bears will need to travel to repeat as NFC North champs, I wanted to share my...

Infante: Analyzing which running backs Bears should target in 2019 NFL Draft - Windy City Gridiron - Last week, I asked you all on Twitter which running back draft prospects you wanted me to break down. This week, I share my analyses.

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