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We had football in Chicago last night, some of it good, some of it bad, but all of it important in sorting out the roster

NFL: Preseason-Carolina Panthers at Chicago Bears
Chicago Bears kicker Elliott Fry (8) watches from the bench in the third quarter against the Carolina Panthers at Soldier Field. 
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BEAR DOWN, CHICAGO BEARS, BEAR DOWN!!!!

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Who impressed and who didn’t in the Bears’ preseason loss to the Panthers - Daily HeraldThe Bears lost their preseason opener to the Carolina Panthers, 23-13, but appeared to avoid serious injuries, which is a definite win. And perhaps their biggest offseason addition, David Montgomery, debuted very promisingly, while the process of replacing their biggest offseason subtraction -- kicker Cody Parkey -- started with some early optimism.

Why the Bears built their running back room the righ David Montgomery’s debut went about as well as the Bears could have hoped.

Bears Insider Adam Hoge: “As long as the Bears are healthy, they are stacked across the board defensively and are still going to be really good” - WGN Radio WGN Bears Insider Adam Hoge joins Justin on Extension 720 to preview the Bears first preseason game and to tell us the major storylines we should pay attention to this season.

Game Recap: Bears lose preseason opener to Panthers - ChicagoBears.com
With only a few starters seeing limited action, the Bears dropped their preseason opener to the Carolina Panthers 23-13 Thursday night at Soldier Field.

Emma: Observations From Bears’ Preseason Opener - 670 The Score Chicago rested most of its starters as it fell 23-13 to Carolina.

Bernstein: What Matters In A Bears Exhibition Game - 670 The Score Rule No. 1 of the preseason: Don’t let anyone important get hurt.

Wiltfong’s Chicago Bears 2019 Projections: Mitchell Trubisky Is Making A Jump Forward - Oddschecker Are you guys ready for an offensive explosion from the 2019 Chicago Bears? I know I am, but the odds of the Bears’ offense making a jump to the top of the 2019 leader boards is fairly slim. Don’t get me wrong, I’m expecting this group to pick up the pace from a year ago, but if you’re looking for some historically great output, think again.

Wiltfong’s Chicago Bears 2019 Projections: How To Divvy Up The Receiving - Oddschecker When predicting where the 2019 offense of the Chicago Bears will end up I had to start with the man that’s sure to account for most of it, so it’s natural that I kicked things off with quarterback Mitchell Trubisky. In my last article I went part math and part gut to predict that Trubisky would throw for 4,387 yards and 32 touchdowns.

Elliott Fry edges Ed Whomever is looking down from above on the Bears’ kicking derby — and it’s not a traffic helicopter spying on Cody Parkey’s practice tries, we don’t think — has a sense of humor.

That’s what they’re talking about: David Montgomery shines in debut - Chicago - it’s only the preseason, but ... Bears’ rookie RB shows a glimpse of his potential impact, with 7-yard TD, 23-yard catch vs. Panthers

Bears preseason tests patience as city waits for Mitch Trubisky’s breakthrough - Chicago Sun-Times The upside: Quarterback guru Matt Nagy earned a lot of trust last season.

Three takeaways from Bears’ preseason opener vs. Panthers - Chicago Sun-Times One reason inside linebacker Roquan Smith can be an all-pro this year: new defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano will blitz him more than Vic Fangio did last year.

QB Mitch Trubisky starts preseason opener as Bears sit 15 vs. Panthers - Chicago Sun-Times Bears coach Matt Nagy is resting many of his starters in the first preseason game.

Khalil Mack knows. Akiem Hicks knows too. There’s extra urgency and purpose to this Bears season: ‘You don’t always get this chance. So you have to take advantage of it.’ - Chicago Tribune When the Bears came back together at Halas Hall in April, Matt Nagy had clips of Tiger Woods and the University of Virginia basketball team ready. That was just part of the team's push to find the right head space as they pursue grand goals in 2019.

Elliott Fry gets a leg up on Eddy Pineiro in the Bears kicker competition, nailing a 43-yard field goal against the Panthers - Chicago Tribune The Bears preseason game against the Panthers took the kicking competition to a new level for two players who have never kicked in an NFL regular-season game.

Rookie running back David Montgomery gives the Bears — and their fans — a taste of the future in his preseason debut - Chicago Tribune Most of the Bears key players sat out Thursday's preseason opener against the Panthers. Rookie running back David Montgomery, however, got his first taste of NFL action.

Bears rookies David Montgomery, Elliott Fry do their part in preseason loss to Panthers - Chicago Tribun Sixteen Bears players, including eight defensive starters, are not expected to play against the Panthers on Thursday night in the preseason opener at Soldier Field.

Tonight’s Bears preseason game is the 1st for the team’s new mobile-only ticket policy at Soldier Field - Chicago Tribune - The new requirement reflects a trend among other NFL teams and sports leagues.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Mark Davis unloads on the A’s – ProFootballTalk Raiders owner Mark Davis did an interview with The Athletic during which he crapped all over the Athletics. The transcript of the session with Vic Tafur contains enough profanity to make Raiders coach Jon Gruden think, “Man, that guy swears a lot.” And Davis directs some of it at the A’s.

Adam Gase wins pass interference challenge – ProFootballTalk Jets coach Adam Gase became the first coach to win a pass interference challenge. Gase threw his red challenge flag on an incomplete pass on third-and-eight with 8:56 remaining in the third quarter.

KNOW THINE ENEMY

Detroit Lions’ preseason opener marred by injuries, ugly play—lose to Patriots 31-3 - Pride Of Detroit Providing live updates as the Lions take on the Patriots in the preseason opener.

5 takeaways from the Detroit Lions’ preseason loss to the Patriots - Pride Of Detroit Detroit was clearly outclassed.

Packers defense creates havoc in 28-26 win over Texans in preseason opener - Acme Packing Company It was predictably sloppy for the first week of the preseason, but the Green Bay defense took the ball away, and the Packers offense got big plays from young WRs to win its first real game of 2019. Ken's Note: Really? "Win it's first real game of 2019"? That's your lead? Here, let me help. The scores of practice games and whether you win or lose doesn't matter, only how whomever you had out there played.

Detroit Lions WR Jermaine Kearse suffers broken leg in preseason opener vs. Patriots - Pride Of Detroit The receiver left on the opening drive. Ken's Note: Injuries suck! Best wishes on a quick and complete recovery.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Curl: Montgomery impresses and Fry gets a foot ahead in Bears 2019 NFL Preseason opener vs Carolina Panthers - Windy City Gridiro Bears football is back and our furry friends are showing promise in a 23 to 13 "loss" to the Panthers in preseason opener.

Wiltfong's Bears vs. Panthers Preseason 2019: Live Updates and Open Thread - Windy City Gridiron The second half is underway...

Bears vs. Panthers: What are you watching for tonight? - Windy City Gridiron Bears’ fans, what will you be watching for in tonight’s game? We offer up a few poll questions for your game day enjoyment!

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