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Game Day Bear’s Den, August 29, 2019

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First the Bears host the Titans, then it’s time to face the 53-man roster cuts

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Alonzo Spellman vs.the “Pre-Titans” back in the day...

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

BEARRRSSSS

Elliott Fry Insists the Bears’ Obsessive Kicker Search Made Him Better - ChicagoBears.com - Even after losing out to Eddy Piñeiro, Elliott Fry had nothing but good things to say about that wacky search for a kicker.

2019 Season Preview Volume II: The Hopes - Da Bears Blog - Hope 1. Mitch Trubisky will improve.

Chicago Bears deep at wide receiver in final 53-man roster projection - Chicago Bears- ESPN - The Bears should have a relatively drama-free round of cuts, but the addition of Cordarrelle Patterson means a loaded group of receivers.

Jay Cutler is returning to Soldier Field for the Bears-Packers opener - Chicago Tribune - Former Bears quarterback Jay Cutler is coming back to Soldier Field next week — as a fan. Cutler and wife, Kristin Cavallari, will be in attendance when the Bears face the Packers in the season opener,

According to StubHub, Packers-Bears matchup is the most in-demand game of the season - NBC Sports Chicago - Just go to a bar and watch it for free.

And now, a definitive ranking of all the new features and gadgets in Halas Hall - NBC Sports Chicago - We know what type of content you're looking for.

Bears 53-man roster projection includes a few surprising cuts - Bearmaven - Ryan Nall is a piece the Bears don't really need, and John Franklin III lacks defensive skills.

Rebooted NFC North running games pose real challenge for Bears - Bearmaven - Bears remain strong up front, but NFC North teams know they have to challenge the league's best run defense.

Chalk Talk: Why didn’t Bears try 57-yard FG? - ChicagoBears.com - Senior writer Larry Mayer discusses why the Bears didn’t attempt a 57-yard field goal in Indianapolis, the competition between running backs Ryan Nall and Kerrith Whyte Jr and the likelihood of rookie tight end Ian Bunting surviving final cuts.

Where to watch, listen to Bears-Titans game - ChicagoBears.com - The Bears close the preseason by hosting the Tennessee Titans Thursday night at Soldier Field. Here’s how you can watch and listen to the contest.

Quick hits: Jackson dishes on defense, Mack trade anniversary - ChicagoBears.com - Items in this edition of Quick Hits include Eddie Jackson’s confidence the No. 1 defense, Jackson’s recollections of last year’s trade that landed Khalil Mack and more.

Bears to make $100,000 donation to Easterseals - ChicagoBears.com
- As part of their yearlong Community All-Pros Initiative, the Bears will donate $100,000 to Easterseals DuPage & Fox Valley before Thursday night’s preseason game against the Titans.

Adam Shaheen Isn't Letting Injuries Keep Him Down - Bleacher Nation - Adam Shaheen's development hasn't gone as planned, but a clean bill of health could change things.

Morrissey: Matt Nagy can’t be the Bears’ offensive MVP this season - Chicago Sun-Times - The coach can protect quarterback Mitch Trubisky with game plans, but only to a point. No matter how good the Bears’ defense is (and it’s very good), the time will come when Trubisky will have to win a game by himself. He hasn’t done that yet in two seasons as a starter.

Converting Bradley Sowell from tackle to tight end remains a work in progress for the Bears - Chicago Sun-Times - Coach Matt Nagy encouraged by former offensive tackle’s transition. "We need to have some patience, but I like where he’s at."

NFC North threats: Bears beware, Packers aren’t dead yet - Chicago Sun-Times - Green Bay always has a chance as long as Aaron Rodgers is around, and there will be new twists with first-year coach Matt LaFleur.

Bears wide receiver Allen Robinson gets teachers ready to head back to school - Chicago Sun-Times - Robinson partnered with JCPenney to surprise Round Lake area teachers with a $200 shopping spree.

A first-hand account of Andrew Luck’s sudden retirement and predicting the Bears roster. Plus, Mitch Trubisky talk on the Bear Download podcast. - Chicago Tribune - Rich Campbell and Dan Wiederer break down Andrew Luck's sudden retirement and the Bears roster on a new episode of the Bear Download podcast

Do the Bears have enough depth? Who is fighting for a spot? Getting to the bottom of the Bears’ 53-man roster decisions. - Chicago Tribune - Slicing from 90 players to 53 is never easy, but it’s a job Ryan Pace and Matt Nagy must complete by 3 p.m. Saturday. Rich Campbell and Dan Wiederer take a deeper look at how the initial 53-man roster might come together.

The Bears, for once, have good placekicking fortune on their side - NBC Sports Chicago - Eddy Pineiro hasn't missed a field goal in a preseason game since the Baltimore Ravens dealt Kaare Vedvik -- in whom the Bears were interested -- to the Minnesota Vikings.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Report: Expanded playoffs “likely focus” over 18-game season – ProFootballTalk - Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said recently that the NFL is looking at ways to make the preseason better for its fans and most would point to cutting the number of preseason games as the place to start. It appears that point of view is taking hold.

Cardinals trade Korey Cunningham to Patriots – ProFootballTalk - Offensive lineman Korey Cunningham announced on Instagram that the Cardinals traded him to the Patriots on Wednesday. “Arizona!! Man, it’s been a fun year and a half out in the desert!” Cunningham wrote. “Thank you to Mr.

2019 NFL playoff predictions: AFC North runs through Cleveland! - NFL.com - Which eight teams will be crowned division champions in 2019? Who’ll nab the four wild-card slots? Our analysts project this season’s playoff field.

Report: Ravens trade Jermaine Eluemunor to Patriots – ProFootballTalk - The Patriots made their second trade of the day to improve their depth in the offensive line. They have traded for Ravens offensive lineman Jermaine Eluemunor, Jim McBride of the Boston Globe reports. That follows a trade with the Cardinals for offensive lineman Korey Cunningham.

Everything you need to know about replay review of pass interference, from Al Riveron – ProFootballTalk - Starting next Thursday, the NFL will enter a new frontier of replay review, with the process for the first time applicable to subjective determinations made via the real-time judgment of game officials. Fans need to be ready for this new reality.

KNOW THINE ENEMY

Detroit Lions DT Mike Daniels glad ‘that place in Wisconsin’ cut him - Pride Of Detroit
- Mike Daniels had no problem throwing a little shade to the Packers.

Detroit Lions receive 0 playoff predictions from NFL.com panel - Pride Of Detroit
- Not a single person out of 28 believes the Lions are making the playoffs this year.

Where is the Packers’ secondary vulnerable and why should they get better? - Acme Packing Company
- The Packers struggled to defend core NFL concepts last season thanks to injuries at cornerback, no consistent pass rush, and poor safety play. They’ve addressed those concerns this offseason and could see a big leap in 2019.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Schmitz: 5 Noteworthy Plays from Chicago Bears at Indianapolis Colts - Windy City Gridiron - last Saturday’s game against the Colts and analyzes what they mean for the 53-man roster.

Sunderbruch, Duerrwachter & Infane: Bears 2019 College Prospect Preview-ACC - Windy City Gridiron - The Bears are going to be short on draft picks but in need of some talent heading into the 2020 draft. Here’s who we like coming out of the ACC.

Bears-Titans Primer: Storylines To Watch - 670 The Score - The final preseason game marks the last chance for some to make an impression.

Chicago Bears Superlative Predictions for 2019: Who is the dark horse MVP? - Windy City Gridiron - In this seven-part, sensational, superlative series, we’re giving our picks for the 2019 Chicago Bears. Next we want your pick for Dark Horse MVP.

Wiltfong: Bears vs. Titans in a preseason spectacular! - Windy City Gridiron - This is everything you need to know to watch the Bears take on the Titans in the 4th preseason game!

Red Line Trane: Do Top Defenses Regress? A Historical Study - Windy City Gridiron - "The Bears defense is going to regress." That refrain has been so common among national writers that it's become received wisdom. Bears fans, understandably, have been touchy about the subject.

Silverstein: Throwback - The truth about George Halas and the NFL’s ban on black players - Windy City Gridiron - When the Bears wear their 1936 throwbacks, they will inadvertently pay homage to the NFL’s 12-year ban on black players. Historian @readjack examines the ban and the role George Halas played in its creation.

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