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It’s one of those “Coulda, woulda, shoulda” type days for Bears fans, players, coaches and management

Green Bay Packers v Chicago Bears
Fans photograph the recently unveiled statue of former Chicago Bears player Walter Payton outside Soldier Field prior to the game between the Chicago Bears and the Green Bay Packers on September 05, 2019 in Chicago
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BEAR DOWN, CHICAGO BEARS, BEAR DOWN!!!!

BEARRRSSSS

What Do You Say: Rapid Fire Recap of Bears Loss to Packers in Opener - Da Bears Blog - This is going to be short because Thursday night’s opener was one of the worst football games I’ve ever watched and it doesn’t deserve an extended recap.

Wiedman: Bears offense stalls while the defense grinds - Our Turf Football - The Bears defense came to play against the Packers, but not the offense. OTFB’s Wanda Wiedman goes over the loss, and explains why it’s not time to look for a new QB.

5@5: Who’s Most To Blame For Bears’ Loss? - 670 The Score - The Mully & Haugh crew debates a five-pack of questions every weekday.

After Dispiriting Loss, Matt Nagy And Bears Share Blame - 670 The Score
”It starts with me,” Nagy said. “I need to be better.”

Williams, Packers Blunt In Assessment Of Trubisky - 670 The Score - Bears coach Matt Nagy has spent much of the last eight months devising plans to make quarterback Mitchell Trubisky the reason why his team would win games this season and well beyond.

Nagy, Bears Frustrated By ‘Unacceptable’ Performance - 670 The Score - The Bears had just 254 yards of offense in a 10-3 loss to the Packers.

Haugh: Bears Make Suckers Of Us All - 670 The Score - Even this early in a season, great teams don’t look that shoddy.

2019 rookie class gets off to inauspicious start in Bears' Week 1 loss - NBC Sports Chicago - To be fair, so did everyone else.

Under Center Podcast: Opening Night Debacle - NBC Sports Chicago - The Football Aftershow crew of Laurence Holmes, Alex Brown, Lance Briggs, Matt Forte, and Olin Kreutz share their thoughts after the Bears' 10-3 opening night loss to the Packers

Bears loss to Packers should serve as a wake-up jolt for a team that may have gotten overconfident - NBC Sports Chicago - As was set forth in this space earlier this week, one cannot claim to be king until and unless one decisively dethrones the old king. Whether measured by ancient axiom or Thursday’s outcome – a 10-3 home loss to the Green Bay Packers – the Bears proved unequal to the task in their first defense of their 2018 NFC North division crown.

A record amount of people tuned in to watch the Bears-Packers game which would usually be a good thing but now doesn't feel like one - NBC Sports Chicago - In hindsight, a 12 p.m. Sunday game could have been nice.

Why Matt Nagy went for it on fourth and 10 instead of kicking a 51-yard field goal - NBC Sports Chicago - Matt Nagy's decision to go for a first down on fourth and 10 instead of kicking a 51-yard field goal warrants some additional scrutiny.

Bears opener shows they weren't who we thought they were - Bearmaven - Positive efforts from Leonard Floyd, Allen Robinson, Bears defense get wasted in embarrassing Bears defeat.

Bears leave themselves open to second-guessing in opening loss - Bearmaven - Former Bear Adrian Amos seals it with an interception in the end zone.

Chalk Talk: Why didn’t Montgomery get more touches? - ChicagoBears.com - Senior writer Larry Mayer discusses rookie running back David Montgomery’s workload in the season opener, the likelihood of tight end Trey Burton returning to play next week against the Broncos and Cordarrelle Patterson’s rush on third-and-1 against the

3 things we learned in Week 1 loss - ChicagoBears.com - Senior writer Larry Mayer identifies three things that stood out in Thursday night’s season opener, including an offense that produced only an Eddy Pineiro 38-yard field goal in a 10-3 loss to the Packers.

Hoge and Jahns: Week 1 Postgame Show: Packers 10, Bears 3 - WGN Radio - After an offseason filled with angst and anticipation, Bears fans can't help but feel underwhelmed after seeing their team lose to the rival Green Bay Packers 10-3 at Soldier Field.

Column: 4th-and-10 vs. a 51-yard field goal? Matt Nagy’s explanation is puzzling — and means some kicker trepidation might still be lurking - Chicago Tribune - Inventory at Halas Hall. Kicker trepidation? Still lurking. Erratic quarterback play? Check. Costly penalties? Confirmed. A young coach still getting his bearings as a game manager? Sure seems like it.

‘You can’t panic’: Matt Nagy still catching his breath after the Bears’ jarring loss to the Packers - Chicago Tribune - A day after the Bears fell flat on their faces in a 10-3 home loss to the rival Packers, coach Matt Nay addressed a multitude of topics in his press conference at Halas Hall.

Bears-Packers TV ratings are up nationally, but flat in the Chicago market - Chicago Tribune - Just like last year's Bears prime-time opener loss to the Packers, the NBC call by Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth averaged a 35.3 Chicago household rating.

Bears Week 1 winners and losers: NBC’s wardrobe department, Danica Patrick, Sid Luckman and Virginia McCaskey - Chicago Tribune - The Bears aren’t going to beat anyone but themselves with just 3 points. But as always, there were other winners and losers, such as NBC, Sports Illustrated and Al Michaels' outfit.

The best images from the Bears’ lackluster 10-3 loss to the Packers at Soldier Field in Week 1 - Chicago Tribune - The opener for the NFL’s 100th season was supposed to also be a kickoff for the Bears’ Super Bowl hopes in their 100th year. Instead, the offense’s sloppy play and coach Matt Nagy’s questionable decisions will be remembered in a 10-3 loss to the Packers.

Wiederer: Bears’ loss in the opener revives fears that a Super Bowl-worthy defense could be wasted by offensive stumbles - Chicago Tribune - So much for all that electricity at Soldier Field. On a night when the Bears defense provided plenty of evidence it can be better than last year, the offense opened the trap door on a 10-3 loss to the Packers.

[389] Chicago Bears-Green Bay Packers Postgame Show: Offense, Running Game a No-Show in Loss - Chicago Audible Podcast - A complete recap of the Chicago Bears 10-3 loss to the Green Bay Packers.

Overtime Week 1: From BOOM to 'Thud' ... - Chicago Audible Blog - In the season opener against their number one rival, the Chicago Bears fell flat, especially on the offensive side of the ball.

Stankevitz: It's just one week, but are the Bears running out of excuses for Mitch Trubisky? - NBC Sports Chicago - Mitch Trubisky didn't play well in his 2019 debut, a troubling development for a quarterback who's supposed to have everything in place.

Bears grades: An offensive coach and a top-picked quarterback deliver a resounding 'F' - NBC Sports Chicago - Grades from the Bears' Week 1 loss to the Packers.

Don’t bury Bears QB Mitch Trubisky just yet. Give him a month. - Chicago Sun-Times
It’d be easy to give up on Trubisky after a brutal season opener, but hold off on declaring him a total loss for the season. See where he stands come October.

Coach Matt Nagy and the Bears offense try to pick up the pieces - Chicago Sun-Times - If it’s not a matter of shaking off the rust, the shoddy performance by Trubisky & Co. vs. the Packers is a disconcerting problem for an offense that was expected to hit the ground running.

Film study: On Bears’ short-yard failures and Packers’ interception, deep passes - Chicago Sun-Times - ”We could’ve had Walter Payton back there and he wasn’t getting anything,” coach Matt Nagy said. “It wouldn’t have mattered.”

Halas Intrigue: Matt Nagy getting testy after Bears lose to Packers - Chicago Sun-Times - Matt Nagy is not having a good day.

Morrissey: The Bears need a QB to get to the Super Bowl — anybody know of one? - Chicago Sun-Times - To say Mitch Trubisky’s lack of preseason snaps was the reason for his struggles against Green Bay is to ignore how eerily similar his play was Thursday to other poor games he has had as a Bear. He looked a lot like … himself.

Quick hits from Bears coach Matt Nagy’s press conference a day after the Week 1 loss to the Packers - Chicago Sun-Times - Nagy gave a rundown of everything that went wrong for the Bears in their ugly season opener.

Snap judgment: What’s going on at running back for the Bears? - Chicago Sun-Times - What can be gleaned from the Bears’ playing time decisions in the 10-3 loss to the Packers? A quick breakdown of who played how much—and why.

Brad Biggs’ 10 thoughts on Bears’ 10-3 loss to the Packers in Week 1 - Chicago Tribune - 10 thoughts after the Chicago Bears kicked off the NFL’s 100th season with a 10-3 loss to the Green Bay Packers at Soldier Field.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Antonio Brown: I apologize to my teammates and the organization – ProFootballTalk - Raiders wide receiver Antonio Brown delivered a brief statement this afternoon, shortly after coach Jon Gruden confirmed that Brown is expected to play on Monday night.

Chiefs WR Tyreek Hill signs 3-year, $54M extension - NFL.com - Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill signed a three-year contract extension, the team announced. Hill's deal is worth $54 million, per NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport.

KNOW THINE ENEMY

Detroit Lions injury report: 4 starters—including Jarrad Davis—questionable vs. Cardinals - Pride Of Detroit - The Lions’ injured starters may be closer to playing than originally thought.

NFL fans don’t see the Detroit Lions going worst to first - Pride Of Detroit - Who is the most likely NFL team to go worst to first?

Vikings Final Injury Report: Hughes Out - Daily Norseman - Two other players questionable

Packers Week 1 Snap Counts: New defensive personnel does it all in win over Bears - Acme Packing Company - The defense, once again, was the story.

IN CASE YOU YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Berckes' Fantasy Football Forum Week 1: Last Call to Play with WCG - Windy City Gridiron - Football is back and so is the fake version. Let’s see if we can win some virtual trophies together!

Wiltfong: Inept offensive game plan leads to Bears loss - Windy City Gridiron - Lester gives his thoughts on the game, plus he shares the complete playing time breakdown, and spotlights a few individual and team statistics from the Chicago Bears in their devastating week one loss to Green Bay.

Infante's Bears Down: Chicago stumbles out of the gates in 10-3 loss to Packers - Windy City Gridiron - Chicago’s defense showed up, but the team as a whole kicked off their 100th season on a sour note.

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