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One more day... oh my goodness gracious just one more endless endless day until it’s Packers Time.

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Chicago Bears long snapper Patrick Scales (48) reacts with his daughter before the game against Tennessee Titans at Soldier Field. 
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BEAR DOWN, CHICAGO BEARS, BEAR DOWN!!!!

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Watch Da Bears Superfans Grill Brett Favre On His 336 Career Interceptions (VIDEO) - Bleacher Nation - Three icons of football’s most historic rivalry got together in front of Soldier Field.

Dannehy: Don’t Be Afraid To Love These Bears - Da Bears Blog
It’s natural for a Chicago Bears fan 35 years old or younger to approach this season with apprehension. Because we’ve been here before.

Bears Expect Trey Burton To Be Game-Time Decision - 670 The Score - The Bears are prepared for the possibility that they’ll be without tight end Trey Burton in the season opener against the Packers at Soldier Field on Thursday evening.

Plan ahead – traffic advisory for Thursday’s game - A prime-time game coupled with unique road closures and a new - ChicagoBears.com mobile ticket process will give Bears-Packers attendees plenty to plan around as they make their way to the stadium Thursday. Here’s the essential information for a smooth gameday experience.

Halas, Payton immortalized with statues - ChicagoBears.com - Two days before they kick off their 100th season, the Bears on Tuesday honored two of their most legendary Hall of Famers by unveiling statues of George Halas and Walter Payton at Soldier Field.

Power rankings: 2019 preseason - ChicagoBears.com - ChicagoBears.com takes a look at what national media outlets are saying about the Monsters of the Midway and how the team compares to the other 31 clubs in the NFL heading into Week 1 of the 2019 season.

Packers, Bears enter 2019 happy with each end of their safety swap - NBC Sports Chicago - - Adrian Amos will return to Soldier Field on Thursday as a member of the Green Bay Packers, while Ha Ha Clinton-Dix will face his former team as a new face on the Bears' defense.

Bears unveil statues for Payton and Halas at Soldier Field - NBC Sports Chicago - The - - Chicago Bears unveiled two statues for Hall of Fame players Walter Payton and Coach George S. Halas on September 3 at Soldier Field.

Bears Injury report: Trey Burton (groin) practices for the 2nd straight day after being out for a week with a mild strain - NBC Sports Chicago - Burton was limited for Tuesday.

Under Center Podcast: Previewing Bears-Packers with Jim Owczarski - NBC Sports Chicago - JJ Stankevitz chats with Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel Packers beat writer Jim Owczarski ahead of Thursday's season opener about the vibe in Green Bay.

For Bears, Pineiro's success begins to validate their method to the kicker search madness - NBC Sports Chicago - They didn't make it easy on themselves.

How to Transform into Bearman - NBC Chicago - Don “Bearman” Wachter is a devoted Chicago Bears super fan that has been going to games dressed up in his elaborate costume for more than 20 years. He has now become one of the most recognizable fans at Soldier Field thanks to his makeup routine.

It’s Aaron Rodgers’ will vs. Bears might - Chicago Sun-Times - Letdown in second half of last year’s opener taught Bears’ defense a valuable lesson — ‘keep swinging’ when you’ve got an opponent on the ropes

Fantasy forecast for Bears-Packers: Is Rodgers still sure play? - Bearmaven - Even with the Bears defense in a dominant position, Aaron Rodgers is no less a sure fantasy play.

Matt Nagy's reaction to Khalil Mack's Bears debut: "Holy Hell" - Bearmaven - Matt Nagy couldn't believe what the Bears unleashed on the Packers last year in Green Bay, even in a loss.

Quick Hits: Cohen spreads excitement, Burton still limited - ChicagoBears.com - Bears running back Tarik Cohen is fired up for the season opener, coach Matt Nagy compares Bears-Packers to a heavyweight boxing match and Trey Burton is still limited.

Can Mitch Trubisky be the one to rewrite Bears history after 99 seasons of franchise mediocrity at quarterback? - Chicago Tribune - In the Super Bowl era — that's 53 seasons in all — the Bears have had 49 quarterbacks make at least one start. So why, with the Bears celebrating their 100th season, is there reason to believe Mitch Trubisky will finally be the one to change the city's QB conversation?

Arlo White is the voice of the Premier League on NBC. And although he’s from England, he’s a die-hard Cubs and Bears fan. - Chicago Tribune - There weren’t many Cubs and Bears fans in Leicester, England, but one was 13-year-old Arlo White, who grew up to be NBC Sports Group's Premiere League voice.

Trey Burton could be a ‘game-time decision’ for the Bears after another limited practice - Chicago Tribune - Bears tight end Trey Burton was limited again in practice Tuesday in the final tuneup for the opener against the Packers on Thursday night at Soldier Field.

Going to a Chicago Bears game at Soldier Field? Here’s the new ticket policy, where to tailgate, how to dress, what to eat and more - Chicago Tribune - Going to Bears games this season at Soldier Field? Here's what you need to know about tickets, parking, food, seats and more.

NFL power rankings: Bears enter the season at No. 5 - Chicago Tribune - Brad Biggs' NFL power rankings are back for the 2019 season. The Patriots are No. 1, with the Chiefs No. 2.

Da story behind Da Bears — and how the sausage-eating, Mike Ditka-obsessed, Chicago-aggrandizing Super Fans are still part of Chicago sports today - Chicago Tribune - The idea for the Super Fans dates to the 1980s in Chicago. The first "Saturday Night Live" sketch aired in 1991. And they're still going strong today.

Week 1 preview: Breaking down all things Bears-Packers, including the Matt Nagy-Mitch Trubisky partnership, on the Bear Download podcast - Chicago Tribune - Rich Campbell and Dan Wiederer cover all the angles in previewing the Bears' season opener against the Packers.

Charles Tillman and his rowing partner arrive exhausted but elated after their trek across Lake Michigan for charity - Chicago Tribune - Former Bears cornerback Charles Tillman and Jacob Beckley rowed more than 65 miles over 24 hours while crossing Lake Michigan to bring awareness to pediatric cancer.

Column: Bears express optimism about their tight ends despite more questions than - evidence - Chicago Tribune - The Bears pick up where they left off last season with tight end Trey Burton's availability in question because of a groin injury. The team calls it minor, but it just adds to the uncertainty a what is supposed to be a key position in Matt Nagy's offense.

What do the Bears actually have in Mitch Trubisky? We're about to find out - NBC Sports Chicago - After months of speculative hot takes, we're finally about to find out what the Bears have in Mitch Trubisky starting Thursday night.

‘I don’t want field goals’ — Bears’ Matt Nagy more worried about TDs than kicks - Chicago Sun-Times - When asked if he was anxious to see Eddy Pineiro kick field goals Thursday, Bears coach Nagy said, half-kidding, that he hoped it didn’t come to that.

Bears prepared for injured TE Trey Burton to be a game-time decision - Chicago Sun-Times - Burton, who hurt his groin last week in what the team claims is a separate injury from the problem that prompted offseason surgery, was limited in practice for a second straight day.

‘Halas Intrigue’ Episode 2: Are the Bears too worried about Eddy Pineiro? Will Trey Burton play? - Chicago Sun-Times - The latest discussion with just two days until the season opener.

Brett Favre becomes the punchline in NBC Sports video about Bears-Packers rivalry - Chicago Sun-Times - The Superfans explain their version of the rivalry’s history.

Bears Hall of Famer Dan Hampton to speak at Englewood STEM High School this week - Chicago Sun-Times - The former Bears star will discuss with students what it took beyond athletic skill for him to make the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

The Top 10: Most memorable Bears season-openers - Chicago Sun-Times - Any list that includes six victories over the Packers is usually a pretty good one.

Bears ready to unleash Khalil Mack on Packers again - Chicago Sun-Times - A year after a memorable debut vs. Packers at Lambeau Field, Mack’s mindful of one thing: the Bears didn’t win.

Bears starters can’t wait to hit somebody; a Packer will do just fine - Chicago Sun-Times - ”I’m so [expletive] ready,’’ outside linebacker Khalil Mack said Monday. “It’s been so long. ... So I’m looking forward to it, getting out there Thursday, getting to the ground with my brothers.’’

POLISH SAUSAGE

NFL Power Rankings, Week 1: Chargers in top 10; Colts plummet - NFL.com - Andrew Luck’s retirement and two major trades by the Houston Texans have shook up Dan Hanzus’ first Power Rankings of the 2019 regular season. See where all 32 NFL teams land heading into Week 1’s matchups.

KNOW THINE ENEMY

Lions worked out Taylor Heinicke, Tyree Jackson – ProFootballTalk - The Lions worked out a number of skill position players Tuesday. They had quarterback Tyree Jackson, receiver Anthony Johnson, quarterback Chad Kanoff, receiver Victor Bolden, running back Nick Brossette, quarterback Taylor Heinicke, receiver Terry Godwin, defensive end Geneo Grissom, receiver Ma...

NFL power rankings: The Ringer names Lions 27th best team - Pride Of Detroit - The Ringer is not very high on the Lions entering 2019.

Josh Doctson Signing Made Official; Brett Jones Released - Daily Norseman - We learned yesterday that the Vikings signed wide receiver Josh Doctson to a one-year deal. Today, we learned the corresponding roster move to allow Doctson on the 53-man roster.

Packers TE Jace Sternberger goes on injured reserve, WR Allen Lazard called up to 53 - Acme Packing Company - The Packers will not have their rookie tight end for the first half of the 2019 season.

Packers vs. Bears, Week 1 2019: Game time, TV/Online streaming info, odds, & more - Acme Packing Company - Get ready for the NFL’s season opener with our Game Primer.

Matt LaFleur has had enough questions about the “audible thing” – ProFootballTalk - Packers coach Matt LaFleur coined the phrase, and now he's getting sick of it. Opening up to Mike Silver of NFL Media in June regarding the tension between the rigid playcalling structure of the new Packers' offense and the desire of quarterback Aaron Rodgers to have greater freedom at the line o...

IN CASE YOU YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Superfans: Grading the 2019 Chicago Bears’ position groups - Windy City Gridiron - The Superfans are back for the 2019 season, and they wanted to weigh in on some grades for the position groups of the Chicago Bears.

Zeglinski: Windy City Gridiron picks Bears-Packers on “Thursday Night Football” - Windy City Gridiron - The NFL’s oldest rivalry takes center stage in a celebration of football.

Leming’s Bears mailbag: Week 1 predictions, tight end concerns and much more. - Windy City Gridiron - It’s finally the first week of the NFL regular season and before the Bears kick off their 100th season on Thursday night, we answer your questions.

Schmitz: Chicago Bears vs Green Bay Packers - The Delusional Preview - Windy City Gridiro - - With the big game against the Bears approaching, PackersFan42 grabs his cheesehead and details why he thinks the Bears are in for a rough game on Thursday Night.

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