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The Bear’s Den, September 18, 2019

It’s Wednesday, turn around day, where it’s out with the old week and in with preps for Washington

NFL: Chicago Bears at Denver Broncos
Chicago Bears outside linebacker Khalil Mack (52) celebrates defeating the Denver Broncos at Empower Field at Mile High
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Chalk Talk: Why was 2-point conversion spotted at 1? - - Senior writer Larry Mayer discusses why the ball was spotted at the 1-yard line after a penalty on the Broncos’ two-point conversion Sunday, the severity of Bilal Nichols’ injury and the last time a Bears kicker made two 50-yard field goals in a game.

3 things we learned in Week 2 win - - Senior writer Larry Mayer identifies three things that stood out in Sunday’s exciting 16-14 win over the Broncos, including a Bears offense that produced a huge play when it was needed most.

Nagy confident offense will find its rhythm - - Coach Matt Nagy has acknowledged that the Bears offense has not performed up to expectations, but he’s confident that the unit will start to click, saying: “Eventually it will crack, and when it does, I think it’s going to be pretty good.”

The Bears Hosted 2015 First-Round Pick Shane Ray For a Tryout - Bleacher Nation - Remember when Shane Ray was a hot-shot pass-rushing prospect?

Week 3 NFL Power Rankings - 1-32 poll, plus the most pleasant surprise for each team - ESPN - While we track teams moving up (Cowboys, Ravens) and down (Saints, Steelers) in our rankings, we also identify each team’s early-season surprise.

NFL power rankings for Week 3: Bears move down — not up — after their escape act in Denver - Chicago Tribune - The Bears drop from No. 13 to No. 15 after eking out a win in Denver, while the Cowboys and Ravens move up in Brad Biggs' NFL power rankings.

Bears first-and-10: Lowering the bar for Mitch Trubisky - Chicago Sun-Times - Bears third-year QB can still be a success, but matching Patrick Mahomes — or justifying his draft status — is asking too much at this point.

Bears film review: Mitch Trubisky's worst miss against the Denver Broncos - NBC Sports Chicago - Mitch Trubisky missed an open Taylor Gabriel on a well-designed and otherwise well-executed play midway through the second quarter on Sunday.

Bears offense’s lack of explosiveness remains an issue - NBC Sports Chicago - The Bears weren't good at generating explosive plays in 2018, and through 2019, have been worse at picking up chunk plays.

Bears grades: Tough questions need to be asked after reviewing Week 2 for Mitch Trubisky - NBC Sports Chicago - Mitch Trubisky averaged 4.4 yards per attempt in a game in which the Bears ran the ball more and did well in pass protection.

Power Rankings Roundup: Eddy Piñeiro gets his victory lap - NBC Sports Chicago - 'Eddy P' bought the Bears a few spots in most Power Rankigns.

Former Bears Kicker Cody Parkey Gets Tryout With Colts - NBC Chicago - Former Chicago Bears kicker Cody Parkey still hasn’t found a new team yet, but at least one team could be interested in his services.

Injury to Bilal Nichols' wrist testing Bears on defensive front - Bearmaven - Nichols not expected to go on IR, but more on injury will be known later in the week.

Where the Bears rank statistically after Week 2 - - Making a smooth transition from coordinator Vic Fangio to Chuck Pagano, the Bears defense is near the top of the NFL rankings in several key categories.

Bears film study: Final seconds, questionable calls - Chicago Sun-Times - A film review of the Bears’ 16-14 win over the Broncos, with many important details.

QB Mitch Trubisky is just part of Bears’ offensive woes - Chicago Sun-Times - Coach Matt Nagy is searching for an elusive rhythm to get disappointing offense on track. "We feel really good that when we do get this going, it’s going to be a lot of fun."

Even the Bearmobile is down and out, but fans hope beer and sausage offerings can help save its season - Chicago Sun-Times - A very Chicago sports story.

Ramping up Trey Burton’s workload will ‘take a little time’ - Chicago Sun-Times - The Bears tight end played 43 percent of the Bears’ offensive snaps Sunday in his first game of 2019,

Eddy ‘Dinero’? Bears kicker Pineiro lives up to his money nickname - Chicago Sun-Times -"His personality is infectious," Bears coach Matt Nagy said.

With the Bears’ offense struggling, Mitch Trubisky must make better throws - Chicago Sun-Times - A whopping 27.8 percent of Trubisky’s passes so far this season have been classified by Pro Football Focus as "uncatchable." Only the PanthersCam Newton — who changed his throwing motion after having offseason shoulder surgery — has made more such throws.

‘Halas Intrigue’ Episode 12: Breaking down Mitch Trubisky’s Week 2 struggles - Chicago Sun-Times - Patrick and Mark discuss the latest shaky performance from the Bears’ young quarterback.

5 observations from rewatching the Bears’ Week 2 win over the Broncos, including an offense that’s stuck and a defense that prevented huge chunk plays - Chicago Tribune - Breaking down the offensive shortfalls and defensive success from the Bears' heart-stopping 16-14 win over the Broncos.

After 2 rocky performances, how much hope is there for a struggling Bears offense? - Chicago Tribune - Through two games, Mitch Trubisky has been a mess and the Bears offense appears allergic to the end zone. So where do they go from here?


Fantasy football Week 3 lineups: Start Dak Prescott and sit Tarik Cohen - Chicago Tribune - Several top-ranked players are prime candidates to break out of their funks.

Jets benched Jamal Adams after he ‘anticipated wrong’ - - Jets standout safety Jamal Adams was benched for five plays on Monday because, according to him, “I anticipated wrong,” during the team’s loss to the Browns.

Giants bench Eli Manning; QB Daniel Jones to start - Daniel Jones has been named the New York Giants starting quarterback, the team announced Tuesday morning, effectively ending Eli Manning’s tenure as QB1 for the G-Men.


Report: Detroit Lions signing QB Jeff Driskel - Pride Of Detroit - Well the Lions’ QB situation just somehow got even MORE interesting.

Unsung hero of the week: Graham Glasgow quietly dominates the Chargers defense - Pride Of Detroit - All eyes were on Tyrell Crosby’s performance Sunday, but Graham Glasgow quietly had another stellar game.

Skoldiers - 058 - Lambeau Letdown - Daily Norseman - Recap of the loss to Greenbay on the Road

Packers find rhythm with play-action game against Vikings with room to improve - Acme Packing Company - Green Bay’s offense didn’t look anything like we expected in Week 1, but against the Vikings, Matt LaFleur’s philosophy came through. Now, the Packers must build on early success.


Bears rally around Eddy 'Dinero' Pineiro, the kicker with swag - ESPN - Chicago is rightfully scarred by dealing with bad kickers. Pineiro's confidence and game-winner Sunday is starting to change some minds.

Wiltfong's NFL Power Rankings: Bears win in Denver and still go down - Windy City Gridiron - We take a peek around a bunch of NFL Power Rankings to see what the experts have to say about the Chicago Bears.

Householder's Week 2 Stock Up, Stock Down: Chicago Bears-Denver Broncos - Windy City Gridiron - The Bears may have stolen their first win, but here a win is a win and we’ll take them every way we can.

Wiltfong: Ten Thoughts on the NFL and the Bears - Windy City Gridiron - Check out our 10 Thoughts on the NFL this week and leave a few thoughts of your own in the comment section!

Wiltfong: Your reactions about Bears vs. Broncos - Windy City Gridiron - We took to Twitter to see exactly how you guys are feeling about our Chicago Bears after they evened their record at 1-1.


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