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Game Day Open Bear’s Den, September 5, 2019

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670 Staff Predictions: Bears-Packers - 670 The Score - Most of the crew expects a tight game come Thursday evening.

Ostrowski: Best Bears Prop Bets To Wager On - 670 The Score - Bears rookie running back David Montgomery is poised for a big season, so be ready to pounce.

Know Your Foe: Bears-Packers Storylines - 670 The Score - Danny Parkins of 670 and Bart Winkler of 105.7 The Fan previewed the game.

Stankevitz: Three keys and prediction - Bears vs. Packers - NBC Sports Chicago - JJ Stankevitz offers his three keys and prediction for the Bears' much-anticipated Week 1 meeting with the Green Bay Packers Thursday night.

Bears season prediction roundtable: Is Mitch Trubisky good enough to win a Super Bowl? - NBC Sports Chicago - JJ Stankevitz, John "Moon" Mullin and Cam Ellis offer up their 2019 Bears season predictions, from Mitch Trubisky's readiness to win a Super Bowl to how much the guys trust Eddy Pineiro.

(Too) Bold Predictions: Eddy Pineiro's perfect night and some big trick plays - NBC Sports Chicago - And you better believe one's about kicking!

'Good' not good enough from Mitch Trubisky if Bears are serious about this whole 'Super Bowl' thing - NBC Sports Chicago - The Bears need much, very much from quarterback Mitch Trubisky in 2019. He knows it.

Packers RB Jamaal Williams says 'nobody is scared' of Bears defense - NBC Sports Chicago - If the Chicago Bears needed any bulletin board material, they just got it. Green Bay Packers RB Jamaal Williams didn't mince words when discussing the Bears' defense Tuesday. “They’re a good defense, but nobody is scared,” Williams said via “Everybody bleeds red. Everybody is mortal. We’re going to play our game. We’re going to play Packers football.”

Great mysteries of Bears offense are about to be revealed - Bearmaven - It's time for improvement of Bears offense to become obvious to the rest of the world.

Three Bears keys to getting past Aaron Rodgers and the Packers - Bearmaven - NFL weekly picks and the Bear-Packers breakdown.

Hoge’s 10 Bears Things: 2019 NFL Predictions, Including Why The Bears Will Win Super Bowl LIV - WGN Radio - It's the kickoff edition of “10 Bears Things” — always one of my favorite editions of the year. We’ll take a look at reasons why the Bears will be better (or worse) in 2019, preview Thursday's game against the Packers, and make 10 random predictions for 2019 -- including the Bears' record and my Super Bowl picks.

Chalk Talk: Will Bears offense be rusty? - - Senior writer Larry Mayer discusses whether the Bears offense could be rusty against the Packers, if defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano will continue to coach from the sideline and what accounts for Eddy Pineiro’s improvement since OTAs.

Brace Yourselves: Extending Mitch Trubisky Could Cost More Than $150 Million - Bleacher Nation - Jared Goff and Mitch Trubisky share an agent. And if Trubisky goes off, he could be looking for a Goff-like deal.

The NFL is hosting its 1st-ever watch party in Grant Park tomorrow. Here’s what you need to know, from road closures to why Chance the Rapper isn’t performing. - Chicago Tribune - What do you need to know if you're headed to the NFL's kickoff party in Grant Park Thursday? Plenty.

3 keys for the Bears against the Packers: Mitch Trubisky must protect the ball and produce - Chicago Tribune - Just how sharp will Mitch Trubisky be in his 2019 debut? What pressures is new Bears kicker Eddy Pineiro facing? And how can the Bears truly slow down the Packers offense? Our three keys for Thursday's game.

5 takeaways from ex-Bear Brian Urlacher and ex-Packer Jordy Nelson’s football boot camp at the Navy’s Great Lakes base - Chicago Tribune - Despite all the years they played against each other, Brian Urlacher can’t remember ever tackling former Packers receiver Jordy Nelson.

Storylines for Thursday’s Bears-Packers NFL season opener: Leonard Floyd’s next big hurdle, Ha Ha Clinton-Dix’s enthusiasm and Mitch Trubisky’s deep ball - Chicago Tribune - Leonard Floyd is positioned for a big 2019. Ha Ha Clinton-Dix can't believe his good fortune. Mitch Trubisky has a directive to throw it long and make big plays. A deeper look at three key elements of Thursday's Bears-Packers showdown.

A look at how the Bears’ NFC North rivals are shaping up for 2019 - Chicago Tribune - There's a new head coach in Green Bay, a revamped offensive line in Minnesota and a new offensive coordinator in Detroit as the rest of the NFC North tries to catch the defending champion Bears.

Zeglinski: Rodgers vs. Goliath - Bears finally proving to be a worthy foil to MVP quarterback – The Rock River Times - There’s no need to mince words: Aaron Rodgers has had the Bears’ number over the course of his illustrious career.

Column: The Bears could be capable of making a run to the Super Bowl — depending on Eddy Pineiro - Chicago Tribune - The Bears will believe in Eddy Pineiro until they don’t. Until he misses a kick he should make, which could come as early as Thursday night against the Packers.

Packers and Bears reverse roles in Thursday’s opener – The Rock River TimesThe NFL’s - oldest rivalry takes on a different look to open the league’s 100th season. It’s a role reversal for the Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers.

Game Preview: Chicago Bears - Green Bay Packers (Week 1) - Chicago Audible Podcast - Here's a preview of the Bears' Week 1 matchup against the Packers. In this in-depth episode, the guys cover everything you need to know before kickoff.

Letizia: So ... What Should We Expect from Trey Burton? - Chicago Audible Podcast - With an ever-increasing amount of questions surrounding the Chicago Bears tight end, here are realistic expectations for Trey Burton's season.

NFL Kickoff: What to watch for in Packers-Bears opener - - Kicking off the National Football League’s 100th season are two of the league’s oldest franchises engaging in an age-old rivalry: the 199th edition of Chicago Bears vs. Green Bay Packers.

Bears are primed to roll over Packers amid circus of 2019 season opener - Chicago Sun-Times - Everything sets up in favor of the Bears starting their season with a runaway win over their archrival.

Bears embrace first chance to use Cody Parkey’s ‘double-doink’ as fuel - Chicago Sun-Times - The Bears’ season-opening stunner shaped their 2018 season. Thursday, they’ll show how their season-ending shocker affects 2019.

Sun-Times Bears experts predict the team’s 2019 record - Chicago Sun-Times - With the Bears’ season about to kick off, the Sun-Times’ experts predict how successful the team will be.

NFL kickoff 2019 at Grant Park includes Meek Mill, Meghan Trainor, free watch party - Chicago Sun-Times - Free concerts and a watch party near Buckingham Fountain will be on offer Thursday.

Are winds of change blowing in Bears-Packers rivalry? - Chicago Sun-Times - Shades of 2005-06, when the Bears finally got the upper hand on Brett Favre, this could be a turning point vs. the indomitable will of Aaron Rodgers and the voodoo curse he seems to have on the Bears

Can the Bears beat the Packers on the NFL’s opening night? Our writers make their picks. - Chicago Tribune - Can the Chicago Bears beat the Green Bay Packers on opening night? Tribune writers make their picks

What will Chuck Pagano’s Bears defense look like? Expect a more aggressive pass rush and more man coverage. - Chicago Tribune - New Bears defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano inherited a wealth of talent, but what will be different in his scheme? Those who know him expect him to be more aggressive rushing the quarterback.

Sean McVay: Contract demonstrates commitment we’ve made to Jared Goff – ProFootballTalk - The Rams open the regular season in Carolina on Sunday, but the Panthers weren’t the first topic of conversation for head coach Sean McVay at Wednesday’s press conference.

Ezekiel Elliott: Important to be highest-paid RB because “I’m the best” – ProFootballTalk - Ezekiel Elliott went to bed in a “bad place” Tuesday night, not knowing whether he would practice Wednesday or not. It took more than one phone call to wake him up at 6:15 a.m. to deliver the good news. It took a 40-day holdout for Elliott to get the deal he was seeking.


Comparing the Todd Gurley, Ezekiel Elliott deals – ProFootballTalk - When it comes to new-money average, Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott beat Rams running back Todd Gurley by $625,000 per year -- $15 million to $14.375 million. But there are more factors to the Elliott vs. Gurley contract than new-money average.

Ezekiel Elliott's extension part of shifting power dynamic in NFL - - Ezekiel Elliott became the latest NFL player to get what he desired out of a holdout. Judy Battista examines the ramifications of the new extension handed to the Dallas Cowboys running back.


Report: Detroit Lions work out former first-round pick WR Laquon Treadwell - Pride Of Detroit - The former Vikings worked out with his long time division rival.

Various NFL analysts hammer Detroit Lions in 2019 predictions - Pride Of Detroit - Everyone hates the Lions.

Detroit Lions - Arizona Cardinals injury report: 5 starters limited on Wednesday - Pride Of Detroit - The Lions first injury report of the season is out.

Minnesota Vikings vs. Atlanta Falcons: Things to Look For - Daily Norseman - The Vikings kickoff the season at US Bank Stadium at noon central on Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons. This game could provide some insights into what kind of season the Vikings will have this...

Packers-Bears Injury Report: Green Bay rules Oren Burks & Darrius Shepherd out - Acme Packing Company - Most of Green Bay’s key contributors are expected to play, however.

Acme Writer incorrectly claims Bears fan still defend pick of Mitch Trubisky over Patrick Mahomes - Acme Packing Company - Jeff Berckes of SB Nation’s Chicago Bears blog Windy City Gridiron answers our questions about Chicago’s new defensive coordinator, the decision to take Mitch Trubisky over Patrick Mahomes, and what to expect from Packers versus Bears. Ken's Note: Jeff Berckes we like. Packer supporters? Not so much.

What’s up with Packers writer (and noted Bears troll) Peter Bukowski? Find out on Bill Zimmerman’s Bears Banter right here.


Leming: Urlacher talks Roquan, Nagy, Trubisky and has the Bears in the Super Bowl - Windy City Gridiron - On Tuesday, we were able to sit down with Hall of Fame linebacker Brian Urlacher for a one-on-one interview to talk about his involvement with the USAA’s first ever Chicago Land area’s Salute to Service NFL Boot Camp and get his thoughts on the upcoming Bears season.

Sunderbruch: The Young Guns - A Look at Quarterbacks Under 25 - Windy City Gridiron - When the old guard retires, who is going to take their place? This column introduces a series looking into which new quarterbacks are going to become the mark by which others are judged.

Householder's Best NFL Week 1 Bets: Bears-Packers, survivor pool and more - Windy City Gridiron - In our new weekly feature, Jeff and Sam will be breaking down the lines and looking around the league for bets they like

Wiltfong's Bears vs. Packers Injury report: Trey Burton is questionable - Windy City Gridiron - Here’s the full and official injury report for the Bears and Packers in advance of the 2019 kickoff game.

Householder's NFL Week 1 Game Preview: Green Bay Packers vs. Chicago Bears - Windy City Gridiron - The wait is over, the regular season is here and the Bears are kicking off their 100th season in prime time against their oldest rivals.

Leming: 10 Bold Chicago Bears Predictions For the 2019 Season - Windy City Gridiron - It’s football week! The NFL regular season kicks off on Thursday at Soldier Field. So what better way to bring that in than some bold predictions for the 2019 season?

Schmitz' Bear With Me: Wrapping up the Chicago Bears’ 53-man roster, Packers preview - Windy City Gridiron - In this episode of Bear With Me, Robert S. wraps up his thoughts on the Chicago Bears’ 53-man roster before quickly previewing Thursday night’s big game against the Green Bay Packers


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