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The Bear’s Den, September 20, 2019

It’s Friday, but we are still 3 days away from game day in Washington. Here’s what’s new in BearsLand.

NFL: Chicago Bears at Denver Broncos
Chicago Bears linebacker Khalil Mack (52) greets fans after the Bears victory over the Denver Broncos at Empower Field at Mile High.
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Perfetti: Dissecting the “Bad”--Every Mitchell Trubisky Incompletion from the Broncos Game - Bears Coverage - Two games have passed, and an overwhelming amount of Bears fans are disappointed that Mitchell Trubisky isn’t putting up the numbers other young quarterbacks are. Everyone expects him to be in 202 of the offense, but some people seem to think that means he should be an MVP candidate.

Know Your Foe: Bears-Washington Storylines - 670 The Score - Danny Parkins of 670 and Craig Hoffman of 106.7 The Fan previewed the game.

Bears Offense Has Opportunity For Breakthrough - 670 The Score - Come Monday night, a struggling Bears offense will meet a Washington defense allowing 455 yards per game.

Bears TE Trey Burton Nearly Back To Form - 670 The Score - Having dealt with a groin injury, Bears tight end Trey Burton was limited in his season debut Sunday but is nearly back to full form.

Bears DL Bilal Nichols Suffered Broken Hand - 670 The Score - Bears defensive lineman Bilal Nichols is expected to miss at least one game after breaking his right hand against the Broncos on Sunday.

Why Bears offense views problems as entirely repairable - Bearmaven - Work ethic is the answer over complete panic at this point, Bears players believe.

Bears QB Mitch Trubisky needs to get out of his head, play football - - If Mitch Trubisky wants to be the franchise QB of the Chicago Bears, it's time for him to stop thinking and just play football.

Bears maintain belief, confidence in offense - - The Bears are optimistic that their offense will begin to click in their third game of the season Monday night in Washington.

Chalk Talk: Was Fuller’s knee down? - - Senior writer Larry Mayer discusses whether Kyle Fuller’s knee was down on his interception against the Broncos, the last time the Bears faced Super Bowl-winning quarterbacks in each of their first two games and if Allen Robinson intentionally dove into a

Quick Hits: Nichols broke hand, Clinton-Dix to face another former team - - The latest edition of Quick Hits features items on Bilal Nichols’ injury, an opportunity for Roy Robertson-Harris and Ha Ha Clinton-Dix facing a team he played with for the second time in three weeks.

Jackson more than just a ballhawk at safety - - Known for his ball skills and ability to score defensive touchdowns, Bears All-Pro safety Eddie Jackson showed last Sunday in Denver that he also excels in the physical aspect of the game.

The Week Ahead: Bears prep to visit Washington - - Four days after their thrilling comeback win over the Broncos, the Bears return to the practice field Thursday to resume preparing for Monday night’s road game against Washington.

Bears Injury Report: Burton (Groin), Long (Hip), Goldman (Oblique), and Jackson (Shoulder) Limited - Bleacher Nation - First injury report of the week.

Should the Bears Target a Developmental QB Like Recently-Released Chad Kelly? - Bleacher Nation - The nephew of a Hall of Fame quarterback could be hitting the market if he clears waivers.

Weidman: Bears Preview Week 3: can Chicago silence the noise in Washington - Our Turf Football - OTFB's Wanda Wiedman takes a look at what the Chicago Bears need to do in order to stack some wins and silence the critics in week 3.

‘MNF’ analyst Booger McFarland expects Bears QB Mitch Trubisky to bounce back vs. Washington - Chicago Sun-Times - But if he struggles against a defense ‘tailor-made’ for a young quarterback, the Bears have a big problem.

‘Halas Intrigue’ Episode 14: Mitch Trubisky, Kyle Long and the banjo - Chicago Sun-Times - Patrick Finley, Jason Lieser and Mark Potash break down Mitch Trubisky’s press conference. And Kyle Long makes a guest appearance.

Ha Ha Clinton-Dix: Choosing Bears over Washington ‘was more about winning ballgames’ - Chicago Sun-Times - Ha Ha Clinton-Dix could have returned to the Washington in March. He might have made more money than the $3.5 million the Bears gave him for one season.

Bears predictions: Week 3 at Washington - Chicago Sun-Times - The Sun-Times’ experts offer their picks for the Bears’ "Monday Night Football" game at Washington

Column: Mitch Trubisky says, ‘You just gotta believe this week is gonna be the week.’ Believers will be scarce if it isn’t this week. - Chicago Tribune - Mitch Trubisky and the Bears offense need to quiet their doubters. Monday night's game against Washington's porous defense could be just what they need.

Presenting the optimistic view of the Bears' offensive struggles - NBC Sports Chicago - The Bears haven't formed an offensive identity yet, and that might explain a lot of the problems this team has had over 2019's first two games.

After a decade of battles, the Bears still enjoy the chance to line up against Adrian Peterson - NBC Sports Chicago - Peterson's been a thorn in the Bears' side his entire career.

DL Bilal Nichols will miss at least one game with a broken hand - NBC Sports Chicago - The defensive lineman won't go on IR, though.

As defending NFC North champs, the Bears are embracing all that comes with the national spotlight - NBC Sports Chicago - It's been a while since there were this many night games on the Bears' schedule.

The Bears' offense is preaching patience, even if that's easier said than done - NBC Sports Chicago - It hasn't been the start that Nagy and co. envisioned.

NFL pass-blocking, pass-rushing rankings - 2019 PBWR, PRWR leaderboard shows Mack on top - ESPN - ESPN Analytics created a new way to measure pass blocking and pass-rushing. Here are the leaders for the 2019 season.

Recapping ‘Eddie Dinero’’s big field goal to give the Bears a 16-14 win in Denver -79th & Halas Podcast - Scott and Flows recap the Bears dramatic 16-14 win on the road in Denver.

Healthier Burton could help spring Bears’ offense - Chicago Sun-Times - Veteran tight end expects to be “a lot better” for the Washington game after rusty debut vs. Broncos


Barnwell - Ranking 0-2 NFL teams from eliminated to alive ... barely - ESPN - Nine NFL teams have lost their first two games, including the Steelers, who also lost their starting quarterback. Do any of them have any hope?

Dolphins starting Rosen vs. Cowboys, claim Charlton - - The Dolphins will start Josh Rosen in place of Ryan Fitzpatrick on Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys, Ian Rapoport reports. Coach Brian Flores made the decision Thursday afternoon.

Brave-faced QB Mitch Trubisky believes Bears ‘could explode at any minute’ - Chicago Sun-Times - This week could be it. Washington is terrible, and Monday might be Trubisky’s “Tampa Bay game” for 2019.

Free Taco -- Cowboys cut former first-rounder - ESPN - Defensive end Taco Charlton, one of the rare first-round draft busts by the Cowboys over the past decade, has been cut by the team after making just 46 total tackles and four sacks in 27 games.


Report: Vikings have made ‘substantive inquiry’ on Jalen Ramsey - Daily Norseman - Well then, let’s talk about this, shall we?

Broncos-Packers Q&A: John Elway’s struggles to replace Peyton Manning - Acme Packing Company - Joe Rowles of SB Nation’s Denver Broncos blog Mile High Report answers our questions about the Broncos’ quarterbacks.

Week 3 NFL Picks: Packers should move to 3-0 with win over Vic Fangio’s Broncos - Acme Packing Company - APC likes the Packers to keep Matt LaFleur’s hot start going.

Josh Rosen will start this week – ProFootballTalk - The Dolphins will start Josh Rosen on Sunday against the Cowboys, Ian Rapoport of the NFL reports. Really, what do the Dolphins have to lose . . . except another game? Dolphins coach Brian Flores said Monday that Ryan Fitzpatrick would remain the starter despite the team being outscored 102-10...

Von Miller, Bradley Chubb have no sacks through two games – ProFootballTalk - Once is an accident, twice is a trend. Or something. Regardless, Broncos pass rushers Von Miller and Bradley Chubb have yet to achieve the primary goal of pass rushing in 120 minutes of 2019 football.

John Elway: NFL admitted roughing the passer call was “dead wrong” – ProFootballTalk - Broncos General Manager John Elway says the NFL has admitted an officiating mistake helped set up the Bears' game-winning field goal on Sunday. In the final minute of the game, Broncos outside linebacker Bradley Chubb was flagged for roughing the passer for a hit on Bears quarterback Mitchell Tru...

Elway on Garett Bolles' holding calls: 'It's got to stop' - - Garett Bolles was called for four holding penalties last week. The third-year left tackle thinks he's being targeted. Broncos GM John Elway said he just needs to be better.

Washington's season could hinge on beating Chicago - ESPN - Monday's game could be a pivot point for Washington, because the fallout from starting 0-3 could look drastically different than it would at 1-2.

Money for nothing: Washington not getting much from key investments - ESPN - Alex Smith is among the pricey players not helping D.C., and the lack of on-field activity (or big plays) has hampered the team's success.

Elway calls out OT Bolles for holding penalties - ESPN - His Broncos teammates and even his boss have had it with grabby left tackle Garett Bolles, who suggested officials are unfairly targeting him for holding infractions.

Week 3 Detroit Lions injury report: Philadelphia Eagles still hurting on offense - Pride Of Detroit - Rashaan Melvin’s knee injury reemerges, but the Eagles are in worse shape.


Berckes' Five Questions with Hogs Haven: Watch out for “Scary Terry” McLaurin - Windy City Gridiron - We sit down with Andrew York of Hogs Haven to preview Monday’s game in Washington

Zeglinski: Defense and special teams - it’s the Chicago Bears’ way - Windy City Gridiron - The Bears’ defense and third phase are keeping them afloat. In other news, water is wet.

Householder: Chicago Bears DT Bilal Nichols broke hand, avoids IR - Windy City Gridiron - The second-year DT left Sunday’s game and didn’t return.

Leming's Bears mailbag: Victory celebration, Concerns about Mitchell Trubisky and potential trades? - Windy City Gridiron - The Chicago Bears are no longer winless after a wild finish in Denver last Sunday. Despite evening their record, should there be concern for this team’s ceiling in 2019? That and more in Week 3’s mailbag.

Householder's Week 3 Game Preview: Chicago Bears-Washington Football Team - Windy City Gridiron - The Bears travel to the nation’s capital to keep their winning ways going, while searching for offensive answers against a bad defense.

Snyder & Berckes' Bears Over Beers: The Kicker has Landed and Mr. Mack Goes to Washington - Windy City Gridiron - Celebrating the first win of the 2019 campaign and looking ahead to the Monday night match-up in Washington


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